Can seismic data be used for economic analysis? This was the question proposed by the online SEISMONOMIC Morning Talk, an online working meeting organized by the BigNOMICs Project on January 12th in which Jordi Díaz took part as an invited speaker. “If seismic data is used as a proxy to analyze the economic activity, that will be an interdisciplinary example of cooperation among researchers of several fields that can bring benefits for all of them”, says Díaz.

Ajay Kumar successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis online last 24 November. The thesis, entitled "Thermal and chemical imaging of the upper mantle anomalies: application to Western Mediterranean" has been directed by Manel Fernández and Jaume Vergés, both researchers at Geosciences Barcelona and has been tutored by Juan José Ledo Fernández from University of Barcelona. Kumar’s work was focused on characterizing the thermal and chemical structure of the upper mantle (upto 400 km depth) beneath Alboran and Algerian basins using gravity, elevation, mantle xenoliths and seismic tomography.

GEO3BCN-CSIC rsearcher,Jordi Díaz, gave the last of the lectures scheduled in the annual cycle of conferences "Trobada de Geofísica" (Geophysical Meeting) organized by the  Laboratory of Geophysical Studies Eduard Fontseré from the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (LEGEF-IEC). The talk was given on 17th December in an online session that was attended by more than 30 participants.

Geosciences Barcelona has expanded its catalogue of scientific equipment acquiring a new tabletop electronic microscope (Hitachi TM4000PLUSII). This new device enables researchers to observe rock samples and it can also be used to image a wide range of organic and inorganic materials.

Erandi Rodríguez-Pérez, PhD student at Geosciences Barcelona, attended the 9th CONACYT Scholars in Europe Symposium, an event organized by Maison Universitaire Franco Mexicane (MUFRAMEX) and the National Science and Technological Council from México (CONACYT). The researcher presented her work entitled ‘Paleoecology and paleoclimatic research: Records of the last millenia in Mexico’ on December 10.

The call for applications for the Training of University Professors grants (FPU 2020) awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Universities is now open. In the framework of this call, GEO3BCN-CSIC researchers offer two PhD research proposals.

Maria Jose Jurado, researcher at Geosciences Barcelona (GEO3BCN-CSIC), was awarded with the third prize in the EIT Innovators Award 2020, a prize given by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This award recognizes the innovation of Jurado and INNOLOG project team, funded by EIT Raw Materials, and it was announced on 9th of December on an online ceremony.

The demand for mineral resources to meet current societal needs has been steadily increasing over last years. Mineral exploration, the first step of the raw materials cycle, is facing a great challenge because the shallow and easily accessible mineral deposits have already been mined. The industry now needs access to deeper and more complex mineral systems. To address this challenge, more efficient, effective and sustainable exploration tools are needed. The SIT4ME project team organized a workshop aimed to showcase and discuss a broad view of the new approaches in the mineral exploration world.

American Geophysical Union meeting (AGU Fall Meeting) is back. This year the conferences will be held online from 1 to 17 of December.

AGU20 is scheduled over a thousand hours of virtual content to minimize conflicts while maximizing global engagement. Scientific program content will be available on-demand, with pre-recorded oral presentations and virtual posters available for attendees to view and peruse outside of the scheduled live Q&A sessions during the meeting.

Ramon Carbonell and Juan Alcalde, both researchers at GEO3BCN-CSIC, are part of the editorial team that is preparing a special issue for the journal Solid Earth that seeks to provide a wide-ranging panorama of the mineral exploration. This volume is expected to bring together a number of articles aimed at exploring the current state and future prospects of mineral exploration, from different perspectives such as remote sensing, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, modelling, mineralogy and structural geology.

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