Earth System Science is an interdisciplinary group set up to unite scientists working on the global evolution of the planet. The research is essentially focused on the physical environment of the Earth, its evolution through time, and the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere.

The group carries out projects in a variety of themes such as global changes, climatology, hydrology, archeology, oceanography biogeochemistry, remote sensing and geophysics. The accent is on two scientific approaches: mathematical modeling and the use of isotopes and trace elements to document biogeochemical processes.

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01.03.2017 - PhD Positions.

Two PhD positions with AMGC to work on the IODP-ICDP Chicxulub core. Download the job description.

Contact Philippe Claeys at

31.08.2016 - Keynote presentation.

6-10 September 2016, Keynote presentation for Bastien Soens from AMGC at the VIII International SHRIMP workshop in Granada, Spain.

Title : A synthesis of triple-oxygen isotope on Antarctic micrometeorites

02.08.2016 - Curation of Antarctic Meteorite Workshop.

On October 3-4, 2016, AMGC is co-organising an international workshop of the curation of Antarctic meteorites at the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels (RBINS).

This is an opportunity to present the new ~ 1300 meteorites recently collected by joint Belgian and Japanese expeditions (2009 - 2013) in the surroundings of Antarctic Station Princess Elisabeth, in the framework of the SAMBA and BELAM projects financed by BELSPO (Click here for more info); for SAMBA project report, ( Click here )

With support of the VUB and ULB, these meteorites are curated at the RBINS, which now possesses one of the largest Antarctic meteorite collection in Europe.

The goal of this workshop is to promote the study of these unique samples by the international community. More info on the workshop

26.05.2016 - Nature publication by Dr. Sophie Verheyden.

Sophie from AMGC is co-author of a recent paper on the discovery of annular constructions composed of broken stalagmites in a deep cave in Southern France.

Made by Neanderthal, this 176.5 thousand year old construction is one of the oldest made by humans.

Read the paper here, or watch the film made by CNRS.

25.05.2016 - Vocatio Fellowship for David De Vleeschouwer, former AMGC member.

On Wed. May 25, the (VOCATIO) foundation rewarded 15 young laureates from the humanities, sciences, arts, and medicine.

Among them, former AMGC PhD student David who received a Euro 10.000,- grant to study the evolution of the Australian Monsoon over the last 6 million years.

Portraits of the laureates appear this week in the popular Belgian magazines Knack and Le Vif. (Click here for photo.).

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