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  Information - TM3 European Cooperation in Geosciences and Environmental Sciences: ESF & COST opportunities

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With this EGU Townhall Meeting (TM3), our purpose is to highlight the importance of international, interdisciplinary cooperation in the European framework of research in the relevant areas in Geosciences and Environmental Sciences. A series of five short, stimulating keynote talks will give examples of activities recently developed within the framework of the European Science Foundation (ESF, and of the intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST, Two short presentations of the activities and opportunities available for the European scientific community in the fields of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences within ESF and COST will also be given before the floor is open for discussion and questions. The meeting will be followed by a "get-together" reception.

Established in 1974 as an independent non-governmental organisation, the European Science Foundation (ESF, is an association of 77 Member Organisations devoted to scientific research in 30 European countries. ESF's core purpose is to promote high quality science at a European level. ESF provides a platform for its Member Organisations to advance European research and explore new directions for research at the European level. The Foundation is committed to providing scientific leadership through its networking expertise and by ensuring that there is a European added value to all of its initiatives and projects.

The intergovernmental initiative for European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST, was established by the Ministerial Conference in November 1971, and is presently used by the scientific communities of 35 European countries to cooperate in common research projects supported by national funds. COST support cooperation networks (COST Actions) in nine research and technology domains.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Stephanie Templer (ETH Zürich, CH) – Microbial ecology in deep sea coral reef ecosystems

Jelle Bijma (AWI Bremerhaven, DE) – Climate change an ocean acidification: Double trouble

Jeffrey Hare (SOLAS IPO, UEA, Norwich, UK) – Progress on development of global air-sea flux fields (COST Action 735)

Almut Arneth (Lund University, SE) – Terrestrial biogenic emissions in the carbon cycle-chemistry-climate system

Daniel Rasse (Bioforsk Ås, NO) – Molecular aspects of terrestrial carbon fluxes

European Science Foundation (ESF,; and the intergovernmental initiative for European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST,

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