Report by IAG Grant Holder – European Meeting of Young Geomorphologists (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, 9-11 June 2023)

The IAG grant holder, Aleksandra Osika, giving her presentation about the glacial history of South Svalbard

The European Meeting of Young Geomorphologists took place in Chamonix (France) on 9-11 June 2023. To help Young Geomorphologists to attend that event, the IAG offered a grant of 300€ to Aleksandra Osika (Katowice, Poland). Find her full report here.

The Meeting started with a day of conferences divided in three thematic sessions: ‘Dynamic of glacial and periglacial environments’, ‘Geoheritage and geodiversity’, and ‘Methodological advances to innovative case studies’. Aleksandra reports that the ‘inspiring presentations’ led to ‘vibrant and friendly discussions’ all along the Meeting, and she is particularly glad of the ‘positive feedback’ she had on her own presentation.

The next two days of the Meeting were dedicated to field trips in the Mont Blanc Massif, that Aleksandra reports as ‘well organised’. They notably visited the Mer de Glace, an actively retreating glacier, which led to discussions on the ‘perception of the consequences of the ongoing climate change’, especially from the point of view of tourism. They also visit the Ferret Valley, which enabled discussions on the ‘dynamics of rock glaciers and slope processes’ in the area. Overall, Aleksandra describes these field trips as an ‘unforgettable experience’.

For Aleksandra, the Meeting as a whole was ‘scientifically and socially fruitful’, as it allowed her to gain additional knowledge on glacial and periglacial geomorphology, and to establish new scientific contacts.