The EGU General Assembly 2021, usually hosted in Vienna, took place virtually for the second time (19-30 April 2021). We are happy that two sessions at this year's EGU were covened by ICOS-CH members.

Mana Gharun (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich) convened the session "Bridging understanding of carbon and water fluxes from leaf to continent with observations and simulations" (BG3.18). The session was a great success – more than 100 people joined to see the presentations and participate in the very nice discussions. How good to see that despite all physical limitations, participants still managed to hear about the latest research, interact and even extend their scientific network.

Simone Pieber (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at Empa) convened the EGU early career scientist round table "Great Debate 5" discussion on "Bullying in Academia – towards creating healthy and safe working environments" (GDB5) which turned into a successful event, and counted around 80 attendees. Conveners, moderators, and participants across different career stages exchanged and brainstormed in 7 confidential break out rooms and 1 open discussion. In preparation for the event, the conveners prepared an informative blog post (Pieber SM, Van Rijsingen E, Gürer D, Beniest A, 2021: "Mind your Head - An introduction to workplace bullying in academia"), which lists valuable resources for everyone and served as stimulus for the discussion. During GDB5, a list of ideas for bottom up actions to foster inclusive work environments within the Geosciences was created, which serves as a basis for future work by the EGU ECS to tackle this matter.

Well done, Simone and Mana!



The Virtual #ICOScapes Photo Exhibition is launched today. Enjoy 'travelling' to ICOS stations and learn about what is measured at these unique locations in order to understand and mitigate climate change. Our ICOS Class 1 station Jungfraujoch is also part of the exhibition. Read more and enter the exhibition here!


The EGU General Assembly 2021, will take place entirely online from 19-30 April 2021. Check out contributions from the ICOS community here.


As every year in spring, all people working for ICOS at the Davos station (from ETH Zurich, WSL and Empa) met with the aim to share information, to address any questions, to plan the upcoming field season and to exchange ongoing scientific efforts and results. Usually, this was held as an informal meeting where we also enjoyed meeting each other for lunch or a drink afterwards. As for many other events, we also had to skip this part this year and the meeting was held entirely virtually. We were still happy about the outcome of the meeting, impressed about all the publications in the pipeline and are looking forward to a hopefully successful and nice field season. Let's hope that we can meet in person soon!


ICOS is coordinating an EU H2020 project proposal on developing greenhouse gas measurements in cities. The goal is to demonstrate the ability to integrate complementary measurements systems and methods as well as data.  An open nomination process for a pilot city resulted in seven very high-level applications where Zurich was selected as second tier. We are very excited that a Swiss city was selected to be part of this European effort! Read more here.


The EGU General Assembly 2021, will take place entirely online from 19-30 April 2021. Submit abstracts to vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21) and experience this virtual adventure with the nearly 700 scientific sessions, mentoring and networking events, award ceremonies and lectures and many more activities. 

Consider submitting your abstract to one of the ICOS-CH convened or co-convened sessions:

BG3.18: Bridging understanding of carbon and water fluxes from leaf to continent with observations and simulations. Convener: Mana Gharun | Co-conveners: Arthur Geßler, Rossella Guerrieri, Corinna Rebmann, Benjamin Stocker

GDB5: Bullying in Academia: towards creating a healthy and safe working environment. Convener: Anouk Beniest | Co-conveners: Derya Gürer, Simone M. Pieber, Elenora van Rijsingen

... or to one of the sessions of the ICOS RI community.

Abstract submission is open until 13 January 2021 at 13:00 CET.


The presentation slides from the ICOS Science Conference 2021 are now available online! The conference took place in September as a virtual conference and you can now check out the presentations given from scientists all around the world - from their desks at home or in their offices. 

Also see this video with conference highlights!


In a recent ICOS Science Success Story, Simone Pieber (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at Empa) tells us about her experiences with Juypter Notebooks. Read the full story here.

Interested in more ICOS Science Success Stories? Check them out here.


Today, the recently published study by Mana Gharun (Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich) and ICOS-CH co-authors was featured in De Standaard. ICOS makes cross-national outreach possible - wonderful!


ICOS-CH was one of the co-hosts of one of the 24 sessions of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2020, on 6/7 November, with in total more than 1000 registered participants and 445 submissions.