At this year's Kangaroo goes Science day, one hundred girls, the best of their class (level seven) who had taken part in the Kangaroo Mathematics Competition in March, were invited to visit ETH Zurich virtually. Sabina Keller from the Grassland Sciences group, headed by Nina Buchmann (ICOS-CH Focal Point), coordinated and organized two Plants and Sensors workshops for around 20 girls. The participants made and tested their own temperature sensor with the help of a kit sent to them beforehand. They learned about ICOS from Susanne Burri (ICOS-CH coordinator). And finally, they even "climbed" the ICOS Davos station with Mana Gharun (ICOS-CH Postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich). If you want to join Mana climbing the Davos station as well, check out this video!


We are excited that the Virtual #ICOScapes Photo Exhibition has become a visiting exhibition of focusTerra!


ICOS has been granted an EU funded project to develop a greenhouse gas measurement system for urban areas. Zurich is one of three pilot cities where the feasibility of different measurement approaches in different areas will be tested. Basel is among 12 other cities that will join the city network in order to increase the impact and to make sure the concept developed will fit for different types of cities in different countries and landscapes.

Congratulation to all ICOS-CH members who will be involved in the PAUL (‘Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes – towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases’) project! Read more here.


ICOS RI has been evaluated by an external Evaluation Committee at the end of its five-year implementation period. The experts evaluated that ICOS has been successfully set up and has established itself as a global power in the greenhouse gas and climate change arena. Read more here.


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.