NGWM 2024 in Gothenburg
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NGWM 2024 in Gothenburg

Gothenburg hosted the 36th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting (NGWM 2024) 50 years after the very first NGWM meeting, which happened to take place in Gothenburg, too. Hence in many ways a jubilee meeting. Here afterwards, we are extremely relieved to see how well everything was organised and what an exciting scientific meeting it turned out to be. The Swedish Geological Society and the conference organisers Sweden MEETX decided for Svenska Mässan, and what an excellent choice for a conference locality – top professional in every way. It only added bonus points to the meeting that the largest dog show of the Nordic countries, MyDOG 1 & 2 took place at the same time. They were on the ground floor, and we the geoscientists on the 1st floor, but you did see a few NGWM participants sneak down to dog exhibitions over the days (which I fully support :-)). Erik was the convener of the Open Geophysics session together with Halldór Geirsson from the University of Iceland and presented two talks on Icelandic volcano Askja. One talk about Askja during the deflation period until 2021, and another talk on behalf of Michelle Parks on the inflation that’s taken place around Askja since August 2021. For my part, I managed to get a special session up and running on ‘Ikaite and Glendonite pseudomorphs’ together with co-convener Madeleine Vickers from the University of Oslo. We had eight presenters for our session: Bas van de Schootbrugge (NL), Madeleine Vickers (UK/NO), Erik Trampe (DK), Bo Pagh Schultz (DK), Bjørn Buchardt (DK), Paul Seaman (UK), Richard Gyllencreutz (SE), and myself (DK/SE). Unfortunately, Erik Trampe and Bo Pagh Schultz were unable to present, which meant Madeleine and I presented two talks each to fill their time slots. Nevertheless, we are really pleased with how well this session went and all the people who attended. We got some really interesting discussions going on the connection between ikaite and glendonite pseudomophs, which was exactly what we hoped for with this session. Further, it was just great to see so many ‘old’ colleagues and friends in Gothenburg. Erik and I had two dinners during the meeting and two of our friends/colleagues staying over in our home. We are rather tired but also really happy with this fantastic week. Champagne tonight, both to celebrate the success of the NGWM 2024 meeting, and the new King of Denmark, Frederik X and his fantastic wife Queen Mary (Erik being partly Australian rejoice in this) 🙂

Photo: Gabrielle. Erik with his group of old friends, Daniel Larsson, Dan Holstam, Erik Sturkell, Joakim Mansfeld and Johan Söderhielm at dinner in our home.
Photo: Erik Sturkell. Geophysicist Paul Seaman (UK) in front and microbiologist Erik Trampe (DK) behind him were staying with us on Skjutbanegatan during the meeting. Both are colleagues from the IKKA project and good friends.
Photo: Erik Sturkell. My ‘old’ M.Sc. supervisor Bjørn Buchardt from the University of Copenhagen came to visit us and took part in the meeting. Here he is the testing the VR goggles of Paul visualising the underwater world of submarine columns in Ikka Fjord. Quite fantastic, it’s like you are swimming among the columns.
Photo: Paul Seaman. Our excellent keynote speaker Bas van de Schootbrugge from University of Utrecht in the Netherlands gave a very interesting talk and overview on Svalbard glendonites.
Photo: Paul Seaman. Gabrielle explaining why we have ikaite formation in Ikka Fjord, SW Greenland
Photo: Paul Seaman. Richard Gyllencreutz from Stockholm University presenting his marine sedimentary results of Ikka Fjord.