Workshop “The future of UnivEarthS”

Associated with this article, you will find a photo montage depicting the discussions and the presentations in pdf format.

The UnivEarthS project organized friendly meetings, open to all, Friday, Feb. 19 at IPGP. The goal was to share with the participants about the prospects of this project in the scientific, institutional areas and also teaching, that is to say, consider the dawn of a future UnivEarthS.

Forty enthusiastic people attended. Researchers and professors but also students, post-docs, engineers and administrative helped to build constructive exchanges.



Stavros Katsanevas, APC director and co-director of the project, initiated these meetings, replacing the context. In 2015, the Labex were evaluated on their mid-term achievements. The report by an international panel was extremely positive for UnivEarthS, one of the best known to S. Katsanevas. Labex ended 31 December 2019, new Labex can be developed with different contours and can be useful to start thinking now.

Presentation of Héctor GOMEZ-Maluenda (post-doc UnivEarthS) on “Exploration of the Kings tombs archeology and muon tomography”.

H. GOMEZ-Maluenda has first presented the advantages of muon tomography (non invasive method and using natural light) and recalled the current uses (mainly volcanoes). His work within the APC is to extend previous work in archeology and especially Macedonian tumulus. Discussions have shown the value of trade between geosciences and astrosciences: this post-doc APC leverages IP on the work of Kevin JOURDE, PhD IPGP.

Presentations of Stavros KATSANEVAS “UnivEarthS and USPC medium and long term”, followed by Edouard KAMINSKI  “Opening to other USPC partnerships: interdisciplinarity and education

After reviewing the current objectives of the Labex, S. Katsanevas presented thematic developments and possible improvements. E. KAMINSKI highlighted the strong momentum of the members of Labex, which provide new teaching and research as well as the outline of a community. He then supported the need to position the thematic Geosciences and astrosciences vis-à-vis social issues. Discussions focused in particular on the new data visibility through MOOCs developments benefits or otherwise of multidisciplinary training and jobs.

Presentation of Matteo BARSUGLIA “First direct detection of gravitational waves and watching the merger of two black holes”

Given the announcement that had been made recently on this scientific event, a happening was added, especially as some researches of joint Barsuglia with IPGP relate to earthquake prediction.
Mr. Barsuglia succinctly explained why the results 100 years after those predicted by Einstein foreshadow a new astronomy. Through their questions, participants were able to understand the difficulty of this type of detection, where the desired signal must be cleaned of any interference.

The animation pancakes that followed allowed people to continue these discussions.