Robert Berner Lecture

Robert Berner (1935-2015) Robert Berner (1935-2015)

About the Robert Berner Lecture

The lecture was established in 2017 by students and friends of the late Robert Berner to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. It is a joint program of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The lecture is on a 'Berner' subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth's surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc).

Lecturers are mid-career scientists, selected by the Berner Lecture Committee, then approved by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry.

Read a short report of the 2018 Lecture

For Further Information

Please contact Michael Krom (

Filip Meysman Named 2019 Berner Lecturer

The GS and EAG are pleased to announce that Prof. dr. ir Filip Meysman (University of Antwerp, Belgium) will present the 2019 Robert Berner Lecture at the Goldschmidt2019 conference in Barcelona. Prof. dr. ir. Meysman is coordinator of the Microbial Electricity Research Group and his research focuses on biogeochemical cycling in marine ecosystems, marine sediment biogeochemistry, electrogenic marine micro-organisms, coastal hypoxia and ocean acidification, and CO2 sequestration in coastal ecosystems. Details of the lecture will be available in April.

Past Lectures

2018 Simon Poulton Exploring Earth's Redox Landscape
2017 Joshua West Sources of Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time

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Contributions to the Berner Lecture fund go directly to supporting the lecturer's travel to Goldschmidt every year.

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