In August, I travelled to Prague, Czech Republic, to attend a week-long geochemistry conference and present my PhD research. Goldschmidt is an annual conference hosted jointly by The European Association of Geochemistry and The Geochemical Society and is attended by thousands of geochemists from across the world. In addition to the conference, I also attended a specially organised one-day workshop on computational thermodynamics covering the MELTS family of models, used for calculations in magmatic systems.
I travelled from Edinburgh with a colleague also attending the conference and we arrived in Prague late on a Saturday night – several hours later than expected due to a massive thunder and lightning storm over Poland that delayed our first flight. We were staying, along with several others, in an apartment about 10mins walk from the centre of Prague and about 30mins walk from Prague Congress Centre, where the conference was held. Our conference registration included free travel of the very efficient Prague metro and everyone made full use of this in the first couple of days during which is poured with rain constantly – so much for escaping the Scottish summer for some sunshine!
My poster presentation was scheduled for the Monday, as part of a session entitled ‘Water in the Mantle’, comprising oral presentations during the day and poster presentations in the evening. This was a great chance for me to interact with scholars working on similar areas of research and gain useful feedback on my research to date.
As well as the conference, I spent some time in the evenings and at lunch times enjoying the beautiful city of Prague and seeing the sights – particularly the famous astronomical clock in the old town, the Charles Bridge and the view from Prague Castle (worth climbing up all the steps in the hot sun!). Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Prague and I’m grateful to the GoAbroad fund for the opportunity to attend the conference.