IGS Symposium 2014


International Symposium on Glaciers and Ice Sheets
Contribution to Sea-Level Change
(Observations, Modelling and Prediction)

Chamonix, France, 26-30 May 2014

The IGS international Symposium in Chamonix was organised by the International
Glaciological Society (IGS) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) from LGGE. The
Symposium took place in the Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme (ENSA), in Chamonix-
Mont-Blanc, France.

A website containing all the information was setup and regularly updated (http://wwwlgge.

A total of 225 abstracts were submitted on the symposium website. Finally, 224 participants
from 23 countries attended the symposium, among them 70 were students and 71 were
women. It is worth noticing the high ratio (>1) of participants over the number of abstracts
submitted, which is usually much lower for similar IGS symposia. The complete list of
participants and their affiliations is given in Annexe 2. Due to this unexpected high number of
participants, an overflow room was organised to limit the number of delegates in the
amphitheatre, which had a limited capacity of 196 persons.

ENSA offered the possibility of lodging around 100 participants in their student-type rooms.
The lodging option also included dinners at ENSA and breakfasts. Lunches for all
participants were served in the ENSA cafeteria and were included in the registration fees.
The symposium consisted of 5 keynote lectures of 36 minutes (each day started with a
keynote lecture), 68 oral presentations of 18 minutes and 2 poster sessions of 3 hours each
(147 posters presented in total). The complete program of the workshop is given in Annexe 1.
On Sunday evening, an icebreaker reception was organised by ENSA in order to welcome all
the participants.

On Monday evening the Seligman Crystal was awarded to Paul Duval. After an introduction
by the IGS President, Doug MacAyeal, Paul Duval was presented with this prestigious award
after which he presented an overview of his research.
On Wednesday afternoon, an excursion was organised for all participants, who had the
choice of:
• taking the gondola up to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) and having a guided tour by
LGGE researchers,
• taking the Mont-Blanc train to access the Montenvers, viewing the Mer de Glace
glacier, and visiting the glaciorium,
• taking the Mont-Blanc train to access the Montenvers and having a guided tour on the
Mer de Glace and as well as having an overview of the measurements performed so
far on this glacier by the LGGE.

On Wednesday evening, the Local Organising Committee and the journalist, Lise Barneoud,
organised a public lecture for the city of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Approximately 100 persons
attended the 2-hour conference. The speakers, Frank Pattyn (ULB), Eric Rignot (JPL),
Delphine Six (LGGE), Christian Vincent (LGGE) and Isabella Zin (LTHE), explained to the
audience our current knowledge on the impact of climate warming from the poles to the Mont
On Thursday evening was the symposium banquet which was held in the Majestic building in

You can find the Scientific Report here.