Geological research deals with the history and evolution of the Earth. Modern geological research is carried out by international cooperation, whether in mineralogy, bedrock geology or isotope geochemistry.
The use of highly specialized and costly analytical techniques also contributes to making cooperation necessary, both on a national and international level.
Contacts and cooperation can take many different forms: the participation of researchers from our department in international conferences and field trips, in large international collaborative projects, or in cooperation on a more individual basis with foreign researchers. We may also visit foreign research institutions as guest researchers, or receive foreign guest researchers who want to use our equipment for shorter or longer periods.
In mineralogy, we handle loans of minerals from our mineral collection. We are also taking part in the international cooperation in describing, classifying and naming newly discovered mineral species and to approve those new minerals, which is led by the International Mineralogical Association's Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification.
In bedrock geology and geochronology there is also extensive international cooperation, among other things through the Usesco-supported International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).
In low-temperature geochemistry, our department takes part in two international collaborative projects, MetTrans och GEOTRACES:
Metal Transport in the Environment, MetTrans, is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network of academic and industrial partners with a focus on outstanding issues in the migration of metals in the environment.
GEOTRACES is an international study of the global marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes. The mission is to identify processes and quantify fluxes that control the distributions of key trace elements and isotopes in the ocean, and to establish the sensitivity of these distributions to changing environmental conditions.