Carmen Gaina (CEED director) and Valentina Magni (CEED researcher), invited by the In Context programme, visited Slănic Moldova in September 2019. This small town of Romania is located in the south-east part of the Carpathian mountains. Tourists come here for its mineral water springs, artists come here to be inspired by its nature, and we came here to talk to high school students about geology, plate tectonics, and the environment. From a geological perspective, this region is a great place to study how the solid Earth interacts with water at different depths and time scales.
At the CEED summer party, in June 2019, we held a seminar day on the theme “Water Planet” in the beautiful venue of Hafslund Hovegård. Water was the overarching theme of all talks, going from the deep Earth’s interior to the solar system, passing through ocean floor, sea level, and glaciers. The invited speakers Martha Pamato (University of Padova), Philip Brandl (Geomar), Pippa Whitehouse (Durham University), Laurent Montesi (University of Maryland), and CEED researchers Razvan Caracas, Krister Karlsen, Sergei Medvedev, and Agata Krzesinska gave great overviews on different water-related topics that set up the base for a couple of hours of group discussions, interrupted only by a waffles break.