University of Bayreuth, Presse release No. 010/2023 - 1 February 2023

Editorial seat of geoscience magazine Elements moves to University of Bayreuth 

Elements, an internationally highly regarded print and online geoscience magazine, has moved its editorial headquarters to the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI) at the University of Bayreuth. The new editor-in-chief is Bayreuth geoscientist Dr. Esther Posner. Until now, the journal, which was founded in 2005, was edited from the USA and Canada.

Elements is jointly published by 18 international geoscience societies and appears six times a year. Each issue focuses on a current topic in geochemistry and mineralogy, such as the causes and impact of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, or the role of certain chemical elements in the formation of planets. Unlike other scientific journals, Elements is not only aimed at smaller groups of experts but also, for example, at students, teachers at schools, managers in science-promoting institutions and researchers in industrial companies, or even private mineral collectors. "Elements is the fine art of geoscientific literature. The articles are characterized by clear graphics, comprehensibly prepared figures and a linguistically relaxed presentation of the latest findings. As the new editor-in-chief, I want to continue this editorial line from Bayreuth in order to continue to appeal to a broader audience," says Dr. Esther Posner.

Dr. Esther Posner at a multi-anvil press in the BGI at the University of Bayreuth. Photo: Hongzhan Fei.

Posner is the third editor-in-chief of Elements, following Dr. Jodi Rosso (Washington/USA, 2015-2022) and Dr. Pierrette Tremblay (Quebec/Canada, 2005-2014). A strong interest in the chemical evolution of planets had led her to the Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI) in 2013, where she received her PhD in 2017 with a dissertation on experimental and theoretical high-pressure geochemistry. For her research results, she received the prestigious Rock and Mineral Physics Graduate Research Award from the American Geophysical Union. 

In the years that followed, Posner continued her scientific work at BGI as a laboratory manager and as a postdoctoral fellow. At the same time, she developed a growing interest in science communication, which led her to work as a freelance consultant and editor for international science publications. On assuming the post as editor-in-chief of Elements, Posner says, "BGI is the 'Hollywood' of high-pressure experimental geoscience. It is a great honor to bring the Elements editorial staff to this world-class research institute."

Prof. Daniel Frost, BGI's deputy director, has also held senior positions with the geoscience magazine: He chaired the Executive Committee of Elements for several years and was its representative for the European Association of Geochemistry.

Dr. Esther Posner

Dr. Esther Posner

Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry & Geophysics (BGI)
University of Bayreuth

Phone: +49 (0) 151-68 59 28 68

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University of Bayreuth

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