Annual Convention 2019
Saturday, June 22
Individual travel to Geneva (Hotel Royal), optional lunch at the restaurant of Hotel Royal
Afternoon: General Assembly and scientific presentations
Afternoon: Partners’ programme: Guided sightseeing tour through
Geneva, historical and cultural highlights
Evening: Cocktails and association dinner at Hotel Royal
Sunday, June 23
Field trip by coach to the highlights of the geology around basin, Vuache fault with recent seismic activity, bitumen-impregnated Lower Freshwater Molasse.
Evening: Individual dinner at Geneva. Wide choice of restaurants in the town of Geneva, in walking distance of the hotel.
Monday, June 24
Field trip by coach, visiting some stratigraphic highlights in the Jura arc west of Geneva such as a Kimmeridgian
coral-reef complex and bituminous limestone of lagoonal facies, still being mined because of the high sulfur content.
Geneva – the smallest of big cities
Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the Frenchspeaking city of Geneva lies at the bay where the Rhone river leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair as well as the European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the city is known as the «capital of peace».
The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the «Jet d’eau» – the fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva.
Early on, Geneva was an Allobrogian border town, fortified against the Helvetii tribe, when the Romans conquered it in 121 BC. It turned to Christianity during the Late Roman Empire, and later on Geneva became an episcopal seat already in the 4th century.
In the Middle Ages, Geneva was ruled by a count of the Holy Roman Empire until the late 14th century. Around this time, the House of Savoy came to at least nominally dominate the city. In the 15th century, an oligarchic republican government emerged with the creation of the Grand Council. In the first half of the 16th century, the Protestant Reformation reached the city, causing religious strife, during which Savoy rule was thrown off and Geneva allied itself with the Swiss Confederacy. In 1541, John Calvin, the founder of Calvinism, became the spiritual leader of the city and established the Republic of Geneva. By the 18th century, Geneva had come under the influence of catholic France, which regarded the city as its own. In 1798, revolutionary France under the Directory annexed Geneva. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Geneva became a canton of the Swiss Confederation.