[Geodynamics] Failed models and negative results at EGU 2016

Buiter Susanne Susanne.Buiter at NGU.NO
Mon Jan 11 03:25:36 AEDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

Ever struggled with unexpected, controversial, failed or negative results? Then please consider joining our poster session at the upcoming EGU meeting:

TS7.5/GD8.5/GM1.10 The gallery of failed models and negative results (posters only)

We would really love to start an open and constructive discussion in our community on those cases where we failed or results came up negative as we could learn a lot by sharing. So please do consider submitting your abstract for a poster contribution. The abstract deadline is already next week Wednesday 13 January at 13:00 CET.

We are looking forward to constructive discussions and we promise that we will also submit our own failed attempts!
Susanne, Laetitia and Cedric

Here is the full description of our session:

TS7.5/GD8.5/GM1.10 The gallery of failed models and negative results

Conveners: Susanne Buiter, Laetitia Le Pourhiet, Cedric Thieulot

In the Geosciences, as in other science fields, a study may have best chances for acceptance in scientific literature if it confirms a theory or conceptual idea that is well accepted in the community or if it reaches a positive result. The cases that fail in their test of a new method or idea often end up deep down in a drawer. Also physically sound simulations may remain unpublished even when they could correspond to a concept that has not yet been considered because of for example scarce data. Similarly, negative results such as numerical methods that fail to converge or that turn out not to be worth pursuing also never get published. This is potentially a waste of time and resources within our community as other scientists may set about testing the same idea or model setup without being aware of previous failed attempts. Similarly, in the community we may be struggling with setups of models and techniques without knowing that others are facing the same issues.

In this session we encourage constructive discussions of unexpected, controversial, failed and/or negative results on any aspect of tectonics, structural geology, geodynamics, geomorphology and related fields. The conveners promise that they will also submit their own failed attempts!

Abstract submission: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/abstractsubmission/20589/123

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