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ISEB in Australia – an organiser’s perspective

Simon Apte, CSIRO Land & Water, Sydney Australia.

After two years of planning, the 23rd International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB23) took place in September 2017 at Palm Cove in far north Queensland, Australia. The location, which is a perfect showcase of tropical Australia with the Great Barrier Reef and rainforests being within easy reach, is an obvious attraction for any environmental scientist.

The organisers felt a strong responsibility to observe the tried and tested meeting traditions developed over 40 years that define an ISEB symposium. These included a four day single session program with a day in the middle for organised field trips and a comprehensive social program that is designed to maximise networking between delegates.  The Symposium attendance was deliberately kept small (around 100 delegates) as we wanted to offer an alternative to the large, impersonal mega-conferences where attendees often find it difficult to engage with fellow scientists and make new contacts. The ISEB meeting format has always encouraged networking and informal dialogue between delegates.

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Announcing ISEB 24, September 22 to 27 2019, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre, Postdam, Germany

ISEB 22 Special Volume on Biogeochemical Dynamics of Sediment-Water Systems: Processes and Modelling is available in the Journal of Soils and Sediments. Issue Editors: Nives Ogrinc and Jadran Faganeli 


ISEB is pleased to announce a partnership with the European Association of Geochemistry.  The agreement offers benefits to members of both organizations.






History of ISEB

The initial concept for this organization was developed in 1970 by D.A. McLaren and J. Skujins; specifically, a meeting with no overlapping sessions devoted to environmental biogeochemistry where participants would be exposed to discussions not only in their own field of expertise, but also to discussions in other cognate disciplines. 

Skujins subsequently organized an informal meeting in 1971 with P. Givens, T. Brock and H. Ehrlich that gave shape and form to the idea of a international symposium on biogeochemistry.  In 1973, the first symposium was held at Utah State University in Logan, USA.  Since then the symposium had become a regular biennial event with formalization of the organization through incorporation as a not-for-profit company under the name of Symposia on Environmental Biogeochemistry, Inc. (SEB).  At the 19th biennial symposium in 2009 at Hamburg, Germany, the International Committee of SEB established the International Society for Environmental Biogeochemistry.

A Graduate Student's Introduction to the International Biogeochemistry Scene

Brock Edwards, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada

The 23rd International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB), which converged on tropical Palm Cove, Cairns, Australia in September 2017, was a great success. The symposium series has been in existence for nearly 50 years, occurring every two years and bringing together the best minds in the environmental sciences from around the world.

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Membership is open to individuals who endorse the mission of the society and who are professionally active in environmental sciences, geochemistry, soil sciences, microbiology, limnology, marine sciences, atmospheric sciences, and all other related fields.  The two year length of memberships runs in parallel with the biennial cycle of the International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry.

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