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ISEB 23 September 25-29 2017

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.

This year, the five-day conference was entitled “From cells to Earth scale processes: traversing the breadth of temporal and spatial scales in biogeochemistry.” The program featured a diverse delegation of scientists presenting on a wide range of topics within the interdisciplinary field of environmental Earth sciences, from tropical forest ecology to the efficiency of storm water biofiltration systems, biogeochemistry of mine environments, forensics, and bacterial-mineral interactions. Between keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, 93 delegates presented their research this year at ISEB. The breadth and scope of the symposium was exemplary of the ISEB community’s interdisciplinary aims and its traditions in advancing scientific knowledge and methodology of biogeochemistry—a project of increasing urgency as our world is in a time of massive environmental change.

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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.

ISEB in Australia

Participants at the 23rd International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry at Palm Cove, Australia


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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