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December 15, 2020

Dear ISEB members and biogeochemistry community,

Since we last met November 2019 in Potsdam, Germany, the ISEB25 Organizing and Planning Committee has been planning our next International Symposium on Environmental Biogeochemistry for 2021. As you can imagine, planning a future symposium surrounded by the uncertainty of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been difficult. Although vaccines are now being developed and distributed around the world, public health concerns continue to linger, as does uncertainty associated with future travel.

After consultation with members of the International Advisory Committee and the Executive Board, we made the difficult decision to postpone ISEB25 until 2022. We understand that this will be the first postponement for a ISEB symposium in the organization's history, after almost 50 years. But, we simply could not find a way to provide a successful symposium in 2021 that would be in the best interest of everyone’s health and wellbeing, and be economical and inclusive of our entire international membership.  

We will work to identify new dates and will announce the new symposium timeline as soon as it can be confirmed. We hope to gather in Banff, Canada, but may need to explore other venues. We are optimistic that we will see each other soon, and we appreciate your understanding and continued support of our society during this time.

ISEB25 Organizing and Planning Committee:
Chris Omelon, Chris Weisener, Ernest Chi Fru, Danielle Fortin, William Ghiorse, Annette Engel


ISEB 24 September 22 to 27 2019

GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre, Postdam, Germany

Like previous meetings, ISEB 24 will bring together scientists from all over the world to discuss recent developments and discoveries from all aspects of Environmental Biogeochemistry. The meeting will be in a single session format, so all participants have the chance to see all oral presentations. Daily poster sessions provide sufficient time for discussions among the participants.

The Telegrafenberg campus of GFZ Potsdam has long history in Earth Sciences and dates back to 1870. Since then this place has been at the forefront in many different disciplines, ranging from Geodesy, over Astronomy and Geophysics to Global Change and Energy related topics.

The city of Potsdam is known all over the world for its long history. The past 300 years have seen the transformation of Potsdam from a garrison town to one of Europe’s most imposing royal capitals. Potsdam’s architectural masterpieces, the 17 palaces that are surrounded by an abundance of landscape gardens lining the banks of the beautiful Havel waterscape have considerably determined Potsdam’s World Cultural Heritage status.

There are many hotels in all price ranges in town, the GFZ Campus is centrally located, about a 10 minute walk from the central station. Potsdam is located about 30 km southwest of Berlin, the German capital. Being a major tourist destination itself, there are direct flights to most European airports and a good connection to the German train network.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Potsdam, and please stay tuned for more information via

Liane Benning, Jens Kallmeyer, Kai Mangelsdorf (organizing committee)


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As part of ISEB's partnership with the European Association of Geochemistry, we want to bring your attention to the 2021 Goldschmidt meeting. The early registration deadline will be May 18, 2021. 


December 15, 2020: Announcement about ISEB25 

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



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