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IBC Conference on Remediation Strategies for Heterogeneous
Environments (January, 1998)
Productive Use and Rehabilitation of Saline Land (March, 1998)
International Conference on China Environment, Law, Policy, Technology,
and Business (August, 1998)
Soil Ecological Tour in Russia (July/August, 1998)
XV INQUA 1999 CONGRESS (August, 1999)
Location: New Orleans, LA, USA
This conference will serve to provide delegates unique
practical strategies which industry can use to enhance the efficiency
and cost-effectiveness of remediation projects. Abstracts should focus
on real-life examples and clearly illustrate novel benefits/strategies
learned from the experience -- case studies with novel hard data will
be given preferential treatment. Presentations based solely on a
company product or service will not be accepted. Presentations are
encouraged from both academia and industry, however please note that
the focus of the program/presentations should be on industry and
Derek Hayden Kealey, Conference Producer, IBC Conferences
Fax: (USA) 508-481-4473
Date: March 10
Location: Tamworth, NSW, Australia
This conference is the fifth in a series of biennial conferences organised
under the umbrella of the National Committee for the Productive Use and
Rehabilitation of Saline Land (PURSL). The conference is aimed at bringing
together land managers, administrators and researchers in this field.
There will be two days of talks with 4 sessions comprising:
- Extent, future trends and R&D
- Managing salinity at different scales
- Constraints (practical, technical and economic)
- The way forward
Oral presentations will be restricted to 4-6 per session. Therefore posters
and displays are actively encouraged.
Nico Marcar, CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Canberra, Australia
A detailed brochure outlining the draft program and further details (costs)
Date: June 29
Location: Brisbane, Australia
The 16th biennial conference of the Australian Clay Minerals Society will cover a
wide range of topics of interest to the Australian and international clay mineral
community. It will build on the success of previous conferences by the
Australian Clay Mineral Society. A preliminary list of topics is:
- Clays in industry
- Clays in the environment
- Surface and interlayer reactions
- Clay mineral structures and chemistry
- Clay geology
- Soil mineralogy
On the second day of the conference there will be a field trip to local sites with
a clay minerals focus. In addition the conference will be followed by a 2-day field
trip looking at clay minerals in the SouthEast Queensland region.
The conference will be held at the Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point
Campus, George Street, Brisbane, Australia.
Intent to register and titles of papers are due on the 1/2/98. Payment and abstracts are
due on 1/5/98. Details of the format for abstract preparation will be circulated with your
Ray Frost, Centre for Instrumental and Developmental Chemistry, Queensland University of Technology
Phone: +61 (7) 3864 2407 Fax: +61 (7) 3864 1804
Date: July/August 1998
The tour -- which has already taken place successfully in 1993, 1994 and 1995 -- will be
patronised by the Timiriazev Agricultural Academy from Moscow; it is
designed and is supervised by specialists in soil and environmental sciences from
different research institutes of Russia. The objectives of the tour comprise:
education in the fields of soil science, ecology and geography, scientific contacts -
exchange of ideas, development of personal contacts, discussing probable joint
research projects, including those aimed at supporting scientific experimental
stations or natural reserves.
The field tour allows an opportunity to study zonal soils, climate, vegetation, to
observe basic features of landscapes, including characteristics of relief and
sediments, processes of natural ecosystems' evolution and dynamics, as well as their
Holocene history. Problems of sustainable land use and environmental control,
differences of nutrient circulation in agricultural and natural ecosystems are
tackled. The tour starts in southern taiga zone north of Moscow (Podzols, Podzoluvisols),
crosses the forest-steppe (Luvisols, Greyzems) and typical steppe zones (Phaeozems,
Chernozems), where a unique biospheric reserve with a deep Russian Chernozem
("Streletskaya steppe" near Kursk) is demonstrated, as well as 100 years old experiments
on sustainable land use initiated by Dokuchaev ("Dokuchaev oasis" in Kamennaya steppe).
Semi-desertic soils - Calcisols, Solonetzes, Vertisols and an evolutionary sequence of
Fluvisols within the Volga valley are shown near Volgograd.
Presentation of about 30 soil pits during the tour (more than one third of the soil
types according to FAO-classification) is focused on discussing soil morphology as
related to soil-forming agents and processes; it is followed by discussing correlations
between the Russian and International taxonomic systems (FAO, German classification),
land use facilities.
Students and young research and teaching professionals, specialised
in soil science, land managements and control, agricultural sciences, geography,
environmental studies are invited. This tour may be interesting for both high-class
specialists for their own research programs and discussions with Russian participants,
as well as for non-specialists wishing to get acquainted with Russian nature, history
and mode of living.
This 3-week July-August bus tour with camp stops and visits to famous historical
monuments is provided with German and/or English simultaneous translation. Additional
information about the next tour, costs, program and other may be obtained from:
Yakov Kuzyakov, Institute of Soil Science and Land Evaluation (310),
University of Hohenheim, Fruewirthstr. 12, D-70599 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 / 459-3669; Fax: +49 711 / 459-4071
Location: Beijing. P.R. China
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
The primary objective of this conference is to bridge Chinese
environmental community and industry with the rest of the world.
Specifically, the conference is intended to provide a platform for
industry leaders, policy makers, investors, consultants and
researchers from all over the world to exchange and learn the current
status and trend of China environmental laws and policies, the booming
environmental market, the technology need and business opportunities.
The maximum words allowed in each abstract is limited to 400. The
abstract and paper, if accepted, can be in either English and Chinese,
though English is preferred. A translator will be provided during the
presentation at the conference.
Abstracts must clearly define the objectives of the presentations,
what was done and what was found, what conclusions were drawn, and
what the findings mean to China and/or international environmental
The abstract is due on March 1, 1998. The corresponding author of each
abstract will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of the
proposed paper by May 1, 1998.
There is no limit to the number of the abstracts that maybe submitted
by an individual. PACE membership is not a requirement for acceptance.
Speakers will be responsible for paying their own travel expenses and
registration fees as well as expenses associated with historical site
visits, but will receive complimentary registration (i.e., no
registration fee). Some financial assistance may be available to
student speakers whose papers are selected for presentations.
Dr. Y. Yang Gong, Louis Berger International, Inc., 30 Vreeland Road,
Florham Park, NJ 07932, USA
Tel: (USA) 201-678-1960@420; Fax: (USA) 201-676-3564
Location: Montpellier, France
16ème Congrès Mondial de Science du Sol Agropolis
Avenue Agropolis, 34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France,
Tél. (33) 67 04 75 38 Fax (33) 67 04 75 49
WWW : http://www.cirad.fr/isss.html
Date: September 6
Location: Brno, Czech Republic
The conference will be held on the campus of Masaryk University in Brno,
September 6 - 10, 1998 under the auspices of the Ministry of the
Environment with the participation of UNESCO/IUGS' International Geological
Correlation Programme. The scientific program will cover all topics of
theoretical and applied clay science. The principal themes of its
proceedings will be:
- Clay mineralogy and petrology
- Applied research of clay materials
- Industrial applications of clay science
- Clay minerals and the environment
- Clays in soil research
- Zeolites and their usage
Simultaneously, the Annual Meeting of all participants and scientists
interested in the I.G.C. Project 405: "Anthropogenic Impact on Weathering
Processes" will be held. It will comprise two workshops:
- The dual role of clay minerals in weathering
- Weathering of industrial waste (mining waste, coal combustion residues, slags, etc.)
The program of the conference will be complemented with multi-dimensional
excursion(s) to Neogene clay deposits, Recent vineyards, and industrial
enterprises utilising clays, as well as social events for the participants
and accompanying guests.
- Receipt of the preliminary registrations: January 15, 1998
- The distribution of the second circular: February 1998
- Submission of camera-ready abstracts with registration fee payment May 5, 1998
- Distribution of the 3rd Circular with Conference program July 1998
- Conference sessions, submission and remittance of full-text manuscripts:6 -10 September, 1998
- Registration fees for the Meeting will be:
- Participants US$ 150
- Students US$ 70
- Accompanying Guests US$ 50
Registration after deadline will have a 20% increase in price.
Students will have to present an official certification. The IGCP#405
participants from less developed countries are eligible to obtain financial
support from IGCP#405 funds to cover registration +/- accommodation fee.
Registration will entitle to the Book of Abstracts volume, attendance of
scientific sessions, participation in social events as well as the
conference dinner. Accompanying Guests will be entitled to above activities
with the exception of the Abstracts volume.
Secretariat of 15th Clay Conference, Dept. of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry,Kotlarska 2,
CZ 611 37 Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Date: September 21
Location: Adelaide, Australia
The aim of this international conference is to advance the fields of humic substances
and organic matter research by providing a forum for the sharing of current expertise
between researchers in these disciplines and to enhance the communication and collaboration
of researchers in Australia with those from other parts of the world.
The main topics to be covered by the conference are:
- Characterisation -Size, structure and functional group content
- Origin and fate -Bio-markers, C-cycling, degradation, adsorption
- Aquatic systems -Transport, pollutants, transformation, sediments
- Soil systems -Interactions, amelioration, pollutants and transport
- Geochemical systems -Coal and petroleum industry, mineral processing
- Water treatment -Removal or transformation, disinfection products
The conference will be held over 5 days, which includes four days of scientific sessions,
an excursion day and a conference dinner.
Internationally recognised scientists from a wide range of countries are being invited
to present the keynote lectures. The selection of these speakers will be carried out
to enable innovative research and areas of inter-disciplinary interest to be highlighted.
Both Oral and Poster presentations will be incorporated into the conference sessions.
A call for papers will be made in the Second Announcement brochure, giving details of
abstract presentation. All participants who have abstracts accepted (as either oral or
poster presentations) will be invited to submit their presentation as a paper to be
published as part of the conference proceedings. Papers published in the proceedings
will be refereed before acceptance for publication.
The Conference Organization is being carried out under the direction of the National Chapter
of the IHSS in Australia. The chairman of this committee is Dr Roger Swift, a Past President
of the IHSS. The Conference Program is under the direction of a committee made up of
international representatives of the IHSS. This committee has been selected to represent
a wide variety of countries and research interests incorporating the field of humic substances
and organic matter.
Dr. Kaye Spark, IHSS-9 Conference Secretary, CRC for Water Quality and Treatment, PMB 3,
Salisbury, SA 5108, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 8 8259 0347 Fax: +61 8 82590228
Location: Durban, South Africa
The Congress will open with a one-day symposium devoted to the Congress
theme: "Environmental background to hominid evolution in Africa".
Thereafter symposia and workshops will address key issues in Quaternary
studies including glaciation, palaeohydrology, loess, neotectonics,
palaeoclimate, palaeopedology, tephrochronology, human palaeoecology,
terrestrial carbon, shorelines, vegetation history and stratigraphy.
A range of pre- and post-congress excursions is offered to important sites in
Southern Africa countries.
The first circular and pre-registration forms are available on the Congress
Internet Homepage at the following address: inqua.geoscience.org.za
Alternatively, the circular may be obtained from Mrs E Aucamp, PO Box 798,
Silverton PRETORIA, 0001 South Africa Fax: +27-12-8411221, E-mail:
Secretary-General, PO Box 61, Cape Town 8000 South Africa
: January 16th 1998
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