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32nd International SEGH conference, Brussels 2016

17 November 2015
32nd International SEGH conference, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 4th-8th July, 2016.

Dear All,

On behalf of the Organising Committee of the 32nd International SEGH conference, I would like to invite you to join us at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 4th-8th July, 2016. http://segh-brussels.sciencesconf.org

This annual conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health provides a forum for international scientists, consultants, regulatory authorities and other practitioners (public health / environmental health) with an interest in the links between environment and health and working in the broad area of environmental geochemistry. For the 32nd SEGH we are keen to receive contributions on three core themes and three special sessions:

• Theme 1 – Dust and Aerosol: Environmental records of Anthropogenic

• Theme 2 – Isotopes and Speciation

• Theme 3 – Geochemistry and Health

• Special Session 1 – SpatioTemporal Trends of Metal Contaminants in the Atmosphere

• Special Session 2 – Nanoparticles in the Environment: Fate and Effects

• Special Session 3 – Geochemistry and Biomedical Issues

The conference venue is the city campus of Université Libre de Bruxelles, in the heart of the city of Brussels, Belgium, will offer you the opportunity to visit an amazing cultural heritage, rich in European History, to taste a fascinating cuisine (chocolates, beers, ...), and participate to the Belgian life style. The venue takes benefit of accessibilities from much of the world, and numerous good-quality affordable accommodations.

My research Lab, Laboratoire G-Time (http://gtime.ulb.ac.be/ ), will be very happy to welcome you and offer you the opportunity to visit our analytical facilities. Our research focuses on applications of radiogenic and non-traditional stable isotopes in geosciences (Environmental Geochemistry, Mantle Geodynamics and Cosmochemistry). My main research interest is dedicated to the Biogeochemistry of Metal Trace Elements in the Environment. The core of our work remains the applications of non-traditional stable isotopes (Zn, Cd, Cu, Fe) in addition to traditional radiogenic isotopes (Pb, Hf, Nd, ...), as tracers of sources and processes of global biogeochemical cycles, environmental pollution and paleo-environmental reconstruction.

Activities and Climate Changes

Tracing Transfer Processes in the Critical Zone

Young scientist contributions are especially encouraged and special awards will be given out by the SEGH for the best poster and talk.

Please save these key dates in your diary. More information will follow...

We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels in 2016.

Best Regards,

Nadine Mattielli [SEGH 2016 Chair]

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