Conference program arranged by day
Program by Theme
Conference program arranged by subject
How the sessions are arranged during the conference
All the Keynote talks
The headline talks of the conference
Award talks and ceremonies
- Pop Up Talks
These events are organised by scientists, societies and members of the geochemical community for the benefit and interest of all our delegates.
Early Career Events
Two 60 minute workshops will be held each day during the meetings at lunch time (these will not conflict with the conference program). Each workshop will accommodate up to 50 participants. Students and early career scientists will register through the conference website during registration. Participants will pay €5 during registration towards a subsidized lunch to reserve their place. Delegates are asked not to book into more than two of these events to ensure that all Early Career delegates have the chance to attend some of the program. In addition, several events open to all students and early career scientists (mentoring, pop-up talks, speed mentoring) will be held during the conference.
These events are all being planned by our exhibitors. To find out more information, visit them on their booths.
The field trips run in association with Goldschmidt are organised and led by scientists for scientists.
There will be a range of exciting social events for Goldschmidt delegates to meet and mingle with fellow geochemists.
The following medals are due to be presented at Goldschmidt2017.
Urey Award (EAG)Awarded during plenary on Monday 14th August
2017 Urey Award. The Urey Award is bestowed annually by the society for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over a career. The award is based solely on scientific merit and is presented at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemical Fellow. It is named in honor of Harold Clayton Urey, an American physical chemist whose pioneering work on isotopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 and later led him to theories of planetary evolution. More info
Abstract: Medal: Fate of Volatiles in the Deep Mantle and the Light Elements in the Core
Medal lecture in Session 04c at 14:30 in Amphithéâtre Bordeaux on Thursday 17th
Science Innovation Award (EAG)Awarded during plenary on Monday 14th August
2017 Science Innovation Award. The EAG Science Innovation Award recognizes scientists who have recently made a particularly important and innovative breakthrough in geochemistry. The geochemical research must be highly original and contribute in a significant fashion to our understanding of the natural behaviour of the Earth or planets. Such a contribution must be in the form of a widely recognized important piece of innovative scientific research published in a peer-reviewed journal. The EAG Science Innovation Award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 30 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2017 Science Innovation Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 1986 at the earliest. The 2017 EAG Science Innovation Award was named in honor of Heinz Lowenstam for his work in biogeochemistry. The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros), a certificate and inclusion as a Geochemical Fellow. More info
Abstract: Medal: Carbon, Manganese, Iron, and Sulfur Cycling in Oligohaline Sediments
Medal lecture in Session 15j at 14:30 in Salle Maillot on Monday 14th
Houtermans Award (EAG)Awarded during plenary on Monday 14th August
2017 Houtermans Award. The Houtermans award is bestowed annually to a scientist within 12 years from the start of PhD, which must be completed. Eligibility is determined by the status of the candidate at the close of the year in which nominations are received and not the year the award is presented; hence, for the 2017 Houtermans Award, candidates should have started their PhD in 2004 at the earliest. The award recognizes a single exceptional contribution to geochemistry, published as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. It is named in honor of Friedrich Georg Houtermans, a Dutch-Austrian-German physicist. The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award consists of an engraved medal, an honorarium (1000 Euros) and a certificate. More info
Abstract: Medal: Some Stable Isotope Stories About Magmas, Melting and Minerals
Medal lecture in Session 05c at 09:45 in Salle 342A/B on Monday 14th
Gast Lectureship (EAG & GS)Awarded during plenary on Friday 18th August
2017 Gast Lectureship. This award is bestowed jointly by the EAG and the Geochemical Society and has been named in honor of Paul W. Gast, the first Goldschmidt medallist (the Goldschmidt award is bestowed by the Geochemical Society). This lectureship is awarded to a mid-career scientist for outstanding contributions to geochemistry. The lecture is presented as a plenary at the Goldschmidt Conference. The award is presented annually at the Goldschmidt Conference and consists in a certificate and an honorarium (1000 Euros). The selection of the lecturer alternates between the GS Board of Directors and the EAG Council depending on the location of the Goldschmidt Conference. More info
Abstract: Plenary: Clumped Isotopologue (13CH3D) Fingerprinting of Methane Sources
Medal lecture in Session 00a at 11:45 in Amphithéâtre Bleu on Friday 18th
V.M. Goldschmidt Award (GS)Awarded during plenary on Wednesday 16th August
2017 V.M. Goldschmidt Award. The V. M. Goldschmidt Award is made for major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution, or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. The award will normally be given annually at the V. M. Goldschmidt Conference. More info
Abstract: Medal: Genome-Resolved Metagenomics as a Foundation for Understanding of Biogeochemistry
Medal lecture in Session 21a at 09:45 in Amphithéâtre Bordeaux on Thursday 17th
Jill Banfield, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will receive the 2017 V. M. Goldschmidt Award this summer. The Goldschmidt Award recognizes major achievements in geochemistry or cosmochemistry consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a series of publications that have had great influence on the field. Prof. Banfield studies the structure, metabolic potential and functioning of natural microbial communities in sediments, soil, water, biofilms and animals. She develops and applies new methods in molecular geomicrobiology and microbial ecology. She also studies nanoparticle formation and the behavior of nanoparticles and clay minerals in the natural environment (nanogeoscience).
F.W. Clarke Award (GS)Awarded during plenary on Wednesday 16th August
2017 F.W Clarke Award. The F. W. Clarke Award shall normally be made annually at the V. M. Goldschmidt Conference to an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry, published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. More info
Abstract: Medal: Apatite-Melt Partitioning of Volatiles in Basaltic Systems: Implications for Determining Volatile Abundances in Planetary Bodies from Apatite
Medal lecture in Session 02b at 08:30 in Amphithéâtre Bordeaux on Tuesday 15th
Francis M. McCubbin, astromaterials curator in the NASA Johnson Space Center's Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division, will receive the 2017 F.W. Clarke Award this summer. The Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. Dr. McCubbin is recognized for his work on water in apatite that changed our understanding of volatiles in the moon.
C.C. Patterson Award (GS)Awarded during plenary on Wednesday 16th August
2017 C.C. Patterson Award. The Clair C. Patterson Award, recognizing an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade, will normally be made annually at the V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. More info
Abstract: Medal: Recent Advances in the Biogeochemistry of Microbial Lipids (C.C. Patterson Award Lecture)
Medal lecture in Session 15h at 14:30 in Salle Maillot on Friday 18th
Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, professor of organic geochemistry in the Department of Geosciences/MARUM, University of Bremen, will receive the 2017 Clair C. Patterson Award this summer. The Patterson Award recognizes an innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry, particularly in service of society, consisting of either a single outstanding contribution or a short series of papers published within the last decade. Prof. Dr. Hinrichs is recognized for his work on the interactions between microbial life and the carbon cycle on a range of spatial, temporal and molecular scales.
New Goldschmidt Lecture Honoring Robert Berner (EAG & GS)
Students and friends of the late Robert Berner have worked to establish an annual lecture at the Goldschmidt Conference to commemorate his intellectual legacy in geochemistry. The lecture is on a ‘Berner’ subject, which includes a wide range of topics associated with elemental cycling at the Earth’s surface (molecular to planetary scale, modern to ancient oceanic and terrestrial systems, evolution of the biosphere, etc). The lecturers are selected jointly by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. Contributions form an endowment to support the lecturer’s travel to Goldschmidt every year. More info
Abstract: Honorary: Sources of Atmospheric CO2 over Geologic Time
Medal lecture in Session 17b at 14:30 in Salle 241 on Tuesday 15th
F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series (GS)
F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series 2017. The F. Earl Ingerson Lecture Series honors the Geochemical Society's first President. The recipient is selected annually by the GS Board of Directors, from a list of nominees provided by the Program Committee including suggestions from the community. More info
Abstract: Honorary: Cyanobacterial Intracellular Carbonatogenesis: Phylogenetic Distribution, Mechanisms and Environmental Implications
Medal lecture in Session 08k at 15:00 in Salle 251 on Wednesday 16th
Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture (GS)
Endowed Biogeochemistry Lecture 2017. In 2015, an anonymous donor made a major gift to the Geochemical Society to launch a new endowed lecture to highlight innovative research in biogeochemistry. The lecture will be given each year at the Goldschmidt Conference. More info
Abstract: Honorary: Designing an Integrated Theory of Earth’s Biogeochemical Evolution
Medal lecture in Session 03b at 08:45 in Amphithéâtre Bordeaux on Friday 18th
The Geochemical Journal Award 2017 (GSJ)Awarded during plenary on Wednesday 16th August
The Geochemical Journal Award recognizes the most outstanding research paper published in the previous year as evaluated on the originality, quality and advancement of science, and particularly of geochemistry.
Abstract: Medal: Origin of Earth’s Oceans: An Assessment of the Total Amount, History and Supply of Water
Medal lecture in Session 02b at 16:45 in Amphithéâtre Bordeaux on Monday 14th
Medal for Research Excellence 2016 (EMU)Awarded during plenary on Thursday 17th August
The annually awarded silver medal is for young scientists (not older than 40 years) who made significant contributions to research and who are active in strengthening European scientific links. More info
Abstract: Medal: Diffusion of Hydrogen in the Earth’s Mantle & Consequences for our Planet
Medal lecture in Session 07e at 15:30 in Salle Passy on Thursday 17th
Sylvie Demouchy has been awarded the EMU Research Excellence Medal for 2016 for her scientific leadership in experimental geochemistry and mineral physics, her scientific breadth and her extensive service to the academic community. She completed her PhD at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany and subsequently went on to post-doctoral positions at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, and the University of Minnesota. In 2007 she moved to the CNRS in Montpellier, where she is currently a tenure researcher in the Mantle-Interfaces research group. She has 30+ major publications in top international journals, making significant breakthroughs in the understanding of water in and the plasticity of mantle minerals. She has consistently demonstrated that rheological laws established at high-temperature can not be extrapolated to lithospheric conditions, and has elegantly demonstrated that hydrolytic weakening of olivine is likely only a minor effect in the uppermost mantle. In addition to her research achievements, Sylvie has been involved in several European research programmes, has trained a large number of MSc and PhD research students and other young scientists, has organised conferences and sessions and has acted a panel member and referee for many scientific papers. Her remarkable achievements in this early part of her career makes Sylvie a very deserving awardee of the 2016 EMU Medal.
The 2017 Shen-Su Sun Award (The Shen-Su Sun Foundation)Awarded during plenary on Thursday 17th August
The Shen-su Sun Award is to recognize exceptional geoscientists younger than 40 years, who work in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in commemoration of late Dr. Shen-su Sun for his pioneering and tremendous contributions to the geochemistry of the solid Earth and mantle dynamics, and for his unselfish and boundless mentorship to younger generations of scientists in the field of Geochemistry. This Award is presented by the Shen-Su Sun Foundation.
Abstract: Medal: Discovery of an Fe-Rich Hydrous Phase in the Deep Lower Mantle
Medal lecture in Session 04d at 08:30 in Amphithéâtre Havane on Monday 14th
International Association of Geoanalysts Young Scientists Award (IAG)Awarded during plenary on Thursday 17th August
The IAG dispenses an annual Early Career Researcher Award for excellence in analytical geochemistry. Eligibility is limited to scientists who are currently pursuing a higher degree in a field related to geoanalysis or who have completed their university education within the past five years. The award promotes the careers of young scientists who have either developed innovative analytical methods or provided new strategies to improve data quality as applied to the chemical analysis of geological or environmental samples.
Abstract: Medal: Black, Anthropogenic, Manganese-Rich Crusts on the Freiburg Minster
Medal lecture in Session 21l at 09:15 in Salle 341 on Friday 18th
Abstract: Medal: In situ Measurement of Sulfur Isotopic Composition (δ34S) in Sphalerite Using LA-(QQQ)-ICP-MS
Medal lecture in Session 21l at 11:00 in Salle 341 on Friday 18th
2017 Geochemical Fellows (EAG & GS)Awarded during plenary on Tuesday 15th August
The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry are pleased to announce the 2017 Geochemical Fellows: More info
University of Florida (USA), for contributions to our knowledge of carbon cycling in estuarine and nearshore regions, carbon delivery by large rivers, the effects of hypoxia and anoxia on the biogeochemistry of estuaries, food web dynamics in estuarine systems, and the impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal carbon cycling.
CNRS / University of Grenoble (France), for contributions to our understanding of mantle geochemistry and evolution by isotope studies of oceanic basalts and linking subducted sediments to arc magmas.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), for his elucidation of how fundamental geochemical processes, particularly those related to uranium sorption and migration, play out in natural systems from the molecular to field scale.
Stanford University (USA), for contributions in understanding the speciation, transport and biogeochemical transformation of metal contaminants in soil and water environments.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (USA), for contributions using radiogenic isotopes to study the long-term evolution of Earth’s mantle and crust, as well as ocean circulation during glacial and interglacial periods.
University of Bremen (Germany), Patterson Medallist, for his work on the interactions between microbial life and the carbon cycle on a range of spatial, temporal and molecular scales.
Chubu University (Japan), for his many innovative and pioneering contributions in understanding the origins, distributions, exchanges, and fates of organic compounds in lakes, oceans, and the troposphere.
University of Alberta (Canada), for pioneering research and community leadership that helped define the fields of modern geobiology and geomicrobiology.
Texas A&M University at Galveston (USA), for contributions in environmental geochemistry to better understand the role of colloids in aquatic systems for the self-cleansing capacity of aquatic systems, especially exopolymeric and humic substances, and the binding of these substances to trace substances such as radionuclides, trace metals, and trace organics.
University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), Science Innovation Award medalist, for making outstanding contributions to the field of aquatic biogeochemistry, advancing significantly our understanding of the nature and dynamics of the microbial cycling of elements in sediments and in the water column.
University of Melbourne (Australia), for making telling contributions across a wide range of isotope geochemistry, from tracing crustal recycling to the mantle to dating of homin development, with ever an assiduous eye on data quality.
University of Science and Technology of China (China), for application of stable isotopic characteristics of rocks, minerals, and fluids to illustrate metamorphic and magmatic processes during subduction of continental lithologies, and their exhumation in a collision orogen belt, such as the Dabie-Sulu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt of central eastern China.