Distinguished Lecture Program

The European Association of Geochemistry started its Distinguished Lecture Program in 2011 and it currently focuses on Central and Eastern Europe. This program aims to introduce and motivate scientists and students located in under-represented regions of the world to emerging research areas in geochemistry.

The distinguished lecturer is selected each year based on a combination of outstanding research contributions to geochemistry and the ability to clearly communicate these contributions to a broad audience.

Distinguished Lecture Tour 2017

Distinguished Lecturer

Lenny Winkel_170Prof. Dr. Lenny H.E. Winkel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Lenny H.E. Winkel is currently Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) and group leader at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) in Duebendorf, Switzerland. She did her undergraduate studies in Geology at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and obtained her Ph.D. in Geochemistry in 2006 at ETH Zurich, followed by postdoctoral research positions at Eawag and University of Grenoble, (France), University of Aberdeen (UK) and the Technical University of Crete (Greece) in the frame of an EU funded Marie Curie project. Her postdoctoral research focused on broad-scale predictions of arsenic in groundwaters and pathways of different selenium species in the natural environment. In 2011 she was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professorship for her project on the global biogeochemical cycle of selenium. Her current research is still focused on trace elements with important health impacts, and more specifically on the biogeochemical cycling of these elements from the molecular to the global scale. Furthermore, her research focuses on predicting effects of climate and environmental changes on the cycling and environmental distributions of these trace elements. Her research has been published in top-ranked disciplinary scientific journals (e.g., Environmental Science and Technology and Nature Geoscience) and interdisciplinary journals (e.g., Nature Communications and PNAS).


  • Lecture 1: Arsenic contamination of groundwaters
  • Lecture 2: Global biogeochemical cycling of selenium
  • Lecture 3: Predicting broad-scale environmental distributions of trace elements

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Tour information

Date Institution Location Lecture
Friday 20 October Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Eötvös University Budapest (ELTE) Budapest, Hungary Lectures 1 and 2
Monday 23 October Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science & Engineering Cluj-Napoca, Romania Lecture 1
Wednesday 25 October Czech Geological Survey Prague, Czech Republic Lectures 2 and 3
Thursday 26 October Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Science and the University of South Bohemia Czech Budweis, Czech Republic Lecture 3

Invite the 2017 EAG Distinguished Lecturer to your institution

Invitations are still open for 2017 so if your institution is located in Eastern or Central Europe and if you would like to invite Prof. Dr. Lenny H.E. Winkel to deliver one or two lecures, please contact Marie-Aude Hulshoff, EAG Business Manager, at mahulshoff@eag.eu.com with the following information:

  • Contact name, email and tel number
  • Name of the institution and address
  • Preferred date(s), if possible in October or November
  • Availability of video recording equipment (yes/no)

The European Association of Geochemistry will pay for the lecturer’s travel expenses and host institutions are requested to cover local expenses (such as accomodation, meals), however should this be an issue, please do not hesitate to let our office know.

Distinguished Lecture Tour 2016

Distinguished Lecturer
Prof. Alexandre Anesio, University of Bristol, UK

Alexandre Anesio’s research interests are broad and combine concepts from Geography, Biology and Chemistry to understand carbon cycle in the cryosphere. His research has concentrated in two broad areas. Firstly, he studies microbes in the cryosphere. Against all expectations glaciers harbour a highly active microbial community. Bacteria, viruses and microscopic plants thrive in conditions that might be analogous to other planets and to early Earth. Second, he is also interested in a range of climate (e.g., UV radiation and acid rain) and human impacts (e.g., mining, sewage, pesticides) on freshwaters. Read more


Lecture Abstracts

  • Lecture 1: Biogeochemical cycles and microbial processes in icy habitats
  • Recorded at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland, as part of the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2016.

  • Lecture 2: Microbiological approaches in biogeochemistry: from genes to experiments
  • Video not available.

  • Lecture 3: The interplay between weathering and microbes during soil formation
  • Recorded at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, in Krakow, Poland, as part of the EAG Distinguished Lecture Tour 2016.

Tour information

Date Institution Location Lecture
Friday 21 October M.P. Semenenko Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation, National Academy of Science of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Lecture 3
Monday 24 October Institute of Biology, Romanian Academy Bucharest, Romania Lectures 1 and 2
Wednesday 26 October Department of Biology, University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia Lectures 1 and 2
Friday 28 October Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland Lectures 1 and 3

Past Lecture Tours

  • Distinguished Lecture Tour 2015Video of lecture available
  • Distinguished Lecture Tour 2014Video of lecture available
  • Distinguished Lecture Tour 2013Videos of lectures available
  • Distinguished Lecture Tour 2012
  • Distinguished Lecture Tour 2011Videos of lectures available
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