Short Course and Conference Sponsorship Program

How can EAG members organising short courses or small conferences request sponsorship?

sponsorshipIf you are an EAG member and are organising a short course or small conference in Europe, you can apply for EAG Sponsorship. Short courses or small conferences should have at least 10 participants and focus on special topics or techniques from the broad field of geochemistry. The short courses or small conferences should be based in Europe. The event can be organised in conjunction with a Goldschmidt conference in Europe. EAG sponsorship supports students attending, up to €200 per student. Please note we will not prioritise EU or national funded events.

Following the short course or small conference, sponsored students should produce a one-page report on their experience. Some of those reports will be published on the EAG Blog.

To apply for an event taking place in 2019, please apply by 1 November 2018. Sponsorship requests should be addressed to Marie-Aude Hulshoff at and include:

  • a brief description of the goals of the short course or small conference
  • a proposed schedule
  • a list of suggested presenters
  • a preliminary budget plan, detailing income source (with registration fee if applicable) and foreseen expenses
  • information regarding the location and infrastructure
  • if applicable, information regarding other sources of funding for the event
  • EAG membership number of the organiser

The European Association of Geochemistry is proud to be co-sponsoring:


Tools in Biogeochemistry

11-16 August 2019, University of Tuebingen, Germany

Scientific Program
This 5-day course, co-sponsored by the European Association of Geochemistry, will focus on the use of cutting edge analytical, spectroscopic and microscopic tools in environmental biogeochemistry. We will introduce the underlying principles of these techniques and discuss their applications in the fields of biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry and geomicrobiology. Opportunities for hands-on exercises in the lab will also be provided. Particular focus will be on organic matter and microbe-mineral interactions in soils and sediments, and their influence on toxic metals.

Techniques covered
– Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy
– Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption techniques (XANES, EXAFS)
– Mössbauer spectroscopy
– Microbial culturing and microbial community analysis
– Mineral particle size, surface area and charge analysis
– Microelectrodes in biogeochemistry

Target group
This course is designed for PhD students with a strong interest in biogeochemical processes (max. 20 participants). Presentations will be given in English by leading international experts. Price is 300€ including lunch and 5 nights’ accommodation.

To apply: Please send a CV and motivation letter to Prof. Andreas Kappler and Dr. Casey Bryce by 31 January 2019.


Uranium-Biogeo: International conference on uranium biogeochemistry

21-26 October 2018, CSF – Monte Veritá Ascona, Switzerland

Students can apply for a grant of CHF100 funded by EAG by submitting their CV and a one-page letter of interest at the same time as their abstract. The deadline is 1 June.

The goal of this conference is to bring together two groups of scientists, who are foremost experts in the environmental fate of uranium or in uranium isotope geochemistry, to foster interactions that will lead to better integration of these two aspects of U biogeochemistry. Topics of interest will range from the microbial or chemical transformations of uranium, analytical developments in the characterization of uranium concentration, speciation, and reactivity, computational modeling of fate and transport of uranium and its isotopic fractionation, use of uranium isotopes in paleoreconstructions, field and laboratory studies of uranium mobility and remediation or U contamination, as well as molecular scale mechanisms of microbial and chemical uranium transformations. The conference will promote interdisciplinary exchanges and encourage discussions amongst junior and senior researchers. The ultimate goal of the meeting is to advance the field of U biogeochemistry by fostering closer interactions between two communities that study U geochemistry but that are distinct and that would benefit from more collaboration.

The conference will be held at the Centro Stefano Franscini (CSF), located on the Monte Veritá, above Ascona in the Canton Ticino, in the Southern part of Switzerland.

The workshop will keep an unhurried pace and is designed to encourage discussions after talks, during breaks and meals, and in the evenings. The attendance is limited to 90 participants.

See the Uranium-Biogeo conference website for further information.

Former sponsored short courses and conferences

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