The 9th International Conference on Geochemistry in the Tropics & Sub-Tropics

Biogeochemistry of Carbon and Nutrients as well as Pollutants in the Soil, Water and Environment, 28th - 31st July, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.

This conference aims to engage experts on the major emerging environmental issues we face as a result of rapid industrialization, while concurrently detailing the linkages between natural and disturbed chemical composition of the earth’s surface, and environmental and human health, focusing on biogeochemistry of carbon and nutrients as well as pollutants in the context of intensifying climate change and land management in the world, particularly in the topics and subtropics.

Conference details

This conference will cover six major parts. The first part will highlight the degradation of soil and water resources, due to extraction and usage of minerals. The second part will provide historical perspectives on monitoring and assessment of toxic chemicals. The third part will focus on fates and pathways of different toxic chemicals such as arsenic, mercury, other tracer elements and endocrine disrupters, as well as mixtures of various toxic substances emitted from various industries, as well as during open burning of biomass and electronic-waste. The fourth part will provide evidence concerning several major health effects due to consumption of contaminated food, such as mercury contaminated fish and its association to autism in children; and arsenic in rice and its linkage with arsenicosis. The fifth part reviews the most effective techniques currently available in treating toxic chemicals and remediating contaminated sites. The sixth part will focus on biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients in terrestrial terrestrial ecosystems, particularly in forest ecosystems in the context of intensifying climate change and land management. This conference fills a gap in the current lack of updated and comprehensive information in pace with the rapidly developing Asian region where safe and quality food production, as well as the management, regulation and policy concerning different toxic chemicals are currently hot-topics.

Objectives

Investigations are urgently needed to study the persistent behavior, distribution and ecotoxicological effects of pollutants in the food production systems, i.e. fish ponds (freshwater fish culture) and fish cages (marine fish culture) and farm soils (e.g. paddy soils), and garden soils (e.g. horticulture) and adjacent ecosystems; with emphasis on their biogeochemical cycles in the context of climate change and land degradation; health risks due to consumption of contaminated food products; and the possible evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria due to the overuse of antibiotics. It is envisaged that the information gathered in this conference will serve as valuable references for developing the guidelines for “Good Agriculture/Aquaculture Practices” for agricultural/aquacultural industries in the tropics and subtropics, in order to safeguard public health in the region, and for “Climate Change Adaption and Mitigation”.

Program

Sunday 28th July 2019

  • 4 - 6pm: You can collect your name tag and conference bag from Crowne Plaza Hotel outside Kaurie room,
    ground floor events centre.
  • 6 - 9pm: Cocktail Reception in Norfolk Room Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Monday 29th July 2019

  • 8:30am - 5:30pm: Full Day Conference with Opening Ceremony

Tuesday 30th July 2019

  • 8:30am - 5:00pm:  Full Day Conference
  • 6 - 10pm: Conference Dinner

Wednesday 31st July 2019

  • 8:30am - 5:00pm:  Full Day Conference

Full program

Abstract Titles & Authors

Registration

The 9th International Conference on Geochemistry in the Tropics & Sub-Tropics – Biogeochemistry of Carbon and Nutrients as well as Pollutants in  the Soil, Water and Environment. (GEOTROP2019)

  • When: 28 - 31 July 2019
  • Where: Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, 2807 Gold Coast Highway Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia

Registration Type

Early Bird Rate per person until 28 May 2019

Standard Rate per person from 29 May 2019

Full Registration
(Full registration including Conference Dinner Ticket)
Please bring receipt to Conference Dinner for entry

$700

$800

Full Registration (without Conference Dinner)

$600

$700

Student Registration
(Student registration including Conference Dinner Ticket)
Please bring receipt to Conference Dinner for entry

$470

$520

Student Registration (without Conference Dinner)

$350

$400

Conference Dinner ticket per person - For Extra person
Or Purchase ticket not with Registration

$120

$120

All prices are in Australian dollars and will incur 10% GST.

Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Closes 28th May 2019

Payment can be made via credit card using Griffith Pay and by clicking the Register here Link at the bottom of the page. You can choose to book with Conference Dinner or without Conference Dinner. Conference Dinner tickets can be booked separately if you need to and please bring your receipt to the dinner as they will be collected at the door by venue staff.

Abstracts will be open 15 October 2018 and close 28 June 2019

Email abstracts to: Ms Dian Riseley d.riseley@griffith.edu.au

Abstract template is to be used for submission and any that are not formatted will be returned for edit and re-submission.

Venue

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, 2807 Gold Coast Highway Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia

Towering over one of Australia’s favourite stretches of coastline, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is perfectly nestled between the Surfers Paradise entertainment strip and Broadbeach’s premium local shopping and dining scene.

Start your day waking to the sound of the surf in one of our many ocean view rooms, studios, suites and self-contained apartments. Enjoy our more than 370 spacious rooms each offering gorgeous perspectives of the Gold Coast from the stunning Surfers Paradise coastline to the picturesque views of the Gold Coast hinterland. Take the pleasure of having breakfast on your own private balcony overlooking the beach followed by a refreshing dip in the ocean, only a short stroll away from the hotel. Spend the day basking in the sun and treat yourself by taking advantage of our food and beverage service by the two outdoor pools.

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise guest rooms have been thoughtfully designed to exceed your expectations on comfort as well as providing you with everything you need to succeed at our work. The hotel offers a choice of more than 370 spacious guest rooms, suites and self-contained studio and one-bedroom apartments, all with private balconies and the majority featuring ocean views.

GEOTROP Committee members please email Christina Perry c.perry@griffith.edu.au to book your accommodation

KING SUPERIOR ROOM

King Superior Rooms are located up to the 9th floor. They feature a king size bed, separate shower and bath, LCD TV, desk and chair. Soak up the view from your furnished private balcony. These rooms are ideal for the business traveler. Total room size is 45.87 square metres. These rooms are non-smoking.

Crowne Plaza can provide family rooms and upgrades please contact group bookings and quote GEOTROP2019 via email groups.surfersparadise@ihg.com to inquire on availability and to book.

To book accommodation email group bookings:  groups.surfersparadise@ihg.com

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL ACCOMMODATION OFFER

The conference organisers have arranged a special discount for GEOTROP Delegates. Room numbers are limited and must be booked prior to conference.

Rates for Superior King Room are:

1 Person: $169 per night (including one breakfast for Superior King room) or 2 Person $189 per room per night superior Twin room with two breakfasts included.

Please note that the rooms held for the conference will be released back to the hotel 1 month prior to the conference. After that date you will need to contact hotel and request a booking.

Local Organising Committee

  • Prof. Zhihong Xu, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (Co-Chairman)
  • Ms Dian Riseley.  Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University. Abstract contact
  • Ms Christina Perry, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Accommodation and Registration contact
  • Mr Isaac Knights, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University.
  • Prof Jack Ng. Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), The University of Queensland, Coopers Plains, Australia
  • Prof Nanthi Bolan, Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Prof Jim Jizheng He, School of Agriculture and Food, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Prof Caixian Tang, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Barry Noller, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australi
  • Prof Longbun Huang, Center for Mined Land Reclamation, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Dr Weijin Wang, Queensland Department of Environment and Science, Brisbane, Australia
  • Prof. Alan Baker, School of BioSciences, Melbourne University, Australia
  • Prof. Ravi Naidu, Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia

International Organising Committee

  • Prof. Ming-Hung Wong, Southern University of Science and Technology and The Education University of Hong Kong (Honorary Chairman)
  • Prof Rongliang Qiu, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou,  China (Co-Chairman)
  • Prof. Yong Sik Ok, Korea Biochar Research Centre, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (Co-Chairman)
  • Prof. Yetao Tang, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou,  China (Secretary)
  • Dr. Dan Chiu-Wah Tsang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Secretary)
  • Prof. Daniel S Alessi Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Prof Zucong Cai, School of Geographical Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China
  • Prof. Zhiqun Huang,School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China
  • Prof. Hongwen Sun, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • Prof. Hu-Chun Tao, School of Energy and Environment, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School
  • Prof. Ying Teng, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China
  • Prof. Hailong Wang, School of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Foshan University, Foshan, China
  • Prof. Jianming Xu, College of Environmental & Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • A/Prof. Daniel C.W. Tsang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • Prof. Yongguang Zhu, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China

International Organising Committee

  • Prof. Kitae BaekDepartment of Environmental Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Korea
  • Prof. Yoon-E Choi, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Korea
  • Prof. Eilhann E. Kwon, Department of Environment & Energy, Sejong University, Seoul, Korea
  • Prof. Deok Hyun Moon, Department of Environmental Engineering, Chosun University, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
  • Prof. Woojun Park, Laboratory of Molecular Environmental Microbiology, Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Korea University, Korea
  • Prof. Hocheol Song, Department of Environment and Energy, Sejong University, Korea
  • Dr. Chris Yiu-Fai Tsang, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Yu-Bon Man, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Karen Ka-Lai Chow, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Dr. Anna Oi-Wah Leung, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Prof. Richard Dick, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Dr. Jeff Novak, USDA-ARS, Florence, USA
  • Prof. Nick Dickinson, Department of Ecology, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Prof. Deyi Hou, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Prof. Zhiqun Huang, School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China
  • Prof. Filip Tack, Department of Applied Analytical & Physical Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium

Invited / Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Ravi Naidu (The University of Newcastle, Australia) – Chemistry and mineralogy of tropical soils and implications to ionic interactions
  • Professor Ming Hong Wong (The Education University of Hong Kong, China) – Environmental and health impacts of plastics, with emphasis on bisphenol A and phthalates
  • Professor Yong Sik Ok (Korea University, Republic of Korea) – Sustainable biochar system under Hydrogen Society
  • Professor Nanthi Bolan (The University of Newcastle, Australia) – Microplastics as a vector for environmental contaminants
  • Professor Zucong Cai (Nanjing Normal University, China) – Quantification of nitrogen flow in Chinese food-chain and environmental impacts
  • Professor Longbin Huang (The University of Queensland, Australia) – Global challenges of toxic tailings: Environmental impacts and economic and ecological sustainability

Brochure and Committee detail

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