August 25 – 30
(Abstract and Field Trip deadline April 12)
Dear Goldschmidt Delegate,
The Goldschmidt conferences are now the most important forum for the discussion of recent results in geochemistry and related fields. Florence is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. It is with great pleasure that we have been able to bring these two together this year. We hope you will enjoy it.
200 sessions in 24 themes covering the whole range of geochemistry and related fields have been organised, and there are three general sessions for the science that does not fit into these. Each delegate may submit one abstract as presenting author; keynote speakers alone of these delegates may submit two abstracts. Abstracts should be completed on the templates provided, and should be no longer than a single column if they are to be accepted. Full instructions on how to submit an abstract are available on the website.
Forms for registering for Goldschmidt2013 are now open. Delegates may obtain a lower registration rate by being a member of the European Association of Geochemistry, the Geochemical Society or the Geochemical Society of Japan (EAG, GS or GSJ); note that membership should be valid at the time of the conference. To rejoin one of the societies, please visit the EAG, GS or GSJ websites, or (perhaps more conveniently) simply pay the non-member rate for Goldschmidt2013 which will provide EAG membership for the following 23 months. Membership of the EAG or GS will include a subscription to Elements magazine and EAG membership will also include a subscription to Geochemical Perspectives.
Assistance and Grants:
A limited amount has been made available to support graduate students and delegates from low-income countries. Application forms will be available from 1 March and will close on 12 April.
Workshops and Field Trips:
A range of exciting workshops and field trips has been arranged around the conference. Registration for field trips will close on the Abstract deadline (April 12th). Registration for workshops will remain open until June 25th, where abstracts for the workshops are invited, these should be submitted directly to the workshop organisers, and arrive no later than April 12th. Space on many of the field trips and workshops is limited, so delegates are advised to register early.
Social Events and Tours:
A wine and cheese tasting event, a classical concert, and a conference banquet have been organised for delegates. Details of these can be found through the social events pages, and places can be booked via the registration pages. Space at some of these is limited, so we recommend early booking. Florence is famous all over the world for its unique beauties and for having been the cradle of Renaissance. We have therefore arranged for a range of interesting and thematic tours to be available to give delegates the chance to visit the most famous monuments, such as, for example, the Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, the David by Michelangelo etc. together with hidden corners and the unexpected art treasures that only Florence can offer. These are being arranged by a local agency, Bloom, and details are available from the website, booking will be available from the middle of March.
There is a wide range of hotel accommodation near the Convention Center. Some of this accommodation will fill quite quickly, so early booking is recommended. Delegates may arrange their own accommodation, or book it through the Bloom agency in Florence if they prefer. From the middle of March, Bloom’s site will enable delegates to book their accommodation at three, four and five star hotels selected at very good rates and centrally located. Downtown apartments and nice farmhouses near the city center will also be available for bookings for delegates who prefer to be independent, or to bring their family for a great vacation. Information will also be available for group hotel reservations: please email Bloom at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Economy student accommodation has also been arranged, and can be booked through the conference accommodation pages before June 25th.
There is a wide range of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. However, the conference has also arranged for economy boxed lunches, or more substantial buffet lunches to be available for delegates. These can be booked during the registration process before June 25th.
Travel and Visas:
Travel to Florence is very easy, and the Convention Center is located near the center of the city, and immediately adjacent to the main railway station. Flights can be conveniently taken either direct to Florence, or to Pisa which is less than 1 hour away by train. Delegates requiring visas to enter Italy (Schengen Zone) should complete the relevant sections of the registration form once payment has been made; letters of invitation will then be sent from Italy by the Bloom agency. It can take embassies a considerable time to process visa requests, so delegates are advised to register early.
Goldschmidt2013 looks set to be a great conference, building on the tradition of conferences built up over recent years, and we expect 3500 – 4000 delegates from all disciplines in the subject. We do hope you will join us to participate in this exciting event.
(Post Based on Mail Forwarded By Tek Jung Mahat, ICIMOD)