February 25. to March 1. 2013

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Campus North
5th international workshop on qualitative and quantitative analysis of clays and clay minerals of the German clay group (DTTG) in cooperation with the DBG.
The workshop focuses on the needs of graduate students and PhD students in the field of clay science. The workshop is also open for scientists and people working in industry who are interested in clay science. The workshop will be consisting of theoretical lectures and laboratory exercises.
Topics of the workshop:
-Clays and Clay minerals
-Mixed layer minerals
-Diagnostic Intercalation
-Qualitative and quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis, Rietveld analysis
-Simultaneous thermal analysis
-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy
-Electron microscopy
-Cation exchange capacity and layer charge measurements
-Water binding
-Sorption processes
The workshop will be consisting of a theoretical and practical parts.
The number of participants is limited to 15 persons. Therefore you are asked to submit your application by e-mail to annett [dot] steudelatkit [dot] edu ()

with a short description of your field of work, status (student etc.) together with a short essay about your motivation to participate in the workshop.
Confirmation and detailed information to the program, travel etc. will be sent after registration deadline. Registration deadline is the 30 October 2012.
The fees include workshop material, coffee breaks and workshop dinner and amounts for:
Students         250,- €
Scientists (University or Governmental Organizations)   500,- €
Industry      1000,- €
Members of DTTG or DBG receive a reduction of 20% of the full fees.
Further Information
April 07.-12. 2013
Vienna, Austria
Session on the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013
Soil minerals and mineral surface reactivity
Soil minerals control many environmentally important processes such as the cycling of nutrients, metals and organic pollutants. Likewise, aggregation and formation of mineral-organic associations may have important implications on the stabilization of soil organic matter. Because of their widespread occurrence and high specific surface area, clay minerals and hydrous Fe and Al oxides are considered to be the most important solid surfaces. However, their identification and characterization is still a challenge. The same applies to other natural nanoparticles, whose role in soil is not yet understood. We therefore welcome both presentations about the identification and structure of reactive soil minerals as well as process studies addressing their interactions in the environment.
Deadline of abstract submission: January 9. 2013
Further Information
September 16.-19. 2013
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Session on the Joint Annual Meeting of DMG and GV 2013


Reactive minerals in soils and sediments
Reactive minerals such as clay minerals, allophane-like phases or metal oxyhydroxides control many environmentally important processes in soils and sediments. Since these minerals are usually small and poorly crystalline their identification and characterization is still a challenge. We invite presentations addressing all aspects of identification and quantification of poorly crystalline minerals, as well as contributions investigating the interactions between mineral surfaces and organic matter, inorganic solutes or microorganisms. In particular, this symposium shall provide a platform for all those who connect crystal structure with reactivity.


Keynote Speaker: Steve Hillier, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom


Deadline of abstract submission: May 15. 2013

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