Paris 2017

Goldschmidt 2017 Workshop – Sorry, SOLD OUT!
“Reactive Transport Modeling in Geochemical Systems”
Paris, France • 12-13 August 2017

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Please join us in the heart of Paris, the world's most visited – and certainly most cherished – city, for two days of hands-on training in reactive transport modeling using The Geochemist's Workbench®. Then stay on in the City of Lights for the Goldschmidt 2017 conference.

While in Paris, stroll the historic neighborhoods, marvel at the architecture and monuments, visit exquisite museums, shop till you drop, come alive in the vibrant nightlife, and of course savor the food and drink of the world's capital of gastronomy.

What you will learn. Following a fully hands-on format, you will learn to construct, trace, and interpret models of transport in reacting geochemical systems. Specific topics covered include:

  • Introduction to geochemical modeling
  • Transport in flowing groundwater
  • Dual porosity models (stagnant zones)
  • Kd, Freundlich, and Langmuir sorption
  • Surface complexation
  • Colloid-facilitated transport
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Biodegradation
  • Dissolution and precipitation
  • Microbial catalysis and growth
  • Effective graphical presentation
  • Creating animation and video

The topics will be illustrated through a series of case studies.

More information? Contact workshop support. Can't come? Consider an alternative from our 2017-2018 workshop lineup.

Thank you for the amazing workshop! The presentations and hands-on exercises were tremendously helpful. I enjoyed it!!!

– Claudia Cardona, Florida International University

The best workshop I’ve ever participated in. The short theoretical introductions and illustrated exercises helped me learn the software in two days.

– Valeria B., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The short presentations and example exercises really showcased what the software can do and provided us with an opportunity to test drive the software.

– George A., Environmental Engineer, USA


The workshop will be presented by Craig Bethke, Brian Farrell, Kate Maher, and Jenny Druhan. Prof. Bethke is the R.E. Grim Professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is the primary author of The Geochemist's Workbench® software package and author of the Geochemical and Biogeochemical Reaction Modeling text, published by Cambridge University Press.

Craig Bethke
Craig Bethke

Craig Bethke has been cited many times for excellence in teaching. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of a number of prizes in hydrogeology and geoscience, including the O.E. Meinzer Award and M.K. Hubbert Award.

Brian Farrell is the lead Geochemist at Aqueous Solutions LLC, makers of The Geochemist's Workbench®. Mr. Farrell is expert in aquifer microbiology, geochemical modeling, and reactive transport in geochemical systems. He has taught short courses in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

Brian Farrell
Brian Farrell

Kate Maher
Kate Maher
Kate Maher teaches at Stanford University and is an authority on water-rock interaction, weathering, and isotope geochemistry. She teaches environmental geochemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An experienced short course instructor, she is the 2012 Allan Cox medalist.

Jenny Druhan is an Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of Illinois. In her research, Jenny develops reactive transport models and constructs experiments to invesigate chemical reactivity and stable isotope fractionation in groundwater flows. Jenny has led successful workshops at several previous Goldschmidt conferences.
Jenny Druhan
Jenny Druhan


Map to workshop venue
Paris, France • 12-13 August 2017

The workshop will be held in Salle 243 of Le Palais des Congrès de Paris, located in the 17th arrondissement near Neuilly-sur-Seine, Bois de Boulogne, and l'Arc de Triomphe; Métro Porte Maillot.

The workshop runs 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. We will wrap up the second day in time to attend the Icebreaker Welcome Reception.
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Space is limited, so sign up early. You may join the workshop when you register for Goldschmidt 2017, or you may sign up directly with the workshop organizers.

The workshop fee is only €180 when you attend as part of the conference, which is the least expensive way to take part. To take advantage of the Conference's early registration discount, be sure to sign up by June 13. Please note the Goldschmidt Conference cuts off registration for all workshops on July 13.

Alternatively, you may register directly with the workshop organizers, without attending the meeting, at the undiscounted price. In this case, the workshop fee is $699. Full-time students currently enrolled in a university degree program can register at the reduced rate of $599. Please bring current student identification to the workshop.

We are pleased to welcome back participants from our previous workshops at a special discount. For fastest verification, please sign up with the email address you used registering for the earlier course.

In either case, the workshop fee includes all course materials, coffee breaks, and lunch each day. Each registered participant will receive a free 60-day license to The Geochemist's Workbench® 11 Professional version. We will ask you to bring to the course a laptop with the software installed and running.

Fees paid through the Goldschmidt are subject to Conference policies. A registration made with the workshop organizers may be transfered to another participant at no charge, and is fully refundable until 30 days before the workshop. In either case, liability in the event of workshop cancellation or other eventuality is limited to refund of the registration fee.


Paris is served by high speed rail lines terminating at stations within the city, as well as Charles de Gaulle (also known as Roissy) and Orly airports. Paris is famous for its mass transport system. Arriving at a train station, you can transfer to a rapid bus or the Métro and RER subways to conveniently reach a stop near your destination.

From Charles de Gaulle airport, the navette Direct Bus line 2 takes you directly to Gare de Neuilly and the workshop venue at le Palais des Congrès in about 40 minutes. Alternatively, the RER "B" train takes you to the expansive Châtelet Station in central Paris, from which you can transfer to Métro or RER to reach any location in the city within about an hour. From Orly, the RER "C" train takes you without transfer to Gare de Neuilly in 50 minutes.


A great many hotels and apartments are available to book in the vicinity of the workshop venue. In addition, the nearby Porte Maillot Métro and the Gare de Neuilly RER Stations are conveniently accessible from a large area of Paris.

The Goldschmidt 2017 organisers maintain a page of suggested lodging near the Conference venue.

Environment and safety

Upon registration, you will be asked to provide an emergency contact name and telephone number, in the unlikely event of illness or accident, as well as list any special dietary requirements or medical needs.

Paris is a relatively safe city, but no stranger to petty theft and property crime. Visitors everywhere should take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, such as closely securing wallets and purses, being alert to pickpocket cons, and walking with a companion.

Hosts and sponsors

The workshop is being held thanks to the generous efforts of our hosts and sponsors:

Goldschmidt 2017 University of Illinois Aqueous Solutions