|ICOBTE Brief History|
The ICOBTE (International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements) is a non-profit conference series founded and organized by scientists and other professionals whose main interest is in trace element (metals and metalloids) research. The organizers and supporters are volunteers from academia, government and other professional organizations. The first conference took place in 1990 in Orlando, Florida and was entitled the “International Conference on Metals in Soils, Waters, Plants and Animals”. The main organizers, Domy Adriano from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab and Albert Page from the University of California, Riverside, were supported by several colleagues whose main interests were in the trace element field.
The conference was not originally intended to be a series; however, due to keen interest from many segments of the scientific community, the second was organized in Taipei, Taiwan in 1993 (Organizers: S.S. Yang, Dar-Yuan Lee, and Z.S. Chen of National Taiwan University) and the name was formalized as ICOBTE. Thereafter the ensuing meetings were held biannually in the major regions of the world:
• Paris, France in 1995 organized by Rene Prost of INRA
The 12th ICOBTE will be held June 16-20, 2013 in Athens, Georgia, USA. It is being organized by John Seaman, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Dr. Jason Unrine, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky.
The conferences focus on the biogeochemistry of trace elements in terrestrial systems and examine issues such as: mobility and transfer, bioavailability, bioaccumulation/toxicity, crop/food chain quality, risk assessment, risk management/remediation, and regulatory protocols. In addition to terrestrial systems the conference also addresses trace element issues in wetland and aquatic systems. Natural, diffuse and point source contamination are examined in these ecosystems.