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2018 Technical Session Chairs

Plenary Speakers

Jörg Rinklebe, Ph.D (Germany) "Metals in Wetland Soils"

Dr. Jörg Rinklebe is a Professor for Soil- and Groundwater-Management at the University of Wuppertal, Germany. From 1997 to 2006 Dr. Rinklebe has worked as a scientist, research associate and project leader at the Department of Soil Sciences at the UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany. Dr. Rinklebe has studied one year Ecology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. (1992-1993). He has studied Agriculture, specialized in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in Soil Science at the same university. His main research is on wetland soils, sediments, waters, plants, and their pollutions (trace elements and nutrients) and linked biogeochemical issues with a special focus in redox chemistry. He also has a certain expertise in remediation of soils contaminated with toxic elements as well as in soil microbiology. Professor Rinklebe is internationally recognized particularly for his research in the areas of biogeochemistry of trace elements in wetland soils. He published plenty of scientific papers in leading international and national journals, a book entitled "Trace Elements in Waterlogged Soils and Sediments” (2016) as well as numerous book chapters. He is serving as Associate Editor of the international journal Environmental Pollution and as guest editor of the international journals Journal of Hazardous Materials, Science of the Total Environment, Chemosphere, Journal of Environmental Management, Applied Geochemistry, and Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Also, he is member on serval editorial boards such as Ecotoxicology, Geoderma, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Archive of Agronomy and Soil Science and reviewer for many international journals. He has organized several special symposia at various international conferences such as “Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements” (10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th ICOBTE) and “International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment” (15th, 16th, 17th 18th and 19th ICHMET). He was an invited speaker (plenary and keynote) at many international conferences. In October 2016 he got an appointment as Honorable Ambassador for Gangwon Province, South-Korea. Since March 2017 he is Visiting Professor at the Department of Environment and Energy at Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea and Guest Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

Henning Prommer (Australia, CSIRO): "Developing and Applying Reactive Transport Modeling Approaches for Arsenic at Various Scales"

Robert Mason (USA-U. Conn.)

ICHMET Program Highlights

Special Sessions

  • Remediation of Metal Contaminated Environments
    • Chair Speaker: David Alden (USA-Tersus Environmental) 
  • Metal Accumulation in Biofilms   
    • Chair Speaker: Robin Brigmon (USA-SRNL) "Monitoring Atmospheric Metals in Cooling Tower Biofilms"
    • Invited Speaker: Harry Kurtz (USA-Clemson)
  • Geochemical Modeling of Heavy Metals and Radionuclides in the Subsurface Environment 
    • Invited Speaker: 
  • Metal Bioavailability 
    • Chair Speaker: Nick Basta (USA-Ohio State University) "Bioavailability: Advances in Science and Implementation for Adjusting Human and Ecological Exposure"
  • Heavy Metals Interactions with Biochar
    • Invited Speaker: Jeff Novak (USA) "Coordinating engineered biochar production for soil quality improvement, mine spoil reclamation, and nutrient removal in waste streams" 
    • Invited Speaker: Dan Tsang (Hong Kong) "Biochar Catalysts for Environmental Applications"
    • Yang, Ok, et al. (Republic of Korea) "Characterization of Bioenergy Biochar and its Utilization for Metal/Metalloid Immobilization in Contaminated Soil"
  • "Omics" to the Rescue: (Meta)Genomics, (Meta)Transcriptomics and (Meta)Proteomics Based Understanding on Metal-Microbe Interactions in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Ashvini Chauhan (USA-Florida A&M University)
  • Environmental Electromicrobiology and Metal Interactions: Mechanisms and Applications
    •  Chair Speaker: Charles Turick (USA-SRNL) "Electrochemical Techniques for Real Time, In-situ Monitoring of Biogeochemistry" 

Special Sessions Continued

  • Heavy Metals in Aquatic Environments
  • Mercury in the Environment 
    • Invited Speaker: Michael Bank (Norway) "Seafood and Methylmercury Dynamics: Implications for the Minamata Convention"
    • Confirmed Speaker: Magdalena Beldowska (Poland)
    • Confirmed Speaker: Xiaoyu Xu (USA-SREL)
  • Metal Transfer from Soil to Plants: Accumulation Properties and Nutritional Needs Versus Food Safety
    • Invited Speaker: Dane Lamb (University of Newcastle in Australia)
    • Chair Speaker: Irena Twardowska (Poland) "Screening for Cd-excluder Soybean (Glycine max. L. Merrill) Cultivars to Assure Food Safety"
    • Chair Speaker: Filip Tack (Belgium) "Appraisal of the Risk to Exceed Limits of Cd in Cultivated Spinach on Soils with Normal Cd Contents"
  • Radionuclides in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Dan Kaplan (USA-SRNL) "Seasonal Changes in Uranium Porewater Chemistry in a Contaminated Wetland"
    • Invited Speaker: Nathan Conroy "Influence of Organic Matter on Pu Subsurface Migration" 
  • Synchrotron Analysis of Metals in the Environment
    • Chair Speaker: Kirk Scheckel (USA-EPA) "In-Situ Soil Amendments Alter Contaminant Speciation and Reduce Bioavailability"
    • Confirmed Speaker: Dien Li (USA-SRNL) "Sequestration of Pertechnetate, Iodide and Iodate from Groundwater by Organoclays and Granular Activated Carbon: Capacity and Chemical Speciation"
  • General Topical Sessions
    • Bernd Market (Germany EISN-Institute) "The Biological System of Elements - Lithium as Phase Stabilizer for Neurological Diseases"

Early Registration Now Open

Conference Registration

Opens January 26, 2018

$450 Early registration through April 30th

$500 Late registration after April 30th


Registration Includes

  • Sunday Conference Mixer
  • Daily Conference Luncheons Mon.-Wed.
  • Late Afternoon Poster Sessions with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
  • Conference Banquet

Early registration for the 2018 ICHMET will be $450 until April 30th and then $500 thereafter. Registration fees include a Sunday mixer, three conference luncheons and a closing banquet. A block of 180 rooms has been reserved at the special conference rate at the UGA Conference Center & Hotel. Additional hotels are available for any overflow. Commercial shuttle service is available from the Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport to the UGA campus in Athens, GA ($39.00 one way and $78.00 round trip). Sufficient parking is available at the UGA Conference Center & Hotel for $10 per day. 


No official events are scheduled for Saturday July 21. 

Sunday, July 22 is reserved for registration (6:30-7:30 pm) followed by an evening conference mixer (7:30-9:00 pm). Each following day will start with a welcoming session in Mahler Hall for all attendees to recognize distinguished guests and provide any last minute information to conference participants. This will be immediately followed by a forty-minute presentation from an Invited Plenary Speaker.

Within each session, invited talks are 30 minutes and volunteered talks are 20 minutes, including time for questions from the audience. Poster sessions accommodating ≈ 50 participants (5’ x 5’ poster dimensions) will be limited to Monday and Tuesday. Submitted posters will be on display for the entire day, and the authors will be expected to be present with their posters from 5:00 to 6:30 each evening.  

Abstract Submissions Now Open

Abstract Submission Extended Through Feb. 26, 2018

Abstracts may be typed directly into the "Oxford Abstracts" website or uploaded using cut and paste. Abstract length is limited to 300 words. Although no abstract submission fee is being charged, abstracts will be removed from the program if the presenting author fails to register.

Conference Organizers

The University of Georgia's Conference Center & Hotel

  •  Alex Ligon -  UGA Event Coordinator

2020 ICHMET South Korea


  • Chairman 2020: Yong Sik Ok, Professor, Director Korea Biochar Research Center
  • South Korea

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Additional information

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL)


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, located 80 miles from the UGA campus in Athens, GA, is the busiest and most efficient airport in the world, offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and nearly 70 international destinations.

Airport Shuttle Service

Commercial shuttle service is available from the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport to the UGA Conference Center in Athens, GA  

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July 21-25, 2018

Athens, GA USA

University of Georgia

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