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The 18th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference™ will take place 13-18 July 2008 on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and marks the first time a Goldschmidt Conference will be held in Canada.

The theme of Goldschmidt2008, "from sea to sky," reflects Vancouver's spectacular natural surroundings - perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and backed by the peaks of the Coast Mountains.

The local organizing committee invites you to come and experience all that Vancouver has to offer and to participate in the exciting scientific and social program that we have put together. Goldschmidt2008 in Vancouver is a meeting not to be missed!


Abstract Submission and Online Registration Opens: 2 January 2008

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 March 2008

Early Registration Deadline: 11 May 2008

Goldschmidt2008 in Vancouver: 13 - 18 July 2008


The University of British Columbia campus is the perfect setting for a large, prestigious meeting such as the Goldschmidt Conference. The natural beauty of the campus, coupled with the spectacular views of the Pacific over Burrard Inlet, the North Shore Mountains and the downtown core of Vancouver will only enhance the conference experience.

The oral sessions will be held in a network of academic buildings, all boasting state-of-the-art technology, and all within walking distance of each other and the campus accommodations.The exhibition and poster sessions will be held in the Student Recreation Centre, offering 18,000 square feet of open, modern space. The world-renowned UBC Museum of Anthropology will host the Conference Barbecue. The museum houses one of the world's finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art, while offering stunning vistas of the Vancouver skyline.

The university campus itself has something to offer for every delegate. Visitors to the campus are able to enjoy athletic facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, a spacious gym and field areas, a variety of shops and services, and restaurants and food providers to tempt any appetite. The campus occupies the western point of the city, in an area called Point Grey. The campus adjoins the largest green space in the City of Vancouver, Pacific Spirit Regional Park. The 763 hectare park is popular for its cycling and running trails, and allows its visitors a stunning window into the lush forest environment that makes up much of Vancouver's surrounding areas.

Vancouver is a mecca for tourists, offering a wealth of activities for visitors. As the proud host of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver is keen to share its excitement with Goldschmidt delegates. The natural wonders of Vancouver include majestic mountains, sparkling lakes and the Pacific, plus lush rainforests and foliage, all features that can be enjoyed in one day! The city also offers world class shopping, fine cuisine and entertainment, all served with friendly hospitality and the highest level of quality. Internationally, Vancouver has a reputation for being clean, green, safe and accessible. Vancouver is also a gateway to many popular tourist locations in British Columbia, including Whistler Resort, the Canadian Rockies and Victoria and Vancouver Island.


The majority of Goldschmidt2008 delegates will be staying in on-campus accommodation at the University of British Columbia. These accommodations combine the city's most spectacular views and location with the best value and variety of rooms possible. In addition to these advantages, on-campus accommodation offers the convenience of being in close proximity to the conference events and other Goldschmidt2008 delegates.

The primary residential complex for Goldschmidt2008 delegates is the Walter Gage Residence. This property offers a range of accommodation types, from freshly renovated luxury one-bedroom suites in the West Coast Suites, to shared multi-bedroom units, with communal living areas in the Gage Towers. The Gage Towers are often favored by groups attending the conference from the same institution. Dormitory style and multi-bedroom unit accommodation at Totem Park Residence will also be available, offering affordable, quiet, clean single and double rooms with shared lounges and washrooms.

For those delegates not staying at the conference campus accommodations, there are also a wide variety of hotels available for booking off campus. From luxury 5 diamond hotels to the more informal comforts of bed and breakfast accommodation, Vancouver has something to suit all pockets and preferences. In downtown Vancouver, arrangements have been made to accommodate Goldschmidt delegates at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Sutton Place Hotel, and the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites.

The Goldschmidt2008 website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) will provide you with the necessary information to make your booking in minutes!


There are a multitude of transportation choices for getting to and around Vancouver. The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada, with daily non-stop flights to Asia, Europe, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other airports within Canada. YVR is a world leader in international air travel and is consistently recognized as one of the best airports in North America. The airport is only a ~25 minute drive from either downtown Vancouver or the UBC campus. Delegates may also opt to fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), a scenic 2.5-3 hour drive from Vancouver.

The UBC campus is easily accessible from downtown Vancouver, with multiple public transportation buses traveling between the campus and downtown in under half an hour. The campus bus loop is conveniently located directly beside the Student Recreation Centre, and within walking distance of the conference academic facilities.


The conference has arranged for a caterer to provide a lunch for everyone each day (included in the registration fee). Numerous restaurants and cafes are conveniently located all over the campus and in the nearby University Village and Marketplace.

Dining options off campus range from casual to gourmet and feature cuisines from around the world that will suit every budget and palate. Vancouver's dining scene is truly an attraction in itself. The city's diverse cultural background makes dining in Vancouver a delightful and delicious experience.


The international program committee (IPC), chaired by Rick Carlson, Barbara Sherwood Lollar and Dominique Weis, have identified 20 themes that are designed to cover the full range of geochemistry, from sea to sky. The themes that will form the focus of Goldschmidt2008, with their coordinators below, are:

Theme 1: The Early Solar System: Chemistry and Chronology
Sara Russell, Mini Wadhwa

Theme 2: Planetary Geochemistry
Bill McDonough

Theme 3: Early Earth: From Mantle to Microbes
Steve Mojzsis, Vickie Bennett

Theme 4: Continental Crustal Evolution
Hugh Smithies, John Percival

Theme 5: Mantle Dynamics
Cinzia Farnetani, Nicolas Coltice

Theme 6: Mantle Geochemistry
Catherine Chauvel, Cornelia Class

Theme 7: Experimental Petrology
Michael Walter, Penelope King

Theme 8: Fluids in the Crust and Mantle
Jacqueline Dixon, Robert Bodnar

Theme 9: Subduction Processes
Jon Davidson, Yoshiyuki Tatsumi

Theme 10: Magmatic Processes
Aaron Pietruszka, Kari Cooper

Theme 11: Thermochronology
Jim Lee, Peter Reiners

Theme 12: Resource Geochemistry
Sarah-Jane Barnes, Sarah Gleeson

Theme 13: Terrigenous Sediments and Sedimentary Components
David Barbeau, Sidney Hemming

Theme 14: Fluid-Solid Interaction from the Atomic to the Global Scale
Eric Oelkers, Ruth Blake

Theme 15: Marine Geochemistry
Katrina Edwards, Tim Eglinton

Theme 16: Weathering and Landscape Evolution
Derek Vance, Joerg Schaefer

Theme 17: Paleoclimate
Frank McDermott, Rosalind Rickaby

Theme 18: Environmental Geochemistry
Greg Slater, Patricia Maurice

Theme 19: Biogeochemistry
Ken Takai, Lesley Warren

Theme 20: Techniques
Mark Rehkamper, Shuhei Ono

Please see the conference website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) for the list of 100+ sessions within these themes, their descriptions, and their convenors.


Welcome Reception/Ice Breaker

Date: 13 July 2008
Venue: Rose Garden, UBC
Cost: Free to registered delegates ($30 CAD for accompanying guests)

All delegates are invited and encouraged to attend the Goldschmidt2008 Welcome Reception. The reception will be held outdoors at the beautiful Rose Garden, which overlooks Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains. The conference will be officially opened at the reception, with a welcome address from the conference organizers and UBC officials. The Ice Breaker is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and form new friendships!

Conference Barbecue

Date: 16 July 2008
Venue: Museum of Anthropology, UBC
Cost: $30 CAD ($20 CAD for student registrants and $60 CAD for accompanying guests

The barbecue will be subsidized by the conference and through sponsorship to make this event affordable for all delegates. It will be held at the stunning and world-renowned Museum of Anthropology. This event will feature live entertainment and West Coast-themed cuisine including fresh barbecued salmon. Space is limited so book early!

Conference Dinner Cruise

Date: 18 July 2008
Venue: Harbour Cruise
Cost: $110 CAD (registered delegates and accompanying guests)

Held on the last night of the conference, the dinner cruise will be a memorable event that completes your conference experience! This unique event offers unparalleled views of the city, mountains and famous Vancouver landmarks. Enjoy a delicious meal and the company of your fellow Goldschmidt2008 delegates. Space is limited so book early!


Numerous short courses and workshops focusing on applications in analytical geochemistry will be offered in conjunction with Goldschmidt2008. We encourage Goldschmidt delegates to take advantage of these opportunities.

The Geochemist's Workbench Standard/Professional Training Workshop
Date: 10-11 July 2008

Contact: Tom Meuzelaar (tom@rockware.com)

A Hands-On Introductory Tour of Kimberlites
Date: 11-12 July 2008

Contact: Maya Kopylova (mkopylov@eos.ubc.ca)

Quality Assurance in Analytical Geochemistry
Sponsored by the International Association of Geoanalysts
Date: 13 July 2008

Contact: Michael Wiedenbeck (michawi@gfz-potsdam.de)

Laser-Ablation-ICPMS in the Earth Sciences: Current Practices and Outstanding Issues
Sponsored by the Mineralogical Association of Canada
Date: 19-20 July 2008

Contacts: Rob Raeside (rob.raeside@acadiau.ca) and Paul Sylvester (pauls@esd.mun.ca)

Please see the conference website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) for a description of each course and information on how to register. To propose a short course or workshop, please contact Diane Hanano (dhanano@eos.ubc.ca).


A wide selection of field trips throughout southern British Columbia has been planned for Goldschmidt2008 delegates. These trips have been designed to explore and showcase the unique geologic processes that have shaped this stunning landscape.

1. Wrangellia flood basalts on Vancouver Island: an accreted Late Triassic oceanic large igneous province

4 day post-conference trip (July 18-21)
Leaders: Andrew Greene (UBC), Graham Nixon (BCGS), Nick Massey (BCGS), James Scoates (UBC)
Contact: agreene@eos.ubc.ca

2. Effusive to explosive volcanism In Canadian Cascades: insights into landscape-controlled volcanic processes

2 day trip
Leader: Kelly Russell (UBC)
Contact: krussell@eos.ubc.ca

3. Lava and tephra of the Neogene Chilcotin Group

3 day trip
Leaders: Graham Andrews (UBC), Kelly Russell (UBC)
Contact: gandrews@eos.ubc.ca

4. Southern Vancouver Island geology: 200 million years of crustal growth

2 day post-conference trip (July 19-20)
Leader: Dante Canil (U Vic)
Contact: dcanil@uvic.ca

5. Transect through the Southern Canadian Cordillera: Calgary-Vancouver

4 day post-conference trip (July 19-22)
Leaders: Darren Grocke (McMaster), Dan Gibson (SFU), Philip Simony (U Calgary), Derek Thorkelson (SFU)
Contact: grocke@mcmaster.ca

6. Geochemistry of recent surficial deposits and associated soils

Leaders: Stephanie Grand (UBC), Leslie Lavkulich (UBC), Brent Ward (SFU), Margaret Schmidt (SFU), John Clague (SFU), Cathie Hickson (GSC)
Contact: sgrand@interchange.ubc.ca

7. Britannia Mine remediation

1 day trip
Leaders: Gerry O'Hara (Golder Assoc.), Terry Johnson (Golder Assoc.)
Contact: GOHara@golder.com

8. Triassic porphyries in southern BC

2-3 day trip
Leaders: Jim Logan (BCGS), Mitch Mihalynuk (BCGS), Vic Preto (retired from BCGS)
Contact: Jim.Logan@gov.bc.ca

9. Caulfeild Cove

Half-day trip (July 16 afternoon)

Please see the conference website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) for a description of each trip as well as exact dates, costs, and information on how to register. For general field trip inquiries, please contact the field trip organizer, Dr. Derek Thorkelson (dthorkel@sfu.ca) of Simon Fraser University.


Tourism opportunities to local Vancouver attractions and to destinations such as Whistler and Victoria will be possible for delegates and their guests. Visit the conference website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) or Tourism Vancouver (http://www.tourismvancouver.ca) for more information on what to do and see in this amazing city!


Goldschmidt2008 encourages student participation in Vancouver.

Some financial support is available from various member societies (Geochemical Society, European Association of Geochemistry, Geological Society of Japan, Mineralogical Association of Canada, among others) to students who are presenting the results of their own research in a talk or poster format at the 2008 V.M. Goldschmidt Conference.

Applications will consist of:

1) Your current CV,

2) A copy of your submitted 2008 Goldschmidt abstract and assigned abstract number,

3) A one page description of the broader impacts and significance of your research, and

4) A brief budget justification that includes a description of your financial need, and availability of travel support from other sources.

Visit the Goldschmidt2008 website (http://www.goldschmidt2008.org) for more detailed information on student travel funding opportunities!


The City of Vancouver has set a goal to be the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world. Vancouver, and in turn the University of British Columbia (UBC), are dedicated to climate protection, green architecture, active transportation, sustainable systems and bringing sustainability to all aspects of running and building the city and campus.

UBC is Canada's leader in campus sustainability.It is Canada's first university to develop a sustainable development policy, and the first to open a campus sustainability office.UBC, as Canada's largest campus energy retrofit, cuts its energy costs by $2 million every year. It also saves 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, reduces water use by 30 percent and decreases energy use by 20 percent annually.

Sustainability is not only important to residents and businesses, but to visitors to Vancouver and UBC as well. UBC has pledged to make sustainability the foundation for campus operations, research and teaching.UBC's sustainability vision is to earn the respect of future generations for the social, ecological and economic legacy we create. UBC is encouraging the organizing committee for Goldschmidt2008 to factor ecological, social and economic consequences into the planning and execution of the conference. The organizing committee is committed to working with and towards the environmental initiatives of Vancouver and UBC, and invites all delegates to assist in not only making their visit to Vancouver and UBC sustainable, but to contribute to the overall environmental initiatives of Vancouver and UBC.


Exhibition and sponsorship at Goldschmidt2008 is a unique promotional opportunity that will provide significant visibility and exposure to over 2000 local and international delegates, and allow valuable interaction with leading geochemists, key academic purchasers and graduate students.

The Goldschmidt conference will host an exhibition to encourage the interaction of conference delegates with exhibitors wishing to take advantage of the meeting to raise their profile with the geochemical community. The exhibition will be located in the heart of the conference to maximize its value both to delegates and to exhibitors. The number of exhibit booths is limited; therefore we recommend that interested parties contact the conference organizers as soon as possible. In addition to the exhibition, there is a diverse selection of sponsorship opportunities available to exhibitors and others, ranging from the Conference Barbecue, to the poster sessions, to delegate bags.

Please contact Diane Hanano (dhanano@eos.ubc.ca) for further details or to request a copy of the Goldschmidt2008 Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus.


Conference Organizer: Dominique Weis (dweis@eos.ubc.ca)

General Inquiries: Cecilia Li (celi@eos.ubc.ca)

Sponsorship and Exhibition: Diane Hanano (dhanano@eos.ubc.ca)

Publications: Paul Beattie (info@goldschmidt2008.org)

Website: Andrew Varley (info@goldschmidt2008.org)

UBC Conferences and Accommodations: Heidi Dale-Johnson (heidi.dalejohnson@ubc.ca)

Field Trips: Derek Thorkelson (dthorkel@sfu.ca)

International Program Committee: Rick Carlson (rcarlson@ciw.edu) and Barbara Sherwood Lollar (bslollar@chem.utoronto.ca)

Photos courtesy of Tourism Vancouver and UBC
By Diane Hanano and Heidi Dale-Johnson