ETH Zurich, Switzerland, July 16-20, 2017

The International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements ICOBTE is a non-profit conference series founded and organized by scientists and other professionals interested in the behavior, fate, impacts and management of metal and metalloid trace elements (TE) in the environment. The organizers and supporters are volunteers from academia, governmental agencies, and other public institutions and professional organizations.

The ICOBTE conferences focus on the behavior, fate and management of trace elements, including their radioactive isotopes, in the environment and examine issues such as: mobility and turnover, bioavailability, bioaccumulation, toxicity, crop quality, food safety, risk assessment and management, contaminated site remediation, and regulatory protocols.

The first conference on the topic was held 1990 in Orlando, Florida, under the title 'International Conference on Metals in Soils, Waters, Plants and Animals'. Due to its great success and the strong interest of the community to continue it as a regular platform of scientific exchange, the conference was established as a series of biannual conferences under the name ICOBTE since the second conference 1993 in Taipeh. In 1999 the International Society of Trace Element Biogeochemistry ISTEB was founded to give the ICOBTE a stronger organizational basis. The main function of ISTEB is to organize the ICOBTE (see here for further information).

The 14th ICOBTE will be held in 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. Switzerland has long-time and broad experience in coping with environ­mental pollution problems. Given Switzerland’s position at the international forefront of environmental protection, the general theme of the conference will be “Management of trace elements in the environment”. The conference will take place July 16 – 20, 2017, in the main building of ETH Zurich, which is worldwide known as an internationally top-ranking university.

Zurich is located in the center of Europe and easily reached via more than 170 international flight connections from all over the world and from neighboring countries also via many convenient train connections. It is not only surrounded by beautiful landscapes and situated in close proximity to the Swiss Alps, but also an ideal starting point for various excursions offered for the day after the conference, i.e. July 21st, which will illustrate how problems of trace element pollution are addressed in Switzerland.