Here are the detailed schedules of each Special Symposium and General Technical Session

Special Symposia

For detailed description of each symposium and its organizers, click here.

Symp 1. Risk assessment and remediation of trace elements in fresh water and marine sediments

Symp 2. Interactions between biochars and trace elements (TEs) in the environment

Symp 3. Antimony in the environment: current research and future perspectives

Symp4. Trace elements analysis of environmental samples with X-rays

Symp 5. Nanomaterials: Applications and impacts

Symp 6. Long-term fate and its control for radioactive cesium and other radionuclides in the agricultural environment

Symp 7. Effects of iron transformations on the biogeochemistry of trace elements

Symp 8. Biogeochemistry of emerging trace elements in aquatic and terrestrial systems

Symp 9. Improving soil biodiversity, functionality and ecosystem services of trace element-contaminated soils under interacting effects of (phyto)management and climate change

Symp 10. Metal hyperaccumulators: extreme trace element biology and its applications

Symp 11. Rethinking waste for nutrient and energy recovery: challenges and opportunities for trace element biogeochemists

General Technical Sessions

Sess1a. Biogeochemical behavior of trace elements (TE) in the environment – from sorption, transport and transformation processes to global cycles- Aquatic
Chairs: Laura Sigg, Moritz Bigalke

Sess1b. Biogeochemical behavior of trace elements (TE) in the environment – from sorption, transport and transformation processes to global cycles- Terrestrial
Chairs: Magdi Selim, John Seaman, Tamer Elbana

Sess2. Interactions of organisms with TE: from molecular mechanisms to ecological effects
Chairs: Giancarlo Renella, Vera Slaveykova, Fang-Jie Zhao

Sess3. TE radionuclides in the environment
Chairs: Ravi Naidu, Laureline Février

Sess4a. Monitoring, risk assessment and management of TE in the environment – Monitoring and risk
Chairs: Mike McLaughlin, Cathérine Keller, Christiane Wermeille

Sess4b. Monitoring, risk assessment and management of TE in the environment – Treatment and management
Chairs: Brett Robinson, Elke Suess

Sess5. (Eco)toxicology of TE: effects of environmental TE contamination on health and ecosystem functions
Chairs: Jurate Kumpiene, Markus Puschenreiter, Marie Pierre Isaure

Sess6. Micronutrient deficiencies and biofortification
Chairs: Diego Moretti, Gary Bañuelos

Registration for ICOBTE 2017 is now open. Please read carefully the information below before proceeding to registration.


All prices are in Swiss Francs (CHF). For exchange rates you can check here.

Registration fees for conference participants

  • Full fee (all participants except students): 500.- Swiss Francs
  • Student fee (PhD and MSc students): 300.- Swiss Francs

The registration fee includes attendance to the full conference program, the conference material, all coffee breaks and lunches during the conference program, the welcome reception and a ticket for Zurich public transport system from Sunday, July 16th until Thursday, July 20th.

The registration fee does not include accommodation.

The "Chem_Transport software" workshop, planned for Sunday July 16th from 13.00 to 17.00 is not included in the registration. Participants interested in attending must add its costs (100.- Swiss Francs) to the registration. Procedure on how to include the subscription to this workshop in the registration is available here.

Reduced daily registration is not possible. The full registration fee must be paid regardless of the length of attendance.

Accompanying persons

  • Registration (without conference dinner): 80.- Swiss Francs

The registration for accompanying persons includes the welcome reception and a ticket for Zurich public transport system from Sunday, July 16th until Thursday, July 20th. Accompanying persons can be added directly in the participant's registration form.

Conference dinner (Wednesday evening, optional, not included in registration)

  • All participants except students (inc. accompanying persons): 120.- Swiss Francs
  • Students: 80.- Swiss Francs

Excursions (optional, not included in registration; post conference, on Friday July 21st)

  • Excursions 1, 2, 4, 5: 100.- Swiss Francs - from 8.30 to 19.00 approximatively
  • Excursion 3: 150.- Swiss Francs from 8.00 to 19.00 approximatively

For more details on each excursion follow the links at this page.

The conference organizers cannot accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage to property belonging to participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of, ICOBTE2017. Registration fees do not include insurance.

Cancellation conditions

Please read our cancellation policy here. Payment of registration implies knowledge, understanding and acceptance of such conditions.

Cancellations can only be accepted if communicated by email to Paolo Demaria.

Registration procedure

All registrations and payments must be done in advance and no later than the registration deadline of Thursday, June 15th. Onsite spontaneous registrations will not be accepted.

Registration with credit card payment

The form is available here. Select all the appropriate category/ies (registration, conference dinner, excursion), input your data (and your accompanying person(s), if applicable) and proceed directly to the payment by credit card. The system will send an automatic receipt/invoice document to the email address indicated in the form.

VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.

IMPORTANT: the credit card registrations are handled by an external company. For any questions on the payment, please contact us first.

Registration with bank transfer payment

The form is available here. Fill and submit the form, having care of indicating, in the "Billing address" field, ALL the information that must appear in the invoice. An invoice, containing the due amount and the details of the receiving account, will be prepared by us and sent to the email address indicated in the registration form as soon as possible.






The ICOBTE 2017 Conference Dinner will take place on Wednesday, July 19th.

More details (schedule, location) will be posted here.

This event is not included in the registration fee and must be booked additionally upon registration.

On Friday, July 21st, we have organized 5 excursions, each featuring a different scientific objective at a different location in Switzerland. Each trip will begin and end at the conference venue (ETH Zurich) and will last the whole day (from 8.30 to approximately 18.30 or 20.00, depending on the trip)

Each excursion must be booked in advance upon registration and its costs are not included in the registration fee. For each trip, a lunch and a snack bag is included in the costs, together with transport, visits and guides.

Click on each excursion title here below to access its description. We recommend to read carefully the descriptions before choosing one.

Each excursion has a limited number of places, which will be assigned on a first comes-first serves basis.




Paolo Demaria

Demaria Event Management, Zurich

Tel. +41 76 443 6408

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