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Water-Rock Interaction (WRI) Working Group

WRI-16, A Joint Meeting with AIG-13. 21-26 July, 2019 Tomsk Russia

 

Dear Friends,

Like every three years, the Water-Rock Interaction Working Group of the International Association of Geochemistry will meet for a week of science and collegiality in unique region of the world. For July 2019 the WRI Working Group calls its members to reunite in the heart of Siberia, in the city of Tomsk, Russia. It will be the first time for IAGC to hold a joint meeting of the WRI and AIG working groups. The 16thInternational Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction as well as the 13th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry is scheduled for 2019 and therefore it was agreed that these two biggest IAGC Working Groups meetings would join forces to hold a combined consolidated meeting in 2019, the first IAGC International Conference. We hope to attract researchers and scholars from the fields of geochemistry, hydrology, geology and environmental sciences as well as our friends from applied isotope geochemistry to share their scientific findings as part of 1st IAGC International Conference sponsored by the IAGC’s Water-Rock Interaction and the Applied Isotope Geochemistry Working Groups, and the local organizers. The local committee led by Secretary General Natalia Guseva of the Tomsk Polytechnic University is putting together a very interesting program as well as excellent pre and post conference excursions following the history of our symposium of having a fine record of fostering international collaborations by providing both outstanding scientific and social programs for the scientists and their and accompanying family members.

Hope seeing you all in Tomsk, Russia in July 2019.

Saludos,

THOMAS KRETZSCHMAR
Chairman of Water-Rock Interaction Working Group

WRI-16 Registration

 

Working Group History and PurposeWRI

The First International Symposium on Water Rock Interaction (WRI-1) was convened on 9-14 September, 1974 in Prague (Czech Republic), with Dr. Tomas Paces as Secretary General.  Nearly 150 participants, including many students from 21 countries, attended the four days of technical sessions. Close to 100 also visited thermal and mineral springs on a three-day field trip to northwestern Bohemia.  The combination of excellent technical sessions, printed proceedings, and interesting and well-organized field trips lasting several days, together with enjoyable social and cultural programs for the scientists and the accompanying members created an atmosphere of informality and easy communication among the participants.

The idea for a Working Group on Water-Rock Interaction (WRI) within the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC) originated with the late Prof. Mikhail G. Valyashko, who held the Chair of Geochemistry at Lomonsov State University, Moscow (USSR). During the International Symposium on Hydrogeochemistry and Biogeochemistry (Tokyo, Japan, September 1970), he organized a small group of interested geochemists and proposed setting up six working groups, including WRI to “study water-rock interaction under various temperature and pressure conditions, compile key programs, develop methods, and determine transportation forms of components.” The late Donald E. White (USA) was appointed the first Chairman of the Working Group on WRI. He initiated a worldwide mailing campaign that resulted in the creation of nine Interest Groups that served WRI well for more than a decade.  During the 24th IGC (Montreal, Canada), Drs. White and Hitchon convened an informal meeting of WRI (known as WRI-0) on 23 August 1972, and 16 people met to discuss the future of WRI, including Earl Ingerson (President, IAGC), Ken Sugawara (Secretary, IAGC) and Valyashko.  Josef Cadek (Czech Republic) presented a proposal suggested by Tomas Paces to hold WRI-1 in Prague. WRI-1 would set the focus needed for the next three decades by launching a series of triennial WRI Symposia, which became the main function of this Working Group. Success of this working group can be attributed to the developement of an informal format that attracts students and the leading geochemists, geologists, hydrologists and other earth scientists from many developed and developing countries to commune on a broad field of science. The field trips, the social and cultural programs for the scientists and the accompanying members result in creating an atmosphere of informality and easy communication among the participants. Cooperative projects and deep friendships have developed between scientists from many countries. Scientists who attend one of the meetings quickly get hooked, because WRI has a very contagious spirit, that we define as “water-rock-human interactions.”

Water-Rock Interaction Symposia

Symposium
Year
Participants
Venue
Secretary General
WRI-16
2019
Tomsk (Russia)
WRI-15
2016
Évora (Portugal)
José Manuel Marques
WRI-14
2013
Avignon (France)
Pierpaolo Zuddas
WRI-13
2010
Guanajuato (México)
Thomas Kretzschmar
WRI-12
2007
Kunming, Yunnan (China)
Yanxing Wan
WRI-11
2004
341
Saratoga Springs (USA)
Susan Brantley
WRI-10
2001
480
Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy)
Luca Fanfani
WRI-9
1998
287
Taupo (New Zealand)
Brian Robinson
WRI-8
1995
260
Vladivostock (Russia)
Oleg Chudaev
WRI-7
1992
576
Park City (USA)
Yousif Kharaka
WRI-6
1989
350
Malvern (United Kingdom)
Mike Edmunds
WRI-5
1986
250
Reykjavik (Iceland)
Halldor Armannsson
WRI-4
1983
210
Misasa (Japan)
Hitoshi Sakai
WRI-3
1980
145
Edmonton (Canada)
Brian Hitchon
WRI-2
1977
236
Strasbourg (France)
Yves Tardy
WRI-1
1974
148
Prague (Czechoslovakia)
Tomas Paces

 

Working Group Chairmen

Chairperson Period Country
Thomas Kretzschmar 2013 - present Mexico
Halldór Ármannsson 2007 - 2013 Iceland
Yousif Kharaka 2001-2007 USA
Mike Edmunds 1992-2001 UK
Hitoshi Sakai 1986-1992 Japan
Brian Hitchon 1974-1986 Canada
Donald White 1970-1974 USA

 

Contact Information

Thomas Kretzschmar
Geology Department CICESE
MEXICO
tkretzsc@cicese.mx

 

 

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