An International Geochemistry Community

The IAGC has been one of the preeminent international geochemistry organizations since 1967. We foster cooperation and advancement in geochemistry in the broadest sense. Our membership is international in scope, but our smaller sized geochemistry conferences are designed to be intimate and approachable. Our popular long-running thematic working group meetings include Water-Rock Interaction (WRI), Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG), and the Geochemistry of the Earth's Surface (GES).

It is our mission to financially support geochemical analysis for PhD Students (Student Research Grant Program), highlight the work of early career scientists (Emerging Investigator Series, Ebelmen Award) and scientists from low- and middle-income countries (Kharaka Award), and recognize senior scientists for their service the field and their scientific contributions to the field (Vernadsky medal, Fellows).

As the name implies, our official scientific journal, Applied Geochemistry, focuses the applied components of the field and provides the global geochemical community with an avenue to present original research, critical reviews, perspectives and viewpoints, that have some practical applications or implications to human endeavor and well-being.

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Benefits of Membership

  • Members receive Elements, an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry, and petrology (choice of hard copy or online only)
  • Discount rates to our official journal, Applied Geochemistry
  • Discount registration fees to all of our small-scale Working Group meetings
  • Discount registration fees to Goldschhmidt®(organized by the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry) and the Geological Society of America (GSA) fall meeting

(What are the differences among the IAGC and other geochemistry societies?)

Upcoming Working Group Meetings and IAGC-sponsored sessions

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Free memberships available for geochemistry from low- and middle-income countries

We strive to provide free memberships for geochemists from low and middle income countries. We can also provide assistance if your home country makes it difficult or unduly expensive to pay membership dues to the US. These initiatives are generously supported by member donations. If you are a geochemist from a country on the list or otherwise need assistance with the membership fee, email the Business Office for details.

What are the differences among the major geochemistry societies?

The IAGC, the Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) all work to foster cooperation in geochemistry and promote the advancement of geochemistry around the world. The missions of these three organizations are intertwined, but their approaches are distinct and complementary.

Scientific Conferences

The GS and EAG together organize the Goldschmidt® conference, an annual international meeting on geochemistry and related subjects, which usually alternates between Europe and North America. This is a large, diverse meeting with multiple concurrent sessions that interests a wide variety of geochemists. IAGC members often attend and chair sessions at Goldschmidt®, and the IAGC sometimes presents awards during plenary sessions. All IAGC members receive discounted member rates to Goldschmidt®.

The IAGC's approach to scientific conferences is a bit different. We support smaller independent Working Group meetings that cover a narrower range of thematic topics, but also foster a personal and laid-back atmosphere. Many senior scientists have been attending our working group meetings for decades. Students and early career scientists often remark how fun and informative these small meetings can be, and how much easier it is to network with well-known scientists from around the world in such a setting. Our most popular meetings include Water-rock Interaction (WRI), Applied Isotope Geochemistry (AIG), and the Geochemistry of the Earth's Surface (GES). All IAGC members receive discounted member rates to all of our Working Group meetings.

Scientific Journals

These societies are affiliated with three influential geochemistry journals - Applied Geochemistry (IAGC), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GS), and Chemical Geology (EAG) - all published by Elsevier. As the name implies, our official journal, Applied Geochemistry, focuses on more of the applied themes of geochemistry than the other journals. As such, your papers from resource exploration to environmental protection are a good fit for Applied Geochemistry. The themes covered include:

  1. Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemical Cycling
  2. Hydrogeochemistry and Hydrogeology
  3. Contaminants Processes, Impacts and Remediation
  4. Geochemical Dynamics across Air-Water-Soil Interfaces
  5. Medical Geochemistry and Health
  6. Geochemistry in Environmental Disasters and Sustainability
  7. Mineral and Energy Resources Exploration and Recovery

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