The Week of Geochemistry, held since 1977, takes place for the second time at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal, between 25 and 29 March 2018. At the same time, takes place for the first time in this institution the Geochemistry Congress of Portuguese Speaking Countries, in its fourteenth edition.
The organization of this event is provided by the Department of Geology of UTAD, continuing to issues streamlined the Geochemistry Group of the Geological Society of Portugal, which took place in several Portuguese-speaking countries, namely Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique.
This is an important event that promotes discussion and interdisciplinary scientific and technical issues among professionals in the field of geochemistry of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. Traditionally, Geochemistry is the science responsible for the knowledge of geological processes that occur both inside and on the surface of planet Earth, as well as in other areas of the solar system. Today, however, the scope of investigation has widened to a group so vast and complex geochemical systems, the search for identification and description of the cycles in close relation with other sciences such as chemistry, biology, physics, ecology, engineering, etc., which led to consider the main objective of this congress reflection on “Geochemistry at the service of the economy, environment and society”.
The event involves the participation of researchers, teachers and students of 2nd and 3rd cycle, a total of 142 participants mainly from Portugal (83), Brazil (55), Mozambique (2), Cape Verde (1), Equatorial Guinea (1 ) and presentation of communications 125 (70 and 55 oral poster), distributed by 10 subjects. Activities include also three mini-courses with various themes that will take place the 25th, five plenary sessions and three field trips, which take place on the 29th.
Thus, the Executive Board believes that the realization of these events will be an important contribution to the development of the scientific field of geochemistry, increasingly central and important in understanding the associated thematic knowledge of processes and geological resources, environmental concerns and the well-being of society.
See program here .