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Environmental Sciences: Water
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference on "Environmental Sciences: Water" is the preeminent conference on aquatic environmental science as a whole. As such, it aims to represent the latest advances in research in established and emerging areas. Historically, the conference has always been broad and inclusive, spanning relevant disciplines (e.g., chemistry, biology, geology, engineering, health science), media (e.g., air, water, soil, the subsurface), and scales (e.g., molecular, nano, cellular, regional, global). In addition, the conference attracts a balance of attendees from academia (including students and postdocs), industry, and government agencies.

The topical coverage of the conference has evolved considerably since the conference was initiated shortly after the Gordon Research Conferences organization was incorporated in its current form in 1954. During its first two decades, the conference focused on the fate and transport of industrial chemicals and advances in engineering treatment technologies for water and wastewater treatment. Between the early 1960s and the 1970s the conference alternated years with another GRC on atmospheric aspects of environmental science (now "Atmospheric Chemistry"). Since the 1980s, the conference has been held every two years. During this period, it has served as a forum for the leading environmental scientists and engineers in a broad array of fields to meet and discuss issues at the forefronts of their respective disciplines.

Historical Note: Between 1963 and 1985, the "Environmental Sciences" GRC alternated its title and subject on a yearly basis between "Water" (even years) and "Air" (odd years). In 1985, the "Air" meeting split into its own Conference, which eventually became "Atmospheric Chemistry".

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Environmental Sciences: Water" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 24-29 Holderness School William A. Arnold
2016 Environmental Sciences: Water
Opportunities for Aquatic Sciences to Impact a Changing World
Jun 26 - Jul 1 Holderness School Allison MacKay
2014 Environmental Sciences: Water
Environmental Sciences in a Human-Impacted World
Jun 22-27 Holderness School Paul G. Tratnyek
2012 Environmental Sciences: Water
Grand Challenge Frontiers in the Aquatic Environmental Sciences
Jun 24-29 Holderness School David L. Sedlak
2010 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 20-25 Holderness School Kristopher McNeill
Tamar Kohn
2008 Environmental Sciences: Water
Future Challenges and Advances in Aquatic Sciences
Jun 22-27 Holderness School Deborah L. Swackhamer
2006 Environmental Sciences: Water
What Impact Is Our Work Having on the State of the Environment?
Jun 25-30 Holderness School Eric J. Weber
2004 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 27 - Jul 2 Holderness School David L. Sedlak
2002 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 23-28 Holderness School Dominic M. Di Toro
2000 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 25-30 Holderness School Steven J. Eisenreich
1998 Environmental Sciences: Water
Anticipatory Environmental Sciences
Jun 14-19 New England College Philip Gschwend
1996 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 23-28 New Hampton School Alan T. Stone
1994 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 19-24 New Hampton School Richard G. Luthy
1992 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 15-19 New Hampton School Jerald L. Schnoor
1990 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 18-22 New Hampton School Ronald A. Hites
1988 Environmental Sciences: Water
Chemical Dynamics in Aquatic Systems
Jun 20-24 New Hampton School Michael R. Hoffmann
1986 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 16-20 New Hampton School Francois Morel
1984 Environmental Sciences: Water
Interfacial Processes
Jun 25-29 New Hampton School Charles R. O'Melia
1983 Environmental Sciences: Air
Biogeochemical Cycles and the Atmosphere
Jun 20-24 New Hampton School Ralph J. Cicerone
1982 Environmental Sciences: Water
Scientific Basis for Risk Analysis in Surface and Ground Waters
Jun 28 - Jul 2 New Hampton School Richard A. Conway
1981 Environmental Sciences: Air Jun 15-19 New Hampton School Jack G. Calvert
1980 Environmental Sciences: Water
The Quantitative Basis for Predicting Concentrations of Pollutants in Natural Waters
Jun 16-20 New Hampton School Robert Moolenaar
1979 Environmental Sciences: Air
Tropospheric Chemistry and Gas-to-Particle Conversion
Jun 18-22 New Hampton School John H. Seinfeld
1978 Environmental Sciences: Water
Reactions and Fates of Organics in Natural Waters
Jun 26-30 Holderness School Julian B. Andelman
1977 Environmental Sciences: Air
Chemistry of Reactive Trace Substances in the Atmosphere: Experience and Theory
Aug 15-19 New Hampton School James P. Friend
1976 Environmental Sciences: Water
Organic Materials in Water
Jun 28 - Jul 2 Proctor Academy Russell F. Christman
1975 Environmental Sciences: Air
Fine Particulate Matter in the Troposphere
Aug 18-22 New Hampton School Arthur C. Stern
1974 Environmental Sciences: Water
Aquatic Oligodynamics - The Science of Trace Substances in Water
Jul 1-5 New Hampton School Richard J. Benoit
1973 Environmental Sciences: Air
Emissions vs. Air Quality - How Do They Relate in Photochemical Smog?
Jul 30 - Aug 3 Tilton School James N. Pitts
1972 Environmental Sciences: Water
Ecological and Water Resources Management Models
Aug 28 - Sep 1 New Hampton School Perry L. McCarty
1971 Environmental Sciences: Air Aug 30 - Sep 3 New Hampton School James Lodge
1970 Environmental Sciences: Water
Chemical and Biological Dynamics in Natural Water Systems: Concepts of Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Aug 31 - Sep 4 New Hampton School James Morgan
1969 Environmental Sciences: Air
Atmospheric Aerosols
Jun 30 - Jul 4 Providence Heights College August T. Rossano
1968 Environmental Sciences: Water
Surface Phenomena in Aqueous Systems
Jun 10-14 New Hampton School Walter J. Weber
1967 Environmental Sciences: Air
Oxides of Nitrogen
Jul 3-7 Crystal Inn E. R. Hendrickson
1966 Environmental Sciences: Water Jun 13-17 New Hampton School Frank E. Clarke
1965 Environmental Sciences: Air Pollution Jun 28 - Jul 2 Proctor Academy Allen D. Brandt
1964 Environmental Sciences: Microchemical Contaminants in Water Jun 15-19 New Hampton School Robert A. Baker
1963 Environmental Sciences: Air Quality Criteria Jun 17-21 Tilton School J. E. McKee
1962 Environmental Sanitation: Waste Water Reclamation Jun 11-15 New Hampton School Wallace Sanderson
1956 Stream Sanitation Jun 18-22 Kimball Union Academy Clair N. Sawyer
1955 Stream Sanitation Jun 20-24 Kimball Union Academy J. Carrell Morris
1954 Stream Sanitation Jun 21-25 Kimball Union Academy R. D. Hoak
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