Scientific Program - Topics & Keynote Speakers
Topic 1: Advances in Analytical Instrumentation
- Hans-Arno Synal (Ion Beam Physics ETH Zürich, Switzerland): "New trends in accelerator mass spectrometry: What can we expect from future AMS systems?"
- Joachim Mohn, Béla Tuzson, Lukas Emmenegger (Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Sciences & Technology, Switzerland): "Frontiers in quantum cascade laser based analysis of greenhouse gas stable isotopes"
Topic 2: Chemistry, Computations, and Theory of Isotope Effects
- Vicent Moliner (University Jaume I, Castelló, Spain): "Computational Studies of Enzyme Reactions based on Primary, Secondary and Enzyme Kinetic Isotope Effects"
Topic 3: Biology & Enzymology
- Judith Klinman (University of California Berkeley, USA): "Uncovering new paradigms in catalysis: A long journey of enzymes with isotopes"
- Nigel S. Scrutton (University of Manchester, UK) "Updates on using isotope effects to probe mechanisms of tunneling and dynamics in enzymes"
Topic 4: Medicine & Forensics
- Thure Cerling (University of Utah, USA): "Exploring human origins using stable isotopes"
- Francis Albarède (École Normale Supérieure Lyon, France): "The potential of transition element isotopes as biomedical markers"
Topic 5: Earth/Planetary Sciences & Biogeochemistry
- Barbara Sherwood Lollar (University of Toronto, Canada): title tba
- Derek Vance (ETH Zürich, Switzerland): "Metal isotopes in oceanography and paleoceanography"
Topic 6: Environmental Chemistry & Microbiology
- Daniel Hunkeler (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland): "Unravelling the fate of organic contaminants in the subsurface using stable isotopes"
- Jan Wiederhold (University of Vienna, Austria): "Mercury isotope signatures as tracers for environmental Hg cycling"
Topic 7: Ecology
- Todd Dawson (University of California Berkeley, USA): What lies beneath? The use of isotopes to enhance our understanding of the linkages among water inputs, fluxes, and fractionation and subsurface-vegetation dynamics.
- Christiane Werner (University of Freiburg, Germany): Novel approaches in plant and community isotope ecology
The conference will start with a welcome mixer, and first evening keynote on Sunday, July 9. Invited and contributed oral presentations will be held in the mornings while there will be ample time for poster sessions, personal interactions, and networking in the afternoons. Evenings are concluded with an evening keynote. To provide plent y of room for discussions at the posters, the number of oral presentations will be limited to 3-5 contributed talks per conference topic. The conference will be concluded after a morning session with oral presentation on Friday, July 14.