Barcelona 2019

Goldschmidt 2019 Workshop
“A Hands-on Course in Reactive Transport Modelling”
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain • 17-18 August 2019

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Please join us in Barcelona, the cosmopolitan, enchanting seaside capital of Spain's Catalonia region, famous worldwide for its art, architecture, cuisine, and warm culture, for two days of hands-on training in reactive transport modelling using The Geochemist's Workbench®. Then stay on to visit the fantastical Sagrada Familia church, Museu Picasso, and Fundació Joan Miró, and of course to attend the Goldschmidt 2019 conference.

What you will learn. Following a fully hands-on format, you will learn to construct, trace, and interpret models of transport in reacting geochemical systems. Specific topics covered include:

  • Introduction to geochemical modeling
  • Transport in flowing groundwater
  • Dual porosity models (stagnant zones)
  • Kd, Freundlich, and Langmuir sorption
  • Surface complexation
  • Colloid-facilitated transport
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Biodegradation
  • Dissolution and precipitation
  • Microbial catalysis and growth
  • Effective graphical presentation
  • Creating animation and video

The topics will be illustrated through a series of case studies.

More information? Contact workshop support. Can't come? Consider an alternative from our 2019 workshop lineup.

I really liked the course! You have the ability to explain things in an easy way, while pointing out the key issues.

– Christian Wisskirchen, Golder Associates S.A., Santiago

I loved the workshop! It was just the right combination of instruction plus hands‑on.

– Karen Kinsella, GZA GeoEnvironmental

The Reactive Transport Workshop was absolutely fantastic! Five stars, would recommend to a friend!

– Kristina G., Syracuse University


The workshop will be presented by Craig Bethke, Brian Farrell, Kate Maher, and Qusheng Jin. Prof. Bethke is the R.E. Grim Professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is the primary author of The Geochemist's Workbench® software package and author of the Geochemical and Biogeochemical Reaction Modeling text, published by Cambridge University Press.

Craig Bethke
Craig Bethke

Craig Bethke has been cited many times for excellence in teaching. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of a number of prizes in hydrogeology and geoscience, including the O.E. Meinzer Award and M.K. Hubbert Award.

Brian Farrell is the lead Geochemist at Aqueous Solutions LLC, makers of The Geochemist's Workbench®. Mr. Farrell is expert in aquifer microbiology, geochemical modeling, and reactive transport in geochemical systems. He has taught short courses in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

Brian Farrell
Brian Farrell
Kate Maher
Kate Maher
Kate Maher teaches at Stanford University and is an authority on water-rock interaction, weathering, and isotope geochemistry. She teaches environmental geochemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. An experienced short course instructor, she is the 2012 Allan Cox medalist.

Qusheng Jin is a professor of Earth Science at the University of Oregon. Qusheng leverages his mechanistic understanding of biological processes to develop new modeling theories and methods, and to apply them to natural and contaminated environments. Cited for his University teaching accomplishments, Qusheng is an experienced workshop instructor.

Qusheng Jin Qusheng Jin


The workshop will be held at Campus Diagonal-Besòs of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Arrive Saturday morning at Building A of the UPC campus, enter the main lobby through the front door (which looks like this) and proceed to Room A.1.02.

Please take a seat and power up your laptop so that we may start each day at 8:30 am sharp.

The workshop runs until 5:00 pm each day. We will wrap up the second day in time to attend the Icebreaker Welcome Reception.


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Space is limited, so sign up early. You may join the workshop when you register for Goldschmidt 2019, or you may sign up directly with the workshop organizers.

Important Update: Registration through the Goldschmidt Conference is closed, but a few seats may still be available on our website for online registration.

We are pleased to welcome back participants from our previous workshops at a special discount when registering directly. For fastest verification, please sign up with the email address you used registering for the earlier course.

However you register, the workshop fee includes all course materials, coffee breaks, and lunch each day. Each registered participant will receive a free 60-day license to The Geochemist's Workbench® 12 Professional version. We will ask you to bring to the course a laptop with the software installed and running.

Fees paid through the Goldschmidt are subject to Conference policies. A registration made with the workshop organizers may be transfered to another participant at no charge, and is fully refundable until 30 days before the workshop. In either case, liability in the event of workshop cancellation or other eventuality is limited to refund of the registration fee.

Hosts and sponsors

The workshop is being held thanks to the generous efforts of our hosts and sponsors:

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