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The Challenger Society Conference 2022

September 6 September 8

The Challenger Society Conference 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the Challenger expedition and celebrates the birth of international and interdisciplinary oceanography.

On 7th December 1872, the HMS Challenger departed the Royal Navy Dockyard at Sheerness on the River Medway in Kent, England, on a four-year global scientific expedition across the world’s oceans.

It was the first truly interdisciplinary grand scientific project, international in scope and involving the study of the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the global ocean.

The UK Challenger Society and the Challenger Conferences are named after this expedition and exist to bring together UK marine scientists and international colleagues to discuss the latest science and inspire new generations of ocean researchers. 

Challenger 150 will be the opportunity to take stock of where we have come in our science, the way we do oceanography, and an opportunity to discuss, imagine and design the future of open, international, collaborative, inclusive and diverse marine science.

The conference will include plenary sessions covering the very latest research in oceanography and a wide variety of special science sessions covering the physical, biological and chemical oceanography, marine conservation and biodiversity and marine geology and geophysics.

When and where?
Conference: 6 to 8 September 2022
Side events: 5, 9 September 2022
Hosted by the Natural History Museum and Imperial College, London, UK
The meeting will be held in person at the Royal Geographical Society, Natural History Museum and Imperial College in South Kensington, London.

Key registration dates
Abstract submission closes 8 June
Registration closes 1 July

GEOTRACES-related session:

T3 – Chemistry of nutrients, trace elements and their isotopes in the Ancient, Modern and Future Oceans 

Session Leads: Rhiannon Jones, Arianna Olivelli, Suzanne Robinson, Dr Amber Annett, Dr Oscar Branson, Dr Hana Jurikova 

This session builds on the legacy of Harry Elderfield FRS whose pioneering work in ocean chemistry has been an inspiration for the next generations of scientific problem solvers. 

The oceans are a major reservoir of chemical elements that are essential to life, support the green energy transition and regulate levels of atmospheric gases including carbon dioxide. The aim of this session is to explore the processes that control the chemical composition of trace elements and their isotopes (TEIs) in seawater and ocean sediments, how and why ocean chemistry has changed over time, and also to consider what the future holds for seawater chemistry as we enter the Anthropocene.

We invite submissions that address all aspects of ocean chemistry. Topics could range from, for example: biogeochemical cycles of nutrients and trace elements from observations and modelling, with interest in the recent release of GEOTRACES IDP2021, chemical proxies for recording past seawater composition, response of the ocean to anthropogenic stressors, ocean-based solutions for mitigating climate change. 

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