UFZ Masstwin Ladour

3rd MASSTWIN Exploratory Workshop

The use of stable isotopes techniques for assessing biogeochemical cycling of contaminants and nutrients

Hosted by:

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle, Germany

In collaboration with

IPREM/CNRS/Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Pau, France

The goal of this exploratory workshop is to bring together European experts who make use of a broad range of stable isotope techniques to address very different scientific and practical questions for providing a better understanding of natural environmental processes and for managing human impact on water, soil, atmosphere and biosphere.
The objective of the workshop is to show and discuss how stable isotope laboratory techniques and the respective data produced can be utilized for real-world-applications to follow pathways of contaminant transport and degradation, to reveal process details controlling nutrient cycling in anthropogenic and natural environmental settings, and to model and predict future scenarios with respect to environmental quality of all different compartments.

The workshop will take place from

November 14th – 16th 2018 at the

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Halle, Germany



If you would like to present a short talk or a poster, please select your contribution below (no selection necessary for invited speakers).


Submission deadline for abstracts

24th October 2018, max. 200 words (title and affiliation not included)

submission to christin.mueller@ufz.de


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TRYP by Wyndham Halle

TRYP by Wyndham Halle
Phone 0800 10 10 88 0
Room rates from: 55.00 €
Distance to the UFZ:

- By car: 3.2 km (ca. 7 min.)
- By bus number 65: 20 min.
- On foot: 2.6 km (32 min.)

This modern and comfortable hotel is located in a quite “interesting” setting a of satellite city representing the unique architectural style of East-German “plattenbau”. Nevertheless, the hotel is conveniently connected to public transport that takes you to the workshop location or to the city center within 10 minutes.

If you prefer to be surrounded by more historical buildings you may choose one of the hotels listed below located within or very close to the city center:

B&B Hotel Halle

B&B Hotel Halle

Phone +49 345 / 279573 50
Room rates from: 52.00 €
Distance to the UFZ:

- By car: 4.1 km (about 10 min.)
- By tram: 20 min. (Line 2 or 10 requires a transfer to Bus 65)
- On foot: 3.2 km (39 min.)

Ankerhof Hotel

Ankerhof Hotel

Phone +49 345 2323-200
Room rates from: 78.00 €
Distance to the UFZ:

- By car: 4.5 km (about 11 min.)
- By tram: 20 min. (Line 2 or 10 requires a transfer to Bus 65)
- On foot: 3 km (37 min.)

Boardinghaus Weinberg Campus

Website Boardinghaus
Phone +49 345 678400
Room rates from: 116.00 €
Distance to the UFZ:

- On foot: 3 min.

Wednesday Nov. 14th: 13:00 – 18:00:
        Arrival and Lunch
        Afternoon session (invited lectures)
Thursday Nov. 15th: 09:00 – 12:00:
        Morning session (invited lectures)
13:30 – 17:00:
        Afternoon session (open session with
        short talks and poster presentations)
Friday Nov 16th: 09:00 – 14:00:
        Laboratory tour (ProVIS - Centre for
        Chemical Microscopy, UFZ – Leipzig)

Invited lectures confirmed to date:

  • Biogeochemistry of Hg unraveled by its isotopic signatures
    (Olivier F.X. Donard, Pau, France)
  • Hyphenated techniques to MC ICP/MS for ultra-trace and Hg speciation in the environment
    (Sylvain Bérail, Pau, France)
  • NanoSIMS stable isotope analysis gives new insights to carbon dioxide fixation by microalgae in the environment
    (Dirk Schaumlöffel, Pau, France)
  • Light isotopes to follow injected fluids in aquifers
    (Corinne Parat, Pau, France)
  • Assessing hydrocarbon degradation by multi-element compound-specific stable isotope analysis
    (Carsten Vogt, Leipzig, Germany)
  • How can we use compound-specific isotope data to model organic contaminants in catchments
    (Stefanie Lutz, Leipzig, Germany)
  • Assessing the fate of nitrate in groundwater
    (Christine Stumpp, Vienna, Austria)
  • Isotope based estimation of the denitrification potential in aquifers used for drinking water production
    (Christoph Schueth, Darmstadt, Germany)
  • Sulfur isotopic biogeochemistry and isotopic signatures to discrimiate processes in the environment: analytical development
    (Isabelle Le Hecho, Pau, France)
  • Assessing natural contaminant attenuation processes in mining landscapes by stable isotope techniques
    (Kay Knoeller, Halle, Germany)
  • Clumbed isotopes of nitrous oxide and their application in environmental studies
    (Kristýna Kantnerová, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Zurich, Switzerland)