The 2012 Gordon Research Conference on «Environmental Sciences:
Water» will continue its long tradition of surveying priority and
emerging issues across all aspects of aquatic environmental science. The scope
will span multiple disciplines (chemistry, biology, geology, engineering, health
science), media (soil, groundwater, surface water, atmospheric water, drinking
water, wastewater), and scales (molecular, nano, cellular, ecosystem, global).
This year, the unifying theme will be the scientific grand challenges that form
the foundations and, at the same time, the frontiers of aquatic environmental
science. These grand challenges, which include topics related to free radical
reactions, natural organic matter, nanoparticles, biotransformation, reactive
transport and surface chemistry, will provide the general themes for each
session. Overall, the program will highlight the crosscutting significance of
these grand challenges through sessions that represent the depth and breadth of
each grand challenge issue with speakers engaged in innovative and significant
research on diverse aspects to environmental aquatic science.