I would like to draw your attention to a session which we are organising 
at this year's Goldschmidt conference on "The future of biogeochemical 
cycling in the polar regions 
<>".  The keynote 
will be *Jorien Vonk* (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). Abstract deadline 
is 1 April.

"The Polar regions are currently experiencing a period of warming, 
resulting in the retreat of glaciers, an increase in the active layer 
depth of permafrost and a changing hydrological cycle. Decreased 
permafrost cover is expected to increase overall fluxes of solutes as 
the active layer deepens. Likewise, solute fluxes from glaciers are 
predicted to increase by virtue of the increased discharge as a result 
of a longer melt season. As highlighted in the recent 2016 Arctic 
Freshwater Synthesis report, the interplay between hydrology, 
microbiology and geochemistry in controlling the flux of inorganic and 
organic solutes and the downstream impacts on freshwater ecosystems is 
uncertain. For example, will changing environmental conditions (e.g. 
hydrology) influence the cycling of metals (e.g., calcium and iron) and 
carbon (inorganic and organic) and in turn, the microbial communities 
which mediate many of the chemical reactions occurring in these 
environments? In this session we invite contributions from geochemistry, 
hydrochemistry, modelling and microbiology: essentially from all 
researchers seeking to understand biogeochemical cycling in these 
special environments with the aim of promoting dialogue between often 
separate disciplines."

The Goldschmidt conference <> will be held 
in Paris, France,  13-18 August.

We hope to see many of you in Paris!

Best regards,

Ruth Hindshaw
Catherine Hirst
Emily Stevenson