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4th International Congress on Arsenic in the Environment (As-2012)

"Understanding the Geological-Medical Interface of Arsenic"

22nd - 27th July 2012  Cairns, Australia

Grand Ballroom The Sebel Cairns, 17 Abbott Street

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2012 GSA Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

"Geosciences: Investing in the Future"

4th - 7th November 2012   |  Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 

All aspects of earth and anthropogenic systems that may impact the
occurrence, fate, transport, biogeochemical cycling, and sustainable
mitigation of arsenic in water, rocks, and biological organisms will be discussed.

For more information, please visit:

Abstract Submission
(Deadline: Tuesday, 14 August 2012)


Past Conferences

First International Seminar 2010 on Climate Change and
Environmental Challenges of 21st Century

December 7-9, 2010
at the
of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

The abstract submission deadline is July 31, 2010. 2010.

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PART 1: Arsenic Geochemistry: Demystifying the Complexities." November 10, 2010; 1pm CST (90-min)
By Madeline Gotkowitz, PG. and Madeline Schreiber, PhD.
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Part 1 provides the latest understanding about arsenic geochemistry, occurrence and mobility in ground water. Learn the long-term health effects of arsenic in aquifers in the US and around the world. Plus, learn how arsenic concentrations are effected by site geology for remediation design and effectiveness. This webinar presents the background on common issues and demystifies topics we currently hold as "conventional wisdom".

PART 2: Advances in Arsenic Site Investigations: Methods, Data Collection and Interpretation."
November 17, 2010; 1pm CST (90-min). By Madeline Gotkowitz, PG. and Madeline Schreiber, PhD.
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Part 2 provides a process to identify and characterize arsenic in ground water. This webinar will include up-to-date procedures for field methods, data analysis and interpretation. Consultants, regulators and environmental engineers will discover what to look for at sites to differentiate naturally-occurring arsenic releases from anthropogenic arsenic contamination. Learn how drilling, well installation and screen placement play a role in arsenic geochemistry.


2010 GSA (Geological Society of America) Annual Meeting

31 October - 3 November  •  Denver, Colorado USA

Session T12. Arsenic in Geologic Systems

Prosun Bhattacharya, Abhijit Mukherjee, Alan E. Fryar, David A. Polya
Global occurrence of arsenic in geologic systems, groundwater, soil, and the food chain has raised serious environmental concern. This session will deal with the occurrence, mobility, biogeochemical cycling, epidemiological, socio-economic effects, and sustainable mitigation of arsenic

Abstract submission till August 10th 2010.

T78. Geomicrobiology of Arsenic Transformation and Mobilization in Arsenic-Enriched Alluvial Aquifers
and Subsequent Impact on Ecosystem as Well as Human Health
GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division
Jiin-Shuh Jean, Jochen Bundschuh, Chen-Wuing Liu, Jui-Sheng Chen
This session serves as a platform for scientific exchange to improve the understanding of geochemical characterization including microbial transformation and mobilization of arsenic in alluvial aquifers, and bioaccumulation of arsenic in ecosystem and health effects.
Hydrogeology; Geomicrobiology; Geology and Health
Submit an abstract to this session 


Third International Congresses (As 2010) “Arsenic in the Environment”

 Arsenic in Geosphere and Human Diseases
Place: Tainan, Taiwan

Date: 17-21 May 2010

Contact Name:  Jiin-Shuh Jean (congress), Jochen Bundschuh (congress series), Contact Email:,   

Half a century ago, the endemic Blackfoot Disease was discovered,
and related to the arsenic uptake from drinking water supplied by wells.
I. Geology + hydrogeology of arsenic;
II. Ecological effects: Arsenic in soils, plants and food chain;
III. Marine + terrestrial biota;
IV. Health effects on humans: Epidemiology + biomarkers;
V. Toxicological effects;
VI. Assessment and remediation;
VII. Analytical methods.

Photograph of participants

Contact Name:  Jiin-Shuh Jean (congress), Jochen Bundschuh (congress series) 
Contact Email:,


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T23. Geochemistry of Arsenic and Other Toxic Elements and Assessment of Environmental Risks in Global Groundwater Systems
Sponsored by: GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA International Division; GSA Geology and Health Division; GSA Geology and Society Division; Geochemical Society; International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development (ISGSD)
Prosun Bhattacharya, Alan E. Fryar, Abhijit Mukherjee
Groundwater environments are contaminated by geogenic arsenic and other toxic elements across the world. This interdisciplinary session serves as a platform for scientific exchange leading to improved understanding of the dynamics of arsenic and other toxic elements.
Hydrogeology; Geology and Health; Geomicrobiology


AGU Chapman Conference on Arsenic in
Groundwater of Southern Asia

Program Committee

Dhaka Community Hospital, Dhaka
January 15th 2009

talks are being posted as they become available.

Mostofa GM, Islam A, Yousuf J, Hafiza Sultana Suchanda, Quamruzzaman Q, and Rahman M
Dhaka Community Hospital Experience on various Mitigation Options; River Sand Filter (RSF), Indara & Dug well with Pipeline Network: Source of Safe Water & Community Demand

Wilson R
The Importance of Chlorination in Bangladesh
Second International Congress
 “Arsenic from Nature to Humans (As2008)”
held in
Valencia, Spain, from May 21st to 23rd, 2008

The programme for the congress was arranged in two series of parallel sessions.

The webmasters await details for posting
GQ07: Securing Groundwater quality in urban and industrial environments proceedings of the 6th international water conference
Held in Fremantle , Western Australia, 2 - 7 December 2007
  1. T Kruger, H Hollander, P Boochs, m Billib, Stummeyer & B Harazim, In situ remediation of arsenic at a highly contaminated site in Northern Germany
  2. Ul-Haque, M. Baig, D. Nabi, W. Hayat,Groundwater arsenic contamination -- a multidirectional emerging threat to water scarce areas of Pakistan
  3. O. Gunduz & C. Simsek,Mechanisms of arsenic contamination of a surfacial aquifer in Turkey
  4. A. Holloway, S Taylor, M Dubikova, A Simpson, S Woodroffe,Natural attenuation of arsenic by ferric hydroxide in a coastal aquifer
  5. A. Razzak, K Jinno, M A Halim, K Oda, Y Hiroshiro,Numerical modelling of arsenic release in groundwater under a reducing environment

6th International IAHS Groundwater Quality Conference 2007 (GQ07). :

Annual Meeting: Geological Society of America
Special sessions T192 and T222: Arsenic: from Nature to Human

October 31st 2007

Jochen Bundschuh (jochenbundschuh @ and
Prosun Bhattacharya (prosun @

and beside them power point slides when provided

Royal Geographical Society:  Annual International Conference 2006

Arsenic:  The Geography of a Global problem;  A symposium
  organized by Department of Geography Cambridge Universitty
Wednesday 29 August 2006;  Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers

SESSION 1 - Extent, severity and nature of Arsenic contamination

The largest identified man-made environmental catastrophe

Richard Wilson, Harvard University  
full paper

Predicting the Global Distribution of Natural Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater

Peter Ravenscroft Department of Geography, Cambridge University

Arsenic and Manganese Contamination of Drinking Water Resources in Cambodia: Coincidence of Risk Areas with Low Relief

Johanna Buschmann, EAWAG, Switzerland

High concentrations of arsenic in drinking water result in the highest known increases in mortality attributable to any environmental exposure

Allan H. Smith, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Expertise and environmental justice

M. Manzurul Hassan, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

SESSION 2 - Inter-relationships of Arsenic, Soil, Food, Water and Health

 Factors affecting arsenic accumulation and speciation in rice
Andy Meharg, University of Aberdeen

Arsenic accumulation in irrigated paddy soils and possible mitigation methods

Hugh Brammer, c/o Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Monte Carlo Based Quantification of Increased arsenic related cancer risk due to rice intake in West Bengal, India.

Debapriya Mondal and David Polya, University of Manchester

Evaluation of human exposure to inorganic arsenic in populations of northern Argentina

Devesa, V., Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC),Apdo 73, 46100 - Burjassot, Valencia, Spain.

Suffering for water, Suffering from water: Gendered and Classed dimensions of Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Farhana Sultana, King's College London

SESSION 3 - Hydrochemistry and management of groundwater

Arsenic in groundwater: simplicity and complexity.
John M. McArthur, Earth Sciences, University College London

Mobilisation of arsenic in the groundwater of the Blackfoot Disease area in Chia-Nan Plain, southwestern Taiwan

Jiin-Shuh Jean, Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Arsenic enrichment of ground water at two regions of the Chacopampean Plain, northwest Argentina
Ondra Sracek, OPV s.r.o., Praha, Czech Republic

Towards a regional characterisation of the ‘deep aquifer’ in southern Bangladesh

Mohammad Hoque, William Burgess (UCL), Matin Ahmed (Dhaka University)

Arsenic-contaminated aquifers: a study of the Ganga levee zones in Bihar, India
Ashok Ghosh, A.N.College, Magadh University, Patna, India

SESSION 4 - Mitigation and sustainability of water supply in Arsenic-affected areas

Identifying the preferred arsenic mitigation options in Bangladesh

Guy Howard, DfID; Feroze Ahmed, Bangladesh University of Technology

 Surveillance Program to Monitor the Use of New Water Sources in Rural and Remote Areas
Meera M Hira-Smith, University of California, Berkeley

Community Based Project to Mitigate Arsenic Pollution in West Bengal and Jharkhand, India
Sudhanshu Sinha, India-Canada Environment Facility (ICEF)

Analysis of net impacts on disease burden of arsenic mitigation in Bangladesh
George Adamson and David Polya, University of Manchester

Road to Sustainable Arsenic Management in Bangladesh: The Deep Aquifer Issues
K M Ahmed, University of Dhaka; Guy Howard, DfID


Geochemistry and speciation of solid and aqueous phase arsenic in the Bengal Delta Plain aquifers
Bibhash Nath National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

The mobilization of arsenic in groundwater and arseniasis from the Hetao Area, Inner Mongolia
Hui Zhang, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, P.R. China

Vulnerability of population exposed to Arsenic contamination in the mid-Ganga Plain of Bihar, India

Nupur Bose, Dept. of Geography, A.N.College, Patna, India

Occurrence and Health Effects of Arsenic in China

Yan Zheng, Queens College, City University of New York

Mass Arsenic Poisoning of Rural Bangladesh - Health impact and Community based mitigation of patient management and Safe Drinking water, DCH Experience.

Mahmuder Rahman, Trust Co-Ordinator-DCHT, Dhaka Community Hospital, Bangladesh

The distribution of arsenic in groundwater in five states of India and geochemical data from an arsenic-affected area of Ballia District, Uttar Pradesh

Ross Nickson, UNICEF Kolkata, India

An approach to a Commuity-Based Project to mitigate Arsenic Pollution in West Bengal
P K Dutta , Government of West Bengal

General Discussion
ABSTRACTS of Arsenic session

Pakistan Japan Joint Seminar 2007:

Arsenic in Pakistan
Drinking Water Disaster Management through Civil Society

Was  held, January 19, 2007 in Lahore, Pakistan.Organized by the UDERC. According to the UDERC website, UDERC seeks to strengthen Civil Society Networks in Pakistan for their role in the process of social development through action-oriented research initiatives at the grassroots. UDERC serves as a platform to strengthen  the interaction between the citizens of Japan and Pakistan through eco-tourism, language programs and inter-cultural activities.

Workshop on Drinking Water, Irrigation and Technology Performance Verification in Nepal.
 This 2-day workshop will be held at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), located approximately a half hour from Kathmandu, Nepal on November 30th and December 1st, 2006
1. Presentation of a comprehensive backgrounder on Environmental Performance Verification (EPV) and its role in technology selection and assessment from an international perspective;
2. An assessment of the arsenic drinking water policy framework in Nepal and an examination of the application of EPV to this process;
3.Development of a needs assessment for arsenic in irrigation water;
4. Development of an "Action Plan" arising from the workshop activities.

"Distribution of Arsenic and Related Metalloids in Surface and Ground Waters: Controls and Challenges"
                        Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, 2006, Philadelphia, USA, October 22-25, 2006.
Abhijit Mukherjee (University of Kentucky), Andrea Foster (U.S.Geological Survey), Kaye Svage (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee) and Prosun Bhattacharya (prosun @ are convening a topical session entitled "Distribution of Arsenic and Related Metalloids in Surface and Ground Waters: Controls and Challenges" at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. The meeting will take place in Philadelphia, October 22-25, 2006. This session is co-sponsored by the GSA Hydrogeology Division, the GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology  Division, Geology and Health Division, and the Geochemical Society.

Abstracts (deadline July 11, 2006) must be submitted on-line at:
More information about the meeting, including a list of other proposed sessions, is at

Arsenic in Landfills: Protecting Water quality
October 3 - 4, 2006
Tremont courtyard - Boston Massachusetts

Arsenic as a Human Health Hazard: Highlights of Recent Epidemiologic Findings (Joseph Graziano, Columbia University) (please also see these followup questions)
Arsenic as a human health hazard: mechanisms of action (Joshua W. Hamilton, Dartmouth College) (please also see these followup questions)
Arsenic Sources and Assessment (S. Al-Abed & G. Jegadeesan, USEPA-ORD/PTS, Inc.)
Arsenic In NH (Cynthia M. Klevens, NH Department of Environmental Services)
Regulatory Management and Impacts on Existing Waste Disposal Facilities (Michael A. Sills, NH Department of Environmental Services)
Estimating the Production of Arsenic-Bearing Residuals (ABR) From Maine’s Drinking Water (John M. Peckenham, University of Maine)
Issues with Arsenic Containing Wastes in Modern Landfills (Timothy G. Townsend, University of Florida)
New Arsenic Burdens in Landfills: Water Treatment Residuals (Wendell Ela, University of Arizona)
Old Landfills and Waste Sites (Rudi Hon, Boston College)
Arsenic in Ground Water at Waste Sites (Robert Ford, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development)
Geochemical Perspectives Linking Arsenic Fate and Retention to Iron and Sulfur Cycling (Benjamin C. Bostick, Dartmouth College)
Industri-Plex Superfund Site: Understanding and Considering Fate & Transport Mechanisms towards Remedy Selection (Joseph LeMay, EPA Region 1)
A Survey of Firms Providing Arsenic Treatment for Private Well Owners in New Hampshire (Nancy Serrell, Dartmouth College)
What we have learned from post-closure groundwater monitoring at inactive landfills in NY State (Steven Parisio, NYSDEC)
Arsenic in the Landfill Environment: Untested Ideas and Open Questions (Bill Brandon, EPA Region 1)
Older landfills and Arsenic: can triage assessments help focus limited resources? (Steven Chillrud, Columbia University)
Arsenic and Landfills: Translating the science (Nancy Serrell, Dartmouth College)
Title: As 2006: Natural Arsenic in Groundwaters of Latin America ­
Occurrence, Health Impact, Remediation, Management
Date: 20-24 June 2006
Venue: Mexico City, Mexico

Description: The congress "As 2006" is a platform for discussion and exchange of scientific knowledge and ideas to identify future research.targets needed to improve the understanding of the occurrence and mobility of arsenic in groundwater, the health impacts and risks when using this water for drinking or irrigation purposes, and to develop, evaluate, select and apply those remediation methods The regional focus of attention  is dedicated to Latin America. However, researchers working on  arsenic elsewhere in the world are strongly encouraged to contribute.

 Contact: Jochen Bundschuh, jochenbundschuh @

North American Bengali Conference (NABC), July 1, 2006.
“Arsenic Poisoning in Drinking Water: Challenges and Solutions” Summary

The USEPA workshop on research and risk assessment for arsenic
May 31st to June 2nd 2006 published in a special volume of
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology in 2007
  1. Editorial, The USEPA workshop on research and risk assessment for arsenic
  2. Reeder Sams II, Workshop overview: Arsenic research and risk assessment
  3. Richard K.Kwok et. al, Drinking water arsenic exposure and blood pressure in healthy women of reproductive age in InnerMongolia, China
  4. Chih-HaoWang, A review of the epidemiologic literature on the role of environmental arsenic exposure and cardiovascular diseases
  5.  Samuel M. Cohen, Arsenic-induced bladder cancer in an animal model
  6. A. D. Kligerman, Insights into the carcinogenic mode of action of arsenic
  7. Adam C. Straub, Low level arsenic promotes progressive inflammatory angiogenesis and liver blood vessel remodeling in mice
  8. Kenneth P. Cantor, Arsenic, internal cancers, and issues in inference from studies of low-level exposures in human populations
  9. Catherine B. Klein,Further evidence against a direct genotoxic mode of action for arsenic-induced cancer
  10. Olga L. Valenzuela, Chronic arsenic exposure increases TGF-alpha concentration in bladder urothelial cells of Mexican populations environmentally exposed to inorganic arsenic
  11. Michael  P. Waalkes, Transplacental arsenic carcinogenesis in mice
  12. Fang-I Hsieh, Risk of Erectile Dysfunction Induced by Well Water Consumption in Taiwan

The 231st American Chemical Society National Meeting
Click here for list of abstracts and those papers the authors provide to us

Atlanta, GA

March 26-30 2006


 January 4th to 6th 2006
6th International Conference on
” Safe Water Options in Arsenic Mitigation”

  DCH Auditorium, Dhaka Bangladesh.
Sessions based on
1) Surface water options
2) Rainwater options
3) Ground water options
4) Arsenic removal options
5) Others

          To view the power point presentations presented at this conference, click om the presenter's name: 
D. Christiani, M. Alauddin, M. F. Islam,

A. Hussam, S. M.Imamul, JICA, M. H. Smith, M. Rahman, N. I . Khan, S. Sikder, R. Wilson.
In some cases an abstract is also available
Overview  Schedule Abstracts Chakriborti 6th Dhaka Declaration


The Fogarty International Training Program
in India on
Environmental and Occupational Health
and the
Division of Genetics and Genomics, IICB, Kolkata

 organized a week long workshop on environmental epidemiology
with reference to Arsenic toxicity,
at the IICB, Kolkata, between
December 13 through 20, 2005.

The workshop  covered basics of environmental epidemiology, arsenic
toxicity, SNPs, genomics, and participants will have hands-on
training on designing epidemiologic studies and working with
epidemiologic software.
arin.basu @

Arsenic in Groundwater: Bangladesh Experience
October 24, 2005
2.00 PM-8.00 PM University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Organized by Bangladesh Students Association
Session I: 2-4:30  Chemistry, Epidemiology & Toxicology of Arsenic                         
Dr. William Cullen, Dept of Chemistry, UBC
Dr. David L. Eaton, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Dr. Allan H. Smith, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. David A. Kalman, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Dr. Ray Copes, BC Center for Disease Control; BC Ministry of Health

Session II: 5-7:30 Measurement & Mitigation of Arsenic in Groundwater
Dr. Roger Beckie,       Dept of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC
Dr. Ken J. Hall, Dept of Civil Engineering, UBC
Dr. Steve Reiber,       HDR Consulting, Seattle & Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Washington
Dr. Adele Buckley, Ontario Center for Environmental Technology Advancement
Dr. Richard Wilson , Dept of Physics, Harvard University & The Arsenic Foundation

Power Point slides will be on the web when provided to the webmaster.

Arsenic Pollution in West Bengal and Awareness Generation Program
at Srikrishna College, Bagula, Nadia, West Bengal, (India) 
5th (Fri) & 6th (Sat) of August 2005.
UGC sponsored National Seminar

This was earlier scheduled to be held on 13th and 15th of January, 2005.

Somnath Chakraborty

Phone: +91-33-25826963 (Residence),


            +91-3473-272205 (College)

"Development in Challenging Environment" 
Shahjalal University of Science & Technology
Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
email sumon_cee2003 @

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