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AGU Chapman Conference on Organic Matter Fluorescence

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
20–23 October 2008


Office of Naval Research — Global (ONG-R)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The U.K. Natural Environment Research Council Knowledge Transfer Network 'Fluorescence for the Water Sciences (NERC 'Fluoronet')


Program Committee


Fluorescence spectroscopy is one of the most sensitive of analytical techniques. Its application is widespread across diverse scientific subjects and disciplines. Over the past 20 years, progress in medical physics and biomedical science research has driven substantive technological and methodological advancements in fluorescence based applications. These developments have ensured that fluorescence spectroscopy is now widely utilized in the water sciences.

Presently, there are a number of active research groups worldwide that are using fluorescence techniques for the investigation of aquatic systems. Such groups represent a diverse user community including scientists, engineers, and policy makers from across a wide range of private and public sectors involved in the monitoring and management of fresh, potable, ground, marine, and waste waters.

However, advancement of the use of fluorescence more broadly by the water science community is hampered by a lack of a forum at which the fluorescence community regularly convenes. This has hindered the advancement of knowledge in both water science and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the conference is to provide a focused forum for scientists from different research communities interested in organic matter fluorescence, to develop research ideas, define methodologies, and disseminate results. The conveners anticipate that the final outcome will include a timely, focused publication on the conference topics, including summaries of working group discussions. Plans include an instrument exhibit session for vendors to display and demonstrate products. Vendors will be invited participants as well, so users and manufacturers can benefit from discussions.

The conference will gather this diverse community to participate in knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer providing the first-ever forum to discuss community practices for sampling, measurement, and data analysis of fluorescence substances in water. The conference will specifically address the following topics:

Learning From Different Disciplines: Inter Calibration, Standards, and Sample Handling: Session Leaders: George Aiken, Jennifer Boehme

Environmental Influences on Organic Matter Fluorescence: Session Leads: Robert Spencer, Andy Baker

Data Analysis: Session Lead: Colin A. Stedmon

What's Next? Future Directions and Novel Applications: Session Lead: Darren Reynolds

Conference Format and Topics

There will be morning and afternoon sessions, and evenings reserved for both informal hands-on workshops and social events. Morning plenary sessions will consist of invited overview talks followed by several short presentations. Attendees are encouraged to submit poster abstracts for the lunchtime poster sessions. Afternoon sessions will allow subgroups of participants to identify issues not addressed elsewhere in presentations and provide a central focus for discussion. Major resolved and unresolved issues will be presented to the whole community in the 'topic presentations' sessions for further input and direction.

Program Schedule

The Program Committee has created the program schedule. The conference lasts four days, to include daily talks and discussions and poster viewings during lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

Please see the conference program for specific details.

Further Information

If you would like to receive future updates about this conference, e-mail For information about the scientific program, please contact one of the conveners via e-mail: Paula Coble or Andy Baker