Euroclay-2015
5th — 10th July, 2015
Euroclay 2015 is the quadrennial meeting of the European Clay Groups Association (ECGA), jointly with the annual meeting of The Clay Minerals Society (CMS) and in association with the International Natural Zeolite Association (INZA).
The workshop «Filling the gaps – from microscopic pore structures to transport properties in shales»
The workshop «Filling the gaps – from microscopic pore structures to transport properties in shales» will be on July 5th, 2015 just before the Euroclay-2015 icebreaker. http://www.euroclay2015.org/Workshop

This one-day workshop was initiated by two different groups sharing the same idea of trying to learn more about the understanding of pore structures and transport properties in shales: The clay-radwaste community and the oil shale community. The program of workshop will include 13 invited talks and poster session. These posters will be part of a follow-on session during Euroclay "From microscopic pore structures to transport properties in shales (workshop follow on session),http://www.euroclay2015.org/sessions/microscopic-pore-structures-transport-properties-shales-workshop-follow-session") which will be on Monday July 6th, 2015. Abstract is valid for both, the workshop plus the Euroclay session. The workshop is part of the conference, so to register for the workshop a delegate/or student has to register for at least a one day conference rate for the Monday (or for the whole conference).

Fee for students are very attractive: Please note that there is a cost-waiver for students (£0) for the workshop, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Extended abstracts can be published after peer review together with the contributions of the invited speakers as in a CMS workshop lecture series book. All papers will be made available as open access without any additional charge. More information can be found on the website. You can upload your manuscripts here: http://www.clays.org/JOURNAL/CCMjournsubm.html
Session "Clay and fine particle-based materials for environmental technologies and clean up"
Annoncement for session entitled "Clay and fine particle-based materials for environmental technologies and clean up", in the Euroclay 2015 conference, which to be held during 5 – 10 July in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This conference is a joint meeting of the European Clay Groups Association and the Clay Minerals Society and is held in association with the International Natural Zeolite Association and the Geological Society. The abstract deadline is 01 March, with revisions allowed until 31 March.

Environmental pollution is a growing public concern worldwide as society industrialises and citizens become more aware of the associated risks. Despite many resources being channelled towards the development of technologies for cleaning up contaminated environments, millions of contaminated sites still exist in sensitive locations because of the prohibitive cost of remediation or the lack of an effective technology to clean up sites to a level required by regulators. As a result, much scientific effort is being directed at developing new technologies which are both efficient and inexpensive. Natural materials such as clay minerals, which are inexpensive, highly adsorptive and available ubiquitously in all continents, hold great potential as environmental materials, both with and without modification. This symposium will highlight recent research advances in clay minerals-based remediation and remediation technologies including modified and non-modified clay minerals, redox active clay minerals, layered double hydroxides, bacteria supported clay minerals, and other fine particle based materials.

Further information can be found at: http://www.euroclay2015.org/sessions/clay-and-fine-particle-based-materials-environmental-technologies-and-clean
Session on Structural Characterization of Lamellar Compounds
Session on Structural Characterization of Lamellar Compounds during Euroclay-2015 conference is devoted to the structural characterization of phyllosilicates, layered oxides, layer double hydroxides, and layered compounds in general.

The Early Registration deadline for the conference is the 1st March 2015 and the deadline for abstract submission is the 31st March 2015. More information can be found at the conference website :http://www.euroclay2015.org/. Abstract submission and registration open now.

Session description: Over the last decade or so, structural characterization of layered compounds has benefited from the intrinsic evolution of the commonly used techniques (TEM, XAS, XRD, NMR etc), and especially from improvements in quantitative methods of data analysis. In particular, the collation of experimental and computational results allowed reciprocal improvements of both approaches. Significant progress has come also from the combination of experimental approaches allowing for a thorough characterization of complex and/or very defective lamellar structures, including natural materials and mixed-layered materials. This session will be devoted to the recent advances of individual techniques, and to new possibilities offered by their combination. New structural interpretations, dynamical properties, and insights into the formation and evolution of such materials in natural environments are also relevant. Materials of interest include, but are not limited to, phyllosilicates, layered oxides, layer double hydroxides, and layered compounds in general.

Convenors: Douglas McCarty Chevron ETC, Houston, USA; Eric Ferrage Université de Poitiers, France; Vanessa Prevot Université Blaise Pascal, France; Vicente Rives Universidad de Salamanca, Spain