While I was in Cologne the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society accepted our offer to host the Goldschmidt Conference at the University of Cologne. The conference was held on the university campus (Fig. 17.1).

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There were about 2,300 delegates, the largest Goldschmidt Conference at the time. But the Goldschmidt Conferences in Europe are still growing. The 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris had more than 4,500 delegates. This is too big for a university campus. Only large conference centres are possible locations.

The organisation of such a big conference is quite an adventure. Although most of...

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