Fall 2024 Virtual Retreat
“Reactive Transport Modeling”
October 21–24, 2024

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Immerse yourself with like-minded colleagues from around the world to learn the ins and outs of Reactive Transport Modeling at our Fall 2024 Virtual Retreat. Taking part in this instructor-led, hands-on retreat, you will learn to use The Geochemist's Workbench® software to create quantitative models of multicomponent transport in reacting geochemical systems.

The retreat will convene over four consecutive half-days, October 21–24 from 8:00 to 11:30 CDT (13:00 to 16:30 UTC).

What you will learn. Following a fully hands-on format, you will learn all the ins and outs of the GWB reactive transport toolset. Specific topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the GWB
  • Mass transport modeling
  • Dual porosity models (stagnant zones)
  • Numerical dispersion
  • Animation and creating video clips
  • Sorbing solutes
  • Surface complexation and transport
  • Mobile colloids
  • Fluid mixing and scaling
  • Reaction kinetics and redox disequilibrium
  • Kinetics of gas transfer
  • Mineral dissolution and precipitation kinetics
  • Biodegradation in flowing groundwater
  • Microbial population dynamics in aquifers

Prerequisites: There are no advance requirements for this course, but we suggest you acquaint yourself with basic techniques for configuring the GWB apps.

More information? Contact workshop support. Can't come? Consider an alternative from our 2024 event schedule.

Cannot recommend this course enough!! Can't wait to apply to my research!

– Kiri R., University of the West of Scotland

I was very impressed with the GWB Fate and Transport course in Johannesburg. It was well presented and very informative. I would recommend the course to any of my peers. Thank you, Brian and Craig!

– Altus Huisamen, Geo Pollution Technologies, Pretoria

Thank you very much for the workshop. It was intense but very, very clear and useful.

– Samantha Y., Stanford University


The retreat will be moderated by Brian Farrell and Jia Wang. Brian and Jia are Geochemists at Aqueous Solutions LLC, makers of The Geochemist's Workbench®.

Brian Farrell
Brian Farrell

Brian Farrell has many years of experience in developing and applying geochemical and reactive transport models. He is expert in aquifer microbiology, geochemical modeling, and reactive transport in geochemical systems. Brian has taught short courses in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

Jia Wang is an aqueous and isotope geochemist and a reactive transport modeler with special expertise in weathering and the critical zone. She has many years of experience as an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as a noted mentor to less experienced students at the secondary through graduate levels.

Jia Wang
Jia Wang


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Space is limited, so sign up early. The retreat fee is US$679 until October 4, or $779 after that date.

A registration may be transfered to another participant at no charge, and is fully refundable until 30 days before the event.

Liability in the event of cancellation or other eventuality is limited to refund of the registration fee.

How to participate

Plan to enjoy this virtual retreat from the comfort of your own home or office! We will use a secure video conferencing platform that allows participants to ask questions, share their screens, and generally interact with the instructors and other participants.

Please plan to join the online meeting room from 13:00 to 16:30 UTC, or:

London 14:00–17:30
Paris 15:00–18:30
Beijing 21:00–00:30
San Francisco 06:00–09:30
Chicago 08:00–11:30
New York 09:00–12:30

Please expect an email containing a meeting ID and password in the days leading up to the event.

Before the retreat

As the retreat date approaches, please take note of the following:

  • About a week ahead of the event, we will send you a free 30-day license to The Geochemist's Workbench® Professional, along with the retreat schedule and two pdf files.
  • Please make sure GWB Professional is installed and activated on a computer running MS Windows before joining.
  • The first pdf file holds the complete set of PowerPoint slides to be shown by the instructors, in chronologic order, for your reference during and after the event.
  • We recommend you print and spiral bind the second pdf file, containing the workbook you will use to complete hands-on exercises.
  • We think you will be happiest if you have two computer screens available. That way, you will be able to take part in the event on one screen, while you use the other to run the software.


The retreat is presented courtesy of Aqueous Solutions LLC, makers of The Geochemist's Workbench® software package.

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