GWB Virtual Workshop
“GWB Community Edition”
Presented online • 22–24 February 2022

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Please join us from the comfort of your home or office for instructor-led, hands-on training on using the free Community Edition of The Geochemist's Workbench®. This powerful, immensely popular software package is available to the geochemistry community worldwide at no cost.

The workshop will be presented as a fully interactive, instructor-led online meeting for three consecutive half-days, from 08:00 to 12:00 CST (14:00 to 18:00 UTC).

This workshop will be of interest to users of all versions of the GWB 2021 software, including the GWB Community Edition.

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

  • Species distribution in solution
  • Saturation and partial pressure
  • Redox disequilibrium
  • The geochemist's spreadsheet GSS
  • Modeling inside GSS datasheets
  • Brines and the “Pitzer equations”
  • Automatic reaction balancing
  • Equilibrium lines and equations
  • Pourbaix, activity, solubility diagrams
  • Surface complexation modeling
  • Triple-layer and CD-MUSIC models
  • The TEdit thermo data editor

Prerequisites: There are no advance requirements for this course beyond an interest in geochemistry and a willingness to learn.

More information? Contact workshop support. Can't come? Consider an alternative from our 2022 workshop lineup.

Thank you for the amazing workshop! The presentations and hands-on exercises were tremendously helpful. I enjoyed it!!!

– Claudia Cardona, Florida International University

Thanks again for a great course! I really learned a lot and am looking forward to putting it into practice.

– Andrew Wigston, Natural Resources Canada

The Reactive Transport Workshop was absolutely fantastic! Five stars, would recommend to a friend!

– Kristina G., Syracuse University


The workshop will be presented by Brian Farrell, Jia Wang, Robert Sanford, and Melika Sharifironizi. 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
Robert Sanford
Robert Sanford
Robert Sanford is an environmental microbiologist and microbial geochemist. A Michigan State University Ph.D., he has extensive field, laboratory, and modeling experience across a spectrum of geochemical environments. Rob is a noted educator and mentor at the University of Illinois, and uses the GWB extensively in his classroom.

Melika Sharifironizi is an Environmental Scientist in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University with special expertise in actinide geochemistry. She has many years of experience as an instructor at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as an effective mentor in the laboratory to less experienced scientists.

Melika Sharifironizi
Melika Sharifironizi


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Space is limited, so sign up early. The workshop fee is US$299 until February 4, or $349 after that date.

A registration may be transfered to another participant at no charge, and is fully refundable until 30 days before the workshop. Liability in the event of workshop cancellation or other eventuality is limited to refund of the registration fee.

How to participate

Plan to enjoy this online workshop 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 14:00 to 18:00 UTC, or:

London 14:00–18:00
Paris 15:00–19:00
Beijing 22:00–02:00
San Francisco 06:00–10:00
Chicago 08:00–12:00
New York 09:00–13:00

We will take periodic breaks between instructional units over the course of each meeting.

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

Before the workshop

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

  • If you do not have access to the GWB 2021 software, begin by downloading the free GWB Community Edition.
  • Please make sure a version of GWB 2021 is installed and activated on a computer running MS Windows before joining the workshop.
  • About a week ahead of the workshop, we will send you the workshop schedule along with two pdf files.
  • The first pdf file holds the complete set of PowerPoint slides to be shown by workshop instructors, in chronologic order, for your reference during and after the workshop.
  • 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 workshop on one screen, while you use the other to run the software.


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

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