The Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The 2024 conference marks the 11th GRC on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere since the first conference in 2000. This interdisciplinary conference brings together researchers from plant physiology, ecology, atmospheric chemistry, environmental science, soil science, and climatology to study the function and impacts of biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions in the Anthropocene. BVOCs play important roles in plant defense against oxidative stress and in plant-plant communication. Once emitted into the atmosphere, they undergo photochemical oxidation and influence the atmospheric oxidation capacity. In addition, BVOCs serve as important precursors for ground-level ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA), which contribute to poor air quality at local and regional scales. SOA represents a major fraction of atmospheric submicron particulate matter that can affect cloud formation, modify cloud properties, and interact with the Earth’s radiative balance and the climate. Many critical feedbacks between ecosystems and the atmosphere involve highly reactive BVOC species, which we are only now starting to elucidate as analytical methods for their detection are becoming available.
We are pleased to host the 11th conference again in Spain and look forward to meeting with our colleagues in person once more. The conference has a history of inclusivity and collegial interaction among the attendees. The conference will feature new speakers and inspiring perspectives along with seminal names, as we gather to guide the future of research in this exciting field.
The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include 9 sessions and the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.