International Short Course on Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to Earth Sciences – September, 2021

We are pleased to announce the 2021 edition of the International Short Course on “Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to Earth Sciences” that will be held in Perugia (Italy) on September 15-17, 2021. The whole course will be streamed in Microsoft Teams for the subscribed attendees.

Updates for the attendees (see the list of circulars):
Mail sent to the attendees on Sep 3, 2021
Mail sent to the attendees on Sep 11, 2021
Mail sent to the attendees on Sep 14, 2021

Program of the workshop
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This year edition will mainly focus focus on Data Reduction techniques for trace element determination and Imaging with extensive training sessions using both IOLITE 4, LADR, and HDIP. Showcase applications of LA-ICP-MS in Earth Sciences will be also covered.

The course is strongly based on the practical use of LA-ICP-MS, data reduction, and interpretation. Applicants will be trained in the “hands-on” operation equipment, using the two LA-ICP-MS instruments available at the Petro-Volcanology Research Group @ University of Perugia.

Free Access to the LA-ICP-MS facility supported by PVRG research group
A selected number of applicants (2 or 3) will have the opportunity to analyze their data, free of charge (2 or 3 analytical sessions), in the six months following the short course. Selection will be based on the submission of a brief research proposal (max 2 A4 pages) stating: (a) the main focus of the research, (b) the role of LA-ICP-MS and, (c) the expected impact of the research. The attendees are asked to provide a brief oral presentation during the short course.

Accepted proposals:

  • Alberto Caracciolo (University of Iceland): Chemical mapping of plagioclase megacrysts from Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland;
  • Antonio Polo Sánchez (University of Salamanca): Petrology and geochemistry of the eruptive mechanisms of Deception Island (Antarctica): Evidences from olivine and plagioclase phenocrysts and melt inclusions;
  • Fabiola Caso (Università di Torino): P-T-d and geochronological constraints of the mylonitic zone between the Pinerolo and the Rocca Solei units (Dora Maira Massif, Western Alps, Italy): implication for the tectono-metamorphic history of HP subducted terranes

Scientific and Organizing Committee
Maurizio Petrelli (University of Perugia)
Teresa Ubide (University of Queensland, Australia)

Commercial Partners
Teledyne-Photon Machine
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Norris Scientific

The course is organized by Maurizio Petrelli (Petro-Volcanology Research Group at Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia).

Location and Dates
Aula L. Gregori, Dept. of Physics and Geology, Viale Zefferino Faina, 4, University of Perugia, Italy – September 15-17, 2021.

The workshop targets Ph.D. students and advanced Master students, as well as Postdoctoral candidates and senior scientists interested in learning LA-ICP-MS. A series of lectures will be provided on the application of LA-ICP-MS in Earth Sciences.

Registration (free of charge)
Participants are kindly requested to register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Maurizio Petrelli (maurizio.petrelli@unipg.it). No registration fee is required. Max number of participants is 15 in presence (sold-out), plus 30 that can attend online (sold-out). The organization does not cover local expenses for the participants. As a consequence, the attendees are expected to handle travel, accommodation, and all local costs by their self.

The deadline for registration, grant request and proposals submission for the access to the LA-ICP-MS facility is August 25, 2021. We will stop accepting registrations once attained the maximum number of participants.

Covid-19 restrictions
All the activities will be held following the Covid-19 pandemic containment measures and requirements that will be active in Italy. Provisions include social distancing and use of the mask. Additional requirements like a negative swab (a swab valid for the EU Digital COVID Certificate taken within 48 hours previously) or vaccination document (i.e., the EU Digital COVID Certificate) is strictly required for entering the lecture room. More detailed provisions will be provided in subsequent circulars considering new updates.

Images from past editions…