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


Società Geologica Italiana

Perugia (Italy), 7-8-9/06/2017


The second international Short Course on "Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) to Earth Sciences" will be held in Perugia (Italy) on 7-8-9/06/2017.

The course will focus on the following topics:
• A first sight of LA-ICP-MS: theory and potentials in Earth Sciences;
• Trace element determination of geological matrices;
• Solving petro-volcanological problems through LA-ICP-MS;
• The use of LA-ICP-MS in tephra studies;
• Application of elemental imaging to geological problems.
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 (3 or 4) 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 awarded attendees are asked to provide an oral presentation during the short course.

Travel Grants supported by the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)
A selected number of applicants will have also the opportunity to receive an economical support for the travel and the stay in Perugia during the course. The amount of these grants is 400 euro for students from Foreign (non-Italian) Institutions and 200 euro for students from Italian Institutions. Grants are minded to cover the costs related to travel, foods and stay. The evaluation will be based on the same brief research proposal used to ask the free access to the LA-ICP-MS facility. Please feel free to contact Maurizio Petrelli for additional details.

Proposal Evaluation
The decision by scientific committee could be: a) funded for both the travel grants by EAG and the access to the LA-ICP-MS lab by PVRG research group; b) funded for the travel grants only; c) funded o for the LA-ICP-MS lab access only; d) not funded

IOLITE Poster Award
The participants are invited to prepare a poster presentation concerning their current studies emphasizing how LA-ICP-MS is or could be used the improve the currency of the obtained results. The best poster presentation will be awarded with an IOLITE 3 license!

Scientific Committee
Maurizio Petrelli (University of Perugia)
Teresa Ubide (University of Queensland, Australia)
Diego Perugini (University of Perugia)

Scientific Partners
European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)
Società Geochimica Italiana
Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia

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