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Recent Developments and Applications in earth sciences of electron probe micro-analysis

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We are pleased to announce a five-day workshop on the use of the electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) with particular emphasis on modern developments and geological applications. The workshop will be VIRTUAL from Agricultural University of Athens on 5-9 April 2021.


Title: “Recent Developments and Applications in earth sciences of electron probe micro-analysis”

Instructors (names in alphabetical order of the last name): Julien Allaz (ETH Zürich), Ioannis Baziotis (Agricultural University of Athens), James Day (University of San Diego, SCRIPPS), John Donovan (University of Oregon), Anette von der Handt (University of Minnesota), Jason Scott Herrin (Earth Observatory of Singapore), Ery Hughes (California Institute of Technology), and Pierre Lanari (University of Bern).

Electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) is commonly used to analyze the composition of solid geological materials to help answer a wide range of fundamental questions in geological and planetary sciences. The goal of this 5-day short course is to educate undergraduates, graduates, and early career researchers in the theory and practice of EPMA, with a specific focus on its application to geochemistry. This will be achieved through a set of online lectures covering topics ranging from conventional major element quantitative analysis to new developments in X-ray mapping, trace element analysis, measuring oxidation state and water content of hydrous glasses, and characterizing meteorites. A poster presentation from participants on the first day using Gather.Town will help participants get to know each other and highlight topics of interest for the rest of the course. Additionally, participants will have the option to acquire one to two days of hands-on data on the EPMA housed at our lab (Laboratory of Mineralogy and Geology; Agricultural University of Athens).

Target group

The workshop targets MSc students, PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scientists from across the globe (EU and beyond).

Discounted access to the EPMA facility

All selected applicants will have the opportunity to receive a special discount on EPMA lab in AUAthens, to analyze (directly or send us the samples) their rocks (polished thin/thick sections or 1-inch circular mounts) in the 18 months following the workshop.  


Participants are kindly requested to register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to EPMA lab ( or by filling the form (click on "Register here"). The registration fee is 20 euros and includes the attendance at the workshop and an option for special discount to the EPMA facility. Agenda may be scaled back or cancelled in case of small enrollment (<15 participants).

Dates and Milestones

Dates: Monday 5th – Friday 9th April, 2021 (provisionally 2PM - 6PM; all times in Eastern European Time; UTC+2).)

Venue of the workshop: Zoom (talks), and Gather.Town (poster session)

Venue of the EPMA lab: Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855, Athens, Greece

Key dates

Applications open: 14th December, 2020 (Initial application)

Approval of workshop: mid-February, 2021 (then participants will be notified to register)

Registration deadline: 1st March, 2021 (late registration is possible but is not recommended)

Deadline for confirmation: 8th March, 2021

Payment deadline: 22nd March, 2021

Express your interest here

Please provide your details (name, affiliation, current status, objective, email) here and we`ll contact you promptly.

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