Our successful triennial Geoanalysis conferences are a key part of the IAG’s activities. Indeed, it was the financial as well as the scientific success of Geoanalysis94 held in the UK that year that enabled us to create the IAG.
Each Geoanalysis conference is unique, reflecting in part the science and culture of the host country, but all have a common aim: to bring together geoanalytical scientists from all over the world to share the results of the latest research in their field. As well as oral presentations, the conferences put great emphasis on poster sessions to promote networking amongst participants and we especially encourage younger researchers to attend by offering financial support in the form of bursaries and reduced registration fees. There is a vibrant social programme and mid- and post-conference field trips enable participants to explore key geological features of the host country.
The next Geoanalysis conference will be held at the University of Freiberg, Germany 1-6 August 2021. Freiberg is conveniently located at the heart of Europe half way between Berlin and Prague (Czech Republic). Freiberg’s Mining University can claim to be the birthplace of analytical geochemistry as it was there during the late Middle Ages that ore from Saxon silver mines was subjected to quantitative chemical analyses. We all eagerly look forward to the next triennial gathering of the IAG in 2021. For more details, please consult the Geoanalysis 2021 website.
The 10th Geoanalysis conference took place on 8–13 July 2018 at Macquarie University in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The attendance was good with 104 abstracts being presented during the five-day event. The Geoanalysis conference series is well-known as an excellent setting where delegates discuss recent technical advances in a relaxed atmosphere, and the 2018 excelled at this important tradition. Parallel sessions were avoided, with roughly two-thirds of the contributions being presented in poster format. The emphasis on posters within the conference’s overall structure was a success, as they formed the focus of the late-afternoon social events over three of the days. This structure provided many opportunities for researchers to directly interact with those scientists working most closely to their own research field.
Another tradition of the Geoanalysis conference is the mid-week field excursion: the Macquarie conference organizers provided an excellent excursion to the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney, where field trip participants were able to see how decades-long environmental contamination has impacted communities associated with the export of Australia’s natural resources. Also, certain to be long remembered, was the conference dinner organised as an evening cruise around the historic Sydney Harbour. Another highlight of the 2018 Geoanalysis conference was the celebration of the many scientific accomplishments made by Jon Woodhead of the University of Melbourne. Jon has been a pioneer in many key aspects of both laser ablation analysis and in isotope ratio determinations using the inductively coupled plasma ion source. In recognition of Jon’s many important contributions, he received the IAG’s top award as an Honorary Fellow of our association.
Also noteworthy were two student awards for excellence, which were sponsored by Macquarie University. In recognition of both the high impact of their geoanalytical research and for the exceptional quality of their presentations, Alicja Wudarska of the Polish Academy of Sciences (lecture format) and Zsanett Pintér of Macquarie University (poster format) received their awards prior to the Friday afternoon closing session.
Dr Regina Mertz-Kraus and Dr John Creech acted as guest editors of a special issue of Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research based on papers presented at Geoanalysis 2018. In all eleven papers were published in 2019, eleven in volume 43, number 3 and the remaining four in volume 43, number 4.
- Geoanalysis 2015, Leoben, AUSTRIA
- Geoanalysis 2012, Buzios, BRAZIL
- Geoanalysis 2009, Kwazulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
- Geoanalysis 2006, Beijing, CHINA
- Geoanalysis 2003, Rovaniami, FINLAND
- Geoanalysis 2000, Pont à Mousson, FRANCE
- Geoanalysis 1997, Vail, Colorado USA
- Geoanalysis 1994, Ambleside, UK
- Geoanalysis 1990, Huntsville, CANADA