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Short Courses and Workshops

Short Courses and Workshops sponsored or recognized by the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), the Geochemical Society (GS), the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG, The German Mineralogical Society), and the European Mineralogical Union (EMU).

Short Courses are 2-4 day in length and are in-depth reviews of a broad topic. Published proceedings of the MSA and GS short courses will appear as a volume in the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry series.

Workshops are are shorter, focused topic or technique, and generally do not result in a publication:

  1. MSA Cutting Edge Workshops. 1/2 to 1 day, focused on an area of current interest, led by experts but aimed at a general audience, particularly one including graduate students and early career researchers. (Deep Carbon....or Mars Mineralogy would be examples of this new type of workshop introduced last year...)
  2. MSA Applications and Techniques Workshops. 1 day or more in duration, and concerned with offering expert training in applications of a particular experimental or theoretical/computational technique or method. (Examples would be the 'XRF' or 'THERMOCALC' Workshops)

Most workshops will be of either one of these types, but that does not preclude occasional examples which cross these boundaries or have elements of both a Workshop and a Short Course. This may be especially true when MSA is not the main organizer of the 'workshop'... as with the courses on Diffusion, organized with the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG, The German Mineralogical Society).

Both Short Courses and Workshops can be held in conjunction with a major meeting at which it is suggested that there may be special sessions on the same topic.

(revised 02/15/2018)

Short Courses(s)


Diffusion Timescales

  • Organizers: Sumit Chakraborty, Ruhr Universität Bochum
  • Dates: 1 -5 October 2018
  • Location: Ruhr Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany

  • Interested in organizing a short course? Information for prospective organizers

    If you are thinking of developing a MSA short course and RiMG volume to be held in the Fall of 2018, plan on submitting your original proposal to the Chair of the MSA Short Course Committee by December 1, 2016. This will give time for the committee to consider it and make their recomendations to the Spring 2017 MSA Council. If all goes well, your final proposal for approval by MSA Council in the Fall of 2017, leaving at least 12 months to organize the course and produce the RiMG volumes in time for the short course. For short courses taking place in the first half of 2018, you should plan on submitting your original proposal to the committee by June 1, 2017.

    Interested in organizing a workshop? Information for prospective organizers

    Contact Richard L. Hervig e-mail: Richard.Hervig@asu.edu

    MSA envisages two distinct kinds of Workshops. One series we are calling ‘MSA Cutting Edge Workshops’. The first of these (on ‘Deep Carbon’) was held at the Vancouver 2014 GSA (and organised by Bob Hazen). The other series we are calling ‘MSA Techniques and Applications Workshops’, and have included workshops on diffusion, optical crystallography, XRF, crystallographic software, and THERMOCALC.

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