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 currently being held Virtually via Zoom 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:
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.
If you are thinking of developing a MSA short course and RiMG volume to be held in the Fall of 2021, plan on submitting your original proposal to the Chair of the MSA Short Course Committee by December 1, 2019. This will give time for the committee to consider it and make their recomendations to the Spring 2020 MSA Council. If all goes well, your final proposal for approval by MSA Council in the Fall of 2020, 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 2022, you should plan on submitting your original proposal to the committee by June 1, 2020.
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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.