Short Courses and Conferences

Microanalytical Reference Materials

An MAS Topical Conference

May 15 - 17, 2012

Conference Description


International Association of Geoanalysts Newmont Mining Corporation SPI Supplies FEI Company Thermo Fisher Scientific Cameca Instruments Probe Software

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Abstracts(6.3 MB)


Agenda + Abstracts
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Conference Brochure


Sponsorship Opportunities

Often the most valuable possession of a microanalytical lab is not the expensive instrumentation but rather its inventory of microanalytical reference materials (MRM). But how good are those MRMs and how are they being used for calibration? Are MRMs that are available to the international community being used, or are in-house MRMs? Are both primary and secondary calibration MRMs being used as part of a QC program?

More detailed investigations and comparisons of MRMs have revealed heterogeneities and values contradictory to the accepted. We will also discuss the importance of matrix matched RMs and how they can be used to evaluate interferences.

This is an opportunity for microanalysts to meet and share experiences and critically evaluate the MRMs which we are currently using, and to identify critical roadblocks to microanalysis that are related to MRMs. Presentations by those who create, develop, and certify standards are also planned. This is an opportunity for the microanalytical community to come together to discuss the most essential materials for microanalysis.

Conference Topics

A list of topics planned for the Conference is available.
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Conference Speakers

A number of MRM subject matter experts are scheduled to speak at the Conference. Learn more...

Call for Papers

Papers are being solicited for presentation at the Conference. Submission deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2012.
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Round Robin

Participants are needed for a Round Robin for Microanalytical Techniques. Learn more...


Sponsors for the Conference are welcome and encouraged. Full information about sponsorship levels is available. Learn more...


The Conference will be held on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for the Conference is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available.
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Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Organizing Committee

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Further Technical Information

For more information about the Conference, please contact:

Heather Lowers

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