Conference on Micro-Spectroscopy and Luminescense Studies in the Earth and Planetary Sciences April 2-4, 2009, Mainz, Germany



Sponsored By

   (Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie)
Lunar and Planetary Institute

Hosted by
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie,
   Abteilung Geochemie

Arnold Gucsik,
   Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie,    Abteilung Geochemie, Mainz,     Germany
Jens Götze,
   TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Institut    für Mineralogie, Freiberg, Germany

Local Organizing Committee
Rosemarie Gross,
   Max Planck-Institut für Chemie
Arnold Gucsik,
   Max Planck-Institut für Chemie
Ulrich Ott,
   Max Planck-Institut für Chemie




The Conference on Micro-Raman Spectroscopy and Luminescence Studies in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (Corals I) will be held April 2–4, 2009, at the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie, Abteilung Geochemie, in the beautiful and historical Mainz, Germany.


  When:  April 2–4, 2009
  Where:  Mainz, Germany


The primary aim of the conference is to assess the state of the art and reliability of micro-Raman spectroscopy as well as luminescence-based spectroscopy and microscopy and related techniques in the Earth and planetary sciences.

The conference will be organized to maximize transfer of knowledge among the participants. The scientific program will provide a comprehensive overview of recent results and development trends in optical and luminescence spectroscopical research applied to the Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Invited speakers will include Professor Kiyotaka Ninagawa of the Okayama University of Science in Okayama, Japan, as well as Professor Michael Gaft of the OLDS Laser Detect Systems Ltd. in Petah Tikva, Israel.

The meeting is a sequel to meetings on optical microscopy and luminescence studies started in 2001 by Jens Götze in Freiberg, Germany.

The proceedings of this conference will be published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in their conference series. For more information, download the Word file provided.


Oral sessions will be held from Thursday morning, April 2, to Friday afternoon, April 3. Because many of the participants will have to return home on Saturday, we have not scheduled any formal talks on Saturday morning, but will devote that time to discussion. A poster session will be held on Thursday afternoon, April 2; posters will be displayed for the entire meeting.

The program and abstracts are now available. Author notification letters will not be mailed out, so authors need to check the online program to see where their abstract has been scheduled.

The program includes invited and contributed talks and contributed poster presentations. Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes including discussion. Plenary lectures will be 30 minutes including discussion. Computer projection will be available.

The official language of the conference is English.

The dimensions for poster presentations are 90 cm (35 inches) wide and 115 cm (45 inches) high.


The conference will begin with registration on Wednesday evening, April 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a welcome reception. A wine and spirit tasting will be included with the Friday afternoon poster session.

An optional visit to the Kupferberg Champagne Cellars is being planned for Friday evening, April 3, 2009. Up to 45 people can be accommodated, and an English-speaking guide will be provided. The cost will be €25 per person, which includes 3 Sekt (with snacks) and 1 champagne (with petit-fours). Payment may be made on site, but organizers must have a final headcount 10 days in advance. To reserve a space, please contact Rosemarie Gross no later than March 20, 2009.


The deadline for preregistration has passed. Registration is now available onsite only, at a fee of €175 for professionals and €110 for students.

To aid in planning, please notify the organizers (Arnold Gucsik and Rosemarie Gross) if you plan to attend but did not preregister.


Participants are strongly encouraged to book their hotel accommodations as soon as possible.  A limited number of rooms have been reserved (81.5 Euro/night/person) at the Hotel Intercity Mainz; refer to Spectroscopy2009 when making your reservation.

For information about other hotels in the area, please visit one of these websites:


Mainz is located about half an hour by train or car from Frankfurt International Airport, which is served by most of the world’s major airlines. Please visit the transportation website for details on how to get from the airport to Mainz and the Max-Planck-Institut.


For further information regarding the format and scientific objectives of the meeting, contact

Arnold Gucsik
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie
Abteilung Geochemie
Joh.-J.-Becherweg 27
D-55128 MAINZ, Germany
Phone: +49-6131-305-278
Fax: +49-6131-305-483

For further information regarding accommodations and meeting logistics, please contact

Rosemarie Gross
Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie
Abteilung Geochemie
Joh.-J.-Becherweg 2
D-55128 MAINZ, Germany
Phone: +49-6131-371-051
Fax: +49-6131-305-483

April 2–4, 2009
Conference on Micro-Raman Spectroscopy and Luminescence Studies in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (Corals I)
in Mainz, Germany


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