Courses and Meetings

Pre-Symposium Courses and Meetings

A number of pre-symposium courses will be held. Note that these are independently organized activities so please contact the respective organizers for details or questions.

June 13 and 14 | Itrax advanced users training, Cox Analytical
The Cox’s “Advance operator training” course is a combined demonstration/training for Itrax operators focusing on the various aspects of post processing of Itrax scanner datasets. The training course is a very “hands on” demonstration and exercise of the post processing software tools like Q-Spec and ReDiCore, provided by Cox, for handling the large data-sets generated by the Itrax Core Scanner instruments. The training includes: spectra data validation, handling of “difficult” spectral data, data correlation and how to combine and present radiographic, optical and XRF data.
Please contact Bengt Stocklassa at Cox Analytical for information:
The first 10 registered conference attendees on the Cox’s “Advance operator training” will have the fee for the course waived.

June 15 | Xelerate: Advanced XRF data analyses, Rik Tjallingii
This course offers and introduction to the theory and use of the Xelerate software. The software has been developed by Dr. M. Bloemsma and facilitates all the recent developments for log-ratio calibration and multivariate statistical analyses of XRF scanning as published by Weltje & Tjallingii (2008) and Weltje et al. (2015). This course will focus on using Xelerate software for: (1) Visualization of XRF results; (2) Calibration sample selection; (3) Log-ratio calibration of XRF scanning data; and (4) Multivariate data analyses. There is no cost for this course but the number of participants is limited to 25. Contact Rik Tjallingii ( to sign up.

June 17 | Workshop on subfossil chironomids, Maarten van Hardenbroek and Stefan Engels
A lot of progress has been made in the field of subfossil chironomid research since the last ‘DeadHead’ meeting in 2013. We hope to invite colleagues interested in chironomid-studies to this short workshop where we will combine presentations with (tbc) microscope time and plenary discussions on outstanding issues in the field. Please let the organisers know if you would like to participate, if you are interested in having some microscope time to look at tricky midges, or if there are any topics you’d like to raise in the plenary discussion. We’ll aim to keep the costs for attendance to a minimum, and will provide more information closer to the actual meeting.
Please contact Maarten van Hardenbroek ( or Stefan Engels ( for information.

Statistics & R workshop, Gavin Simpson and Steve Juggins, TBA
Details coming soon.

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