Workshop and Field Trip

Workshop - 2 days

Fundamentals of Fluid Inclusions

DateSunday 29 to  Monday 30 November 2020
LocationJames Cook University, Townsville Campus
Time 9 am - 5 pm
Course LeadersDr Jan Huizenga and Assoc. Prof. Carl Spandler
StudentsFREE  - only 10 places available


The short course will include the fundamentals of fluid inclusion studies and the chemical analysis of single fluid inclusions using laser-ablation ICP-MS.

The fundamentals section will focus on the practical aspects of fluid inclusion studies (e.g., sample selection, sample preparation), fluid inclusion petrography (i.e. principle of fluid inclusion assemblages), phase diagrams of single and multi-component systems, use of the heating-freezing stage and micothermometry, data collection, presentation and evaluation, and the calculation of fluid compositions and isochores.

The second part of the course will examine the procedures and methods for chemical analysis of individual fluid inclusions by laser ablation ICP-MS, including aspects sample preparation requirements, instrument setup and operation, analysis protocols, data quantification and processing and advantages and limitations of the technique.

This workshop requires minimum number of registrants to proceed. Please see cancellation policy for refund details.

Field Trip

DateFriday 04 December 2020
Time 9 am - 6 pm


This all day field trip will take in the sights and geology around Townsville and after lunch on Castle Hill, the City's landmark, delegates will visit  Billabong Sanctuary, our local wildlife park.
Delegates will experience a personalised tour with a Park Ranger, have the opportunity to get a close up up view of Australian animals and feed kangaroos. Time is included in the visit to have photos taken with animals (optional - extra cost not included in the fee).
The visit will include  a BBQ at the Park before departing at approximately 5.30 pm.

Field Trip will start and finish in Townsville City at a designated point (TBA).

InclusionsTransport, all catering (except alcoholic drinks), park entry and ranger tour.