New Topics Meeting 1, 2020


Diffusion in Minerals, Rocks and Melts: Potential and Pitfalls

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October 23rd 2020      Burlington House, London

This meeting, intended to be the first of a new series, will review recent work in diffusion modelling and its application to a range of geological problems. How good (or not) can models be? What are the limits of what can be stated from our models? What are the pitfalls? It is intended to appeal to those interested in applying diffusion modelling to problems of rates, timing and thermal history in a wide range of mineralogical contexts.

The meeting will be led by a series of invited speakers who will address the fundamentals of diffusion theory and its application to modelling geological processes, and provide examples of state-of-the-art research on diffusions in various contexts.

Speakers confirmed so far:

  • Dan Morgan – on modelling and theory (title to be confirmed)
  • John Maclennan – on timescales of magmatic processes (title to be confirmed)
  • Thomas Muller – on diffusion and thermobarometry in metamorphism (title to be confirmed)

These will be followed by a Poster session, primarily for Student Poster presentations, with 90 second nano-introductions to each poster. The proceedings will be concluded with a panel discussion.

Short Course
We also hope to hold a one-day short course on diffusion modelling on October 22nd; details will be made available as soon as possible.


The meeting is supported by:

The Applied Mineralogy Group

The Metamorphic Studies Group