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The Mid-European Clay Conferences (MECC) are the joint conferences of the national clay groups of Slovakia, Germany-Austria-Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Croatia. The Croatian Clay Group invites you to the 9th Mid-European Clay Conference, MECC 2018, to be held in Zagreb on 17 - 21 September 2018. Abstract submission is closed and the programm finalised. For registration check the conference website.

DTTG Workshop 2019
In 2019 the 8th international DTTG workshop on "Qualitative and quantitative analysis of clays and clay minerals" will take place from Monday February 18th to Friday February 22nd at the University of Greifswald. The workshop focuses on the needs of graduate students in the field of clay science. The workshop is also open for scientists and people working in industry who are interested in clay science. Content of the workshop, taught completely in English, will include topical lectures on theory as well as practical laboratory exercises. Clay scientists from Germany and Switzerland will cover the most important analytical tools needed to study clay minerals. This year one of the days is focused solely on electron microscopy and one day on Rietveld modeling of XRD patterns. The other days will cover a number of other methods/topics such as FTIR, CEC, STA, chemistry of clay minerals, stable and radiogenic isotopes, and pore investigations.
The number of participants is limited to 15! Therefore you are asked to submit your application by e-mail to Grathoff@uni-greifswald.de with a short description of your field of work, status (student etc.) together with a short statement about your motivation to participate in the workshop.
Confirmation and detailed information to the program, travel etc. will be sent after registration deadline.
Registration deadline is October 30th, 2018.
For the organizing team Georg Grathoff and Laurence Warr.

The 9th biennial Reynolds Cup competition for quantitative mineral analysis is completed. The top three contestants were announced at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society . The first place went to Steve Hillier and his team from The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen who is now the most successful participant overall. Second place went to the team of Bruno Lanson (ISTerre -Univ. Grenoble Alpes/CNRS). The DTTG again succeeded with a top position, this time with the third by Michael Plötze and his team from the Claylab at the ETH Zurich. Details about the Reynolds Cup itself and about previous winners can be found here.

DTTG is the most successful group of participants with 14 places in the top three and many in the top 10!
2002: first and second place (Reinhard Kleeberg, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Reiner Dohrmann, NLfB, BGR Hannover)
2004: third place (Michael Plötze, ETH Zurich)
2006: third place (Reinhard Kleeberg, TU Bergakademie Freiberg)
2008: second place and third place (Reinhard Kleeberg & Kristian Ufer, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Katja Emmerich & Annett Steudel, KIT Karlsruhe).
2010: third place (Reinhard Kleeberg & Kristian Ufer, TU Bergakademie Freiberg).
2012: first place (Michael Plötze, ETH Zurich) and third place (Reinhard Kleeberg, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Robert Möckel, Helmholtz Institut Freiberg).
2014: first place (Reinhard Kleeberg, Ulf Kempe, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and Robert Möckel, Helmholtz Institut Freiberg) and shared third place (Kristian Ufer, Stephan Kaufhold, Reiner Dohrmann, BGR Hannover and Jan Dietel, Jasmaria Wojatschke, University of Greifswald).
2016: first place (Rieko Adriaens, Gilles Mertens, QMINERAL & KU Leuven).
2018: third place (Michael Plötze, ETH Zurich)

The AIPEA General Assembly at the ICC2017 in Granada has elected our long-standing treasurer, Reiner Dohrmann (LBEG Hanover), as the new President 2017-2021. Congratulations and lots of success in the upcoming tasks.
Dohrmann AIPEA President

update: 25 Jun 2018
Web-Moderator M. Ploetze