Second SYNTHESYS Access Call

The SYNTHESYS Office is pleased to announce the Second call for proposals under the European Commission's FPVI European-funded Integrated Infrastructure Initiative. SYNTHESYS Project funding is available to provide scientists (Users) based in European Member and Associated States to undertake short visits to utilize the infrastructure (namely the collections, staff expertise and analytical facilities) at one of the 20 partner institutions (see full list below) for the purposes of their research. The 20 partner institutions are organised into 11 national Taxonomic Facilities (TAFs). TAF Users will be hosted by a TAF staff member.

SYNTHESYS is able to meet the Users' costs for:

  • Research costs*
  • International travel
  • Local accommodation whilst based at the TAF
  • A per diem to contribute towards living costs
*Research related costs including: bench fees and consumables (including molecular biology at some TAFs).

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New online versions of Journals

The Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences" (JMPS), is published bimonthly jointly by the Mineralogical Society of Japan and the Japanese Association of Mineralogists, Petrologists, and Economic Geologist JAMPEG). It is the successor journal to both "Mineralogical Journal" (MJ) and "Journal of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology".

JMPS, JAMPEG, and MJ have now the on-line versions: abstracts and full-text PDF files available on sites.

ECA Executive Committee 2003-2006

The new Executive Committee of the ECA has been elected during ECM 21 in Durban, and is constituted by the following officers.

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Postdoctoral positions at ISEI

The Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior Okayama University at Misasa (ISEI) has been adopted as a 21st century COE program for the "Establishment of an International Research Centre for Solid Earth Science".

We are now accepting international applications for postdoctoral fellows in our program. Postdoctoral positions will be funded for 1-4 years each, depending on the applicant's qualifications and progress during the programme. Collaboration within our Geochemistry research group and High Pressure Experimental research group at the Institute will be encouraged.

Details regarding current research activities and facilities available at our institute can be found on Website

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Postodoctoral positions in Cambridge

The Mineral Physics Group of the University of Cambridge has two postdoctoral positions available in combined high-pressure high-temperature neutron scattering of minerals. The successful candidates will join Drs. Dove and Redfern to extend and apply our recent developments in high-P/T powder diffraction at ISIS, the world's most intense neutron spallation source.

The application of this technology will focus on the structural controls on the stability of minerals in the Earth' crust and mantle, within the context of the group's long-standing interest in mineral stability and phase transitions.

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