U-series Symposium, Sydney, 2014


Many Earth-system processes, from partial melting in the mantle and degassing of volcanoes to soil production and weathering operate over relatively short geological timescales (1-10,000’s years). Yet, dating such events is not possible using conventional long-lived chronometers (e.g. radiogenic isotopes). Significant breakthroughs in investigating these timescales have occurred over the few decades due to technological advances in the analysis of short-lived Uranium-series (U-series) isotopes.

This focused symposium will bring together scientists actively working on U-series analytical development and U-series isotopes in magmatic and sedimentary systems. This range of expertise will ensure an ideal multidisciplinary environment, which we deem central to addressing and attempting to solve some of the key outstanding problems and identify future directions.

The overall objectives of the symposium are:

  1. To advance our understanding of the timescales of volcanic and sedimentary systems using U-series isotopes.

  2. To identify key scientific and analytical future research directions as a U-series community.

U-series Symposium 2014, Sydney, Australia

General Information


Meeting Report:






Info Pack:



12 - 14 February 2014


Quarantine Station (QStation)

Sydney Harbour National Park,

1 North Head Scenic Drive,

Manly, Sydney, NSW 2095

Target number of participants


Registration fee:

Academic staff and post-docs: $350 (AUD)

Students: $200 (AUD)

See registration and abstract submission pages for more details

Student Awards:

Please go to the registration page for information


Dr. Heather Handley

Prof. Simon Turner

(Macquarie University)

For further information please contact heather.handley@mq.edu.au

QStation photos courtesy of the Quarantine Station (http://www.qstation.com.au/). U-series chain image from http://eps.mq.edu.au/USRG/facil.html.

The Frontiers of U-series Research

Uranium series research at Macquarie University is supported by Heathgate Resources