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Lux Luminescence Dating laboratory, 14th Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating

7 - 11 July 2014, Canada, Montréal



The 14th conference of the Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance dating conference (LED) was organized by Professor Michel Lamothe and his team from the Lux Luminescence Dating laboratory. The conference took place at the Université du Québec à Montréal between 7th and 11th July 2014.

During these five days, more than 250 scientists from 31 countries (e.g. Canada, USA, UK, Australia, China) met, discussing topics of geological and archaeological dating. The event was an exceptional occasion where the international dating community merged in the same location, including established academics as well as the future scientists of the discipline. Since this (world) conference is organized only every third year, the LED 2014 in Montréal offered a good chance to discuss the latest results with the elite of the international luminescence dating community.

Several talks and poster presentations offered many opportunities to extend one’s knowledge concerning luminescence applications. The participation at the LED 2014 helped me to expand my professional network including international and national researchers. Additionally, I was able to present my results and to discuss my actual dating challenges with experienced researchers.

In the middle of the LED meeting the organizing committee has set up a field trip with the focus on Archaeology and Quaternary Geology of the Huntingdon and St. Anicet Area. At several stops the glacial history of the area, the topographical development of the landscape and reconstituted anthropogenic houses (Iroquoian village) were illustrated (Fig. 2).

I thank the GSGS Committee very much for funding my journey to this conference. Due to the financial support, I got the chance to present my work on the LED 2014 in Montréal and that considerably improve my PhD thesis.




Figure 2: Mid-conference field trip, reconstituted long houses (Iroquoian village)



Melanie Bartz

PhD student

Ph.D. research project: CRC 806 - Our way to Europe; project C2: Early Holocene Contacts between Africa and Europe and their Palaeoenvironmental Context

Institute of Geography