Last month, BOSCORF’s Data Management Assistant, Miros Charidemou, travelled to Dublin, Ireland to attend the 20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA 2019). Miros presented a poster in the session dedicated to XRF core scanning studies, ‘Interpreting XRF core scanner records of natural and anthropogenic changes in marine and lacustrine archives.’ (To download a PDF copy of Miros’s poster, click here)

The session was chaired by Ludvig Löwemark (National Taiwan University), Ian Croudace (University of Southampton) and Jyh-Jaan Huang (University of Innsbruck) and it included presentations on a variety of topics ranging from applications of XRF core-scanning data in terrestrial and marine paleoenvironmental studies, new method developments and statistical data analysis techniques.

The session itself proved to be extremely popular, demonstrating the ever-increasing interest in the application of XRF core scanning. It was also exciting to observe that XRF core-scanning data were presented in many sessions of the conference, indicating the widespread adoption of this method within the environmental sciences.

Overall, the conference was a great opportunity to catch up with many past and present users of BOSCORF and fellow XRF-core scanner operators. It was a particular pleasure to meet new colleagues from the XRF core-scanning community and discuss future developments and potential collaborative projects over a Guinness or two.