International Natural Resources User Group Meeting in Beijing


The User Group Meeting is a live two-day meeting with a full program of technical presentations, social events, and networking. A varied program of informative and practical presentations from our global users and technical experts from industry and research awaits you on-site in a beautiful setting.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share with other users during a series of interactive sessions, and will also get a preview of technological advances. One of our goals is the exchange of ideas and experiences with the community, so there will be time for Q&A as well as panel discussions, and opportunities for networking over dinner.

The 2nd International Natural Resources User Group Meeting took place in April 2023 in Granada, Spain. In April 2024, the next User Group Meeting will be held in Beijing, China.

  • Networking
  • Exchange of ideas and experiences
  • Preview of technological advances

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Get some insights from our User Group Meeting this year in Granada

Agenda 2023

This was the Agenda of our User Group Meeting in Granada

  • 19:30

      Welcome & Drinks

    Lemon Rock Granada - Bar restaurante - C. Montalbán, 6, 18002 Granada, Spanien

    The first evening is an optional offer. Registration can be done on Wednesday morning as well.

  • 9:00

    Welcome & Registration


    Offical Opening & Introduction

    Francisco Javier Romero Mora (Director of CIC) and Eddy Hill


    Automated quantification of porosity and diagenetic overgrowths from SEM images

    Nynke Keulen


    Strength characteristics of mixed mortar aggregates using microCT analysis

    Paulina Guzmán García Lascurain


    A new high-precision SEM – LA-ICP-MS sample coordinate integration method

    Sebastian Naesby Mallki


    Coffee Break


    Exploring the Microscale Architecture of Biominerals: Insights from Micro-CT and FIB-SEM Reconstructions

    Christian Grenier Romero


    Crystallization of sodium and potassium carbonates in calcarenite

    Sarah Bonilla Correa






    The Quest for Microscopic Life on Mars

    Fatima Linares


    Multi-modal quantification of damage and degradation in concrete and other building materials

    Alberto Velasco Torres




    Closing Remarks & Evening Plan



    Restaurante Las Tomasas - Carril de San Agustín, 4, 18010 Granada, Spanien

  • 9:00

    Welcome Day 2

    Eddy Hill


    Sample preparation techniques for use in mine-site mineralogy

    Mariola Zajac


    Using Automated Mineralogy to better understand magnetic and conductive anomolies in Ni-Cu-Co-PGE exploration

    Stephanie Lode


    Reservoir rock characterization using thin sections

    Nicolas Castillo  


    SEM based operational mineralogy in Cu benefiction

    Monica Kalichini


    Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of Self-Healing in Mortars using Water Flow Tests, Microscopy, and Micro-Computed Tomography

    Franco Grosso


    Lab Tours




    Last advances in 3D microscopy

    Abel Sainz


    Mineralogic + Raman Imaging and Scanning Electron Microscopy (RISE): BGR case studies

    Maria Sitnikova


    Petrographic and Mineral Chemical Analysis of the Lunhig Kimberlite, Northeast Angola

    Silva Ginga


    Insights into the mechanisms of portlandite (Ca(OH)2) sulfation  

    Encarnacion Ruiz Agudo




    Formal Farewell

Get some insights from our User Group Meeting 2022

  • The Winchcombe meteorite - petrology and chemistry at the micro-to-nanoscale

    Luke Daly (University of Glasgow) and Martin Suttle (Open University)

  • Petrological response and insights from the 2021 eruption of Cumbre Vieja

    Matt Pankhurst

  • The thin-section scanning experience by Solintec

    Leonardo Halfen (Geologist at Solintec)

Feel free to check out a number of presentation topics from the last User Group Meeting:

  • Using microscopy to understand microstructures and magnetism in meteorites
  • Accessory minerals in mineralized systems: automated quantitative mineralogy
  • Assessing the benefits of a 3D approach to diffusion chronometry
  • Mineral-specific element mapping
  • What's New in Mineralogic  
  • Automated Mineralogical and Chemical Analysis for Hyperspectral Datasets
  • Are mafic rocks a source of base metals in the Central African Copperbelt?
  • Determination and distribution of REE and U-Th mineralization in mineral processing concentrates
  • Applying laboratory diffraction contrast tomography to minerals in volcanic rocks
  • Mind the gap: tackling the nanopaleomagnetism microscopy challenge
  • The thin-section scanning experience by Solintec
  • Multi-scale chemical analysis of Galapagos Gabbros
  • Chemical Maps Workshop
  • Investigating the impact of terrestrial sedimentation on Palaeozoic reef organisms
  • PetCAT-Scan: A new tool for quantitative petrography in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
  • Imaging the 'Goldilocks zone' for porphyry copper fertility
  • Teaching Petrology using thin-section images from the Axioscan and Zen Data Storage
  • A multi-scale, multi-technique workflow for solving the enigma of deep-Earth electrical conductivity
  • Bursting bubbles: Investigating magma Ascent Dynamics with correlative microscopy
  • Gas Dynamics in Porous Rock at Pore Scale Determined by X-ray Computed Micro-Tomography
  • From optical to ion, correlative microscopy of a meteorite impact
  • The Winchcombe meteorite - petrology and chemistry at the micro-to-nanoscale
  • Petrological response and insights from the 2021 eruption of Cumbre Vieja
  • Analysis of Fe-Mn crusts – a potential resource and a record of the Earth’s orbital variation
  • Mineralogic 3D - How is it possible?  
  • Using Zeiss Mineralogic to Quantify Pressure-Temperature-Time histories: a Himalayan example
  • Microscopic approach to the understanding of ultradeep crustal melting, diamond formation and carbon
  • Mineralogic 3D - Particle analysis and Petrology in the 3rd Dimension
  • Polychromatic Polarization Microscopy for the Earth Sciences The presentation will focus on some geological applications