LED 2017 Workshop Information

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Measurement done, let’s analyse the data: old techniques, new tools and ways to deal with the confusion


The ease with which automated experiments on optically stimulated luminescence and on other types of stimulated luminescence can be done spawns huge volumes of data. Making sense of data is therefore an inevitable practical concern in the luminescence community. There will be a workshop on freely-available software tools on the eve of LED2017. The workshop should be of interest to experimentalists on OSL and ESR particularly those dealing with dating.


Technological and methodological advances in luminescence dating techniques during the last decades have tremendously increased the amount of data to be analysed for each luminescence sample. Fortunately, there is a lot of freely-available sophisticated software. The choice might be confusing and taking the first step in such a milieu will look daunting. Through a set of lectures, the aim of the full-day workshop is:

  1. To provide an overview of the data analysis tools available and the possibilities for their use in luminescence dating.
  2. To facilitate the first steps by offering comprehensive specialised lectures and training on selected tools.

Further information will be provided as soon as it is available.


Sebastian Kreutzer    Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Geoff Duller  Aberystwyth University, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Schedule and details

Date:     10 September 2017
Time:   09:00 to 18:00 hrs; Lunch: 12:00 to 14:00 hrs
Venue: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel, 23 Strand Street, Cape Town 8000
Registration costs: R 1 500
Target audience: OSL and ESR experimentalists particularly those involved in dating
Places available:    50 

View and Download the Workshop Programme

You may click here to view the Preliminary Workshop Programme . Please be advised that this is not the final draft.

Workshop Presentors

  • Sebastian Kreutzer

    Dr. Sebastian Kreutzer is based in the luminescence group of the IRAMAT-CRP2A a ‘laboratoire d'excellence’ at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France.

    He is an expert in luminescence dating and its application, in particular in loess environments as evident by papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

    More recently he has focussed on methodological aspects of luminescence dating, e.g., radiofluorescence of quartz and feldspar, measurement equipment development, modelling of luminescence of quartz and especially luminescence data analysis.

    In 2012 he introduced the R package ‘Luminescence’, a powerful toolbox to handle luminescence data, and became its maintainer and leading package author.

    Kreutzer is a member of a DFG supported young researchers network for analysing luminescence data using R, a framework in which he regularly co-authors the development of other R packages.

  • Geoff Duller

    Professor Geoff Duller is the Co-Director of the Aberystwyth Luminescence Research Laboratory, UK.

    He has undertaken research into the development of luminescence instruments, luminescence methods and the application of luminescence dating methods to Quaternary sediments for over 25 years, and has published widely on the topic.

    Amongst other areas, he has been involved in the development of single grain dating methods, and the development of analytical tools to process the resulting data. He is a co-author of DRAC (Dose Rate and Age Calculator), and the author of the software package Analyst that has been used widely amongst the community for the last two decades.