Invited Speakers

University of Washington, USA

James K. Feathers

Title: First People in the Western Hemisphere: The Contribution from Luminescence Dating

Short bio available soon

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Georgina E. King

Georgina E. King

Title: Working towards a robust thermochronometer based on the ESR of quartz minerals

I am a geomorphologist interested in Quaternary environmental change, with particular expertise in luminescence dating. I’ve just taken up a new position at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and at the moment I’m working on projects in the Himalaya, Atacama desert, Japanese and European Alps, whilst also wrapping up some previous projects from Kamchatka and Washington State, USA.

reference: https://georginaeking.wordpress.com/

National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Constantin Athanassas

Constantin Athanassas

Title: From electron trapping to exhumation tracking

Dr. Constantin Athanassas is a geologist (University of Athens) with masters’ (University of Wales, NTUA), doctorate (University of Athens, NCSR «Demokritos») and postdoctoral degrees (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, CEGERE, NTUA) in tectonics, geochronology, geoinformatics and physics. He teaches General Geology. His research interests lie with the exploration of tectonic processes (tectonophysics) and geological processes in general by geochronological methods, mathematical methods and remote sensing.

reference: http://eng.metal.ntua.gr/?team_member=constantin_athanassas

University of Wollongong Australia, Australia

Bo Li

Title: A Bayesian hierarchical model for optical dating of single grains of quartz

My main research area is luminescence dating of sediments using quartz and feldspars. The focus of my research is on developing new luminescence dating techniques and improving them. Over the last decade, I have established several new dating techniques using quartz and feldspars.

Apart from the development of advanced luminescence dating techniques, my research also involves application of luminescence dating technique to answer important geological and archaeological questions. More recently, I have been more focused on dating key archaeological sites from Asia, Europe and Africa. My research is to develop new luminescence dating techniques and then apply them to these important archaeological and fossil hominin deposits to answer questions about human evolution, dispersals and extinctions.

To achieve the reliable dating task in luminescence dating, fundamental studies on the luminescence properties from quartz and feldspars are necessary. Understanding of the physical features of luminescence signals, such as thermal stability, anomalous fading and kinetics process of charge movements are important for developing reliable dating procedures. Since 2006, I have been studying the luminescence behaviours of quartz and feldspars from various geological settings.

reference: https://uowvivo.uow.edu.au/display/bo_li


Mathieu Duval

Mathieu Duval

Title: ESR dating of quartz grains: evaluating the uncertainty associated to ESR measurements at low temperature

Mathieu Duval is a Ramón y Cajal (Senior) Research Fellow at CENIEH. He has previously worked for more than 7 years (2009-2016) as Research Scientist and Head of the ESR dating laboratory at CENIEH, before spending 4 years (2016-2020) as an ARC Future Fellow in the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) at Griffith University. Between 2014 and 2016 he was the recipient of a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF). He received his doctorate in Prehistory from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris, France) in November 2008.

Mathieu Duval is a Quaternary geochronologist specialising in Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) and Uranium-series dating methods. Over the last fifteen years, he has developed an innovative research profile that combines methodological as well as dating application studies in geo-archaeological contexts. So far, most of his investigation has been dedicated to the development and application of the ESR and U-series method to Lower Palaeolithic sites in the Mediterranean area, by dating either fossil teeth (via the combined uranium-series/electron spin resonance (US-ESR) dating approach) or optically bleached sedimentary quartz grains. The results of this work have contributed to refine the age of some of the oldest archaeological sites in Southern Europe and Northern Africa (e.g., Atapuerca Gran Dolina, Barranco León, Fuente Nueva-3, Vallparadís EVT7, Ain Boucherit). He has also recently participated to the direct dating of key human fossils such as Homo naledi from the Rising Star complex (South Africa), the oldest Homo sapiens found outside Africa, at Misliya Cave (Israel), the human finger bone from Al Wusta in Saudi Arabia or the direct dating of Homo antecessor from Atapuerca Gran Dolina TD6.

reference: https://www.cenieh.es/en/about-cenieh/staff/duval-mathieu

Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, India

P. Morthekai

Dr. P. Morthekai

Title: Role and nature of Pb in the luminescence emission of feldspars

Short bio available soon

National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Greece

Georgios Polymeris

Title: Computational and statistical analysis using raw luminescence data

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6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating – APLED 2022


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Dr. Eren Şahiner
Ankara University, Earth Sciences Application and Research Center,
Luminescence Dating Researches Laboratory, Ankara, Türkiye


Dr. Gaye Çakal
Ankara University,
Institute of Nuclear Sciences


Dr. George S. Polymeris
National Center for
Scientific Research Demokritos

Bilkon Congress, 2022