The North American Workshop on Laser Ablation (NAWLA) will be hosted by the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, May 29-31, 2019

​NAWLA is a biennial meeting held in odd years with the mission to facilitate laser ablation knowledge transfer and promote community among North American laser ablation users. The workshop format includes invited plenary oral presentations, contributed oral and poster presentations, moderated discussions, and group workshop activities.  Plenary presentations review the state-of-the-art on particular topics, identify key issues in the topic that might yield the most useful research results for the future, and provide a framework for discussions at the workshop. Workshop activities are intended to facilitate knowledge transfer among diverse users with a variety of analytical experience.  Topical areas covered in the workshop include:


  • Laser-matter interaction
  • Standardization
  • Isotope ratio analysis
  • Particle formation & transport phenomena

  • New developments
  • Data processing
  • Imaging

  • Earth Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Material Sciences​
  • ​Forensics
  • Industrial

Confirmed Speakers

Plenary Session and Q&A Panel Discussion on LA-ICP-MS Data Reduction Software

Prof. Yongsheng Liu (China University of Geosciences, Wuhan): ICPMSDataCal is written in Visual Basic programming language, runs in Microsoft Excel, and is used widely in China.

Dr. Regina Mertz-Kraus (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany): TERMITE is written in the statistical language R, which is open-source software freely available from CRAN and provides several powerful statistical and graphical features.

Dr. Ashley Norris (Norris Software, Tasmania, Australia): LADR (Laser Ablation Data Reduction Software), pronounced “ladder”. Runs on Microsoft Windows 7, 8, and 10, both 32 and 64 bit versions, and requires .NET version 4.6.1.

Dr. Bence Paul (The University of Melbourne, Australia): Iolite is a popular software that runs as a series of Igor Pro procedures. The new Iolite 4 release is a complete re-write in C++ that runs natively on Mac and Windows operating systems.

Dr. Stijn J. M. Van Malderen (DESY-HASYLABHamburg, Germany): HDIP (HDF-based Image Processing) is a software platform designed to process imaging data stored in the   HDF5 format. HDF5 is a highly versatile format for storing large volumes of data.

Workshop Activity: Reference Materials for LA-ICP-MS

Alan Koenig and Kate Souders (USGS Denver)

Pre-meeting Workshops (Tue, May 28)

Workshop 1: LA-ICPMS: Principles and Applications – Leonid Danyushevsky (U. Tasmania)

Workshop 2: An Introduction to LA-ICP-MS Data Processing with iolite 4 – Bence Paul, Joe Petrus

Workshops include coffee and lunch.


Registration (includes coffee, lunch, and gala dinners)


  • Submissions for oral and poster presentation should be made by 23:59 CT, April 30
  • Abstracts received after May 15 cannot be guaranteed for inclusion in the abstract volume
  • As there are limited slots for talks, some submissions will be allocated to poster presentations.
  • Submit an Abstract

It’s back! NAWLA 2019 Laser Ablation Image Contest

MonalisaNAWLA and iolite software are pleased to announce the 2nd Laser Ablation Image Contest as part of NAWLA 2019. You are invited to submit images that you have created using laser ablation for your chance to win a $1000 cash prize, as selected by the popular vote! To enter, just make sure you’ve registered for NAWLA 2019, then send your entry to