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Please join us for a two day workshop Computational thermodynamics with the MELTS family of models to be held on June 25 - 26th, 2016, immediately prior to the Goldschmidt 2016 meeting in Yokohama, Japan.

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Computational thermodynamics with the MELTS family of models

This is the home page for the two day workshop at the Goldschmidt 2016 conference; for the two to three day workshops held at Caltech, and elsewhere, please see the alphaMELTS workshop page.

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We are pleased to announce a two day workshop on the use of MELTS software for calculation of phase equilibria and tracking of trace elements during igneous processes. The MELTS family of algorithms are widely used by petrologists and geochemists to predict the outcomes of melting and crystallization processes, to compare with experiments or to design experimental campaigns, to assess the energy budgets of igneous processes, to teach the principles of igneous petrology and geochemistry, and more.

This short course will introduce users to the full range of MELTS models, illustrate the capabilities and potential applications of individual models, demonstrate the available interfaces, and give participants first hand experience running the software and tools. This workshop will differ from previous MELTS workshops in emphasizing trace element calculations. With the traceDs database recently being made public and the new trace element engine for alphaMELTS 2 / libalphaMELTS scheduled for release during the coming months, the workshop will represent the cutting edge for thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria and calculation of trace element budgets in magmatic systems. New users, as well as those with some prior experience with MELTS, should each find the workshop helpful for applying MELTS to their own research and teaching needs.

Title: Computational thermodynamics with the MELTS family of models
Organizers: Paula Antoshechkina, Paul Asimow (Caltech), Mark Ghiorso (OFM-Research), Guilherme Gualda (Vanderbilt University), Roger Nielsen (Oregon State)
Date: June 25 - 26th, 2016, 9.00AM - 5.00PM each day
Venue: Room 419, Pacifico Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minatomirai Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0012, Japan
Registration fee: ¥13400 per particpant (payable by credit/debit card)
Workshop registration deadline: May 26th, 2016
Early registration deadline for Goldschmidt conference: April 26th, 2016

The workshop is being hosted in the Goldschmidt conference venue and is open to all participants at the Goldschmidt 2016 meeting. The ¥13400 fee includes refreshments and lunch for both days. Registration and payment for the workshop are available together as an option ('Workshop: Computational Thermodynamics with the MELTS family of models') during the conference registration process. The deadline for workshop registration coincides with the close of standard online registration for the conference. Details on the logistics of staying in Yokohama, such as travel and accommodation for the workshop, are also provided on the Goldschmidt 2016 conference website.

Workshop programme

We intend to cover a range of topics during the workshop, including:

Introductory sessions will include talks describing the models and software, traceDs database and available trace element calculations. Application to magma chamber processes and mantle melting will be discussed, and short demonstrations will be included as illustrations. Links to software front-ends that will be used at the workshop are available by clicking the Links tab above (updated versions will be posted nearer the time). We encourage you to download and install the software in advance and to test the installation using the appropriate 'Quick Start using MELTS' tutorial example.

Tutorial sessions will feature hands-on examples to demonstrate alternative interfaces for running MELTS calculations, including downloadable software, web services and browser portals. Some calculations (such as MORB crystallization) will be performed on all the front-ends so that, so that you can see similarities and differences. Examples from the introductory sessions will be expanded on, and some special calculations will highlight features that are only available (or only convenient) on individual platforms. All input files will be available for downloaded, nearer the time, by going to the Links tab above.

The approximate schedule will be: