PCIGR is one of the main training hubs for the Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET). MAGNET is an NSERC-funded research and training program devoted to addressing global challenges in geochemistry. Launched in 2012, the network now involves 35+ trainees and faculty at five Canadian universities.
The program offers extensive opportunities for travel, lab exchanges, conference/workshop attendance, professional development, networking and industry interaction, including internships with some of the top analytical, environmental, and resource (minerals, geothermal) companies worldwide. Students are equipped with technical and professional skills that improve job readiness, facilitate transition to the workforce and expand career trajectories.
To date, two workshops have been held at UBC, with significant components of analytical training provided at PCIGR.
In October 2014, trainees benefitted from a training session on laser ablation ICP-MS, given by an engineer from Resonetics and two academic collaborators, which covered key principles, instrumentation, examples and applications. The session also included activities, real-time demonstrations as well as special sections on LA-ICP-MS of biomaterials and split-stream LA-ICP-MS.
In October 2013, topics focused on the theory, principles and pitfalls of various analytical techniques including mass spectrometry, laser ablation and geochronology. There were also key talks on the applications of geochemistry in oceanography, hydrology, and forensic anthropology. The practical training of the workshop was dedicated to an in-depth focus on the Nu 1700 MC-ICP-MS. One of the lead engineers from Nu Instruments explained the design and performance of this state-of-the-art instrument. In the nUBC lab, participants were taken step-by-step through the features and functions of the Nu 1700, from source to collector.