The Iolite Workshop – What to Expect

Iolite have held several courses over the past few years so we know what works well. Each attendee is expected to bring their own laptop which they will use in live teaching sessions. Bence Paul will introduce attendees to each topic in 1-2 hour sessions where they will copy what he is doing on the projector using datasets provided by Iolite. These sessions are followed by workshops where attendees can practice what they have learned on the Iolite datasets, or try applying it to their own datasets. These workshops will be supported by Bence and at least two other applications specialists who will be on the lookout for those in need of assistance. There will be special sessions for specific applications, plus a session on how to get the best out of imaging experiments.

The workshop fee includes lunch on both days, plus a ticket to the workshop dinner on the first evening. It also includes a demo license for Iolite that will need to be installed on your laptop before the first session begins, plus all of the course materials on a USB stick. WiFi will be available in the lecture theatre.

The lecture theatre has mains electrical power (240V) at each desk, but attendees will need to provide their own power converter to the standard UK Type-G 3-pin plug (shown below).


The Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London is located in the historic Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, famed as a international cultural centre and for its impressive Georgian architecture. Famed institutions, such as the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, can be found within walking distance of one another.

South Kensington is well served by buses and the London Underground, allowing the rest of London to be accessed in minutes.

Travel and Accommodations

Public Transport

Any journey within London can be planned on the Transport For London website. The London public transport system is cashless and you can pay for any journey using a contactless debit or credit card, or by purchasing an Oyster card. South Kensington is on the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines on the London Underground and is served on several major bus routes. Taxis are readily available in London but are typically expensive. Uber is available in London, along with alternatives such as MyTaxi, ViaVan and Xooox.

Arrival by Plane

London Heathrow airport (LHR) is the most convenient for arrival to South Kensington. The London Underground stations at LHR connect directly to South Kensington via the Piccadilly Line.

Others include:
• London Gatwick airport (LGW)
• London City airport (LCY)
• London Stansted airport (STN)
• London Luton airport (LTN)

Arrival by Train

London has many stations connected to the national rail network in the United Kingdom. All of them have regular connections to South Kensington by bus or the London Underground.

The EuroStar allows direct rail access from Paris, Brussels, Lille, Rotterdam and Amsterdam to London St Pancras International train station. South Kensington can be reached from there on Piccadilly Line using the London Underground in approx. 25 minutes. Use the TFL website below to find the best route on the day.

Arrival by Car

It is difficult to drive on the congested streets of London and we would recommend using public transport to reach South Kensington. Parking in London can cost in excess of £50 per day, and Transport For London implements a Congestion Charge of £11.50 per day, per vehicle, which must be paid online in advance. The best approach to South Kensington is via the M4/A4 from the West.


South Kensington has many accommodation options from £50 per room upwards. We are unable to assist with booking accommodation. We recommend that you book early to get the best rates.


The cost of attending the Iolite training course is GBP £180 per person, including course materials, two lunches and the workshop dinner. Five student bursaries will be available for the full cost of the course (£180). Anyone wishing to apply for a bursary should write a letter (as a PDF file) to “The Workshop Committee” outlining why they should be considered, plus a supporting letter from their supervisor on university headed stationary. Please send your application to

I understand that this application is for the two day Iolite training course. Booking of travel and accommodation is my responsibility. Payment can be made by purchase order only.

Meet the Team

Bence Paul

Dr Bence Paul - University of Melbourne

Bence completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2006, focussing on developing a new technique for measuring Pb isotopes in olivine-hosted melt inclusions. After graduating, Bence moved to Japan to take up a postdoctoral position at the University of Okayama in Misasa. In 2008, he briefly worked in the mining industry on 3D modelling of ore bodies before returning to The University of Melbourne in 2009. Since returning to the University, he has led the iolite Software project, developing new approaches to LA-ICP-MS imaging, and worked on a range of applications from neuroscience, to palaeo-climatic studies, to cancer research. His current focus is on improving the fundamentals of LA-ICP-MS and data processing workflows.

Professor Jamie Wilkinson

Professor Jamie Wilkinson - Imperial College London

Professor Jamie Wilkinson was born in the United Kingdom and educated at Cambridge (BA) and Southampton (PhD) followed by postdoctoral research at Imperial College London. Subsequently, he became a member of faculty at Imperial and became a full Professor of Geology in 2019, teaching field geology, geochemistry and economic geology. He has supervised 26 PhD students and 6 postdoctoral researchers working on a range of projects worldwide involving the development of methods for the microanalysis of rocks, minerals and fluid inclusions, and studies of hydrothermal and magmatic ore-forming systems. In 2014, he moved to the Natural History Museum to become Research Leader in Mineral Deposits, spearheading the Museum’s research initiative in ore deposits research and engaging with the minerals industry via collaborative research projects and consulting. He is co-founder and Director of the London Centre for Ore Deposits and Exploration (LODE), and recently held the post of Visiting Research Professor at CODES, University of Tasmania from 2008 - 2010. A focus of current research is the use of mineral chemistry for vectoring and fertility assessment in porphyry-epithermal systems.

Dr Rob Hutchinson

Dr Rob Hutchinson - Elemental Scientific Lasers

Rob did his PhD at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2005. His main research focus was the imaging of antibody-bound rare earth elements stained onto mouse brain tissue to examine the aetiology of Alzheimer’s disease. In the process he developed many techniques in bioimaging still in use today. Rob has worked as a product specialist at Elemental Scientific Lasers (New Wave Research) for 14 years where his interest in imaging has continued, collaborating with laser ablation imaging labs around the world to develop and refine the imaging process, and to develop new instrumentation with the ESL team to improve imaging in the future. Rob has used Iolite extensively for imaging for many years and will be on hand to assist attendees of the workshop.