09 January, 2016

Reynolds Cup 2016

Word spread to me that the deadline (January 22nd) for sending out samples for the Reynolds Cup 2016 of the Clay Minerals Society is nearing fast - and that there still are free positions to participate! The Reynolds Cup is a biannual round-robin for qualitative and quantitative phase identification in complex, artifically mixed samples resembling natural, usually clay-rich, rocks. Any analytical method is allowed to be used but the amount of samples is always very small. Although I have not yet partaken myelf, I have personally enjoyed presentations by various previous winners and participants of the Reynolds Cup. It is definitely a round-robin to test your skills to the fullest! The winners always organise and set-up the next Reynolds Cup. Rules on particiption are strict - so read carefully!

Die Beteiligung besonders aus Deutschland-Österreich-Schweiz soll wohl noch zu wünschen übrig lassen!

Here is the original announcement from December 10th, 2015:
REYNOLDS CUP ANNOUNCEMENT via claytalk announcement

Dear colleagues,
the 8th biennial Reynolds Cup competition for quantitative mineral analysis is now open. You can register your interest in participating the contest by sending an email to Reinhard Kleeberg . Information about the competition including guidelines and previous winners can be found at
http://www.clays.org/SOCIETY%20AWARDS/RCintro.html. The competition is free for all to enter, however, those that are not members of the CMS are encouraged (but not obliged) to become members (see http://www.clays.org/MEMBERSHIP/MemberRates.html for details).


Please use the following format when registering:
Subject: Please put "Reynolds Cup 2016 registration" in the subject line in your email request.

In the body of the email please put the following information:
Name:
Institution/organization:
Shipping address: (that works for DHL/Courier delivery, e.g. physical
address not Postal Box)
Phone number (for delivery):
Email address:

A total of approximately 90 sets of samples will be available for
distribution. Each set comprises three samples of approximately 4 g with
mineral mixtures commonly found in clay bearing rocks. All sets of
samples will be distributed in the order of registration. Samples are
expected to be shipped at January 22nd 2016 with the deadline for
submission of results by April 8th 2016. The top three contestants with
the most accurate results will be announced at the 53rd Annual meeting
of the Clay Minerals Society (June 5-8, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia).

Only the names of the top three contestants will be published. The names of the other participants will remain strictly confidential.

The competition is open to anyone interested in quantitative mineral analysis, with particular emphasis on clay mineralogy. Because of the popularity of the Reynolds Cup and the enormous amount of work put into its preparation, potential participants are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and only request samples if they are sure they can complete the analysis and return results to the organizers by the due date. Those who request samples and do not send in results or fail to return the samples unopened WELL BEFORE the due date will not be eligible to
participate in future Reynolds Cups.

A waiting list will be kept to offer returned samples to other potential participants.

To ensure an even wider exposure, we encourage you to forward this
announcement to your national mailing lists and mineralogy associations,
colleagues and friends who might be interested in participating.

We look forward to your participation!
Sincerely,
Reinhard Kleeberg
Reynolds Cup 2016 organizer

Additional information:

Introduction

Rules

Winners

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