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Access to the center

The Vegacenter is aimed at the Swedish Geoscience community, but international applications are encouraged as well.


Access to the Vegacenter may be granted by submitting a project proposal. Projects are assessed on the basis of their scientific merit. There is one proposal call annually, which is announced on this website.

Call for proposals

Applications are invited for analytical time at NordSIM-Vegacenter. The application deadline is October 15, 2020. Note that there is a new single application form that can be used to request time at NORDSIMexternal link, opens in new window, the Vegacenter or both facilities. Applications received on or before the deadline will be evaluated by the Steering Committee and successful projects will be scheduled to run in 2021. Application forms may be downloaded from this page or obtained on request from the laboratory. Note that late applications will not be considered.

Your application must comprise the following three items:

1) Application form. Please fill in the pdf fields, sign and save as a
pdf with an unambiguous name. Note that the form can be signed digitally in Adobe Acrobat.

2) Project description. This should accompany your application form and consist of a maximum of 2 pages of A4 (using a 12 pt. font), including figures. Preferably save this as a pdf file.

3) User information form (Excel). We are now required by the research council to report institution and gender data on users of the
infrastructure. This information is for statistical use only and data
should not be linked to any named person on the application form.
Please complete the “NEW PROJECTS”) form. If you have been granted infrastructure access for any of the years 2018 to 2020 inclusive, please also fill in one or more of the “EXISTING PROJECTS” pages as appropriate.Save your form as an Excel file and send together with the application.

2021 proposal callPDF

Application formPDF

User information formExcel


Analytical costs are partly funded through the center and VR to ensure low cost access for all approved projects. The analytical costs for 2020 are a daily academic access fee of 8 000 SEK for Sweden-based researchers and 9 000 SEK for international users. The fee is charged per mass spectrometer, independent of whether the instruments are used in conjunction with the laser ablation system and/or gas chromatograph. The fee may be adjusted at any time.

Commercial projects do not require application. The rate for these projects is a daily fee of 16 000 SEK per mass spectrometer. Requests for analytical time for commercial projects may be sent directly to vegacenter@nrm.se.

User information

To be scheduled please contact Ellen Kooijman. We aim to schedule your days within up to 6 months depending on the reservation, the requested method, the instrument status and how many days you need.

Your visit

When you visit the Vegacenter to do the analyses we prefer if you arrive at NRM about 9am the day you will start to analyse, but feel free to come the day before. Please go to the main museum entrance and ask for any of us in the Vegacenter group at the Information desk inside the museum entrance. We will meet you there and get you a guest card, which gives access to the outer doors.

We recommend that you make flexible travel arrangements if at all possible - we cannot guarantee that the instruments will be as enthusiastic about your visit as we are!

We suggest some accomodation in the museum neighbourhood. If you have problems to get accomodation, please contact our secretary Leena Paulin.

Accepted projects 2018 

Henry Holmstrand - Stockholm University

Project: S and O isotope constraints on sources of aerosol sulfate and on aerosol ageing, in East and South Asia

Analytical method: S isotopes in solution

Olof Martinsson - Luleå University of Technology

Project: Geochronology of Early Svecofennian arc related volcanic units in northern Norrbotten

Analytical method: in situ U/Pb dating of zircon

Jane Kershaw - University of Oxford, UK

Project: The Sources of Viking wealth

Analytical methods: in situ Pb isotopes and trace elements in silver

Henrik Drake - Linnaeus University

Project: Using strontium isotopes in low-temperature calcite as a tool to distinguish hydrochemical fluctuations in deep bedrock fractures

Analytical method: in situ Sr isotopes in calcite

Geert Cornelis - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Project: Sizing of nanoparticles in soils using LA-single particle-HR-ICP-MS

Analytical method: gold nanoparticle analysis

Weian Sun - Uppsala University

Project: Bulk 56Fe analyses of magnetite (hematite): genetic implications for the iron oxide apatite deposit in Zhonggu ore field, Eastern China

Analytical method: Fe isotopes in solution

Petra Zahajska - Lund University

Project: Mechanisms of diatomite formation in lakes

Analytical methods: Si isotopes in solution

Edward Lynch - Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning

Project: The relation between Mo-mineralised granites of GP-type (Pingstaberg) and W-Cu-F bearing exoskarn at Yxsjöberg and Barnfallet, Bergslagen

Analytical methods: in situ Hf isotopes in zircon

Yvette Heimbrand - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Project: Estimating salinities experienced by Baltic cod over their lifetimes using otolith chemistry

Analytical method: in situ Sr isotopes in otoliths

Xiaole Sun - Stockholm University

Project: Post-glacier silicon diagenesis in the Baltic Sea sediments

Analytical method: Si isotopes in solution

Anette Utgården Granseth - Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Project: Pb isotopes of Mo- and Ni-sulphides in felsic and mafic, Sveconorwegian intrusions

Analytical methods: in situ Pb isotopes in sulphides

Chiara Költringer - Uppsala University

Project: Combined U-Pb age and geochemistry of rutile as a provenance tracer on late Quaternary Russian Lower Volga loess

Analytical methods: in situ U-Pb dating of rutile

Accepted Vegacenter Projects 2015-2017PDF