**Upcoming meetings: The 2019 TANG3O Meeting will be held on 6–7 November at The University of Tasmania**

The Thermochronology and Noble Gas Geochronology and Geochemistry Organisation (TANG3O) was formed in 2008 to coordinate the re-equipment of Australia’s noble gas laboratories and to foster technical cooperation and research collaboration.

TANG3O is a voluntary association of researchers in the fields of thermochronology, noble gas geochemistry, and geochronology for the purpose of optimising access to facilities and results, enhancing technical developments and technique implementation, and creating a forum for dissemination of technical advances and research results relevant to the Australian geochronological, geochemical, and geological communities.
The objectives of TANG3O are:
  • To encourage collaboration through the development of an analytical network.
  • To facilitate collaborative access to facilities and expertise in thermochronology, noble gas geochemistry, and geochronology.
  • To enhance competitiveness through collaborative funding applications.
  • To increase bargaining power with instrument suppliers.
  • To provide a focus to develop partnerships with relevant industry and government agencies.
  • To promote Australia’s capabilities in thermochronology, noble gas geochemistry, and geochronology nationally and internationally.

The organisation includes the 40Ar/39Ar, Fission Track and (U-Th)/He laboratories at The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, The University of Queensland, Curtin University, and The University of Adelaide. TANG3O collaboration has been successful with the acquisition of several Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (ARC LIEF) grants for the purchase of three new generation ARGUSVI, one HELIX and one HELIX-SFT mass spectrometers. On-going cooperation is focused on the establishment of a common platform for system automation, analytical and data reduction protocols.


Key Personnel

  • Prof Andy Gleadow (The University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Masahiko Honda (The Australian National University)
  • Dr Marnie Forster (The Australian National University)
  • A/Prof Fred Jourdan (Curtin University)
  • Prof Barry Kohn (The University of Melbourne)
  • Prof David Phillips (The University of Melbourne)
  • Prof Paulo Vasconcelos (The University of Queensland)
  • Dr Mark Kendrick (The Australian National University)
  • Prof Brent McInnes (Curtin University)
  • Dr Erin Matchan (The University of Melbourne)
  • Prof Gordon Lister (The Australian National University)
  • Prof Alan Collins (The University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Stijn Glorie (The University of Adelaide)