Welcome to the Introductory Course

Understanding NMR Spectroscopy

by James Keeler (University of Cambridge)

Location of course: University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, Qld

Date: Mon 03 - Fri 07 September 2012

North Stradbroke Island

To promote NMR education in Australia, ANZMAG in conjunction with the University of Queensland are pleased to welcome Prof. James Keeler for a week-long course covering the basics of NMR spectroscopy. Prof Keeler is an experienced teacher of NMR spectroscopy who is a regular contributor to summer schools and courses around the world. This course is based on his book "Understanding NMR Spectroscopy", published by John Wiley (25% discount offer by John Wiley for course participants buying the book - use promo code NMR12). The course is aimed at those who are already familiar with using NMR on a day-to-day basis, but who wish to deepen their understanding of how NMR experiments work and the theory behind them. It is assumed that participants are familiar with the concepts of chemical shifts and couplings, and are used to interpreting proton and carbon-13 spectra. It is also assumed that they have at least come across simple two-dimensional spectra such as COSY and HMQC and perhaps may have used such spectra in the course of your work. Similarly, some familiarity with the nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) will be assumed.

The course will comprise a mixture of lectures and exercises. Sections will first start with something familiar - e.g. multiplets - and then go deeper into the explanation behind this, introducing along the way new ideas and new concepts. In this way the new things are always rooted in the familiar. In addition, the lectures of the course will be recorded on video, and the footage will later be available as educational DVD.

More information on the course structure, including some reading material, can be found here

Course Outline:

The course will start on Monday 03/09 afternoon (2:00 pm) and end Friday 07/09 lunchtime.

The following course time table is preliminary and subject to change. Watch this space closer to the start of the course for any updates!

Morning Travel to Straddie Chapter 3: The vector model Chapter 5: How the spectrometer works Chapter 7: Two-dimensional NMR Chapter 9: Phase cycling and gradient pulses

Moreton Bay Research Station Induction

Chapter 1: What this course is about

Chapter 4: Fourier transformation and data processing Tutorial session Chapter 8: Relaxation Departure from Straddie
 DinnerDinnerDinnerCourse Dinner?
Evening Evening Session:
Chapter 2: NMR and energy levels
Island Pub Evening Session:
Chapter 6: Product operators

Course Venue and Accommodation:

Moreton Bay Reseach Station

The venue for the course is The University of Queensland's Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island (affectionately known as "Straddie" by locals). The station has two large modern teaching laboratories/lecture theatres, including break-out spaces, where the lectures and exercises will be held.

We have arranged accommodation for course participants at the Research Station. All meals (breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) will be at the station. Charges for accommodation and catering are outlined below.

How to get there:

Shuttle Bus Route Directions on Straddie

The research station is near the Dunwich Ferry station on North Stradbroke Island. Ferries leave for North Stradbroke from Cleveland.

We will organise a shuttle bus for interstaters from the airport to the ferry terminal in Cleveland. This bus will leave the airport at 11:00 am.

The Stradbroke Flyer passenger ferry leaves from Cleveland, costs $19 dollars return and takes about 20 minutes to get to North Stradbroke Island.

There are also two car-ferries that go across the bay and these take about 45 minutes to get to the island. You can walk on these ferries and it then costs you about $11 return or you can fill your car with people (legal capacity) and it will then cost $135 return. This latter option is possibly a good option for participants from Brisbane.

Suggested Timetable to get to the course on time:

For people from interstate (taking the passenger ferry):

  • by 10:30 am: Arrive Brisbane Domestic Airport (It is possible to take the following Virgin Australia flights to arrive on time, when starting in the respective capital city (*=flight leaves Sunday):
    • ADL=6:05-9:00;
    • AKL=6:45-8:45;
    • CBR=8:50-10:30;
    • HBT=6.35-CBR8:00, then CBR-BNE 8:50-10:30;
    • MEL=7:00-9:10;
    • SYD=8:00-9:30;
    • PTH=23:50*-MEL 5:25;
    • WEL=6:00-8:05)
  • 11:00 pm: Shuttle Bus departs Brisbane Domestic Airport
  • 12:15 pm: Arrival Gold Cat Ferry Terminal.
  • 12:55 pm: Gold Cat Stradbroke Flyer ferry departs Cleveland
  • 1:25 pm: Arrival at Dunwich

This timetable means that people from Perth effectively have to leave a day earlier. Perthites can catch the overnight flight (leaving around midnight) to Melbourne (from where they catch the same early morning flight as the other Melbourne people) to arrive on time.

For local people taking the car ferry:

  • Make your own way to the Cleveland Ferry terminal
  • 11:30 am: Arrival Cleveland Ferry Terminal.
  • 12:00 pm: Stradbroke Ferry Vehicular Ferry departs Cleveland
  • 1:00 pm: Arrival at Dunwich

Timetable for course departure:

  • 12:00 pm: Course ends with lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Stradbroke Ferries vehicle ferry leaves Dunwich
  • 1:25 pm: Gold Cat Stradbroke Flyer leaves Dunwich North
  • 2:00 pm: Shuttle bus leaves Cleveland ferry terminal for airport
  • 3:00 pm: Arrival Airport Domestic


Indicative fees (may be subject to change):

As Prof Keeler's visit is sponsored by ANZMAG, this event has a very low registration fee, which covers all meals at the Moreton Bay Research Station. In addition, you will have to pay for the accommodation at the Reseach Station, and the shuttle bus from the airport to the ferry terminal in Cleveland.

Fees:ANZMAG membersnon-members
Accommodation8-bed bunk room$22 /person & night
twin/triple/quadruple-share with ensuite bathroom$26.5 /person & night
Shuttle Buseach way$25 /person


PhD students, post-docs, or anyone with basic knowledge of NMR and interest in learning the inner workings are encouraged to attend!

Due to limited space at the Moreton Bay Research Station a cap on participant numbers applies. Please be aware that we will allocate places in the course on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration for the course has now closed.

If you have any questions you can e-mail the course organisers at "courses[AT]anzmag.com.au"


Cylinder Beach Straddie Cove

North Stradbroke Island itself is a hidden gem, with amazing beaches, lakes and walking tracks (the workshop will be during the whale season!). There is plenty to see and do including scuba diving, fishing charters and 4WD on the beach. There are plenty of accommodation/restaurant options for those wanting to stay the weekend before or after, including anything from camping sites and holiday houses to 4 star hotels.

Local Organizers:

Dr Mehdi Mobli and Dr Horst Joachim Schirra


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