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Summer Schools & Training Courses

To further the education of young scientists in marine-related sciences and to train a new generation to participate in ocean drilling expeditions in the future, numerous summer schools are offered every year. Scholarships are available to allow outstanding young scientists to attend the ECORD summer schools.

ECORD training courses are designed for early career and established scientists from academia and industry from all over the world.

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Click here to read about the experiences of some recent summer school students!

ECORD Training Course

MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany; March 7-11, 2016

As host to one of only three IODP core repositories in the world – the only one in Europe – the MARUM in Bremen is an important hub for marine geoscientists. Taking advantage of this setting, the new ECORD Training Course will provide a “Virtual Drillship Experience” for scientists from academia and industry. This one-week course offers a basic training focusing on the IODP core flow procedures, preparing the participants for sailing in an offshore drillship expedition, and instilling them with an appreciation for high standards in all kinds of coring projects. IODP-style lab exercises will form the foundation of the ECORD Training Course following the pattern of the unique “Virtual Ship” approach developed for the Bremen ECORD Summer Schools.

Deadline for applications: January 6, 2016
Course fee (range): 50 € to 500 €
For more information please see the flyer or visit the website.


J-DESC Core School

Kochi Core Center, Kochi, Japan

Basic Core Analysis Course
March 10-13, 2016
For students and young scientists who have interest in core description and non-destructive measurements of marine sediment core.

Isotope Analysis Course
March 14-16, 2016
Lectures (e.g., principle of isotopes, vacuum technique, mass-spectrometer basics) and laboratory exercise of stable isotope measurements for carbon and oxygen in carbonate samples.

*ATTENTION*: Lectures and practical training will be presented in Japanese. Participants can ask questions in English at any time. The textbook will be prepared in English.

Deadline for registration: January 30, 2016
Course fee: ¥8000-9000
For more information please visit the website.

ECORD Summer School in Petrophysics

Leicester, UK; June 26 - July 1, 2016

Petrophysics is the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids, and integrates downhole in situ data from logs with core and seismic data. This has significant applications in the hydrocarbon industry in terms of both exploration for, and production of, oil and gas. It is also an important component of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in helping to answer the many and varied questions posed by ocean research drilling expeditions around the world. The 1st ECORD Summer School in Petrophysics will provide a unique workshop bringing together experts from both academia and industry to give training in the theory and practice of petrophysics and, notably its applications across both IODP and industry.

Deadline for registration: April 1, 2016
Course fee: £100
For more information please see the flyer or visit the website.


Urbino Summer School in Palaeoclimatology (USSP): Past Global Change Reconstruction and Modelling Techniques
University of Urbino, Italy; July 13 - 29, 2016

The 13th summer school of the USSP consortium will focus on past climate dynamics with special emphasis on the analysis of the long-term carbon cycling and its implications in the understanding of present and future climates. USSP 2016 will integrate lectures, symposia, fieldtrips, and exercises on the many different areas of paleoclimatology including biogeochemical cycling, paleoceanography, continental systems, and all aspects of deep time climate modeling. These techniques and systems will be explored through interactive discussions of Cretaceous OAEs, P/E hyperthermals, the Greenhouse-Icehouse transition, Neogene and Quaternary climate dynamics. The goal of USSP is to provide participants with an advanced working knowledge on the paleobiological and geochemical proxy data and their use in reconstructing and modeling of past climates.

USSP2016 will be led by ~25 leading senior scientists from around the world and will be able to accommodate ~60 students (end-MSc or early career Graduate and post-Graduate) based on their submitted CVs.

Deadline for early registration: April 15, 2016
Registration fee (early registration): Students - 700 €, Academic/industrial staff - 1100 €
For more information please see the flyer or visit the website.

Bremen Summer School: Submarine Geohazards: Mapping, Monitoring, and Modelling
MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany; September 5-16, 2016

Submarine landslides and earthquakes as well as subsequent tsunamis are major geohazards that can pose significant risks to coastal populations and to seafloor infrastructures. Improving our understanding of when, where, and how slope failures and earthquakes occur as well as the assessment of their risk potential are among the most urgent and challenging tasks in Earth sciences.

This summer school will combine lab exercises on IODP-style shipboard methodologies ("virtual ship") as well as interactive lectures by world-leading scientists in the field of submarine geohazards. Participation will prepare you for future involvement in IODP and for research work on submarine geohazards, particularly with respect to mapping, monitoring and modelling. The summer school will take advantage of the unique and integrated facilities offered by the IODP Bremen Core Repository and the MARUM laboratories.

Deadline for application: May 5, 2016
Registration fee: Students - 150 €
For more information please see the flyer or visit the website.


Report on the 2012 ECORD Summer School in Canada

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