An introduction will be given to methods that are
commonly used to understand the formation of volcanic and
rocks, the composition of the ocean and atmosphere and the conditions
that reigned at the surface of the Archean Earth.
The course is aimed at
students at the MSc and PhD level, as well as postdocs and junior scientists.
A mix of lectures, discussion and practical sessions from invited
speakers will introduce the following methodologies:
- field techniques
- petrology and textures of volcanic and sedimentary rocks
- structure and tectonics
- geochemical techniques
- geochemical data analysis
Discussion sessions will concentrate on key controversial areas:
1. Oxygenation of the atmosphere and evolution of the biosphere
2. Temperature of the early Earth, faint young sun paradox
3. Crustal growth rates and models
4. Style of tectonics in the Archean
The course will be at the Woudschoten Conference center (http://www.woudschoten.nl/english
) which is close to Utrecht
and within easy reach of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Woudschoten is beautifully located on a 45-hectare estate and has 140 comfortable hotel rooms,
with wifi access. Full catering is included, twin
rooms for students to share and single rooms are available in the
Wednesday 30 June 2010,
St. Michael's Chapel of the Dom Tower in Utrecht. The Dom Tower is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands
(112 m / 369 ft). During a guided tour you have a magnificent panoramic view of
the city of Utrecht and its surroundings.
be given to participants from member countries of the ArchEnviron
program. Conference costs, food and accommodation will be covered by ESF.
Travel costs will be covered as far as possible but a contribution may
be required from each individual participant.
Number of participants
Maximum of 30 PhDs, MSc students, postdocs
and junior scientists. ECTS may be available (more details to follow).
Pre-registration & Deadline
pre-register with the
registration form. You must include a short motivation letter
Deadline pre-registration: April 15, 2010
Definitive registration will be confirmed
at the end of April
Géodynamique des Chaînes Alpines
1381 rue de la Piscine
38401 St Martin d’Hères
Earth and Space Sciences Program
School of Engineering and Science
Jacobs University Bremen
Institute of Earth Sciences
3584 CD Utrecht