Short Courses

Short courses are offered before (2) and after (1) the conference; they are targeted to student or researchers interested in new field of investigation. The short courses last one day; the pre-conference SC will be held in Bologna and deals with sequence stratigraphic interpretation of  alluvial facies in cores while the two post-conference SC deal (held in Rome) deal with the Sr isotope stratigraphy and with the modelling of thermal evolution of sedimentary basin.

One full-day post-conference short course at University of Bologna, Saturday 14th September 2019
by Alessandro Amorosi, Luigi Bruno, Veronica Rossi, Daniele Scarponi (University of Bologna)

The Po Plain hosts one of the most studied late Quaternary stratigraphic successions in the world. Highresolution subsurface sequence stratigraphy in this area has been carried out through detailed facies analysis from continuously cored boreholes. During this one-day course, participants will have the opportunity to observe a variety of facies associations from alluvial, deltaic, coastal and shallow-marine Late Pleistocene to Holocene depositional environments. The course is designed to be cross disciplinary: it will be shown the extent to which data from molluscs and the meiofauna (benthic foraminifers and ostracods), geochemical data and engineering properties of sediments may contribute to facies interpretation and stratigraphic correlation. Special attention will be devoted to the identification of the key surfaces for high-resolution sequence-stratigraphic interpretation. The course is for Quaternary geologists, sedimentary geologists, palaeontologists, personnel from the oil and gas industry, and anyone involved in reservoir description and refined facies characterization.

Cost: 100 € (transport to Bologna not included)
Max participants: 30
CONTACT: alessandro.amorosi@unibo.it

One full-day pre-conference short course at Sapienza University (Rome), Monday 9th September 2019
by Gianluca Frijia (University of Ferrara, Italy)

In the last years the use of 87Sr/86Sr for stratigraphic purposes, as a high-resolution tool of chronostratigraphic dating and correlation of marine sediments, has increased dramatically. The so-called Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy (SIS), relies on the fact that the 87Sr/86Sr value of the ocean varied through geological time and that the composition of the ocean waters is homogeneous with regards to Sr isotopes at any time due to the long residence time of Sr in the oceans. However, despite the high potential of SIS, some possible shortcomings may severely complicate its application (e.g. diagenesis).
The objective of this course is to give an introduction to the method and a guideline for the correct use of SIS showing that a rigid procedure is mandatory to apply this chemostratigraphic method correctly. The main applications and limitations will be discussed in detail by means of several examples from around the world where SIS has been applied successfully.
The course will consist of by lessons and practical exercises derived from case studies

Cost: 50 €
Max participants: 25
CONTACT: gianluca.frijia@unife.it

One full-day pre-conference short course at Sapienza University (Rome), Monday 9th September 2019
by Luca Aldega, (Sapienza University of Rome), Sveva Corrado and Andrea Schito (Roma Tre University of Rome), Giulio Viola (University of Bologna)

The quantitative reconstruction of the thermal evolution of sedimentary basins represents one of the major goals in Basin Analysis, applied to renewable and not renewable energy exploration and to stratigraphic/structural studies in various geodynamic settings.
The recent development of new techniques for the study of the organic and inorganic fraction of sedimentary successions by Raman spectroscopy and K-Ar dating of authigenic and synkinematic clay minerals has widened the field of investigation of paleogeothermometry in diagenesis partly overcoming the most common limitations of conventional tools. The short course proposes an overview of X-ray diffraction, organic petrography, Raman spectroscopy on organic matter and K-Ar dating as tools useful for constraining the thermal history of Paleozoic to Cenozoic sedimentary successions in space and through time and for tectonic interpretation. Benefits and limitations of each paleothermal indicator and their correlations will be discussed against relevant case studies from a plethora of geodynamic settings, from wedge-top and thrust-top basins, passive margins, to frontal and axial zones of fold-and-thrust belts.
Simple guided practical exercises dedicated to modelling of the smectite-to-illite reaction in sedimentary successions, deconvolution and statistical treatment of Raman spectra of organic matter, interpretation of K-Ar ages of illite crystals in sediments and fault gouges will complete this overview.

Cost: 50 €
Max participants: 25
CONTACT: luca.aldega@uniroma.it