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Sub-seafloor fluid transport and gas hydrate dynamics

3 – 14 September 2018

at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and
the IODP Bremen Core Repository,  University of Bremen, Germany

ECORD Summer School

Copyright: V. Diekamp, MARUM

The Aim

The major goal is to bring PhD students and young Postdocs in touch with IODP at an early stage of their career, inform them about the exciting research within IODP as (I)ODP and DSDP have been proven to be the most successful internationally collaborative research programs in the history of Earth sciences, and to prepare them for future participation in IODP expeditions. Such training will be achieved by taking the summer school participants on a “virtual ship” where they get familiarized with a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art analytical technologies and core description and scanning methods according to the high standards of IODP expeditions. In addition, the thematic topic of the summer school will be reviewed by various scientific lectures by the leading experts in the field.


Located on the university campus, MARUM hosts the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), the only IODP core repository in Europe.

Location and Organization

The ECORD Summer School on “Sub-seafloor fluid transport and gas hydrate dynamics” 2018 will take place from 3 to 14 September 2018 at the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, Germany. It is organized by Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Graduate Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR), Prof. Dr. Ger­hard Bo­hr­mann, head of the Mar­ine Geo­logy group at the Uni­versity of Bre­men and Dr. Ursula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR).

MARUM and its International Graduate School for Marine Sciences GLOMAR, as well as the BCR jointly offer the unique training possibilities used for this summer school by providing laboratory and seminar facilities.

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The Topic

Seawater circulates through systems of faults, fractures, and other permeable conduits in magmatic and sedimentary rocks and redistributes heat and solutes by advection. Fluids seeping through the ocean crust in various continental margin settings transport hydrocarbons and concentrate them at migration barriers forming natural gas hydrates within the gas hydrate stability zone. ODP and IODP has contributed to an amazing turn-around in the perception of marine gas hydrates. From avoiding gas hydrates, due to safety issues in past, the program changed its attitude completely and is now actively drilling for them. Research on natural methane hydrates in seafloor settings and its dynamics during climate changes is a topic of worldwide interest.

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Wolfgang Bach

Bremen, Germany

Christian Berndt

Kiel, Germany

Gerhard Bohrmann

Bremen, Germany

Mathias Haeckel

Kiel, Germany

Kai-Uwe Hinrichs

Bremen, Germany

Ian MacDonald

Tallahassee, USA

Thomas Pape

Bremen, Germany

Michael Riedel

Kiel, Germany

Ursula Röhl

Bremen, Germany

Miriam Römer

Bremen, Germany

Rüdiger Stein

Bremerhaven, Germany

Marta Torres

Corvallis, USA

Michael Whiticar

Victoria, Canada

and others…



ECORD Summer School

Copyright: U. Prange, MARUM

ECORD Summer School

Copyright: V. Diekamp, MARUM


In order to apply for the ECORD Summer School 2018, please fill in the Online Application Form.

The deadline for applications ended on 25 May 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail about admission in June 2018. After receiving the acceptance letter, admitted participants will have to confirm their participation via email and by payment of the course fee. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]

In case of withdrawal after August 1, 2018, only 50% of the course fee is refunded.

To ensure a most effective training the maximum number of participants will be limited to 30. We aim to comprise a diverse group with participants from all status groups. 



Course Fee

The course fee is 150 Euros and includes: lectures and lecture notes; coffee breaks; social dinner. The fee does not include: travel, meals, accommodation.


ECORD provides scholarships for students from ECORD member countries to attend ECORD summer schools.

Applications should be sent to the ESSAC Office. Please, see how to apply for an ECORD Scholarship following this link: http://www.ecord.org/education/scholarship/

IMPORTANT: The application for an ECORD Scholarship ends on 30 April 2018 and is independent of the application and registration process to an ECORD Summer School.