ECORD Train­ing Course

13 - 17 March 2023

Ship Flyer ET 2023

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

The Training Course

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 “Shipboard Simulation 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 participating 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.

The training course will focus on:

  • Introduction to IODP and ECORD
  • Shipboard simulation work at BCR/MARUM:
    Physical properties - core logging, Sediment visual core description and smear slide analysis, high-resolution linescan imaging and color scanning, Biostratigraphy, Magnetostratigraphy, and Geochemistry
  • Introductory seminars to general shipboard activities:
    Core splicing and time-series analysis, Downhole Logging Integration, Data Management.
  • Interactive session on defining drilling targets and strategies including drilling proposal writing.


The Participants

Core Description

… will be early career and established scientists from academia and industry from all over the world who have an interest in scientific drilling and development of professonial skills in core analysis.

The Program

Application form

IODP member countries

ETC application 2023

The application deadline was on 11 January 2023.

To ensure a most effective training the maximum number of participants will be limited to 30.

Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail about admission. After receiving the acceptance letter, admitted participants will have to confirm their participation.

Course Fees

The course fees range from €50 to €500 and depend on the career level, the country the participants are affiliated to, namely its respective role in ECORD and IODP (see map to the right), and the sector (academia vs. industry).
AcademiaEarly career scientistsSenior scientists
ECORD member countries€ 50€ 70
IODP member countries€ 100€ 150
Non-IODP/ECORD member countries€ 120€ 170
All countries
€ 500€ 500

The fee includes: lectures and lecture notes; coffee breaks; social dinner

The fee does not include: travel, meals, accommodation (Those must be covered by the participants).


The ECORD Training Course is organized by Dr. Ursula Röhl, Head of the IODP Bremen Core Repository (BCR), and by Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln, Graduate Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR).