Le Geotop - ECORD/ICDP/IODP-Canada 2012 Summer School

ECORD/ICDP/IODP-Canada 2012 Summer School

After the successful ECORD/IODP-Canada Summer School on climate and ocean changes in polar and subpolar environments held in 2010 in Montréal, Québec and Rimouski, Geotop is organizing a new summer school around the theme Impacts of the cryosphere dynamics from land to ocean on July 5-21, 2012, in partnership with ECORD, IODP-Canada and ICDP. The school is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world.




The main goal of the summer school is to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, marine geology and their associated methodological approaches and techniques. A special attention will be given to polar and subpolar environments and to ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions and their role in climate dynamics.

The program will provide in-depth insights into the various methods used for investigation of environmental, hydrological and climate changes in an Arctic-subarctic context using terrestrial, lacustrine and oceanic records. The summer school will be centered on four days of fieldwork on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, in the Sept-Îles area, which will be complemented with classes given by international invited lecturers, workshops involving the students, and four days of hands-on exercises. Fieldwork exercises will focus on methods such as underwater sediment coring, water mass property monitoring, sub-bottom acoustic profiling and landform characterizations. Workshops will allow elaborating and discussing key questions regarding the dynamics of the cryosphere.

Download the preliminary programme here.

Useful information

Venue and Location

Classes and laboratory work will take place at Geotop-UQAM, which offers cutting-edge laboratory and teaching facilities in the lively downtown of Montréal, Canada. Fieldwork will take place in the Port-Cartier/Sept-Iles region, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence estuary. Participants will stay for 4 nights at the Port-Cartier-Sept-Iles Wildlife Reserve rustic housing on the shores of Lake Walker, the deepest lake in the province of Québec (280 m).

Organizing committee

•    Anne de Vernal, Geotop/UQAM, Montreal
•    David Fortin, INRS-ETE, Quebec City
•    Pierre Francus, INRS-ETE, Quebec City
•    Patrick Lajeunesse, U. Laval, Quebec City
•    Sandrine Solignac, Geotop/UQAM, Montreal
•    Guillaume St-Onge, ISMER-UQAR, Rimouski


Fees and costs

The fees of 1,500 $ CAD include lunches (except on the day off and on the road to/from the field) and lodging during the stay at Geotop in Montréal, and lodging, transportation and food during the field trip. Participants have to cover their trip to Montréal and their meals (except during the field trip). All costs related to laboratory work and documentation are covered by the summer school.

For participants who do not need lodging in Montreal, registration fees are 900$.

The summer school is a regular course of the M.Sc. and Ph.D programs in Oceanography at UQAR (courses OCE77003 and OCE92505, respectively) and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Earth Sciences at UQAM (course SCT8086). Students from other universities who wish to have the summer school credited to their study program can register on the CREPUQ website (section “Authorization to transfer credits”).

This year again, the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC) offers ECORD scholarships to participate to summer schools. Application deadline is March 25, 2012. Visit the ESSAC website for more information.

The Canadian Consortium for Ocean Drilling (CCOD) is also sponsoring up to 5 scholarships valued at up to $2,000 CAD. They are open to M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and early-career postdoctoral fellows (within 4 years of PhD completion) based at Canadian academic institutions. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2012. Visit the IODP-Canada web page for more details.

We invite Canadian and international M.Sc./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to register. A limited number of places are available.

Registration is now open and ends on June 11th, 2012. Download the registration form here.

Contact us at summerschool2012@ete.inrs.ca if you have any question.