Former shortcourses

DMG Shortcourse / MSA Workshop on

Application of diffusion studies to the determination of timescales in geochemistry and petrology

held in Bochum between Aug 24 - 28.

37 participants from 11 countries from Europe, N America, S America and Oceania met in Bochum over the week to learn about diffusion modelling to obtain timescales of diverse (e.g. volcanic, metamorphic, planetary,..) geological processes. The workshop involved a mix of lectures, practical exercises to calculate timescales, and reports on case studies where such modelling has been applied. Participants presented their work in posters. The intense scientific programs was interspersed with social occasions that allowed the participants to interact and get to know each other better, beginning with an ice-breaker at the Bermuda Dreieck and ending with a round of farewell drinks and snacks on Friday afternoon. In between, the workshop dinner on Thursday was a well-attended social highlight.

The course was taught, with one exception, by current and ex-members of the Petrology group in Bochum. In particular, the Masters and doctoral students took an active part as lecturers and tutors and even some BSc students were involved and got to know the participants well during the course. This was an excellent opportunity for the students to get to know the world at their own doorsteps and plan future activities. As the lights were turned off and people diffused out on Friday, many email and social media contacts had been exchanged and networks formed that would hopefully sustain collaborative research and longlasting friendships well into the distant future.

Feedbacks collected at the end of the course were overwhelmingly positive, with a frequent criticism that the "time was too short". That is the best possible endorsement we could have as organizers, and we thank all the participants for travelling so far and helping to make the course a success. The link below will take you to some of the memories from the event.