DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction

Program code

Program Duration
5 Days

1 - 5 July, 2022


300 € covers all lectures, field activities and accommodation, course materials






Parco del Monviso

Università di Torino

Syracuse University
Parco Monviso



DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction forearc dynamics

Dipartimento Eccellenza               Logo PhD         Logo PhD       Logo PhD


Subduction zones are of primary importance for understanding the interactions between the Earth’s surface and the deep levels of the planet and assessing the potential implications for the climate. The second edition of the international Summer School "DEPThS" aims to analyze the dynamics of subduction forearcs through a highly multidisciplinary approach, with particular emphasis on exhumation processes and the deep carbon cycle. The course is aimed primarily at PhD students in the various fields of Earth Sciences. It includes one day of classroom lectures in Milan and four days of field lessons based on geological observations along key transects across the Western Alps, one of the best-studied fossil subduction zones on Earth. Lectures will integrate petrological, tectonic, and stratigraphic evidence along the analyzed transects with the results of recent geophysical experiments on the deep tectonic structure of the Alps. Lectures will be held by geologists, petrologists, and seismologists from University of Milano-Bicocca, ISTerre Grenoble, University of Torino, and Syracuse University NY, who will interact all together with the students both in the classroom and in the field while hiking and discussing in front of intellectually stimulating outcrops in the breathtaking alpine landscape. The Summer School is financially supported by CNRS-INSU. The registration fee is 300 euro. Bus travel within different course locations, accommodation, breakfasts and packed lunches from the evening of 1st July to the afternoon of 5th July are included. The fee also covers for a social dinner the 3rd of July. It does not include transport costs to reach Milan and health insurance for non-EU participants.


Transport by bus/minibus during the four days of field work. Dinner and overnight in hotels or mountain huts located in villages and small towns in the Western Alps, where attendees can find a range of different dining options (the dinner of the 3rd of July is included in the participation fee). Field lessons will take place in a mountain environment at altitudes ranging from a few hundred meters to about 2500 meters above sea level (appropriate equipment required: hiking boots, warm clothes, waterproof jacket, mountain backpack).

Covid-19 restrictions

According to the new provisions in force in the Italian territory, starting from 1st of June 2022, the Green Pass is not further necessary for accessing University, Hotels or Transportation. Some containment measures remain, such as the use of masks in certain circumstances, until June 15 and maybe further. Please bring FFP2 masks with you at the University and on the field.

Scientific committee

  • Marco G. Malusà (UniMiB)
  • Stéphane Guillot (ISTerre Grenoble)
  • Anne Paul (ISTerre Grenoble)
  • Simona Ferrando (UniTo)
  • Chiara Groppo (UniTo)


Milan and the Western Alps (Aosta, Varaita, Po and Bormida valleys)

Application Deadline

9th of May, 2022


Twenty places are available. Priority will be given to PhD students. In case of availability, participation will also be open to early career scientists. Thanks to the financial support of the University of Milano-Bicocca, three full fee waving places are made available to candidates holding refugee status or coming from low-income or lower-middle-income economies according to the country list provided by the World Bank. Candidates will be selected based on the relevance of their doctoral project with the contents and multidisciplinary nature of the course, also considering the need to ensure equal representation of gender and nationality.

Requested documents to be uploaded in the application form:

CV, ID card or passport, motivation letter

For further information, contact:

[email protected]

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