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Training Workshops


Radiogenic and Non-traditional Isotopes: Analytical Methods and Applications 2018

Frankfurt, March 6-9, 2018

A second workshop focusing on the analyses of stable and radiogenic isotopes was held in Frankfurt on March 6-9, 2018.  The workshop was organised by Dr. Axel Gerdes and comprised presentations (e.g. by international guest scientists such as Robert Anczkiewicz, Martin Whitehouse and Erik Scherer) as well as technical aspects.




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Training Workshop “Archean Surface Environments”

Jena, March 28-29, 2017

In the Archean (4.0-2.5 Ga), Earth's surface was very different from today's: There was abundant volcanism, a probably smaller continental surface with strongly reduced shelf space, higher heat flow and surface temperatures, overall reducing surface conditions, Moon circling Earth in a closer orbit, more intense chemical weathering, different sediment transport patterns, and a significantly higher UV radiation flux, to name a few. Very little is known about weather and climate. In addition, Earth was more frequently impacted by major meteorites. Altogether, these were seemingly unlikely circumstances for life to begin and to spread, and yet it happened, and apparently rather successfully so, even in the Archean.
This workshop was directed at those interested in exploring those aspects of the Archean which contributed to make Earth habitable. In one afternoon and one morning session (March 28/29), hands-on workshops about analytical data, hand samples, posters and thin sections provided key information to constrain the environments of early life. In several lectures, the major controversies in our understanding of this critical time period were discussed.

Radiogenic and Non-traditional Isotopes: Analytical Methods and Applications 2017

Frankfurt, March 7-10, 2017

This workshop focused on the analyses of stable and radiogenic isotopes (e.g., Li, B, Mg, Fe, Sr, Mo, Nd, Hf, W, U-Th-Pb, U) in rocks and minerals by laser ablation and solution-based ICP-MS and SIMS. Presentations (e.g., Stefan Weyer, Axel Schmitt, Wolfgang Müller, Horst Marshall, Martin Oeser-Rabe, Ellis Hoffman etc.) comprised technical aspects about instrumentation and methods and a wide range of applications with emphasis on geochronology, processes on early Earth and in the solar system, composition and evolution of oceans and continental crust. A visit of the laboratories was also part of the program.



Thematic Workshop: High Pressure Experimental techniques and application to Earth‘s Interior

Bayreuth, February 20-24, 2017

This five-day short course provided an introduction to state-of-the-art experimental methods in mineralogy, geochemistry and geophysics as applied to understanding the composition, structure and dynamics of the Earth’s interior. Topics that were covered include high-pressure/high-temperature experimental methods, spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction at high-pressure, transmission electron microscopy, thermodynamics and phase equilibria, high-pressure crystal chemistry, equations of state, transformation kinetics, diffusion and deformation. The course was held in the laboratories of Bayerisches Geoinstitut Bayreuth.

Geomicrobiology Workshop

Tübingen, May 30 - June 3, 2016

Evaluating the changing impact that life has had on the physical and chemical environment throughout Earth history is one of the underlying principles of Geomicrobiology, and requires a thorough understanding of how biological processes are captured in the geological rock record, our only direct archive of early life on Earth. Thus, within the framework of the DFG priority programme SP1833 “Building a Habitable Earth”, this workshop brought together PhD students and postdocs in geobiology/geomicrobiology/biogeochemistry/geochemistry/geology/molecular biology/ microbiology/molecular phylogenetics, etc. to discuss the analytical techniques and research strategies at the forefront of Geomicrobiology today, and to evaluate the current and emerging research topics within the field of early Earth research.



Initial Training Workshop 2016


Cologne, April 5-6, 2016

Complementary to the First General SPP Meeting, an “Initial Training Workshop” was held for PhD-students and PostDocs from April 5-6, 2016. During this workshop, scientists involved in SPP1833 “Building a Habitable Earth” gave introductory lectures about the relevant topics of the programme, e.g. from formation of the solar system to the evolution of earth’s early oceans and atmosphere.

Schedule of the workshop