ECORD Summer School 2021: Downhole Logging for IODP Science

13th to the 17th September 2021 - Online


Hosted by the University of Leicester and in its fifth year, we are happy to announce this year’s ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will be organised online. This new format aims at offering a continuity in our knowledge transfer while international travels and in person meetings are still limited.

This Summer School introduces the interpretation and applications of downhole logs and physical property data primarily from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The School explores the relevance and unique insights of these data for a range of fields, including paleoclimatology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, and broader geological and ecological processes such as sediment provenance and water column productivity.

The Summer School is open to applicants from all career stages and geoscience backgrounds. However, the course is tailored for individuals who:

  1. are early in their career and/or would like to introduce and make use of more physical properties data in their research and/or;
  2. would like to get more involved in IODP in some capacity, either through accessing and using data or sailing on an IODP research expedition.

Introductory sessions on petrophysics, the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids, are at the heart of the Summer School. These core principles are then used for insight into broader marine geoscience questions and environments through practical exercises and presentations that provide experience of interpreting log data and integrating them with other datasets based on real world applications.

    PSS17_Techlog training
    Techlog training during PSS 2017. Image copyright: Dr Erwan Le Ber

Participants will gain experience in:

  • Data quality assessment and basic processing
  • Log interpretation
  • Synthetic seismogram construction
  • Stratigraphic correlation using downhole log data
  • Insights into offshore logging planning and operations

In 2021 the Summer School will run from the 13th to the 17th of September online.
The participation fee is £95. If the course book is received electronically, the course fee will be reduced to £75.

What is petrophysics and downhole logging?

Dr Peter Fitch teaching petrophysics 101, PSS 2017. Image copyright: Dr Erwan Le Ber

Petrophysics is the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids. Petrophysical data acquisition operates principally by sending tools below the seafloor. In the borehole, logging tools measure a range of properties, capturing continuous data under in situ conditions.

Capturing the in situ information, relevant to the formation and the fluid it contains, is important for generating and ground-truthing geological models. Well log data provide a resolution at the 0.1-100 metre scale and are widely used to link core through physical properties measured on the core itself to seismic profiles.

There is a petrophysics skills shortage within IODP and within the geoscience industry. The Summer School aims to address this through the provision of accessible and affordable training to geoscientists who wish to understand more about petrophysics in order to make greater use of downhole log and physical property data in their research.

The key aim of the Summer School is to equip course attendees with a working knowledge of downhole logging and core physical properties data. This means developing the skills to assess data quality and usability in any given geological interpretation/setting and an understanding of how to analyse the data to enhance their research.

The Schedule

The 5-day Summer School (13th to the 17th September 2021) encompasses 30 hours of CPD-accredited training in petrophysics. The school will offer synchronous as well as asynchronous online sessions to facilitate participation from a wide range of time zones every day. The school will include a mixture of interactive lectures, workshops and practicals exploring different aspects of scientific downhole logging within IODP and beyond.

Past Petrophysics Summer Schools

For more detailed information on previous Summer Schools and the course material, please visit past Petrophysics Summer School webpages and the website.

2016 2017 2018 2019

More general information on petrophysics applications can be found on our blog.

The Application Procedure

Applications are now closed!

We will be in touch with all applicants in mid-August.

To apply to this year’s online summer school please email  Katharina Hochmuth with the following items:

  • a completed application form,
  • a letter of motivation (2 pages maximum including letterhead), highlighting:
    1. your current project and how you plan to use downhole-logging and physical properties data in your future research,
    2. how your interests and expertise connect to IODP,
  • your 1-page CV,
  • letter of support from your supervisor (should you be an undergraduate, graduate or PhD student).

Please ensure, that your application is complete and strictly follows the guidelines outlined above.

Applications will be accepted until 2nd August 2021, after which they will be evaluated by a panel selected from the organizers and lecturer pool. We anticipate to invite 30 participants to join the online summer school. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in mid-August 2021.

Note for U.S. -affiliated applicants: The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) will cover the course registration fee in the  U.S. -affiliated participants in the 2021 Downhole-logging for IODP Science online summer school. USSSP will contact eligible participants once invitations are made in mid-August, with details about support. Applicants may also contact Dr. Angela Slagle (, USSSP Associate Director, with any questions.

Note for ANZIC -affiliated applicants: Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) will cover the course participation fee up to the sum of £95 for the 2021 Downhole Logging for IODP Science Online Summer School for accepted *ANZIC Australian/New Zealand participants. Eligible participants must have received an invitation from EPC to attend. Numbers are limited. If you require further information, please contact the ANZIC Office: *Australian/New Zealand participants must be associated to an ANZIC Member Institution.

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