Amongst the WGSG vocations, science sharing and training is probably the most important. We currently offer three schools covering the most relevant aspects of sediment generation, transfer and deposition from both theoretical and applied perspectives.

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Offered every year in September @ the Department of Sedimentology and Environmental Geology of the Göttingen University (Germany)

The short course aims to give an overview about the potential of sedimentary provenance analysis for reconstructing the parent rocks of sediments, the climatic and geomorphic conditions under which sediments formed as well as the evolution of sediment-forming processes through time and space. 

Hilmar von Eynatten, István Dunkl, Guido Meinhold, Keno Lünsdorf


Offered every two years during summer @ the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University Milano Bicocca (Milan, Italy)

The purpose of this school is to introduce early-career geoscientists to heavy mineral identification and provenance studies of sediments and sedimentary rocks carried out with classical optical methods. Besides the detailed analysis of most groups of heavy minerals, we will discuss a wide range of case studies from different geological settings in different areas of the world.

The course aims at improving student’s capability to extract information from detrital sediments and to collect accurate quantitative mineralogical data.

We will also explain how to tackle problems related to hydraulic sorting, chemical weathering in hot humid climate, and diagenesis.

Finally, we will illustrate how Raman spectroscopy allows us to correctly identify any mineral in grain mounts or in thin sections.

Sergio Andoò, Eduardo  Garzanti, Giovanni Vezzoli, Alberto Resentini

Offered every year in august @ the GeoZentrum Nordbayern of the Friedrich-Alexander University (Erlangen, Germany)

The school integrates topics associated with the controls on the depositional composition and texture of sandstones with physical and chemical diagenesis.  In particular, it considers both allogenic and authigenic controls on pre- and post-depositional processes including sediment generation, transport fractionation, depositional facies, compositional modelling, diagenetic processes from shallow to deep burial, and diagenetic modelling. Microscope exercises that focus on data collection and analysis for diagenetic modelling studies are an additional component of the school.

Luca Caracciolo, Rob Lander, Linda Bonnell, and William Heins