2015, March 23: OPEN CALL for ECORD Scholarships

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2015, June 22-25th: IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Krakow, Poland

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Krakow, Poland, 22-25 June 2015


Carbonate build-ups include a wide range of structures, showing either evidence of framework, or relief, or both. They have been described from such diverse depositional environments as modern and ancient shelves of all latitudes, and from shallow to deep settings. The session will focus on our understanding of build-ups as controlling factors of substantial local geomorphological change and sediment production; on their record and role in respect of the ongoing and past environmental change, and on the phenomena involved in their inception, development, and burial or dismantling. We invite contributions on the sedimentology, paleontology, stratigraphy, paleoecology and (bio)geochemistry of build-ups across their full range of distribution in space and geological time, as a prominent evidence of the continuous interaction between biosphere and lithosphere along the Earth history. This session is endorsed by ESF, through the COCARDE Research Network. 


For further information, please contact Daniela Basso ( )

See you in Krakow!


NEWS: Four travel grants, funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF) through the COCARDE network, for the participation of early-career scientists (PhD students, post-doctoral researchers) in the special session SS2 have been awarded to:

- Giovanni Coletti (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
- Andrea Di Capua (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
- Imane Mannani (University of Cadi Ayyad, Morocco; University of Bologna, Italy)
- Mumtaz M. Shah (Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia)


More details concerning the COCARDE grants are available in the guidelines for ESF-COCARDE Travel Grants; for further information please contact



2015, March 16: Deadline for travel grants, MD194 Eurofleets meeting


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Call for 8 GRANTS for the participation in the


5th of May 2015, Rabat, Morocco


The European Science Foundation (ESF), through the COCARDE network programme, funds 8 grants for early-career scientists to participate in the MD194 EUROFLEETS POST-CRUISE MEETING.

The grant call is open until March 16, 2015. Applications must be submitted by email to Silvia Spezzaferri (, Chair of the COCARDE-ERN Steering Committee, with cc. to Agostina Vertino (, COCARDE- ERN coordinator.


Applications must include the documents listed below:

1) Motivation cover letter of the applicant (max one A4 page);

2) Short outline of the applicant current research (max one A4 page);

3) Short curriculum vitae (max one A4 page);

4) Abstract for oral or poster presentation (max 200 words)

5) Travel cost estimate.

The requested documents have to be submitted as a single PDF.


COCARDE grants will cover travel expenses, overnight stay and meals. Please download the guidelines for Science Meeting Grants.

In order to allow the participation of COCARDE grantees in the subsequent RCMNS Colloquium, flight tickets will be refunded if the arrival and departure dates will be comprised between the 4th and the 12th of May 2015. However, COCARDE grants will cover only overnight stay and meals from the 4th to the 6th of May 2015. For further information or queries, please contact Agostina Vertino (

21-22, October, 2014. Workshop: Préparation de la Convention UNESCO "Moroccan Royal MoundHeritage Route"

2014, August 18-22: COCARDE session at ISC Geneva


We would like to invite you submitting an abstract to the COCARDE Symposium S12 at the International Sedimentological Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (18-22 August 2014). We welcome all poster and oral presentations within the research field of carbonate mounds through shallow and deep time. The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2014.


S12: Carbonate mounds in shallow and deep time - COCARDE
Conveners: Silvia Spezzaferri, Anneleen Foubert (University of Fribourg), Agostina Vertino (University of Milan-Bicocca), Andres Rüggeberg (GEOMAR Kiel) and Jean-Pierre Henriet (Ghent University)


Carbonate mounds are important archives of 'Life' in a wide variety of settings, from cool-water to warm-water, shallow to deep and even extreme environments. They are key-players in the coupled bio-geosphere and form an important piece of the puzzle when studying the global carbonate factory. New breakthroughs in the study of carbonate mounds – especially in cold and extreme conditions – gave already new insights on the processes, mechanisms and patterns in mound development.
This session aims to scrutinize parallelism and contrasts between carbonate mound systems in the present and in the geological record to deepen our insights in their basic drivers and functioning. It frames within the open research network COCARDE fostering carbonate mound research from different perspectives.
The European Science Foundation funds 8 grants for the participation of young scientists to COCARDE-related sessions within the ISC 2014. More information here.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Geneva!


2014, Sept. 10-12: Second Deep-Water Circulation Congress, Ghent (Belgium)


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2014, June 10-13: COCARDE Workshop-Field Seminar Denmark

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COCARDE Workshop and Field Seminar, Denmark, 10-13th June 2014



Bodil W. Lauridsen (University of Copenhagen)

Morten Bjerager (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, GEUS)


Cold-water Carbonates from the Palaeozoic to the Recent – Combining outcrops studies and geophysical imaging


Carbonate mounds are known throughout the geological history from Late Neoproterozoic to the recent forming at shallow to deep waters and at low to high latitudes. They are defined as morphological features formed through complex interactions between biological and geological processes under suitable hydrodynamic conditions.
Fossil cold-water carbonates from Denmark and the Arctic region have been a main research area for many years in Denmark. The carbonates form excellent reservoirs in the North Sea and they are also target for oil exploration in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. A presentation and discussion of these cold-water carbonates are therefore the aim of the proposed workshop. The geophysical imaging of the carbonates includes a wide range of seismic and georadar acquisitions.
The main focus of the field seminar will be the Cretaceous cold-water carbonates reservoir analogues and the Paleocene coral and bryozoan mounds in the Danish Basin. The Danian mounds show strong similarities to the coral mounds ecosystems encountered at high latitudes in the North Atlantic today. Modern carbonates and the future of those in a global warming context will also be discussed.

Researchers from academia and industry will participate in the COCARDE meeting. The European Science Foundation (ESF) will entirely fund the participation of 7 junior scientists (master students, PhD students, post-doctoral researchers) selected through a competitive procedure. More information can be found herein.

Preliminary Programme

2013, Sept. 23-27: COCARDE Workshop-Field Seminar Sicily

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COCARDE Workshop and Field Seminar

Sicily, 23-27 September 2013

Bridging off-shore and on-land research on carbonate mounds:

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Carbonate buildups from Sicily: Triassic to Quaternary examples

The itinerant COCARDE Workshop 2013, in Sicily, aimed to gather scientists from different cultural backgrounds (geophysicists, sedimentologists, marine geologists, palaeontologists, oceanographers etc.), from academia and industry, in order to drive an active discussion on the foremost insights gained from recent off-shore and on-land research on carbonate mounds. One of the main goal of the workshop was to promote and facilitate the collaboration between the two scientific communities working on ancient and on modern carbonate buildups.  

After a short introductive set of presentations, held at the University of Catania, the participants were involved in a two-and-a-half-day field seminar through the diverse landscapes of Sicily. Junior and senior scientists debated on carbonate systems by visiting well exposed build-ups formed in different paleoenvironmental settings and times. The field trip was followed by a two-day intensive workshop which will include key oral and poster presentations on Geosphere-Biosphere coupling processes in fossil and Recent carbonate factories. More information can be found in the final programme and abstract volume.

The event was co-organized by two supporting institutions of the ESF COCARDE Research Networking Programme: the University of Milano-Bicocca (Agostina Vertino, Daniela Basso) and the University of Catania (Antonietta Rosso). The field seminar was led by the workshop conveners in collaboration with Pietro Di Stefano (University of Palermo), Rosanna Maniscalco (University of Catania), Marco Taviani (CNR – ISMAR, Bologna) and Barbara Cavalazzi (University of Bologna).

The European Science Foundation awarded 6 grants to fully cover the participation of junior scientists.






2013, June 3: Call for abstracts - IAS 2013, Session: Microbial influence on deposition



University of Manchester

2nd - 5th September 2013


Session T 9.2: Microbial influences on deposition, diagenesis and petrophysical character of sediments


Conveners: Anneleen Foubert (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Stefan Schroeder (University of Manchester, UK)


Microbial life interacts with and influences its environment through biological and physico-chemical processes. A thorough understanding of these processes will lead to an accurate interpretation of microbial life and its products in past and extraterrestrial environments. This session provides a platform for sedimentological, geochemical and geomicrobiological studies investigating microbial-environment interactions, for example microbial activity in extreme environments (acid mine drainage, anoxic, hypersaline, hydrothermal environments), microbialite formation and taphonomy, microbially-induced sedimentary structures. We particularly invite contributions addressing the influence of microbial activity on mineral authigenesis and dissolution, and associated changes in petrophysical properties.


Deadline for abstract submission is June 3, 2013. Guidelines for abstract submission and registration are available on the conference website:



2012, July 1: Magellan+Workshop Series program: Call for Proposal

ECORD/ICDP – MagellanPlus Workshop Series Program

The Magellan+ Workshop Series Program supports workshops that are expected to lead to high-quality, new and innovative science. A maximum of three workshops will be organized each year. The Magellan+ Workshop Series has two calls annually; deadlines are February 1st and July 1st. Proposals are reviewed by the Magellan+ Steering Committee (MSC), with the advice of external reviewers where applicable. Proponents will be notified of the outcome within two months following the submission deadline.
The ECORD/ICDP Magellan+ Workshop Series Program invites proposals from potential organizers of workshops to be held no later than December 2012.
Magellan+ would particularly welcome proposals for workshops that integrate scientific marine and continental coring with scientific topics such as: Earth’s Surface Environmental Change, Processes and Effects; the Deep Biosphere & Sub-Seafloor Ocean, as well as Solid Earth Cycles & Geodynamics, as outlined in the science plans of IODP and ICDP.


The contribution of the Magellan+ Workshop Series will not exceed 15,000 Euros per workshop. The proponent is encouraged to seek co-funding from other sources.


Proposals must include:
  • Short summary (max 500 characters) stating the purpose of the proposed workshop, its location and expected impact.
  • Full description (max 2 pages) of the proposed workshop outlining the purpose, rationale, expected impact and number of participants
  • Preliminary workshop program
  • List of expected participants
  • Full budget for the workshop
  • CV (max. 1 page) plus a list of international, peer-reviewed publications for the last 5 years, of main applicant.


Proposals must be submitted as a single, combined pdf-document as an email attachment to:
The deadline for applications is 01 July 2012.
For further information please contact Magellan+ via: or go to ESSAC homepage.