DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction

Program code

Program Duration
5 Days

6 - 10 Sep, 2021


100 € (for non UNIMIB students) covers all lectures, field activities and accommodation, course materials






Parco del Monviso

Università di Torino IGGCAS Parco Monviso

DEPThS: Field-based summer school on subduction forearc dynamics

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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 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, and University of Torino, 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 funded by DISAT within the framework of the Departments of Excellence Project. The registration fee for non-UniMiB students is 100 euros, and includes travel, board, and lodging expenses for the entire duration of the course, from the morning of 6 September to the afternoon of 10 September. The registration fee does not include transport costs to reach Milan, health insurance for non-EU participants, any addendum in the hotel.


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. 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

All the activities will be held in accordance with the Covid-19 pandemic containment measures and requirements in force on the Italian territory. Pending the updated provisions regarding the social distancing and use of the mask, it is expected that a negative swab (molecular swab taken within 48 hours previously) or vaccination document may be required for participation in the course (more detailed provisions will be provided in subsequent circulars considering the new regulatory updates). Non-EU participants must have health insurance for the entire duration of the course and must inquire about any restrictions on access to Italy.

Scientific committee

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


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

  • 6 September: Classroom lectures at the University of Milano-Bicocca;
  • 7-10 September: Lessons in the field in various locations in the Western Alps (Aosta, Varaita, Po and Bormida valleys).

Application Deadline

10 July 2021


Priority will be given to PhD students. Twenty places are available, five of which are reserved for PhD students from the University of Milano-Bicocca. In case of availability, participation will also be open to early career scientists.

With the Contribution of

MUR - Departments of Excellence Project.

Requested documents to be uploaded in the application form:

CV, ID card or passport, motivation letter

For further information, contact:

Monviso Park

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