The school aims to assess the present state of knowledge about the structure, chemical differentiation, and dynamics of the mantle as a whole system, acquiring information from different methodologic approaches and disciplines (petrology, geochemistry and geophysics)


Chemical evolution and dynamics of the Earth's mantle
Origin and length scale of chemical/isotopic mantle heterogeneities
Transfer of heterogeneities from mantle sources to melts

Sunday 24th October

18.00-20.00: Registration

19.00: Welcome Party (Hotel Vis a Vis, 5th floor terrace)

Monday 25th October

8.30-9.30: Welcome and Opening
9.30-10.15: William Mc Donough (University of Maryland) - Part I. Introduction - The composition of the Earth
10.15-11.00: William Mc Donough (University of Maryland) - Part II. Crust-Mantle differentiation and the consequences
11.00-11.30: Coffee break
11.30-12.15: Albrecht W. Hofmann (Max Planck Institut für Chemie, Mainz) - Mantle-Crust differentiation "unconventional model"
12.30-13.00: Question Time
13.00-14.30: Lunch
14.30-16.00: Guillaume Caro (CRPG, Université de Lorraine) - Early silicate Earth differentiation: from the giant impact to the first continents
16.00-16.30: Coffee break
16.30-17.15: Denis Andrault (Observatoire de Physique du Globe, Clermont-Ferrand) - Mineralogy of the lower mantle and nature of the core-mantle boundary
17.15-17.45: Question Time
17.45-18.00: Break
18.00-19.00: Flash Talks and student discussion
- Mattia LA FORTEZZA (University of Genova) - Towards ab initio physically-consistent thermodynamic dataset for deep mantle phases: the case of Mg2SiO4 ringwoodite
- Tiffany BARRY (University of Leicester) - A mechanism to generate large-scale upper mantle isotope anomalies: evidence from MORB data and 3D numerical models
- Paul BEGUELIN (University of Münster) - Cerium isotopes uncover depleted source heterogeneity in Azores and Hawaii
- Martina CASALINI (University of Florence) - Mo behavior during subduction revealed by Mediterranean Potassic and Ultrapotassic rocks
- Léna VERHOEST (University of Modena) - Using of cold mantle region to unveil short-scale mantle heterogeneities
- Rémy PIERRU (University Clermont Auvergne - Laboratory Magmas et Volcanoes) - Mantle origin of the large igneous provinces
- Emily CUNNINGHAM (University of Utah) - Using First Row Transition Elements to Understand and Trace Mantle Heterogeneity
20.00: Dinner

Tuesday 26th October

9.00-9.45: Denis Andrault (Observatoire de Physique du Globe, Clermont-Ferrand) - Melting of the deep mantle vs low-velocity seismic regions
9.45-10.30: Cinzia Farnetani (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) - Geophysical probing of mantle heterogeneities (part I)
10.30-10.45: Question Time
10.45-11.15: Coffee break
11.15-12.00: Cinzia Farnetani (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) - Geophysical probing of mantle heterogeneities (part II)
12.00-12.45: Albrecht W. Hofmann (Max Planck Institut fuer Chemie, Mainz) - Mantle Reservoirs: geochemical perspective
12.45-13.00: Question Time
13.00-14.30: Lunch
14.30-16.00: Marguerite Godard (Géosciences Montpellier, CNRS, Université de Montpellier) - Mantle processes beneath spreading ridges: An oceanic and ophiolitic perspective
16.00-16.30: Coffee break
16.30-17.15: Paolo Scardina (Agilent Technologies) The wild open field ahead-pushing the limits of QQQ-ICP-MS
17.15-17.45: Question Time
17.45-18.00: Break
18.00-19.00: Flash Talks and student discussion
- Jordan PHETHEAN (University of Derby) - Mantle plumes go down?
- Arianna SECCHIARI (University of Parma) - Pb isotope study of the recycled mantle pyroxenites from the External Ligurian ophiolites (Northern Apennine, Italy): preliminary results
- Elisa FERRARI (University of Parma) - Record of mantle heterogeneity and melt-rock interaction in the External Ligurian ophiolites
- Camilla SANI (University of Pavia) - Coexistence of highly heterogeneous domains in the upper mantle: Nd-Hf isotopes of abyssal peridotites from the Doldrums Fracture Zone (7-8°N, Mid Atlantic Ridge)
- Manon BICKERT (University of Modena Reggio-Emilia) - Strain localisation processes at the base of detachment faults at a magma-starved slow-spreading ridge
- Valentine BASCH (University of Pavia) - Magmatic processes along magma-starved transform walls: Lateral differentiation and reactive formation of oxide gabbros and gabbronorites (Doldrums Megatransform System; 7-8°N Mid-Atlantic Ridge)
- Carlotta FERRANDO (University of Pavia) - Role of compaction in melts extraction and accumulation throughout an ultraslow-spread oceanic crust (Atlantis Bank, 57°E Southwest Indian Ridge)
- Jakub MIKRUT (University of Wroclaw) - Puke and Kukesi Massifs (Mirdita Ophiolite, Albania) evolution - result of the interaction of melting, magmatism and metasomatism processes
- Max N. JANSEN (University of Cardiff) - Highly refractory mantle beneath anomalously thin slow-spreading oceanic crust in the Masirah Ophiolite (SE Oman)
- Joel RODNEY (University of Bristol) - δ238U variation in ancient altered mafic oceanic crust and implications for timescales of mantle mixing
20.00: Dinner

Wednesday 27th October

9.00-10.30: Andreas Stracke (Münster University) - Mantle Forensics
10.30-10.45: Question Time
10.40-11.15: Coffee break
11.15-12.45: Michel Gregoire (Géosciences Environnement Toulouse, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées) - Origin of compositional heterogeneities in the subcontinental and supra-subduction mantle
12.45-13.00: Question Time
13.00-14.30: Lunch
14.30-16.00: Barbara Romanowicz (College de France, Paris) - Insights on mantle dynamics from seismic tomography
16.00-16.30: Coffee break
16.30-17.15: Barbara Romanowicz (College de France, Paris) - Fine scale structure of the mantle by seismological methods
17.15-17.45: Question Time
17.45-18.00: Break
18.00-19.00: Flash Talks and student discussion
- Luca NOTINI (Genova University) - Peridotite and pyroxenites xenoliths from the mantle-wedge underneath the Northern Andes (Mercaderes area, Colombia)
- Veleda MULLER (University of Milano-Bicocca) The role of asthenospheric thermal anomalies on the uplift of the southern Patagonian Andes
- Jakub POKORNÝ (Charles University, Prague) - Nonlinear rheology of a weak decoupling layer: effects on deep slab evolution
- Daniel BUCZKO (University of Wroclaw) - Lithospheric mantle perspective on the Caledonian Wilson Cycle - first insights from orogenic ultramafic rocks of Seve and Köli nappe complexes, Scandinavian Caledonides, Sweden
- Malgorzata ZIOBRO-MIKRUT (University of Wroclaw) - Evolution of Earth's lithospheric mantle beneath NE prolongation of the Upper Rhine Graben (Vogelsberg, Germany)
- Sonia OUADAHI (University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene/ Géosciences Montpellier) - Geodynamic evolution of the Hoggar shield in the Neoproterozoic: insight from serpentinites
- Erwin SCHETTINO (Universidad de Granada) - Metallogenic fingerprint of a fertile mantle source underlying an ore-productive volcanic province
- Hubert MAZUREK (University of Wroclaw) - Transport of Fe-Cu-S rich melts in the subcontinental lithospheric mantle tracked by the SW Poland xenoliths
- Davide MARIANI (University of Pavia) - Origin of dunites from the lower continental crust: the case study of the Ivrea Mafic Complex (Italian Alps)
- Charlie COMPTON-JONES (University of Exeter) - Bulk rock geochemistry of a swarm of orangeite dykes intersecting the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex
20.00: Dinner

Thursday 28th October

9.00-10.30: Yanick Ricard (Université de Lyon, UCBL, ENSL, CNRS, LGL-TPE) - Models of multiphase flows
10.30-10.45: Question Time
10.45-11.15: Coffee break
11.15-12.45: Richard Katz (University of Oxford) - Dynamics of melting and melt extraction
12.45-13.00: Question Time
13.00-14.30: Lunch
14.30-15.15: Sarah Lambart (University of Utah) - Role of lithologic heterogeneity during magma genesis
15.15-16.00: Sarah Lambart (University of Utah) - Tracers of lithologic heterogeneity in the mantle sources
16.00-16.30: Coffee break
16.30-17.15: Richard Katz (University of Oxford) - Reactive melting and geochemical transport
17.15-17.45: Question Time
17.45-18.00: Break
18.00-19.15: Flash Talks and student discussion
- Lucy Emily LANGRAN TWEED (Columbia University) - Formation of high-porosity dunite channels by reactive melt transport
- Elena GIOVENCO (University of Lion) - Melts extraction from the Earth's mantle: an experimental approach using in situ X-ray tomography
- Kyriaki DRYMONI (Royal Holloway University of London) - Dyke propagation in a heterogeneous and anisotropic crust, the reconstruction of a volcanic plumbing system
- Rasia SHAJAHAN (University of Torino) - Application of palaeomagnetic, rock magnetic and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility analysis on magma transport and emplacement mechanisms on Mount Calanna dyke swarm
- Martha PAPADOPOULOU (University of Leicester) - Myrs of intraplate magmatism in Mongolia: a long-lived story or many?
- Elena Núñez GUERRERO (University of Salamanca) - Unravelling fractionation of Ne Isotopes during magma ascent, a coupled approach between high pressure experiments and noble gas mass spectrometry
- Roxane BUSO (University Clermont Auvergne) - The composition of olivine-hosted melt inclusions from the Bas-Vivarais volcanic province (ArdÍche, France): insight into melt generation processes
- María JIMÉNEZ MEJÍAS (CNRS, Université d'Orléans) - Volatile contents in alkaline magmas from Tenerife, Canary Islands: insights from melt inclusions
- Sara VULPIUS (Freie Universität Berlin) - The fate of volatiles during magma body crystallization tracked by the SW Poland xenoliths
- Julia SCHMIDT (Freie Universität Berlin)- Partition coefficient modelling and its implications for mantle evolution models
19.00-19.30: Evaluation test and closure
20.00: Dinner

Friday 29th October

Breakfast and departure


The School Organization will be able to support the participation of a limited number of applicants with a contribution of 200 Euros each. Participants wishing to apply for partial funding of registration fees should provide a motivated statement in the application, and include a letter of support from a supervisor.


The School has been sponsored by the PhD programs of the Universities of:

Ferrara, Genova, Milano, Modena - Reggio Emilia, Pavia, Torino