Field training school: Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia

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Field training school "Early Earth & Life – Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic of Karelia, Russia"

St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk, 21-31 August 2017

Purpose: The COST Origins (http://life‐ working group on Early Earth and Life is holding a field training school to study ancient rocks of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic times to investigate surface processes and biological activity in the Earth distant past. The emphasis will be on the rock record of Fennoscandia and, specifically, the lake Onego area of Karelia, Russia, that has preserved important aspects of Archaean/Palaeoproterozoic Earth history. The field school will be a mix of
seminars to be held in St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk and field investigations of well‐preserved rock successions in Karelia. The event is aimed at doctoral students and early career scientists in fields relevant to astrobiology and early Earth studies.

Organizers: Alexander Slabunov, Pavel Medvedev (KRC, Petrozavodsk, Russia), Anton Kuznetsov (IPGG, St. Petersburg, Russia), Axel Hofmann (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Emmanuelle
Javaux (University of Liege, Belgium)

Co‐organizers/lecturers: Daniele Pinti (GEOTOP, Montreal, Canada), Herve Martin (Blaise Pascal University of Clermont‐Ferrand, France), Aivo Lepland (Geological Survey of Norway)

Venues: Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology (IPGG, St. Petersburg); Institute of Geology, Karelian Research Centre (KRC, Petrozavodsk); Student training camp in Lake Onego area

Duration and timing: 11 days, 21‐31 August 2017

Registration/costs: Please send an email to Axel Hofmann (ahofmann[at]; with cc to ej.javaux[at] if you would like to participate. Costs are Euro 750 and payment needs to be done by 31 May 2017 at the latest. We will provide you with an invoice in early May. While the trip is mainly meant for the training of students and early career researchers, a small number of places are available for interested scientists to participate.

Bursary: Bursaries are available for 15 PhD students and postdocs (<8 years after PhD) from COST countries ( and participating Russian institutions
(IPGG, KRC). Deadline for applications is the 1st May 2017.

Bursary application: Students and postdocs applying for support need to complete the application form and send to Emmanuelle Javaux (ej.javaux[at] Applicants will be notified of the
selection in early May.

General info: The field school starts and ends in St. Petersburg. Participants will need to arrange for their own transport to and from St. Petersburg. The costs will include accommodation, transport in the field (by small bus/minibus), train travel (4‐bed sleeper cabin) between St. Petersburg and Petrozavodsk, and most meals. Accommodation will be in hostels in dormitories. A maximum number of 28 participants is envisaged. The field school organizers will issue letters of invitation for visa application. Please, find details for the trip here.

Event Date: 
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 18:00
Event Location: 
St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk
KRC, Petrozavodsk, Russia - IPGG, St. Petersburg, Russia - Univ. Johannesburg, South Africa - Univ. Liege, Belgium)
Event Category: 
Training schools

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CSO Approval date: 14/11/2013
Starting date: 15/05/2014
Ending date: 14/05/2018

Action Chair:
Dr. Muriel GARGAUD (FR)

Vice chair:
Prof. Wolf GEPPERT (SE)

STSM Manager:
Prof. Nigel MASON (UK)

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Grant Holder Financial Representative:

Mrs Annick Caperan

Science Officer:
Dr. Mafalda QUINTAS

Administrative Officer:
Ms Aranzazu SANCHEZ



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