Description ED1415-S6: Tectonics field course in the Alps - 2019 Special Edition

The aim of the course is to learn how to integrate multi-scale field observations, to test compatibilities between these observations, to eventually end with a discussion of tectonic processes at crustal / lithospheric scale. Starting from outcrop-scale basic observations, we will learn how to quantitatively unravel the 3D geometry from landscape observations and mapping at different scales. We will also familiarize us with the use of satellite imagery and topography (including 3D representations), and geophysical constraints. The aim of this course is to acquire strong basic skills in the field and to discuss tectonic and geodynamic processes, not to learn computer-based GIS tectonic modeling... but it is likely the best introduction before doing this!

The course is held in the region of Annecy and Chamonix in the frontal fold and thrust belt of the Alps, generally with one day extension in Switzerland or a cable-car excursion in the Mont-Blanc massif (depending on weather conditions). This year's special edition will be given in English. It will see the participation of some Master and PhD students from IPGP-University Paris Diderot, as well as several foreign students. The usual program will be adjusted accordingly. The course will probably take place during the first week of June 2019 (to be confirmed), starting from Paris and back.

We seek for candidatures of highly motivated students in Geosciences (graduate, PhD). Previous experience in field geology is not required, but strong interest yes ! We have a limited amount of places and will carefully examine candidatures. Send a motivation letter and a short CV (1 page), to

Cost (for non-IPGP or non-ENS students) will be of the order of 900 to 1000 euros (from Paris and back).