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INRS, 490 Rue de la Couronne, Québec, QC G1K 9A9


ISC 2018 Short Courses

SC 1. Chemostratigraphy of mud-rocks and tight sands – methods and solutions to solve geological problems FULLY BOOKED

by Jean-Yves Chatellier (Tecto Sedi Integrated, Calgary, Canada)

This workshop addresses scientists interested in making maximum use of geochemical data, from academia, as well as individuals involved in environmental sciences or in the oil industry. There will be access to the ITRAX™ Core scanner at INRS for the non-destructive determination of rock-properties. The participants will be well acquainted with tools and workflows directly usable for any chemostratigraphy work.

Date: Sunday, August 12th, 2018; PRE Congress 
Time: 9:00 to 16:00
Meeting point: 8:50, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2416)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 13 
Cost: $ 200 CAD

SC 2. Grain size end-member modelling analysis using R FULLY BOOKED

by Elisabeth Dietze (GFZ Potsdam, Germany)

The short course will teach participants the application of a flexible end-member modelling algorithm (EMMA) in the open source programming environment of R. EMMA allows decomposition of large grain size distribution data sets from any depositional system into robust subpopulations that are related to sediment sources, transport, depositional and post-depositional processes. We will create ability of the participants to work with the open source R package EMMAgeo by learning how to handle data import and preparation in R, the use of the supported model algorithms and protocols, to evaluate the model output and use and interpret the results for further research foci.

Date: Sunday, August 12th, 2018; PRE Congress
Time: 9:00 to 13:00
Meeting point: 8:50, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2403-2405)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 10-25 
Cost: $ 50 CAD  (including catering, lunch and coffee)

SC 3. Compound-specific isotope analysis of biomarkers and contaminants in sediments FULLY BOOKED

By Jason Ahad (Geological Survey of Canada, Québec City)

Compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) is a powerful technique that provides valuable insight into sources and transformation processes of organic matter. Whether applied to natural or Anthropocene sedimentary systems, scientists wishing to utilize this method face many similar analytical challenges. With the goal of providing helpful background information and guidance to those who are unfamiliar yet interested in exploiting this tool, here we will discuss some of the major issues associated with carrying out CSIA on commonly targeted lipid biomarkers and organic contaminants in sediments (e.g., fatty acids, n-alkanes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). The topics will include sampling techniques, sample mass requirements, extraction protocols, cleanup and purification steps, and analysis by gas chromatography isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS). The course will cover applications of compound-specific stable carbon, hydrogen as well as radiocarbon analyses. A tour of the Geological Survey of Canada’s Delta-lab, a research facility specializing in environmental applications of isotope geochemistry and located within the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) building in downtown Québec City, will be given at the end of the course.

Date: Wednesday, August 15th, 2018; MID Congress
Time: 9:30 to 12:00
Meeting point: 9:20, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2417) 
Number of participants (Min/Max): 5-20
Cost: $ 20 CAD (booklet, coffee and donuts)

SC 4. Sequence Stratigraphy - FULLY BOOKED

by Octavian Catuneanu (University of Alberta, Canada)

This course presents the concepts and practical applications of sequence stratigraphy, illustrated with field examples of seismic, well-log, core, and outcrop data. In-class exercises emphasize the recognition of sequence stratigraphic surfaces and systems tracts on well-log cross-sections, seismic lines, and outcrop profiles. The points of agreement and difference between the various sequence stratigraphic approaches (models) are discussed, and guidelines are provided for a standard process-based workflow of sequence stratigraphic analysis.

Date: Saturday, August 18th, 2018; POST Congress
Time: 9:00 to 16:00
Meeting point: 8:50, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2403-2405)
Number of participants (Min/Max): 10-20 
Cost: $ 200 CAD (including catering, lunch and coffee)

SC 5. Criteria for identifying contourite deposits FULLY BOOKED

by F. Javier Hernández Molina (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), Michele Rebesco (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy), Dr. David Van Rooij (Ghent University, Belgium)

Contourites are defined as sediments deposited or substantially reworked by the persistent action of bottom currents in deep water. These deposits are well established as a major deep-water component of continental margin sedimentation in many parts of the world, and have been interpreted as contributing to subsurface hydrocarbon reservoirs in some basins. They are ubiquitous along continental margins; for example, on the Canadian margin, offshore Grand Banks of Newfoundland, including those drilled by IODP Exp 342. They have also been recognised in ancient rocks on land from Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic stratigraphic systems. The study of contourites is nowadays considered crucial for at least three fields of fundamental and applied research: palaeoclimatology/palaeoceanography, hydrocarbon exploration/production and slope stability/geological hazard assessment. In addition, it is significant for base of the slope reclassification (EEZ definition), predictive mapping in exploration for manganese nodules, health of associated current-controlled ecosystems. Despite their significance, contourites are still poorly known by the majority of non-specialists. This two-days course is addressing industry and academia. It seeks to define criteria for identifying contourite features based on seismic and Logging data, sedimentary facies, ichnofacies and microfacies. Practical exercises will be proposed combining different methodologies for identifying contourite features using real data.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th, 2018; POST Congress
Time: 8:30 to 17:00
Meeting point: 8:20, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2417) 
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15-35 
Cost: $ 200 CAD (including catering, lunch and coffee)


ISC 2018 Workshops

WS 1. Supercritical-flow processes and bedforms: state-of-the-art and future directions - FULLY BOOKED

by Arnoud Slootman (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ), Alexandre Normandeau (Natural Resources Canada, Dartmouth), Stephen Hubbard (University of Calgary, Canada), Matthieu Cartigny (Durham University, UK)

The upper flow-regime is populated by bedforms generated in (partly) Froude-supercritical flows, including supercritical dunes, antidunes, chute-and-pools and cyclic steps. Several characteristics are shared between antidunes and cyclic steps such as upslope-migration and the formation of stratification dipping opposite to the flow direction. This is a potential source of confusion in the interpretation of bathymetry, seismic and outcrop datasets. A further complication arises from a transitional bedform named chute-and-pool. Currently, different names circulate for similar processes and deposits and vice versa, raising questions including:
- What are the discriminating physical characteristics amongst the different upper flow-regime bedforms?
- What is the difference between long- and short-wavelength antidunes?
- Are cyclic steps a flow process, a morphological feature or a deposit type? Are they a sedimentary structure?
This full-day workshop is aimed at bringing together sedimentologists, modellers and geologists to discuss, and where necessary (re)define, the terminology associated with upper flow-regime bedforms and Froude-supercritical flow processes. Morning: presentations reviewing turbidity current and free-surface flow bedforms and concepts (speakers TBD). Afternoon: discussion on uniting concepts between outcrops, modern seafloor processes and numerical modelling. Anticipated outcomes involve guidelines to be published in peer-reviewed article format.
Date: Sunday, August 12th; PRE Congress
Time: 8:30 to 18:00
Meeting point: 8:20, INRS entrance hall, 490, rue de la Couronne (room: 2422 - 2417) 
Number of participants (Min/Max): 15-45 
Cost: $ 60 CAD (including catering, lunch and coffee)

Early Career Scientist Workshops

ECS WS 2. How to write a Research Proposal - FULLY BOOKED

Led by Adrian Immenhauser (IAS President) and Giovanna Della Porta (IAS Vice President and coordinator of the IAS Postgraduate Grants)

Having a fantastic idea for a new avenue of ground-breaking research is a wonderful feeling. Then comes the reality – you are going to need someone to fund this! We all know that feeling of being faced with a blank funding proposal template. Well, help is at hand. During this lunchtime workshop, you will learn from the experts – those who review the proposals and those who write successful proposals.
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (lunchtime)
Time: 13:10 to 14:10
Room: Quebec City Convention Centre, room 200C
Cost: Free
Registration required



Led by Nigel Mountney and Peir Pufahl (Chief Editors of Sedimentology) and Peter Swart (Chief Editor of The Depositional Record)

Your project is completed. The results are in and the outcomes are, frankly, fantastic! It’s now time to share your research with the wider community – it’s time to publish. Writing your first manuscripts for publication can be a daunting task. How do I select an appropriate journal for my topic? How should I organize the manuscript? How long should it be? What are the key elements that the editors are going to look for? What can I do to increase visibility on search pages? I am not confident whilst writing in English – is there any help? These are just some of the plethora of questions raised by new authors. Come and get the answers. This lunchtime workshop will be presented by the Chief Editors of SEDIMENTOLOGY and THE DEPOSITIONAL RECORD.  During the workshop, you will learn exactly what it takes to turn your outstanding research into an outstanding paper.
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 (lunchtime)
Time: 13:10 to 14:10
Room: Quebec City Convention Centre, room 200C
Cost: Free
Registration required

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Regular Registration
(Online registration will be closed on August 5th, onsite registration will be available)

August 13-17, 2018

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