14th ICCP Course: General Coal and Organic Petrology
|December 13, 2019||Filled under Courses, News||
The International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP), in conjunction with DGGV (Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereiningung e.V.), the Teichmüller Foundation and GFZ (the German Research Centre for Geosciences), is pleased to announce a training course in general organic petrology to be held in Potsdam between 25-29th May 2020.
The course is designed for professionals and students, and is not exclusively targeting organic petrologists but also those, who use petrographic data rather.
Instructors will be Dr Walter Pickel and Dr Stavros Kalaitzidis.
2. Course outline
The course will be held daily from 09:00 a.m. until 05:00 p.m., with breaks for morning and afternoon coffee/tea and lunch.
The following items will be covered in the course:
Coal and other fossil organic matter genesis (geology, petrology and geochemistry), composition, type, rank/maturity and rank parameters.
Petrographic analyses: fundamentals of the optical microscope and sample preparation, maceral and microlithotype analyses, vitrinite reflectance analysis and the use of fluorescence.
Basic factors controlling quality and technological behaviour of coal, oil shales, source rocks.
Overview of industrial and environmental applications of organic petrology.
Practical exercises form a significant part of the course. They include macroscopic and microscopic characterisation of components of fossil particulate organic matter, their quantification and the assessment and the interpretation of data.
Microscopic identification of fossil organic matter components, point-counting analysis, reflectance analysis, the use of fluorescence on various samples of different type and rank/maturity and grade will be exercised on images of pre-scanned samples on screen with the group or on the participant’s laptops – Windows only. Analysis software will be provided to the participants).
A practical session on the use of a reflected light microscope will be held with at a research microscope.
3. Registration and fees
Costs for the course include course notes, lunches and coffee-breaks. Cost for the course excludes travel, accommodation and meals other than during the course. The number of participants is limited to 20.
Registration is now available.
Due date for registration and payment is April 30th, 2020. A detailed outline of the course will be available on the website closer to the course.
|Company / Professional||1300 €|
|Government / Non-Profit||750 €|
Pay either by Bank Transfer to:
Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Address: 48 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Account Name: International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology
Account Number: 10409339
Swift Code: CTBAAU2S
Reference: your surname and 14th ICCP Course.
Or Contact ICCP’s Treasurer Dr. Peter Corsdale at email@example.com for Credit card payments.
Receipt will be sent upon payment.
Participants must make their own accommodation reservations directly.
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Geoforschungszentrum (GFZ – The German Geoscience Research Center) Potsdam.
Dr. Walter Pickel
Walter Pickel received his PhD from the Rheinish Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany in 1991.He taught and worked at RWTH from 1987 until 1998. Afterwards he joined CSIRO Petroleum in Sydney, Australia as a senior research scientist. In 2003 he joined Harold Read & Associates and co-founded Coal & Organic Petrology Services P/L in Sydney in 2004, a company of which he was the managing director. He is now the owner and director of this company, trading as Organic Petrology Services P/L. His company applies organic petrology to conventional and unconventional gas exploration, petroleum exploration, metallurgical coal exploration and quality assessment, fossil fuel contamination in environmental samples.
Apart from teaching at Aachen University, he has been giving classes and workshops at Cologne University, in Chile, Indonesia, Iran and Australia.He is author/co-author of some 80 reviewed papers and abstracts. He is a member of the ICCP since 1991.
Dr. Stavros Kalaitzidis
Stavros Kalaitzidis received his Ph.D. degree in the scientific field of “Peatlands and Peatification Processes” from the Department of Geology, University of Patras, Greece, in 2007. As postgraduate student he worked in several research programmes at the University of Patras in collaboration with Universities and Institutions in Germany, UK, and The Netherlands, but also for the Greek Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME), and the Institute for Solid Fuels Technology and Applications (ISFTA) in Athens. From 2008 to 2014 he served in various positions in the Australian mining industry, initially in the exploration and mining sectors of BHP Billiton, and later as Senior Geologist at Integral Resource Consulting Ltd. based in Brisbane, Queensland. Currently he holds an Assistant Professor position in the field of Economic Geology at the University of Patras. He is a member of the ICCP since 1999.