International Ocean Discovery Program

ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science, 4 to 8 July 2022

Ecord summer school logoHosted by the University of Leicester and in its sixth year, we are happy to announce this year’s ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will be once more organised online. This new format aims at offering a continuity in our knowledge transfer while international travels and in person meetings are still limited.

This Summer School introduces the interpretation and applications of downhole logs and physical property data primarily from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The School explores the relevance and unique insights of these data for a range of fields, including paleoclimatology, sedimentology, hydrogeology, and broader geological and ecological processes such as sediment provenance and water column productivity.

The Summer School is open to applicants from all career stages and geoscience backgrounds. However, the course is tailored for individuals who:

  • are early in their career and/or would like to introduce and make use of more physical properties data in their research and/or;
  • would like to get more involved in IODP in some capacity, either through accessing and using data or sailing on an IODP research expedition.

Introductory sessions on petrophysics, the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids, are at the heart of the Summer School. These core principles are then used for insight into broader marine geoscience questions and environments through practical exercises and presentations that provide experience of interpreting log data and integrating them with other datasets based on real world applications.

Participants will gain experience in:

  • Data quality assessment and basic processing
  • Scientific Log interpretation
  • Synthetic seismogram construction
  • Stratigraphic correlation using downhole log data
  • Insights into offshore logging planning and operations

The 2022 ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will take place online 4 to 8 July 2022. The participation fee is £95. 

Note: the course is comprised of a full week of lectures, exercises, and a group project. It is fun but also a notable time commitment. If you are scheduled to be offshore, have field work or similar commitments during the week of the summer, please do not apply. 

What is petrophysics and downhole logging?

Accredited CPD course logoPetrophysics is the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and their interactions with fluids. Petrophysical data acquisition operates principally by sending tools below the seafloor. In the borehole, logging tools measure a range of properties, capturing continuous data under in situ conditions.

Capturing the in situ information, relevant to the formation and the fluid it contains, is important for generating and calibrating geological models. Well log data provide a resolution at the 0.1-100 metre scale and are widely used to link core through physical properties measured on the core itself to seismic profiles.

There is a petrophysics skills shortage within IODP and within the geoscience industry. The Summer School aims to address this through the provision of accessible and affordable training to geoscientists who wish to understand more about petrophysics in order to make greater use of downhole log and physical property data in their research.

The key aim of the Summer School is to equip course attendees with a working knowledge of downhole logging and core physical properties data. This means developing the skills to assess data quality and usability in any given geological interpretation/setting and an understanding of how to analyse the data to enhance their research.


The 5-day Summer School encompasses 30 hours of CPD-accredited training in petrophysics. The school will offer synchronous as well as asynchronous online sessions to facilitate participation from a wide range of time zones every day. The school will include a mixture of interactive lectures, workshops and exercises exploring different aspects of scientific downhole logging within IODP and beyond.

Past Petrophysics Summer Schools

participants in class at EPC summer schoolFor more detailed information on previous Summer Schools and the course material, please visit past Petrophysics Summer School webpages and the website.


Application deadline

  • 19 April 2022

Email your application to The application must include:

  • completed application form
  • 2-page letter of motivation (2 pages including letterhead, do not exceed) highlighting:
    • a) your current project and
    • b) how you plan to use downhole-logging and physical properties data in your future research, and
    • c) how your interests and expertise connect to IODP
  • 1-page resume
  • letter of support from your supervisor (if you are an undergraduate, graduate or PhD student).

Please ensure, that your application is complete, on time, and follows the guidelines outlined above. Due to the generally large volume of applications, the ones not adhering to the guidelines will be rejected outright. 

Applications will be accepted until 19 April 2022 11.59pm GMT.  A panel selected from the organizer and lecturer pool will then evaluate the applications. We anticipate to invite 30 participants to join the online summer school. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 31 May 2022.

Download the application form (Word docx., 54.1kb)

Note for U.S. -affiliated applicants

The U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP) will cover the course registration fee in the U.S. -affiliated participants in the 2022 Downhole-logging for IODP Science online summer school. USSSP will contact eligible participants once invitations are made at the end of May, with details about support. Applicants may also contact Dr Angela Slagle (, USSSP Associate Director, with any questions.

Note for ANZIC -affiliated applicants

Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) will cover the course participation fee up to the sum of £95 for the 2022 Downhole Logging for IODP Science Online Summer School for accepted *ANZIC Australian/New Zealand participants. Eligible participants must have received an invitation from EPC to attend. Numbers are limited. If you require further information, please contact the ANZIC Office at

*Australian/New Zealand participants must be associated to an ANZIC Member Institution.

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