International Ocean Discovery Program

ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science, 22 to 28 July 2023

Ecord summer school logoWe are happy to announce that the seventh ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will take place at the University of Leicester. After the last two iterations had to be organised online, the European Petrophysics Consortium is excited to welcome back participants and tutors for an in-person format.

Our Summer School introduces the interpretation and applications of downhole logs and physical property data primarily from the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). The course 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 downhole logging data and integrating them with other datasets based on real world science applications.

Participants will gain insight into:

  • Data quality assessment
  • Basic data processing using commercial software
  • Scientific log interpretation
  • Stratigraphic correlation using downhole log data
  • Offshore logging planning and operations

The 2023 ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science will take place in person 22 to 28 July 2023 at the University of Leicester. The participation fee is £195.

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 7-day Summer School encompasses 30 hours of CDP-accredited training in petrophysics. The school will include a mixture of interactive lectures, workshops, group projects, exercises, and a field trip. Participants will be introduced to commercial log processing software and are able to share their own research during a designated poster session (and yes, there will be a prize for best poster!).


Application deadline

  • 31 March 2023 11.59pm GMT 

Email your application to The application must include:

  • completed application form
  • letter of motivation (2 pages including letterhead, do not exceed!) highlighting:
    • your current project and
    • how you plan to use downhole-logging and physical properties data in your future research, and
    • 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 15 March 2023 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 in early April.

Download the application form (docx., 129kb)

Note for US-affiliated applicants

US affiliated students and researchers may apply to USSSP for travel support, with a limited number of travel grants available. USSSP will be circulating an announcement about applications for these travel grants soon. Find further information on the USSSP site.

Note for ANZIC-affiliated applicants

Australia and New Zealand applicants, instead of sending your ECORD summer school applications directly to EPC, please, send them to the ANZIC Office at by 31 March 2023.

Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC) will cover the travel cost and course participation fee for the 2023 Downhole Logging for IODP Science Online Summer School for one accepted Australian and one accepted New Zealand participants. Eligible participants must have received an invitation from EPC to attend. Please inquire within the ANZIC Office at on how to apply.

Note for ECORD-affiliated applicants

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) may sponsor Scholarships to allow outstanding young scientists to attend. Each scholarship contributes to costs of registration, travel, subsistence and/or accommodation at the summer school. Information about available grands and how to apply can be found here: Get a Scholarship - ECORD: European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling.

Note for UK-affiliated applicants

UK IODP will cover travel cost and the course participation fee for 2-3 accepted UK-based participants. If you are a UK-affiliated applicant and will require support financial support to attend the course, please, contact EPC ( after you have submitted your application. Recipients of ECORD grants will not be supported additionally.

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