!!!Deep Earth Processes and their Surface Expression
!!Eurasia School of Solid Earth Geosciences
!1st International Elite PhD Course
''Invitation to participate in a PhD course at Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul
Technical University (ITU) Monday 22 to Friday 26 January 2018.''
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__Lecturers:__ Professor Peter Molnar, University of Colorado at Boulder, [Professor Anthony Watts|Member/Watts_Anthony], M.A.E, Oxford University\\
__Organisers:__ [Professor Irina Artemieva|Member/Artemieva_Irina],  M.A.E, [Professor Hans Thybo|Member/Thybo_Hans],  M.A.E
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This course will provide participants with an overview of the frontiers of our understanding
of the interplay between deep Earth and surface processes and their importance for
topographic variation. We envisage a course with vivid discussion among participants based
on insightful lectures by the guest teachers on scientific challenges and visions.
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The two lecturers are chosen for their world-leading professional standing in the geoscience
community, broad knowledge of science, fundamental knowledge of the topic and related
scientific disciplines, and for their ability to stimulate debates in the community. Both
lecturers are highly respected broadly among geoscientists, which is clearly reflected in their
publications, professional distinctions, and invited lectures at leading universities worldwide.
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''Peter Molnar''’s research focuses largely on two questions: (1) how large-scale geodynamics
cause deformation of the Earth’s crust, including earthquakes and the building of mountain
ranges, and (2) how shifting continents, emergence of islands, growth of mountains, etc.
affect climate on geologic time scales. His work has included fieldwork in remote parts of
the world, and numerical calculations of processes that obey rules of fluid mechanics, but he
is incompetent, and unwelcome, in a laboratory. Peter Molnar is the 2014 recipient of the
Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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''[Anthony Watts|Member/Watts_Anthony]'', M.A.E, is a marine geologist and geophysicist interested in the structure and evolution
of the world’s ocean basins and their margins. His current focus is on lithospheric flexure, its
effect on gravity, topography and crustal structure and its role in surface processes such as
intraplate volcanism, sedimentary basin formation and landscape evolution. His book on
“Isostasy and Flexure of the Lithosphere” has become a classical textbook in solid Earth
geophysics. Tony Watts is the 20008 recipient of the Arthur Holmes Medal and Honorary
Membership from European Geophysical Union.

!Programme and practical considerations

Based on our experience from a series of similar international PhD courses, organized in
Copenhagen, the programme will include lectures that will form the background for
discussion among all participants in the morning and afternoon each day.
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On the last day of the course, the discussion will be centred on one of the Grand Challenges
to geosciences. The objective is to provide all participants with a new understanding that may
help giving perspective to their research. We plan an Oxfordian discussion, where
participants will be divided into two teams that will defend each their point of view on a
major scientific debate. We have received very good feed-back on this approach after our
previous international PhD courses.
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The course will be held over a period of five days. Successful completion of the course will
give 5 ECTS.
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We plan a geological-tectonic excursion Saturday 27 to Tuesday 30 January mainly on the
coast of Turkey. The theme will be tectonic imprints of the movement and deformation of the
Anatolian plate. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit some of the unique
archaeological sites related to the Greek civilisation in this area. The excursion planning will
be led by Professor Çelal Şengör, who holds unique knowledge of geology and tectonics as
well as history and evolution of civilisation and science.
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The course will be held on 22-26 January 2018 at the enclosed Maslak campus of Istanbul
Technical University, 30 minutes by metro from the city centre. We will try and book
inexpensive on-campus accommodation for those who first indicate their wish to stay in the
guest house. Participation is free, but participants should arrange their own travel,
accommodation and meals (except for the tea-breaks during the course). Participants in the
excursion should cover own expenses for air ticket and accommodation. We will later
provide details on this part of the course.
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The number of participants is __restricted__. We recommend early registration to the organisers at
[i.artemieva@gmail.com|mailto:i.artemieva@gmail.com] and h. [thybo@gmail.com|mailto:thybo@gmail.com]. Please send us your CV with a letter of
motivation, and state if you are interested in participating in the excursion. Final deadline for
registration is 10 December 2017.

!Organising committee at ITU:

[Professor Irina Artemieva|Member/Artemieva_Irina]\\
[Professor Hans Thybo|Member/Thybo_Hans]\\
Vice-Rector, Professor Alper Ünal\\
Professor Attila Çiner\\
Professor Çelal Şengör\\
Dr. Gülsen Ucarkus\\
Dr. Oğuz H. Göğüş
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Download the [document|Eurasia_School_of_Solid_Earth_Geosciences.pdf]
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