Call for participation to Micropaleontology course of J-DESC Core School

Date: 3 – 5 August, 2013
Venue: Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Coordinators: Dr. Noritoshi Suzuki (Tohoku Univ.) and Prof. Tokiyuki Sato (Akita Univ.).

Lecturers: Prof. Hiroshi Nishi (Tohoku Univ.) and Dr. Hiroki Hayashi (Shimane Univ.).

Language: English (and Japanese)

Prior experience: For students who have no experience on paleontology.

Since 2004, J-DESC has sponsored an annual microfossil summer school for Japanese earth scientists. Approximately 100 participants studied one of the microfossil groups, such as planktonic and benthic foraminifers, nannofossils, diatoms, or radiolarians, that are particularly important for IODP expeditions. The school thereby regularly contributes toward providing precise, high resolution age models for many IODP expeditions.

Beginning this year, the microfossil summer school is being recast as the 1st International Microfossil Summer School for Young Earth Scientists. We are planning this year to have lectures about Cretaceous – Recent planktonic foraminifera. Both lectures have many IODP experiences as a planktonic foraminiferal researcher. Lectures will be in English and Japanese and use hand-outs with English explanations.


3rd August

(Morning): An IODP special talk: “Making an on-board microfossil list template for beginning micropaleontologists” (N. Suzuki).
(Afternoon): Practice on extracting foraminifera from rocks and observation of Neogene planktonic foraminifera.

 4th August

(Morning): Observation of Neogene planktonic foraminifera
(Afternoon): Observation of Paleogene planktonic foraminifera

5th August

(Morning): Observation of Cretaceous planktonic foraminifera

If you are interested in this International Microfossil Summer School, please feel free to contact with Dr. N. Suzuki (, a coordinator of this summer school.


Send an email to J-DESC support <> with your 1. full name, 2. institution, 3. position (grade), 4. email address,  and 5. field of expertise.

Application deadline: 20 July, 2013

Please do not hesitate to contact with J-DESC support <> if you have any questions.

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