The Italian Sedimentologists meet Ronald J. Steel

A 2-days workshop at the University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy


May 5th and 6th 2016, Aula Magna del Polo universitario di francioso, Potenza

Ron Steel is a well-known Professor and Davis Centennial Chair at UT Austin and Honorary Professorial Fellow at Heriot-Watt University Scotland. He has over 180 published papers, edited 9 books, received 6 best paper or poster awards, and graduated 120+ MS and PhD students from the universities of Bergen, Wyoming and UT Austin. He is being awarded the prestigious SEPM Twenhofel Medal in June 2016.

In occasion of his stay at the Department of Sciences of the University of Basilicata in Potenza (southern Italy) as ‘visiting scientist’, a two-days-long workshop is organised, aiming to welcome Prof. Steel in Italy and introduce him to the latest science news and learn about scientific breakthroughs and discoveries from a representative part of the Italian community of Sedimentologists.

The meeting will be held the 5th and 6th of May 2016 in Potenza. The two days will start with two key notes provided by Prof. Steel on the status and future of Sequence Stratigraphy and on the construction of shelves by deltas, the growth of shelf margins and the mechanisms of shelf-edge sand delivery into deep-water areas.

The key notes will be followed by a number of invited talks from some representative Italian Sedimentologists, which will show the results of ongoing research projects encompassing a number of different topics: (i) the comprehension of the mechanisms of sedimentation from continental to shallow-marine to deep-sea areas based on modern studies across the Italian continental shelf, (ii) the study of climate in driving sedimentary processes in the Mesozoic and Cainozoic carbonate realm depicted from successions exposed in Italy, (iii) the recent developments and advances in sedimentological studies applied in the prevention and mitigation of natural hazards in the Italian territory.

The two daily sessions will be complemented with an open poster exhibitions, where participants will have the possibility to show and discuss with all the attendees the synthesis of works recently presented in other congresses, and offering additional examples of studies in Sedimentology on modern and ancient systems of Italy.

For more info, please contact the organiser, Sergio G. Longhitano at the following E-mail address:; or by phone: +39 0871 205.865; +39 340 461.7653



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