This five-day short course will provide an introduction to state-of-the-art experimental methods in mineralogy, geochemistry and geophysics as applied to understanding the composition, structure and dynamics of the Earth’s interior. Topics to be covered include high-pressure/high-temperature experimental methods, spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction at high-pressure, transmission electron microscopy, thermodynamics and phase equilibria, high-pressure crystal chemistry, equations of state, transformation kinetics, diffusion and deformation. The course will be held in the laboratories of Bayerisches Geoinstitut.

Requirements: The course is aimed primarily at advanced-level undergraduate and graduate students but is also open to postdoctoral researchers. Participants should have completed at least 7 semesters of Earth Sciences and should have a basic background in mineralogy, crystallography, petrology and/or geophysics. The number of participants will be limited. The official course language is English. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): Participants may obtain 2 ECTS credit points after completion of the course and after passing a written examination. For students who do not wish to obtain an ECTS certificate, the examination is not required.

Costs: The course fee will be Euro 70.- which covers the course materials, refreshments during the course and the Short Course dinner on Tuesday night. We will help find reasonably priced accommodation. The course receives financial support by German Mineralogical Society (Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft - DMG). Non-Bayreuth student members of DMG are eligible for travel support to the amount of Euro 50,-.

Information: Further information can be obtained from - or:
  Dr. Florian Heidelbach e-mail:
  Tel.: +49-(0)921-553700 Fax: +49-(0)921-553769
Applications should be sent to the following address before 07 January 2018:
  2018 High-Pressure Short Course
Bayerisches Geoinstitut
Universität Bayreuth
D-95440 Bayreuth
Germany(fax or email appreciated)

Information and application form: download here

Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Tel: +49-(0) 921 55 3700 / 3766, Fax: +49-(0) 921 55 3769, E-mail: bayerisches.geoinstitut(at)