NEW: INTIMATE-INQUA Summer School at the Archipelago Sea (Finland)

We are excited to announce that the next INTIMATE Example Summer School –in collaboration with INQUA– will take place in the Finish Archipelago Sea from 29th of August to 3rd of September 2022, at the Geohouse Research Facilities in Turku, Finland. the summer school will focus on Late Holocene climate evolution, the detection of anthropogenic environmental change in sediment records, and methods to detect those changes from varved sediment records.

The goal of the summer school is to bring together students and lecturers with proxy and numerical training within paleoclimate science and focus on understanding the basic principles relating to climate and environmental change of the past few thousand years. The summer school will broadly treats the impact of natural versus anthropogenic forcing on the climate system, and then address deeper research-level inquiries around the dynamics associated with pollution, chemicalization, spreading of anoxia, coastal erosion, and their implications for marine environments. A priority of the summer school is to generate a long climate record from marine varved sediments using advanced sedimentological, geochemical and chronological methods, and to assess the anthropogenic signatures in the Baltic Sea within the context of longer scale natural changes.

Field and School sites

The INTIMATE-INQUA Summer School will make use of varved sediment records from the Halikonlahti estuary to develop and calibrate quantitative proxy-based paleoclimate and environmental reconstructions. The study sites have been monitored for sediment characteristics since 2018, with hydrologic and meteorological stations nearby (Figure 1).

The school will take place at the Geohouse Research Facilities of the University of Turku. The Geohouse includes lecture halls and state-of-the-art laboratories specifically geared toward varve sediment sampling and analyses. The field work sites are approximately one-hour drive from the school venue. Local accommodations will be provided at the Campus of the University of Turku. It is possible to fly directly to Turku or travel by train from Helsinki International Airport. 

Initial schedule

7-day schedule (29 August – 3 September, 2021)

Preliminary program:

29.8. Arrival in Turku

29.8. Lectures 

30.8. Field work (coring activities)

31.8. Laboratory practicals (e.g. opening sediment cores, varve chronology, micro-XRF analyses) 

1.9. Data analysis and lectures

2.9. Summary of data analysis, lectures, wrap-up

3.9. Departure


Once the registration form is completed please send CV and motivation letter to Francesco Muschitiello


There funding available for 3 scholarships for Participants from developing countries, which will cover registration fees, travel and accommodation costs (each grant is up to, but not exceeding, EUR 1,000).

There is support available for the Participants from developing countries: the list of the developing countries