June 26 – July 1, 2016

University of Leicester, UK

Convener: The European Petrophysics Consortium (EPC)


Petrophysics is the study of the physical (and chemical) properties of rocks and fluids, and integrates downhole in situ data from logs with core and seismic data. Petrophysics has significant applications in the hydrocarbon industry in terms of both exploration for, and production of, oil and gas. An important component of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the interpretation of petrophysical data contributes to answering the diverse questions posed by ocean research drilling expeditions around the world. This first ECORD Summer School in Petrophysics will provide a unique workshop that will bring together experts from both academia and industry to  give training in the theory and practice of petrophysics and, notably its applications across both IODP and industry.

The ECORD Summer School in Petrophysics will focus on:

  • The application of downhole logging and core physical properties data to answering scientific questions using case studies from each of the IODP Science Plan themes
  • Lectures, discussion groups, and practical exercises to introduce the different elements and data types used in petrophysical analysis
  • Basic training in industry-standard software packages, including Schlumberger’s Techlog, will form a core part of the school

Meeting Details

The European Petrophysics Consortium and its collaborators offer this unique training opportunity for a summer school through the provision of technical and scientific expertise in the fields of downhole logging and core petrophysics. The majority of the workshop will take place on the main campus of the University of Leicester, hosted by the Department of Geology. There will be a local, off-campus component that will center on the practical aspects of downhole logging.


The course is open to applicants from the international community, but applications from early-career researchers (including PhD students) are particularly encouraged. For more information and to apply for the Petrophysics Summer School, please visit the ECORD Summer School in Petrophysics webpage. U.S.-affiliated students and researchers may apply for partial travel support through the U.S. Science Support Program. A limited number of travel grants are available.

To apply for U.S. travel support:

  1. Go to the USSSP Application Portal
  2. Sign up for an account (or login to an existing account)
  3. Click on “View Programs” (blue button); select the US Travel Support program; then click “Create Submission”. Your application will be created.
  4. Complete the online application and demographics form, then click “Submit Application”.

The deadline to apply for travel support and to apply for the summer school has been extended to April 15, 2016. Note: Applicants must be accepted to the summer school in order to receive travel support from USSSP.


Questions about the workshop: contact the European Petrophysics Consortium (University of Leicester)
Questions about applying for U.S. support: contact Angela Slagle (USSSP)