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“Flügel” Course on Carbonate Microfacies


21-25 February 2022

Responsable de l'activité

Anneleen Foubert


Prof. Rosanna Martini, UNIGE; Prof. Anneleen Foubert, UNIFR; Dr. Andres Rüggeberg, UNIFR; Prof. Elias Samankassou, UNIGE


Prof. Axel Munnecke, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

N.N., from Europe

Prof. Anneleen Foubert, UNIFR

Prof. Rosanna Martini, UNIGE

Prof. Elias Samankassou, UNIGE

Dr. Andres Rüggeberg, UNIFR


The 'Flügel' Course is an internationally renowned course in carbonate microfacies which has been running in Erlangen since 1974. It is organised by Prof. Axel Munnecke (Palaeontology department of the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) and covers a wide range of topics, and is in the form of short presentations and accompanying microscope exercises. Skills will be developed on both thin sections and loose sediments. Great emphasis is placed on recent research developments in carbonate systems (e.g., cold water carbonates, deepwater reefs, bioerosion, cold seep carbonates). Prof. Munnecke will bring a unique collection of carbonate samples from around the world. It is also possible to bring your own samples to discuss with specialists.

The course will be held in English, will run for 5 days and offers 40-50% lectures and 50-60% exercises at the binocular/microscope. Following topics will be included:

  • Fundamentals of carbonate sedimentology;
  • Carbonate classification;
  • Facies models (hot, cold and deep water);
  • Microfacies analysis of thin sections;
  • Point counting;
  • Diagenesis; Dolomite / Dolostones;
  • Thin section dyeing methods;
  • Different case studies from geological history;
  • Seep carbonates; Evaporates;
  • Bioerosion

It is envisaged to offer one evening where you can present and discuss your own thin sections with the specialists accompanied with an Apéro. Additionally, a joint dinner with all participants is planned.


University of Fribourg



Deadline for registration 11.02.2022
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