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Quantitative Stratigraphy

September 30th – October 4th, 2019, Barcelona (Spain)

Palaeontology and Archaeology

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Course Quantitative StratigraphyCourse Overview

Stratigraphy is to place objects or events into geological or archaeological successions, and eventually to estimate their positions in time.

In this course, we will look at a number of quantitative methods which can be helpful in some of the most important branches of stratigraphy, especially biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and stratigraphic correlation.

We will mainly use the software Past, but will also bump into a number of other programs.


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life or Earth Sciences. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.




Can Carol

C/ Font de la Reina, 5
08786 Capellades, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there


September 30th – October 4th, 2019




32.5 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Oyvind Hammer instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Øyvind Hammer

University of Oslo, Norway



  • Stratigraphic concepts, with emphasis on common problems. Propaganda against some current stratigraphic dogmas, which deserve nothing but contempt. Stratigraphic data types, basic sampling theory.
  • Plotting of stratigraphic logs along sections, wells or through time with Past, Timescale Creator and C2.


  • Simple statistical topics: Smoothing of log data, interpolation, regression, correlation, cross-correlation. Testing for trends. Analysing and plotting discrete events (statistical tests, histograms, kernel density).
  • Multivariate methods, especially for chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy. Data reduction with PCA, NMDS and CA. Quantitative zonation with ordination and clustering methods.


  • Some methods for handling absolute dates. Radiometric uncertainties, error propagation, Monte Carlo methods. Age models. Construction of age-depth plots with splines and Bayesian methods. Determining boundary ages.


  • Quantitative biostratigraphy with RASC, CONOP and Unitary Associations.


  • Cyclostratigraphy and time-series analysis. Spectral analysis with different methods (REDFIT, multitaper etc.), the interpretation of spectra (resolution, harmonics, sidelobes, modulation effects etc.), filtering. Wavelet analysis.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2019):
  • 545 € *
    (436 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2019):
  • 680 € *
    (544 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2019):
  • 895 € *
    (786 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2019):
  • 1,030 € *
    (894 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Barcelona city, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Course Schedule

Participants will make their own way

  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included).
    • 14:30 to 17:30 Lessons.

The class schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Course + Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 19:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on how to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Hostel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 08:00 to 09:00 Breakfast
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included)
    • 14:30 to 17:30 Lessons
    • 20:00 Dinner
  • Friday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included)
    • 14:30 to 17:30 Lessons
    • 17:30 Meeting point in the Hostel to take the bus to Barcelona city.
    • 19:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The class schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.


If you choose the Accommodation Package you will be hosted at Rural House Can Carol, in shared en-suite rooms, although you will only share rooms with other course participants (male or female only).

If you prefer to stay in a single en-suite room, you can do so with a supplementary charge.

The Accommodation Package includes transportation from the centre of Barcelona city to the venue and back, at the start and end of the course, respectively. The trip takes around 1 hour each way. 

If the number of participants exceeds the available rooms at Can Carol, some of them could be accommodated in the Hotel Tall del Conill, by registration order. The hotel is at 10 minutes walking, although transport will be provided in the morning and after dinner. Lunches and dinners will be with the whole group.

Accommodation is included from Sunday (check-in) to Friday (check-out). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also provided during the week, starting from the dinner of Sunday to lunch of Friday (included).

Other accommodation options

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Can Carol: Where to stay near the Venue.


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.