Over 84 ‘students’, including master, Ph.D., postdoctoral and professional levels, from 18 different countries, gathered in the Italian Alps at the end of January for a unique international diamond school focused on training new diamond researchers and exposing individuals in the diamond industry to latest techniques.
The University of Padua hosted this program, titled “The Nature of Diamonds and Their Use in Earth’s Study”, from 27-31 January 2015, which was organized by Steven Shirey (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA), Fabrizio Nestola (University of Padua, Italy) and Graham Pearson (University of Alberta, Canada), under the auspices of the Diamonds and the Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon consortium (DMGC) part of the Deep Carbon Observatory.
A major success of the school was the blending of both student and professional perspectives, as well as the cross disciplinary nature of the participants and speakers ranging from experimentalists to diamond exploration industry experts, petrologists to mineralogists, and crystallographers to isotope geochemists.
This program was supported in part by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology (SIMP) and DCO.
Images courtesy of Manuel Conedera and Fabrizio Nestola. A full gallery of photos from the Diamond School is available here.
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