Materials Science in Palaeo-environment and Palaeoclimate Research

18 November 2016
25 November 2016
November 18, 25
DII - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale
via Sommarive, 9 - 38123 Povo, Trento
+39 0461 282500 - 2503
fax +39 0461 281977

Venue: Department of Industrial Engineering, Seminar room, via Sommarive 9, Povo - Trento

  • Prof. Silvia Frisia, The University of Newcastle, Australia 

Prof. Silvia Frisia, from the University of Newcastle, Australia (NSW), will be visiting the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento in November 2016.

During her stay, Prof. Frisia, who is a leading expert in the application of materials science techniques to improve the accuracy of data used in palaeoclimate research, which ultimately aims at providing insight on near-future environmental response to climate changes will give a series of seminars related to her most recent outcomes. In particular, Prof. Frisia will illustrate how materials characterization techniques, such as synchrotron-radiation based micro XRay fluorescence, neutron diffraction, coupled optical and electron microscopy can be efficiently used to extract climate proxies at high resolution from geological materials. She will also present non-conventional approaches, including ancient DNA use to reconstruct past ecosystem from extreme environments. These materials science based techniques are essential to reconstruct remote conditions necessary to validate predictive models of future climate scenarios and environmental responses.

During each presentation, participants will be directly involved and encouraged to share their experience and personal interest in the field.


  • Friday, November 18, 2016 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    The history of climate: from Pre-Cambrian to Present – Investigation techniques and research strategies.
  • Friday, November 25, 2016 –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Part I:  Frontiers in carbonate petrography
    Part II: Transmission Electron Microscopy investigation of climate proxies: state of the art and perspectives

A certification of attendance will be released upon request.

For the students of the doctorate School in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering of the Dept. of Industrial Engineering (UniTn) the course attendance will be evaluated as type B credits.

Contacts and information:

Silvia Frisia: silvia.frisia [at]

Stefano Gialanella: stefano.gialanella [at]