Report on BUBBLES 2017

A group photo of the BUBBLES 2017 in Tromsø

The “Bubbles 2017 – The Role of Methane in Marine and Terrestrial Environment” International Training School, sponsored by AMGG Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics Research School in Tromsø, CAGE and CHESS, took place from 6th to 15th of June 2017 at the SFF Centre for Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate – CAGE, Department of Geosciences, The Arcic University of Tromsø.

The school was taught by several internationally recognized experts in multiple aspects related to methane and gas hydrate. The main aim of BUBBLES2017 was to provide a thorough and interdisciplinary introduction to the role of methane in marine and terrestrial environments (e.g. permafrost), from generation, migration, consumption and impact on the seafloor, water column and finally into the atmosphere.

The Training School was intended to promote the development of an international community of early career scientist and to further develop their research skills in state-of-art techniques and methods for detecting and monitoring methane emissions.

The school was organized in lectures, practical exercises (e.g. seismic interpretation, modeling of the gas hydrate stability, microbial experiments, micropaleontology exercises) and poster sessions every afternoon. During the poster session the student could discussed with the lecturers and get feedback on their work.

BUBBLES2017 was international in nature, with students from Norway, Sweden, Germany, USA, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and China.

At the end of the school the students were asked to compile an evaluation form and here there are some of the comments “I learned a lot, great opportunity to meet others interested in marine methane and learn about other students research”; “I liked the content, learned a lot I can incorporate into my current and future research. I am motivated to find a PhD programme to continue in academia”; “I am 100% satisfied, well organized and well planned school with many interesting participants from all around the world and fantastic training team”.


Text by Giuliana Panieri