Over 84 Students Gather for the Second International Diamond School in Italy

International Diamond School 2015
Students from 18 different countries gathered for the second International Diamond School held at the University of Padua in the Italian Alps. Photo by Fabrizo Nestola, 2015.
Monday, March 09, 2015 

DTM's Steve Shirey presenting his talk, titled "Dating Diamonds", at the second International Diamond School in Italy. Photo by Fabrizio Nestola, University of Padua 2015. 

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 DTM's Steven Shirey, Fabrizio Nestola (University of Padua) and Graham Pearson (University of Alberta), under the auspices of the Diamonds and the Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon consortium (DMGC) part of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO).

Shirey was one of 16 teachers at the school. His talk, titled “Dating diamonds”, was a review of different isotopic methods for dating diamonds and what these various methods reveal about diamond formation. Also attending the school were DTM Visiting Investigator Karen Smit and others with former Carnegie postdoctoral connections, such as Graham Pearson, Sami Mikhail, Dan Frost, and Mike Walter.

Students at the second International Diamond School learn the latest tools and techniques for researching diamonds. Photo by Fabrizio Nestola, University of Padua 2015.  

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 the DCO

Written by Robin A. Dienel, 9 March 2015