International Diamond School 2018


Geology, Gemology and Exploration

January 29th – February 2nd 2018

Bressanone, Italy


We are pleased to announce the fourth international diamond school, which will be held in Bressanone (Italy) between January 29th and February 2nd 2018.

The school will provide a general overview of the recent advances in diamond research. In detail, for this edition of the school we will combine geology, exploration and gemology of diamond. Committed speakers include the world’s leading scientists in their fields. The school, following its tradition, will provide not only theoretical lectures but also practical sessions focused on microscope observations of a complete inclusion-bearing diamond collection (Zeiss will provide 15 binocular microscopes suitable for such observations) and micro-Raman spectroscopy real analyses (Horiba Scientific will make available a real micro-Raman spectrometer to measure diamonds and their inclusions). The school is open to Master, Ph.D. students, and senior researchers of any research fields.

Details on the school programme and info on registration fees will be soon available.


The school will be held at “Casa della Gioventù, Università di Padova”, Bressanone-Brixen (Bolzano-Bozen, Italy) from January 29th to February 2nd 2018

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Fabrizio Nestola (University of Padova, Italy)

Steven Shirey (Carnegie Institution, Washington DC, USA)

Graham Pearson (University of Alberta, Canada)

Wuyi Wang (Gemological Institute of America, New York, USA)

Matteo Alvaro (University of Pavia, Italy)

The committee made all efforts to keep registration fees as low as possible.


1) Tom Nowicki (Mineral Services, Vancouver)

Use of Microdiamonds in Deposit Evaluation

2) Bruce Kjarsgaard (Geological Survey of Canada)

Experimental constraints on kimberlite origins

3) John Armstrong (Karowe Mine, Lucara Diamond, Botswana)

Mining and extracting the world’s largest diamonds

4) Herman Grütter (Peregrine Diamonds, Vancouver)

Thermobarometry and the use of kimberlite indicator minerals in diamond exploration

5) Matteo Alvaro (University of Pavia, Italy)

New methods of diamond barometry

6) Wuyi Wang (GIA, New York, USA)

Diamond gemology (4Cs and development of advances technologies to replace visual observations)

7) Mike Breeding (GIA, New York)

Diamond defects, diamond color treatment, and its identification

8) Ulrika D’Haenens-Johansson (GIA, New York)

Gem diamond synthesis and its identification

9) Oded Navon (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Diamond-forming fluids

10) D. Graham Pearson (University of Alberta, Canada)

Petrology, geochemistry and formation of cratonic mantle – the host for diamonds

11) Steven B. Shirey (Carnegie Institute of Science, USA)

Diamond geochronology

12) Jeff Harris (University of Glasgow, UK)

History of diamond

13) Thomas Stachel (University of Alberta, Canada)

Inclusions in diamonds

14) Pierre Cartigny (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France)

Stable isotopes and diamonds

15) Dan Howell (University of Padova, Italy)

FTIR studies of diamonds


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