tidal sedimentology

improving energy recovery, protecting environment, predicting climate changes
Matera, Italy, 3-5 May 2022
Auditorium "R. Gervasio" of Matera

The 10th edition of the international Congress of Tidal Sedimentology will be held in Matera (Basilicata, southern Italy) from May 3rd to 5th 2022.

The TIDALITES conference is a recurrent event from about forty years, repeated approximately every four years in different countries of the world and attracting participants from many universities, research centers and industries.

TIDALITES has the ambitious goal of drawing the attention of the local and international scientific community to three fundamental aspects:


The study of ancient tidal systems preserved in outcrop and subsurface is crucial for the optimization of the exploitation of natural resources, such as water, oil and natural gas, as well as for the use of these same reservoirs for Carbon Capture and Storage. Additionally, understanding the sedimentary dynamics in marine areas naturally designated for the exploitation of tidal power is essential for risk reduction and implementation of renewable energy production techniques.


The protection of the current coastal environment is strongly threatened by a combination of natural phenomena, such as coastal erosion, and the pressure deriving from anthropogenic activities. Scientific research on the sedimentary dynamics of coastal environments becomes strategic for a correct and sustainable territorial planning and use of littoral areas.


The ongoing climate changes are rapidly altering the oceanographic setting of coastal areas, so that the predictability of tidal processes and their impact on the coasts is one of the new challenges for many countries. The study of the effects of these changes on modern tidal systems and the possible technical solutions represent another breakthrough research topic for the near future.

TIDALITES wants to draw the attention of technical researchers, promotion agencies, industries and potential partners, who may benefit from the scientific knowledge that tidal scientists all over the world are achieving, turning them into advantages for the world community.

The conference will take place in the Aula Magna of the Campus of the University of Basilicata, very close to the heart of the amazing ancient city of Matera, in the sunny southern Italy. During the three days of meeting, oral and poster contributions will be presented within thematic sessions, promoting lively discussions among the scientific community.

As usual, 2-3-days-long field trips will precede and follow the conference. They will give the opportunity to visit modern tidal environments along some of the coasts of the peninsula, as well as to discover some of the best-exposed tidalite-bearing outcrop successions of Italy and outside of Italy.

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Dates and Venue


Tidalites will take place from May 1st to 8th 2022. This period includes both conference days and excursions. In particular, the meeting will take place from May 3rd (Tuesday) to May 5th (Thursday). It will be preceded and followed by field trips (see the proposed list below). The pre-congress excursions will take place from April 30th to May 2th; the post-congress ones, from May 6th to 8th. Circulars and news will be released every three months. Dates for abstract submission and instructions for authors will be announced in late 2021.


European Capital of Culture for the 2019, Matera is located in the center of southern Italy. It represents one of the most renowned places in Basilicata, thanks to the ‘Sassi’, ancient caves dwellings inhabited since the Paleolithic period, became UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993. Matera is reachable from the closest airport (Bari) in ca. 30 min and from the Naples airport in ca. 2,5 h, by car.

The conference venue is the hypogean theater of the Auditorium R. Gervasio, located in the centre of the city of Matera, just very close to the entrance to the old ‘Sassi’. The auditorium contains more than 400 seats and it is well connected with additional rooms for poster sessions and sponsor/partner exhibitions. The venue is ideal also for accompanying persons with no interest in the conference and who want to visit Matera and its attractions in the meanwhile!

Matera offers a number of hotels and B&B with a range of costs (depending on the distance from the center). Matera receives tourists for all the year and, although early October is not a busy period, there could be possibility of other concomitant events, so that reservation in advance is recommended.

Field trips

Field trips will be 2-3-days long, including the transfer to, and from Matera
Pre-congress field trips (30 April – 2 May)
  • T1 – Tidal sedimentary dynamics of the Early Pleistocene Messina Strait (Calabria, southern Italy) based on its modern analogue (leaders: S.G. Longhitano, D. Chiarella, M. Gugliotta, P. Barrier, D. Ventra, F. Muto);
  • T2 – A Miocene Mediterranean Strait: the Bonifacio Formation, Southern Corsica (leaders: J-Y. Reynaud and M. Ferrandini);
  • T3 – The sedimentary response of mixed (lithoclastic-bioclastic) shallow-marine systems to tides and waves in the rock record of southern Italy (leaders: M. Tropeano, D. Chiarella, S.G. Longhitano, L. Sabato, L. Spalluto).
Post-congress field trips (6-8 May)
  • T4 – Morphodynamics and sedimentary processes in salt marshes and tidal channels of the Venice Lagoon (Italy) (leaders: M. Ghinassi, A. D’Alpaos, A. Finotello, S. Silvestri);
  • T5 – From marginal to axial tidal-strait facies in the lower Pleistocene Siderno Strait (leaders: S.G. Longhitano, V.M. Rossi, D. Chiarella, D. Mellere, F. MutoV. Tripodi );
  • T6 – The submarine dune field of the Bolognano Fm: depositional processes and the potential carbonate reservoir (Chattian to Burdigalian, Majella Carbonate Platform) (leaders: M. Brandano, L. Tomassetti, I. Cornacchia).
  • T7 – The Bay of Mont Saint Michel (leaders: B. Tessier, P. Weill, L. Furgerot, S. Campos Soto, D. Mouazé, B. Caline).

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Travel grants

IAS student members can apply for travel grants through the IAS website

IAS Student Members can apply for an IAS travel grant through the IAS website. The deadline for IAS travel grant applications is 1 March 2022. IAS student members submit their application through the website before the deadline. The application procedure requires submitting a short letter of motivation and proof of enrolment as a PhD student, together with some specific details about location and travel distance, affiliation, etc.
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Organizing Committee

  • Sergio G. Longhitano (University of Basilicata, Italy)
  • Domenico Chiarella (Royal Holloway University, London, UK)
  • Valentina M. Rossi (IGG-CNR, Italy)
  • Marcello Tropeano (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Luisa Sabato (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Vincenzo Pascucci (University of Sassari, Italy)
  • Marcello Gugliotta (Bremen University, Germany)
  • Marco Brandano (University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Massimiliano Ghinassi (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Andrea D’Alpaos (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Franco Muto (University of Calabria, Italy)
  • Emilia Lepera (University of Calabria, Italy)  
  • Pascal Barrier (UniLaSalle, Paris, France)
  • Filippo Cristallo (Geology of Matera)

Scientific Committee

  • Robert W. Dalrymple (University of Queens, Canada)
  • Ron J. Steel (Jackson School of Geosciences, USA)
  • Allard Martinius (Equinor, Tromso, Norway)
  • Poppe de Boer (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Bernadette Tessier (University of Normandy, France)
  • Jesper Bartholdy (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Jean-Yve Reynaud (University Lille, France)
  • Roberto A. Scasso (University of Buenos Aires)
  • Massimiliano Ghinassi (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Shahin Dashtgard (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Andrea Cucco (Institute of Oceanography, IAMC-CNR, Italy)
  • Yoshiki Saito (Shimane University, Japan)
  • Francesco L. Chiocci (Università of Roma La Sapienza, Italy)

Tidalites International Steering Committee

  • Jesper Bartholdy (University of Copenhagen, Denmark – CHAIRMAN)
  • Clark Alexander (Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Georgia, USA)
  • Alexander Bartholomä (Senckenberg Institute, Germany)
  • José I. Cuitiño (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Robert Dalrymple (Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada)
  • Poppe L. DE Boer (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Burg W. Flemming (Senckenberg Institute, Germany)
  • Shu Gao (Nanjing University, China)
  • Yong A. Park (Seoul National University, Korea)
  • Jean-Yves Reynaud (University of Lille, France)
  • Roberto A. Scasso (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Bernadette Tessier (CNRS, University of Caen, France)
  • Hong Wang (Geological Survey Centre, Tianjin, China)
  • Ping Yin (Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, China)
“The tides are the heartbeat of the ocean, a pulse that can be felt all over the world. This mysterious rhythm has gripped man's imagination since the beginnings of recorded history, spurring him to try to understand its causes and grasp its meaning.”
A. Defant, 1884-1974

Sponsors and portfolio

TIDALITES has the endorsement of the S.G.I. (Italian Geological Society), Geosed (Italian Association of Sedimentary Geology), G.E. (Georesources & Energy) and the Group of Maine Geology. It is sponsored by UNIBAS (University of Basilicata), the Department of Sciences (DIS), I.A.S (International Association of Sedimentologists) and S.E.P.M. (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and economically supported by FEEM (Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei).

We are looking for additional sponsors and supporters, in order to provide facilities for early-career researchers and awards for the best student presentations.


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