Target: Undergraduate students (15 minimun & 40 maximum), but graduate students are also welcome
Teaching: 50 hours (classroom + lab + field activities)
Credits: 2 ECTS from University of La Laguna (ULL)
Registration fee: 650 €/student. Fee includes all tuition, 3 field trips, 8 nights’ half-board, shared accommodation (25 March – 2 April) and coffee breaks.
Language: English
Dates: March 26-April 1, 2020
Venue: Hotel El Tope, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Organizers: Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN),  Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) .
Collaborators: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Spain), Parque Científico Tecnológico de Tenerife, INtech Tenerife (Spain) Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ULPGC (Spain), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) – Sezione di Catania (Italy), Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) – Sezione di Bologna (Italy) ,  Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente, IREA-CNR Napoli (Italy), Open University (U.K.), Shizuoka University (Japan), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, IGME (Spain), Universidad de La Laguna, ULL (Spain), Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables, ITER (Spain), Ohio University (USA) & Sociedad Volcanológica de España, SVE (Spain)

Course Outline: Geothermal energy has become a viable alternative and sustainable source of energy in many countries. The energy is commonly manifested on the Earth’s surface in the form of fumaroles, hot springs, geysers and steaming or altered ground. Economically viable geothermal energy occurs close to the Earth’s surface where it can be tapped by drilling wells up to 3,000 m below the Earth’s surface. Geothermal surface exploration invariably entails a multi-geoscientific process, which is aimed at defining the geometry and characteristics of the geothermal system prior to drilling. The scientific disciplines commonly involved are geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The geological approach generally aims at understanding the various lithologies, volcanological evolution, structural controls, and hydrological regimes of the system. Geophysical exploration helps in determining the geometry (shape, size and depth) of the heat sources, reservoir and cap rock. It also aims at imaging structures that are responsible for the geothermal system, and delineating the areal extent of the geothermal resource. The most commonly used geophysical methods are electromagnetic/electric, gravity, magnetics, microseismicity, seismic tomography and thermal infrared remote sensing. Geochemical exploration relies mostly on sampling and analysis of water, steam and gas from the thermal manifestation in order to characterise the fluids, estimate equilibrium reservoir temperature, determine the origin, evaluate mixing scenarios, determine the suitability of the fluids for the intended use and locate recharge areas and direction of fluid flow. Additional geochemical studies involve soil diffuse degassing measurements aimed at identifying gas leakages that usually mimic active faults and structures. The aim of this course is to introduce graduate students to geophysical and geochemical methods used on surface geothermal exploration by alternating lectures with practical laboratory and field activities.

Teaching Staff:

  • Calvari, Sonia, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy

  • Chiodini, Giovanni, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy

  • Di Paolo, Federico, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • D’Auria, Luca, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • Hernández, Pedro A., Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • Mori, Toshiya, The University of Tokyo, Japan

  • Nogami, Kenji, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

  • Padrón, Eleazar, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • Pankhurst, Matthew James, Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables (ITER), Spain

  • Pérez, Nemesio M., Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • Rymer, Hazel, Open University, United Kingdom

  • Soubestre, Jean, Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), Spain

  • Tizzani, Pietro, Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente (IREA-CNR), Napoli, Italy

  • Van Bergen, Manfred, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

Syllabus of the course (will be available soon)

Registration fee and stipulations


Registration fee includes:
  • All tuition and field trips

  • 8 nights (shared), half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal, except on arrival on March 25th: evening meal only if arriving by 18:00 and departure on April 2: breakfast only)

  • Workplace liability cover and insurance (for incidents or accidents related to the course)

  • Coffee breaks

Registration fee does NOT include:
  • Flights to/from Tenerife. How to get to Tenerife

  • Transfers to/from the hotel and the airport on arrival and departure. You can fly to either of the two airports in Tenerife – both are well connected by bus or taxi. The North airport (Rodeos) is about 20 minutes from Puerto de la Cruz, and the South airport (Reina Sofía) is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

  • Lunch

  • Health insurance – you must bring your EHIC card (if travelling from the EU) or other medical insurance in case you need attention for any personal health issues


The organization will offer scholarships to attend this training course. The INVOLCAN scholarships (900€) will cover the registration fee (650 €) plus a stipend of 250 € towards flights and/or other incidentals (1 for every 20 places booked). The ULL scholarships are promoted by ULL and INVOLCAN and will be offered to ULL students, covering 50% of the registration fee (325€). Housing will not be offered to ULL students.

In order to apply for a ULL scholarship, please send an email to and write 2020 GE ULL Scholar in the subject line of your application. Please send a cover letter outlining why you deserve a ULL Scholarship and an academic CV to support your application.

In order to apply for a INVOLCAN scholarship, please send an email to and write 2020 GE INVOLCAN Scholar in the subject line of your application. Please send a cover letter outlining why you deserve a INVOLCAN Scholarship and an academic CV to support your application.

To apply:

  • Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we have a maximum of just 40 places available. Payment in full is required to book, and your place will not be confirmed until your payment has cleared.

  • A 100€ pre-registration fee will be charged once you apply for a spot in the course. This fee is non-refundable under any circumstances. If you are sure that you will attend the course, please do not forget to pay your 100 € pre-registration fee by December 31st 2019, in order to secure your place in the course. A second payment of 550€ will be charged later on for the full registration.

  • Fee includes all tuition, field trips, 8 nights’ half-board, shared accommodation (25 March – 2 April) and coffee breaks. You may, of course, leave after 18:00 hours on April 1st if you prefer, but no reduction will be made on the inscription price if you stay one less night. Supper will be included on 25 March for those arriving at the hotel by 18:00 hours.

  •  The website of INVOLCAN, organizer of this course, will record how many places are taken/left available.


  • Full payment must be done by bank transfer to:Account Number:
    IBAN: ES35 0049 0275 1228 1085 0149
    Banco de Santander
    Branch’s Bank Office Address:
    C/ Herradores 47, La Laguna. Tenerife, Spain

The subject of the payment must state clearly Geothermal Exploration Registration Fee.

Please send a copy of the bank transfer to in order to check your payment.