Potenza, 21 February 2020
Because of the growing concern related with the diffusion of the Coronavirus, and the consequent isolation of an important part of the scientific community that traditionally contributes to Tidalites, we regret to inform you that the Organizing Committee together with the members of the International Steering Committee of Tidal Sedimentology, have decided to postpone the 10th edition of the International Congress of Tidal Sedimentology to 2021.
For the moment, the period and the venue will remain the same as in the previous plan.
We will keep you informed on new important dates and deadlines with trimestral circulars.
We are sure you will understand our concerns and motivations. 
Looking forward to seeing you in Italy for Tidalites 2021.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Sergio G. Longhitano

Aims and Scopes

The 10th edition of the international Congress of Tidal Sedimentology will be held in Matera (Basilicata, southern Italy) from August 31st to September 2nd 2020. The TIDALITES conference is a recurrent event from about forty years, repeated approximately every four years in various locations around the world and attracting participants from many universities, research centers and industries.
TIDALITES 2020 aims at providing a joint venture between academic and non-academic researchers with interest both on modern and ancient tidal environments, with people focusing on the development technical-industrial strategies for energy production in the field of Tidal Sedimentology worldwide.
The meeting wants to actively involve companies operating in the E&P of conventional non-renewable resources, as well as industrial partners looking for new procedures of energy production, especially those with an interest in tidal power.
The conference will take place in the Aula Magna of the University of Basilicata Campus, 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, possibly organised in thematic sessions, with aims to stimulate active discussions among the scientific community and the industrial compartment.
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 the best-exposed tidalite-bearing outcrop successions of Italy.

Dates and Venue


Tidalites 2020 will take place from August 28th to September 5th. This period includes both conference days and excursions. In particular, the meeting will take place from August 31st (Monday) to September 2nd (Wednesday). It will be preceded and followed by field trips (see the proposed list below). The pre-congress excursions will take place from August 28th to 30th; the post-congress ones, from September 3rd to 5th


Matera has been awarded as European Capital of Culture for the 2019. It is located in the center of southern Italy and represents one of the most famous place in Basilicata, thanks to the ‘Sassi’, ancient caves dwellings inhabited since the Paleolithic period, became UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and representing the pulsating heart of culture in this part of the country. Matera is reachable from the closest airport (Bari) in ca. 30 min by car.

The conference will take place in the Aula Magna of the University of Basilicata Campus. It is located on the top of a panoramic hill, in the center of Matera, close to the main hotels, shops, ancient churches and the Sassi (perfect for accompanying persons). The Aula Magna hosts comfortably more than 250 people and provides additional spaces for exhibitors, poster sessions and stands.

Matera offers a number of hotels with a range of costs (depending on the distance from the centre). However, the season is highly touristic; therefore, reservation in advance is recommended.

Field trips

Field trips will be 2-3-days long, including the transfer to, and from Matera. They are the followings
Pre-congress field trips (28-30 August)
  • Messina Strait (Calabria) – The Messina Strait: past and present of a tide-dominated marine passageway (leaders: V.M. Rossi et al.);
  • Northern Sardinia-southern Corsica – The Bonifacio Strait: modern and ancient tidal dynamics (leaders: J-Y. Reynaud, et al.);
  • Southern Apennines –The sedimentary response of mixed (siliciclastic-bioclastic) shallow-marine systems to tides and waves in the Quaternary of southern Italy (Basilicata) (leaders: M. Tropeano et al.).
Post-congress field trips (3-5 September)
  • Venice Lagoon – Modern tidal dynamics of the Venice Lagoon (leaders: M. Ghinassi et al.);
  • Siderno Basin (Calabria) – From marginal to axial tidal-strait facies in the lower Pleistocene Siderno tidal Strait (leaders: S.G. Longhitano et al.);
  • Central Apennines – The submarine dune field of the Bolognano Formation: depositional processes and the potential carbonate reservoir (Chattian to Burdigalian, Majella Carbonate Platform) (leaders: M. Brandano et al.).

The 2nd circular

The 2nd Circular contains the most important information on dates, deadlines, costs etc., as well as the registration form.

Discover Matera

Matera, 2019 European Capital of Culture, and its "Sassi", a designated UNESCO World Heritage, provides a stunning backdrop of stairways, cave-houses carved within the rock and subsurface churches...

Travel grants

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

IAS Travel grants are intended to be a contribution to the expenses of the student (travel, housing, registration), but not a full reimbursement of all expenses. For TIDALITES 2020, individual grants will be in the order of 100-500 Euro, depending on distance traveled, and on the number of applications received. The deadline to submit travel-grant applications will be ca. 3 months prior to the conference (i.e., 1 July 2020). However, further details will be announced soon.


Students that are SEPM members can apply for a student grant at link below.
Any questions about the grants or process can be directed to the SEPM Membership Coordinator Hayley Cooney (


Organizing Committee

  • Sergio G. Longhitano (University of Basilicata, Italy)
  • Domenico Chiarella (Royal Holloway University, London, UK)
  • Valentina M. Rossi (IGG-CNR, Italy)
  • Marco Brandano (University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Massimiliano Ghinassi (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Andrea D’Alpaos (University of Padova, Italy)
  • Giorgio Fontolan (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • Marcello Gugliotta (Shimane University, Japan)
  • Marcello Tropeano (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Luisa Sabato (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Vincenzo Pascucci (University of Sassari, Italy)
  • Stefano Andreucci (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Marco Pistis (University of Cagliari, Italy)
  • Pascal Barrier (UniLaSalle, Paris, France)
  • Filippo Cristallo (Geology of Matera)

Scientific Committee

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

Steering Committee

  • Clark Alexander (Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Georgia, USA)
  • Jesper Bartholdy (University of Copenhagen, Denmark (CHAIRMAN))
  • 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 2020 has already received the endorsement from S.G.I. (Italian Geological Society), Geosed (Italian Association of Sedimentary Geology) and G.E. (Georesources & Energy). It is kindly sponsored by UNIBAS (University of Basilicata), the Department of Sciences (DIS) and I.A.S (International Association of Sedimentologists). We are looking for additional sponsors and supporters, in order to provide more opportunities for young researchers and awards for best student presentations.

Contact us

  • University of Basilicata
  • (39) 0971 205865
  • (39) 340 4617653