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 thirty years, repeated approximately every four years in various locations around the world and attracting people 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 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 interest in tidal power.
The conference will take place in the S. Gervasio Auditorium in the heart of the amazing ancient city of Matera, in the sunny southern Italy and will host both oral and poster presentations, as well as a round table among reference persons of the scientific community and the industrial compartment.
2-3-days-long field trips will precede and follow the conference. They will drive attendances in visiting modern tidal environments along some of the coasts of Italy, as well as in discovering some of the best-exposed tidalite-bearing outcrop successions.

Preliminary program


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

Early Call – Save the Date

The TIDALITES 2020 call and early-bird registration will be launched very soon. There, the most important dates for the pre-registration, abstract format and submission, deadlines, etc. will be announced.


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 Auditorium S. Gervasio is a subsurface amphitheater located in the centre of Matera, close to the main hotels, shops, ancient churches and the Sassi (perfect for accompanying persons). The Auditorium hosts comfortably more than 380 people in the main room conference 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
August 28-30: pre-congress field trips
  • Siderno Basin (Calabria) – From marginal to axial tidal-strait facies in the lower Pleistocene Siderno tidal Strait (leaders: S.G. Longhitano, D. Chiarella, M. Tropeano, V. Rossi, D. Mellere);
  • Venice Lagoon – Modern tidal dynamics of the Venice Lagoon (leaders: M. Ghinassi, A. D’Alpaos, et al.);
  • Northern Sardinia-southern Corsica – The Bonifacio Strait: modern and ancient tidal dynamics (leaders: M. Brandano, J-Y. Reynaud, et al.).
September 3-to-5: post-congress field trips
  • Messina Strait (Calabria) – The Messina Strait: past and present of a tide-dominated marine passageway (leaders: S.G. Longhitano, D. Chiarella, M. Gugliotta, P. Barrier);
  • Tidal geomorphology and sedimentology of the northern Adriatic coastal zone: impact of the anthropogenic activity on modern tide-influenced environments (leaders: Giorgio Fontolan, et al.);
  • The sedimentary response of mixed (siliciclastic-bioclastic) shallow-marine systems to tides and waves in the Quaternary of southern Italy (Basilicata) (leaders: D. Chiarella, M. Tropeano, L. Sabato, S.G. Longhitano).
The Mediterranean's Pleistocene tidal 'breath'
The modern dynamics
of the Venice Lagoon
Carbonate tidal sedimentation in the Miocene Bonifacio Basin
Past and present
of the Messina Strait
Modern tides in the northern Adriatic
Tidal mixed deposits
of Basilicata

Estimated costs

Costs will be communicated as soon as the early meeting circular will be sent

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 Rossi (Bergen University, Norway)
  • 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