1st Bouma Conference, April 21 - 23, 2021

Organizing Committee

Joris Eggenhuisen - Senior Organizer
George Postma
Vitor Abreu


The Meeting will be held at the Faculty of Geosciences of the Utrecht University in The Netherlands. The location is in the vicinity of Amsterdam Schiphol airport and can be reached by excellent public transport. 

The ice-breaker is organized in the atrium of the geological survey of the Netherlands (TNO) on the Utrecht University campus. The Eurotank Flume Laboratory is located in the same building, and curious attendees will be able to stroll from the icebreaker to the laboratory. 

On the second day of the conference there will be a joint evening dinner in the Aula of the University. In the same Aula building Arnold Boumadefended his PhD for the dissertation committee in 1961! It is located in the medieval centre of Utrecht next to the famous Dom tower. Many recommended hotels are in walking distance of the city centre.


In the spirit of Arnold Bouma, the first conference will be a good mix of sedimentary processes, facies analysis, experiments and modelling, and presentations of datasets from the modern sea- and lake floor. 

The program will also include a full day of workshops in the Eurotank Flume Laboratory, which investigates deep marine depositional processes experimentally in the spirit of Phillip Kuenen.

Lectures and posters are in designated rooms on the campus of the university. Plenary sessions will include the following themes and we welcome further suggestions:
Theme 1 – Bedform genesis in deep waterArnold Bouma in the field 
Theme 2 – Process stratigraphy and related facies and reservoir architectures
Theme 3 – Modern marine and lacustrine data sets of density flows and bottom currents
Theme 4 – Canyon, channel and lobe related processes and flux quantification
Theme 5 – New approaches in numerical and physical modelling of deep water sedimentation
Theme 6 – Challenges for petroleum exploration and development and the world of turbidites

Field trips are all in southern Europe, which means enjoyable weather. In the pre-registration period these will be scheduled as pre- and/or post-conference trips depending on the number of subscriptions. They are all three full days not including travel to and fro the field areas.
Fieldtrip 1) SE France: Confined turbidite systems in the Alpine foreland – the Grés d’ Annot and the Bouma Sequence Gres d’Annot Formation in Bouma’s field area around Peïra Cava (Leaders: Ian Kane, Euan Soutter, Cai Puigdefàbrega);
Fieldtrip 2) SE Spain: Small radius, coarse grained submarine fan aprons dominated by supercritical flow bedforms (Late Miocene, Tabernas and Sorbas Basins, SE Spain). Leaders: Kick Kleverlaan and George Postma;
Fieldtrip 3) N Italy: The foredeep turbidites of the Marnoso-arenacea Formation (Miocene, northern Apennines, Italy). Leader: Roberto Tinterri.