Københavns Universitet, SCIENCE

8th International Drill Symposium 2019

Date and time

Monday 30. September 2019 at 09:00 to Thursday 3. October 2019 at 17:00

Registration Deadline

Thursday 1. August 2019 at 12:00


The Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 36
1553 Copenhagen V


Københavns Universitet, SCIENCE
+45 93 56 50 85


Ice drills are crucial to access ice for climate research and other studies of the water and basal conditions under glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets. The ice related research especially related to understand the past and present climate will improve our ability to predict the impacts under future climate changes. New techniques are rapidly evolving within ice drills and include rapid access drills, replicate drilling and thermal and hot water drilling. This symposium presents a timely opportunity to show recent advances in our knowledge and technological capabilities in ice drilling technology. In addition, the symposium will include the ice drill related themes like ice core handling, borehole logging and ice camp logistics.


- Ice drilling Development within shallow, intermediate, deep drills.
- Hot water drilling Development within shallow, intermediate, deep systems.
- Thermal ice drilling Hot points techniques and coring abilities.
- Rapid access ice drilling Development of technologies for rapid access drilling.
- Sampling and clean technologies Methods for exploration of subglacial environment.
- Probes Use of ice drills in extraterrestrial investigations.
- Complicated conditions Conditions like high altitude drilling, warm ice, firn aquifer layers, brittle ice, ice streams complicate ice drilling.
- Special aspects Ice drilling technology include drilling fluids, control systems, surface and auxiliary equipment and drill cables and hoses.
- Directional drilling There is a need for replicate sampling in many ice drill projects.
- Ice core handling Logging and handling ice cores.
- Borehole logging For drill support and science.
- Logistics Drill camp operations and future projects.
- New challenges Future development of ice drilling technology.

We will also accept proposals for sessions not listed above prior to the call for abstracts.
Contact: icedrillsymposium.nbi.ku.dk


The symposium will include oral and poster sessions, and will provide a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment to facilitate face-to-face interactions and networking. Additional activities will include an opening reception, a banquet dinner and a mid-symposium afternoon excursion.


15 October 2018 First circular and call for abstracts.

Abstract submission and pre-registration is open.

1 February 2019 Registration opened.

1 May 2019 Abstract submission closed.

1 August 2019 Registration closed.

1 April 2020 Deadline for submitting papers for publication in Annals of Glaciology.


Please register on the symposium home page www.icedrillsymposium.dk. The registration fee is 2000 DKK.

Pre-registration register is open now Payment of registration fee can be done when the final registration is open 1st of February 2019.

On the home page there is information on accommodation options.

There will be support possibilities for a limited number of especially young participants. Please apply by email (icedrillsymposium@nbi.ku.dk) before 15 April 2019 including an abstract in the application.


Participants who wish to presentation (oral or poster) at the Symposium will be required to submit an abstract. Please submit abstracts by following the links on the symposium home page: www.icedrillsymposium.dk

As has been done for previous Ice Drill symposaia, papers from the symposium will be published through the International Glaciology Society as a thematic issue of the Annals of Glaciology following the symposium.


A field trip is being organized for Wednesday 2 October afternoon.


The Local Organizing Committee welcomes requests from groups and organizations for meeting spaces to host side meetings prior to or after the symposium. Send all requests to icedrillsymposium@nbi.ku.dk.


We look forward to welcoming the ice drill community to Copenhagen. The Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr institute has a history in ice core drilling and ice core science. The meeting will take place at The Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letter downtown Copenhagen.

D. Dahl-Jensen (co-chair), S.B. Hansen (co-chair), O. Alemany, K. Kawamura, K. Makinson, H. Motoyama, T. Popp , A. Pyn, J. Roberts, J. Schwander, K. Slawny, P. Talalay, F. Wilhelms.

S.B. Hansen, T. Popp, K-E. Nielsen, J. Justesen, I. Koldtoft, S. M. Andersen, T. B. Christensen. 


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Københavns Universitet, SCIENCE
+45 93 56 50 85