Topics and


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We have chosen the following set of topical themes around which sessions will be developed

Observational geophysics

Keynote: Assoc. Professor Meghan Miller. RSES Australian National University

Title: Seismic imaging of the upper mantle structure beneath the western Mediterranean: influence of mantle flow on continental deformation


This theme will focus on the outcomes of multi-scale initiatives to characterise lithospheric structure and the Australian plate. This may include, but is not limited to, seismic surveys and tomography, magnetotellurics, heat flow and potential field data.

Geodynamics and thermodynamics

Keynote: Dr Elena Sizova. University of Graz, Austria.

Title:  What can we learn from numerical experiments about continental collision during the Phanerozoic and Precambrian Eons?’

The field of geodynamic modelling incorporates increasingly sophisticated approaches that capitalise on ever increasing computational power. This theme targets recent developments in geodynamic and thermodaynamic modelling that provide new insights into tectonic and other processes on Earth and other planets.

Domes, basins and dynamic topography

Keynote: Dr Mark Hoggard, Harvard University.

Title: Source to Sink: The Impacts of Mantle Convection on Sediment Routing Systems

From lithospheric controls on basin development to neotectonics, this theme encourages interdisciplinary approaches to dynamic topography and resolving the tectonic development of extensional systems, including magmatism, structural development and sedimentation. This also includes new views on basin evolution, especially focusing on central and the southern margin of Australia.

The Australia-Antarctic connection

Keynote: Dr Naomi Tucker. University of Western Australia (ECR)

Title: Australian crust under ice: what the Bunger Hills tell us about the Proterozoic assembly of Australia

The geological links between the southern Gawler Craton and George V Land, including the Kalinjala-Mertz shear zones, are one of the key pierce points for reconstructing the Australia-Antarctic connection. This theme invites presentations on all aspects of Antarctic geology and the connections and correlations across the Southern Ocean.  

Experimental studies of rocks and structure

Keynote: Kathryn Hayward. RSES Australian National University (ECR).

Title: Using experiments to understand dynamic earthquake processes

Constraining physical parameters and understanding deformation mechanisms of minerals and rocks at the nano- and micro-scale exert numerous influences on rock behaviour, from rheology to metamorphic reactions to geophysical responses. This theme invites contributions that provide insights into the properties and deformation processes of Earth materials and their consequences.

Tectonic controls on mineral systems

Keynote: Dr Louise Corriveau. Geological Survey of Canada.

Title: IOCG and affiliated deposits in tectonically active regions:

Impact on deposit types and structural attributes of ore systems

This theme will focus on integrated studies into understanding the tectonic drivers and controls on mineral systems at all scales. From lithospheric structure, mantle composition and magmatic systems to structural and kinematic controls on mineral deposits.  

Multi-scale structures and fluid-rock interaction

Keynote: Emeritus Professor Stephen Cox, RSES Australian National University.

Title: Quantifying volumetric fluid flow rates in fault-controlled hydrothermal systems: insights from contemporary and exhumed seismogenic hydrothermal systems

From folds and faults to fluid movement through the crust. This theme invites contributions on all aspects of the geological processes, such as the influence of metamorphism and chemical reactions, fluid movement, heat and mechanical constraints, on driving deformation at all scales. 

Plate margin and intra-plate orogenesis

Keynote: Professor Gianreto Manatschal. University of Strasbourg

Title: The role of inheritance in forming and reactivating rifted margins and building collisional orogens

From craton and supercontinent amalgamation, mountain building and orogenesis, regional tectonic analysis plays an important role in our understanding of tectonic events throughout Earth’s history. This theme encompasses a wide range of studies, and includes mobile belt and craton margin evolution.