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Geocongress 2023
11-13 January, 2023

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Hybrid meeting – Face to face & Virtual participation

Abstract deadline 15th October

Goldschmidt: Hawaii 2022, 10-15 July 2022

A tribute to the late Fredrick A. Frey

Theme 5b: Geochemical and isotopic compositions of volcanic magmas and their sources

AGU 2021 sessions

DI010 - Interdisciplinary studies of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system 

T019 - Lithospheric Foundering: Detection and Effects on Deformation, Topography, and Structure

GSA Topical sessions:

T3. Evolution, Structure, and Landscapes of the North Atlantic–Arctic Realm

T46. Rifts, Rifted Margins, Backarcs, and Spreading Ridges: Understanding Extensional Processes across Tectonic Settings and Time Scales

San Francisco, California, 7-11 December 2020

Submission deadline: 29 July, 2020, 23:59 EDT

Val Finlayson, Bradley Peters, Shichun Huang & Andrea Giuliani

2020 Annual GSA Meeting Connects Online

26-30 October 2020

Geophysics & Geodynamics Sessions:

T17: Evolution, Structure and Landscapes of the North Atlantic-Arctic Realm

T12: Assembling Laurentia: Neoproterozoic to Cambrian Rifting and Continental Margin Evolution during Breakup of Rodinia and Pannotia

T13: Some like It HOT: The Role of Late Extensional Tectonics in Collisional Orogens, with Special Emphasis on the Grenville Orogen

T26: Structural Geology and Tectonics Division 40 th Anniversary Symposium: Drivers of Orogenesis

–Donna Jurdy, Carol Stein, Ting Chen, & Ben Drenth 

Interdisciplinary Special Session

GD7.2: The Northeast Atlantic: Solid Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere, Cryosphere and Climate

Conveners: Laurent Geoffroy, Gillian R. Foulger, Dieter Franke & Catherine Kissel

JpGU 2020 Special Session

Do Plumes Exist?

Conveners: Hidehisa Mashima, Gillian R. Foulger & Dapeng Zhao

36th International Geological Congress

2-8 March, 2020, Delhi, India

Theme 16, Session 1: Large Igneous Provinces and their Plumbing Systems

Special Session: AGU Fall Meeting
San Francisco, 9-13 December, 2019

The North Atlantic Realm from Neoproterozoic to Cenozoic: Orogens Old and New

Vienna, Austria, 7-12 April 2019

Abstract submission deadline: 10 January, 2019

TS6.2: The impact of structural inheritance across spatial and temporal scales

TS6.4: Breaking and moving plates apart: linking plate kinematics to lithospheric processes and paleogeography

TS6.6: Rifted margins: Geological and geophysical observations, interpretations and their uncertainty with respect to the understanding of their evolutions and architectures

TS9.4: Hotspots, LIPs, LLSVPs, ...: an inter-disciplinary perspective on the causes and consequences of mantle upwellings

TS9.8: Crust-Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Interplay, Deformation, and Dynamics

TS9.11: Vertical motions away from plate boundaries

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting Sessions

Session TO11
Current understanding of large igneous provinces, hotspot tracks, and mantle plumes

Conveners: William Sager, Anthony Koppers, Cornelia Class & Trond Torsvik

Session V007
Basaltic magmatism: Constraints from trace elements

Conveners: Shichun Huang, Kirsten P Nicolaysen, Alberto E Saal & Tanya Furman

10-12 January, Copenhagen, Denmark

Topics & Sessions included:

S2.1 Geodynamic & geological evolution of the Arctic
S2.3 Dynamics of the mantle-lithosphere system
S12.1. Geophysics open session

22-25 October, 2017, Seattle, USA

Abstract deadline: 1st August, 2017

Session T240: Structure and Evolution of the North Atlantic-Arctic Realm

Christian Schiffer, Gillian R. Foulger, Randell Stephenson, Fiona Darbyshire & Hans Thybo

The discussion and revision of the structure and geological-geodynamic evolution of the North Atlantic–Arctic realm. Contributions from all relevant disciplines are requested, especially reports of multidisciplinary approaches.

Invited speakers
Andrew Schaeffer (University of Ottawa)
Victoria Pease (Stockholm University)
Laurent Gernigon (Geological Survey of Norway, NGU)

Special Issue in Journal of Geodynamics

May 20-25, 2017, Chiba-city, 261-0023, Japan

Session S-IT21: Do Plumes Exist?

Conveners: Hidehisa Mashima, Gillian R. Foulger, Dapeng Zhao

AGU 2016 Fall Meeting Sessions

DI007: Heterogeneity in Earth's Deep Interior - from natural and laboratory observations to theoretical models

DI016: Understanding the interacting core-mantle system

DI007: Heterogeneity in Earth's Deep Interior

DI010: Pillars of Deep Earth Research: Accomplishments, Limitations, and the Road Ahead

DI014: Structure, dynamics and evolution of Earth's deep mantle

V024: Quaternary and Neogene Hotspot Volcanism on the Cretaceous Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean: Nature and Potential Environmental Impact


Magmatism of the Earth and related strategic metal deposits

4 - 9 August 9, 2017
at the
Institute of Mineralogy, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Miass, Ilmen mountains, South Ural


Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

May 22-26, 2016, Chiba-city, 261-0023, Japan

Session S-IT10: Do Plumes Exist?

Conveners: Hidehisa Mashima, Gillian R. Foulger, Dapeng Zhao

Goldschmidt2016 Conference

Jun 26 - July 1, Yokohama Japan

Session 05a: Crust-Mantle Processes: A Stable Isotope Perspective

Conveners: Convenors: Fang Huang, Julie Prytulak, Shichun Huang, Michael Antonelli, Anat Shahar, Edwin Schauble, James Watkins

AGU 2015 Fall Meeting Sessions

Session 8278: Tectonic, magmatic, and geodynamic studies of extensional processes: Applications in Iceland and the Nubia-Somalia-Arabia plate system

Session 8146: Seismic modelling and inversion: Exploring the Earth's interior

Session 7577: The Paraná-Etendeka Igneous Province and Related Magmatism: What Have we Learned so far?

Session 7653: The origin of basaltic magmatism

Session 8060: Heterogeneity in the Earth’s interior: the on-going processes of differentiation

Session 8565: Endogenous mantle melting: petrology and geophysics

Session 7198: Rifts and Passive Margins: Tectonics, Dynamics, Processes

Session 8620: The Asthenosphere

Session 8657: Constraints on Heterogeneities in Earth’s Mantle

Session 8057: The history of a diamond: insights from melts, fluids and mineral inclusions

Session 8083: Bridging the Moho: Joint imaging of crust and lithospheric mantle structure

Session 8565: Endogenous Mantle Melting

Session 8051: Transport of Volatiles from Mantle to Surface: Insights on Diffusion, Exsolution and Migration of Fluids in Magmatic Environments from Natural Samples and Experiments

Session 8949: Mantle, Crust, and Surface Dynamics in the Mediterranean System

AGU 2014 Special Session

Theory of Earth

D.L. Anderson, J. Bass, G.R. Foulger & J.H. Natland

Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 2 May, 2014

GD5.1/GMPV64/SM6.11/TS6.7: The first step of the Wilson Cycle: Rifting to post-breakup processes of passive continental margins with special emphasis on the Atlantic Ocean

TS6.4: Why and how does continental rifting lead to break-up?

TS6.1: Rifted continental margins: The offshore sedimentary, volcanic and crustal architecture

TS6.3: Onshore-offshore relationships at rifted margins

GMPV21/TS7.9: Interplay of magmatism and plate tectonic processes in a complex geodynamic setting - case studies in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions

GD5.2/GMPV65/TS6.5: Geodynamics of Rift Basins and Passive Margins from Surface to Depth: Observations and Modelling

International Symposium

Large Igneous Provinces of Asia, Mantle Plumes & Metallogeny

Hanoi, Vietnam, 7-11 Nov 2013

AGU 2013 Fall Meeting Sessions

V004. Chemical Evolution of the Earth’s Mantle

DI006: Linking the Earth's Surface with the Deep Interior: Comparing Predictions and Observations of Mantle Plumes

DI008: Multidisciplinary Constraints on the Nature and Scale of Mantle Heterogeneities

OS015: Melt generation, transport, and extraction in the off-axis mid-ocean ridge environment.

MR008: Fluids and Melts in the Earth's Interior: From Crust to Core-Mantle Boundaries

Goldschmidt Conference, Florence, Italy
August 25-30

Union Session, Theme 01e

Causes of Phanerozoic Mass Extinctions: Impacts vs. Large igneous Provinces vs. Others?

Conveners: F. Jourdan, A. Marzoli, S. Cirilli

2D Symposium and School for Young Scientists, Irkutsk, Russia
August 22-23, 2013

Continental Rifting, Accompanying Processes

Conveners: Rasskazov, S.V., Nikishin A.M, Primina S.P.

South Pacific Slab Conference

Summer, 2014
Suva, Fiji

Gordon Research Conference and Seminar "Interior of the Earth" 2013

AGU Fall Meeting 2012 Special Sessions

T26: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Origin of Intraplate Volcanism and Large Igneous Provinces

Ridges and Hotspots around the Mascarene Island

3-7 September, 2012
Mauritius Island

Goldschmidt, Montréal, Canada, June 24-29, 2012

4g. Geochronology and geochemistry of large igneous provinces

34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 5-10 August, 2012

21.6 Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) and their impact on the lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

EGU, Vienna, 22-27 April, 2012

GD2.4/GMPV6.17/SM2.12 Oceanic hotspot origin and dynamics

GD3.6/GMPV6.11/SM4.1/TS1.3 The lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB) depth paradox

GAC-MAC, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, May 27-29, 2012

The Large Igneous Province Record of North America Through Time

      Items of special interest

21.6 Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) and their impact on the lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Scott BRYAN (Australia), Steve SELF (UK) and Ingrid UKSTINS-PEATE (USA)

Large igneous provinces (LIPs) represent episodic, catastrophic igneous events throughout Earth history. They are distinguished by high intensity bursts of principally mantle-derived magma to the crust and surface over geologically short timescales. LIP volcanism had a major impact on the lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, and consequently has been implicated as a driving factor in environmental change based on the temporal relationship with several mass extinction events through the Phanerozoic. Not only can individual eruptions pose a significant hazard through atmospheric loading of volcanic aerosols, but elevated eruption frequency and the potential for synchronous mafic ± silicic large-magnitude (>M8) eruptions mean that environmental change may be exacerbated by the cumulative effects of multiple eruptions, both direct and indirect. Over the last 10 years, proposed mechanisms for environmental change include volcanic CO2 or S emissions, gas emissions from clathrate or hydrocarbon disturbance, and Fe fertilisation of oceans from ash loading. This Symposium seeks cross-disciplinary contributions from the Earth, atmospheric, climate, and biological sciences that are investigating the lithospheric to atmospheric impact of LIPs. Contributions focusing on assessing the integrated impact and the rates and mechanisms of Earth system response to LIP magmatism are encouraged.

The fourth circular is due out in January and abstract deadline is 17 February 2012.

Goldschmidt, Montréal, Canada, June 24-29, 2012

4g. Geochronology and geochemistry of large igneous provinces
(co-hosted by Themes 4 and 5)

Paul Sylvester (Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada) -
Richard Ernst (Ernst Geosciences) -
Mike Hamilton (University of Toronto) -
Wouter Bleeker (Geological Survey of Canada-Ottawa) -

Large igneous provinces (LIPs) are the result of large volume magmatic events emplaced over short time scales, found through all of the geologic record. Recent advances in U-Pb geochronology of baddeleyite by TIMS, SIMS and LA-ICPMS have allowed many more mafic LIP events to be dated precisely. The new ages are used for correlations between LIP units on now dispersed terrane fragments, providing constraints on reconstructions of supercontinents. Precise age data also allow geochemical comparisons between different LIP events, leading to a better understanding of variations in their mantle sources and melting processes. This session aims to highlight the analytical developments of U-Pb geochronology of baddeleyite and the application of high-precision age data for LIPs to paleo-continental reconstructions, mantle geochemistry, mantle dynamics and plumes, the intrusive and extrusive architecture of LIPs, global environmental catastrophes and biological mass extinctions, and the genesis and distribution of ore deposits and hydrocarbons within LIP systems.

GAC-MAC, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, May 27-29, 2012

The Large Igneous Province Record of North America Through Time

Richard Ernst, (Ernst Geosciences,, Mike
Hamilton (Department of Geology, University of Toronto,, Wouter Bleeker (GSC, Ottawa,, and Paul Sylvester, ( Memorial

This session will focus on large igneous provinces (LIPs) in North America, through all of geological time, also in adjacent ocean basins (e.g. Iceland, the Arctic basin), and in formerly attached continental blocks (e.g. Europe, NW Africa, Siberia, Australia? etc.). Contributions on all aspects of LIP magmatism are welcome: mantle dynamics and plumes, the intrusive and extrusive architecture of LIPs, their interaction with sedimentary basins and hydrocarbons, the broader Earth system, geochemistry, geochronology and paleomagnetism, paleogeographic reconstructions, and ore deposits.


      Items of special interest

Gondwana 14
September 25-30, 2011
Buzios, Brazil

Session 2:
Mantle plumes and Gondwana break-up

Gondwana 14
September 25-30, 2011
Buzios, Brazil

Session 2:
Mantle plumes and Gondwana break-up

21st Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference
August 14-19, 2011

Prague, Czech Republic

04i: Origin of Large Igneous Provinces: linking geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, geodynamics and climate modeling

04c: Plumes, Mid-Ocean Ridges, and Plates: Examining their Dynamics and Interactions with Observations and Models

Abstract submission deadline: 10 January, 2011

TS 5.1 Continental rifting: mechanisms of deformation, sedimentation, and magmatism

G. Peron-Pinvidic, S. Leroy & C. Robin

New AGU Monograph

Diversity of Hydrothermal Systems on Slow Spreading Ocean Ridges

Eds: P.A. Rona, C.W. Devey, J. Dyment & B.J. Murton

AGU Sessions

T12: Investigation of the Earth's Interior Using Geophysical and Laboratory Measurements
V37: Are Hotspots Hot?
V25: Generation and Evolution of Alkaline to Sub-alkaline Magmas

EGU 2010:
Vienna, Austria, 02 – 07 May

Session TS5.1

Continental rifting: influence of deformation processes and its interaction with sedimentary, serpentinisation and magmatic processes


Virtual Workshop:

Understanding Deep Earth: Slabs, Drips, Plumes and More

part of the On the Cutting Edge program

February 17-19 & 24-26, 2010




Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia

1-5 June, 2010


AGU Special Sessions, Fall 2009

Linking Earth's Deep Interior to the Surface Environment

Seismic Discontinuities, Phase Transitions, and Compositional Boundaries in the Earth's Mantle

Structure and Dynamics of the Earth's Upper Mantle and Transition Zone: The Role of Water

Plate Motion and Plate Boundaries

Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Interaction: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

The Role of Magmatism in Rifting Continental Lithosphere and the Rift-Drift Transition

Heat Transfer from Pluton to Plate Scales

Evolution of the Caribbean Plate: Linking its Tectonic, Magmatic, Metamorphic and Stratigraphic Records

Topography and Mantle Processes

Consequences and Fraction of Recycled Basalt in the Mantle

Mantle Heterogeneity: Bridging the Gap Between Observations and Dynamics

The Nature, Frequency, Size and Consequences of Instabilities of the Continental Lithosphere

Oceanic Plateaus Through Time: Formation, Preservation and Environmental Impacts

Synthesizing Diverse Data Sets into Models of Hawaiian Plume and Island Evolution

Mantle Potential Temperature: A Very Hot Topic

International conference and field workshop related to the IGCP 509 project

"Paleoproterozoic Supercontinent and global evolution"

Kolkata, India, 26-28 October, 2009

First circular:

6th International Dyke Conference (IDC-6)

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

4 - 7 February, 2010

There will be a pre-conference Deccan field trip.

G³ Special Theme:

Continental rift magmatism and volcanic rifted margins

Please consider contributing

AGU Special Sessions, Fall 2008

Global Tectonics and the Paleocene ~62 Myr (~mid Danian) Plate Reorganization: Observed Signatures and Models

Large Igneous Province Development and Environmental Impacts

Magma-Rich Extensional Environments: Evolution
of Continental Basins and Rifted Continent Margins

Research Advances on the Geologic, Tectonic, & Geochemical Evolution of the Indian Ocean Seafloor & its Margin

2008 Goldschmidt Meeting
Vancouver, Canada, July 13-18, 2008

Session 05c
LIPS, hot spots and intraplate magmatism

Conveners: G. Ito & B. Steinberger

IAVCEI 2008 General Assembly,
Reykjavik, Iceland, 18-25 August 2008

Frontiers in LIP Research

Conveners: I. Campbell & R. Ernst

Special Session:

North Atlantic Igneous Province

Europe Special Symposia of the 33rd International Geological Congress

Oslo, 6th-14th August 2008


Large Meteorite Impacts & Planetary Evolution IV

Vredefort Dome, South Africa, August 18-22, 2008

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS),
5th Annual Assembly, Busan, Korea

June 16-20, 2008

Session SE59: Post-collision continental magmatism: Plumes vs. "Top-Down" plate tectonics?

Lead convener: M. Flower

European Geosciences Union

General Assembly 2008
Vienna, Austria, 13 – 18 April 2008

Session GD05
The Origins of Melting Anomalies

Conveners: G.R. Foulger & A. Sobolev

PDF & Powerpoint presentations

Abstracts for session GD05

AGU Special Sessions, Fall 2007

The Effect of Lithospheric Elements on Mantle Processes (T27)

Académie des Sciences Meeting

Ocean Continent Transition

September 2007

MYRES stands for "Meeting of Young Researchers in Earth Sciences". The science theme of the meeting is chosen by voting. Different meeting ideas are submitted and members of the science community then vote for the meeting they prefer.

We are proposing a meeting on a combined topic:

Magmatism of the Earth and Planets

We propose to get a group of young Earth and planetary scientists together, and this topic is different from other upcoming meetings. It includes a career development workshop, fieldwork and science sessions. The goal is to provide an overview of this field of research, promote discussion and provide young scientists with the skills needed to become successful, independent scientists.

Click here for details.

Please vote for our proposed meeting by July 15, by visiting this website

For more information, contact:

Jolante van Wijk or Nicola Richmond

"Terrestrial Planets: Evolution through time"

Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, January 22-25, 2008

International Conference: Evolution of basaltic provinces

29-30 August 2007, Faroe Islands


Goldschmidt Conference 2007
August 19 - 24, 2007
Cologne, Germany

Special Sessions
S32: Recycling of lower continental crust and implications for the geochemistry of mantle and crust
Conveners: R. Rudnick, A. Strache & P. O'Brian

S26: Earth's energy Equation - Radioactive elements and heat flow in the core and mantle
Conveners: J. Lassiter & S.

LIP symposium, 2007 Goldschmidt Conference: Conference link

Hotspots and LIPs: Plumes or shallow-mantle sources

Koln, August 19-24, 2007

Convenors: Dominique Weis, Conny Class & Cinzia Farnetani

Session description:
The origin of hotspots and large igneous processes appears to be as controversial as ever. Points of disagreement extend beyond the current plume debate to questions of the petrologcal nature of the source rocks  (peridotite, eclogite, pyroxenite, and their hybrids), the source of geochemical enrichment (metasomatism, recycling of crust), and the "fixity" of hotspots. This symposium will bring together geochemists, petrologists and geophysicists to debate the issues.

International Symposium: Large Igneous Provinces of Asia, Mantle Plumes, and Metallogeny

13-16 August 2007, Novosibirsk, Russia


Rift to Ridge '07
28th-29th June 2007, Southampton, UK

A workshop on North Atlantic rift–drift evolution and the Iceland hotspot

IODP-funded four-day LIPs workshop

July, Northern Ireland: 75 participants anticipated

Chairs: Clive Neal & Mike Coffin

Official information webpage

The application deadline is 15th March, 2007

IUGG 2007 Meeting in Perugia, Italy link to IUGG

July 2-13, 2007

Special Session:

VS019: Large Igneous Provinces

session conveners: Richard Ernst & Ian H. Campbell

European Geosciences Union

General Assembly 2007
Vienna, Austria, 15 – 20 April 2007

Session GD05
The Origins of Melting Anomalies
Conveners: G.R. Foulger & A. Sobolev

AGU Special Sessions, Fall 2005

Links between ophiolites and the lost large igneous provinces record

Temperature, Chemistry and Dynamics of the Mantle

Insights Into the Nature of the Asthenosphere

Will the real phenocryst please stand up?

IAVCEI 2006: May 14-18, 2006, Guangzhou, China

Session 3: The Role of Mantle Plumes and Plate Tectonics in the Generation of Large Igneous Provinces

Convenors: Ian Campbell & Sun-Lin Chung

Chapman conference

"The Great Plume Debate"

Conveners: Ian Campbell, Gillian R. Foulger, James H. Natland & W. Jason Morgan

Session GD05/TS31

Mantle Plumes, intraplate magmatism, and hotspot-ridge interaction: Geodynamical, Geophysical and Geochemical Aspects


AGU Special Sessions, Fall 2004

Plumes or Not?
Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

Oceanic Transforms and Their Roles in Plate Tectonics, Mid-Ocean Ridge Magmatism, Melting Anomalies, and Earthquake Dynamics

Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, August 16-20, 2004

Large Igneous Provinces and Hotspots in and around the Pacific Basin
Volcanology special session V07

The growing pains of the Pacific plate: How hotspots and superswells shaped the Pacific domain
Tectonophysics session T03

last updated 5th February, 2023