Section  1 – Earth and Humankind


Theme 1.1 – Geo-hazards (natural and induced seismicity, flooding, landslides and volcanic risk, subsidence, active tectonics):

1.1.1 'Understanding natural, induced and laboratory seismicity'by Jeannot Trampert, Andre Niemeijer; Utrecht University, The NetherlandsObservations are made on various scales at which seismicity occurs, however it remains difficult to fully understand the physics of the underlying processes. For this session, we invite contributions from seismologists, geodesists, numerical modelers and experimentalists with the aim to highlight observations that are common at all scales of seismicity. We welcome contributions discussing similarities and differences in various types of observations as well as physical processes identifiable in natural, induced and laboratory seismicity. 1.1.2 'Natural Hazards in the 21st century'by Klaus Reicherter1, Gösta Hoffmann2, Christoph Grützner3; 1: RWTH Aachen University, Germany; 2: Univ. Bonn, Germany; 3: Univ. Jena, GermanyThis session covers the entire variety of Natural Hazards affecting society and Earth, we put a special focus on the changing world and associated rising risk and hazards. We encourage to submit abstracts representing your research spanning from studies of volcanic activity and active tectonics, and secondary effects like tsunamis, landslide, liquefaction or others. Also, flood and climate-associated hazard contributions are welcome. We like to address as well novel techniques in remote sensing, dating and analysis, and simulation/modelling.


Theme 1.2 – Geo-Resources and Sustainability (fossil fuels in the transition period, unconventional and sustainable geo-resources):

1.2.1 'Subsurface storage for future energy systems'by Katriona Edlmann1, Suzanne Hangx2, Niklas Heinemann1, Johannes Miocic3; 1: The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; 2: Utrecht University; 3: University of FreiburgTo achieve the necessary global low-carbon transition our energy mix must dramatically reduce emissions from fossil fuels and move towards renewable and clean technologies. Storage of energy and carbon dioxide in subsurface geological formations is a key enabler for sustainable energy systems relying on low carbon fossil fuels, renewable energy and zero carbon power and heat generation using hydrogen. All subsurface storage systems rely on the properties and integrity of the reservoir and its confining units under dynamic thermal, mechanical, hydraulic and chemical conditions. These similarities enable the transfer of know-how from one type of fluid storage to another, highlighting the need for research knowledge exchange. Besides the geological challenges accompanying subsurface fluid storage, the role in future energy systems as well as public perception are decisive for the success of subsurface storage technology.This session addresses storage of fluids, such as CO2, hydrogen, synthetic fuel or compressed air, in geological systems at all scales, from laboratory experiments to full-scale storage projects. Individual studies, initiatives and active projects integrating elements of the storage chain are invited as well as field projects focused on geological storage.Relevant topics include but are not limited to:    Regional and local characterization of storage formations and their behaviour during injection and storage, including long-term response    Identification and determination of key site parameters for energy storage, mechanisms for trapping and recovery efficiency    Energy and carbon storage scenarios as pathways for a low carbon future    Public perception of energy and carbon storage    Characterization of reservoir and cap-rocks and their fluid-flow properties with respect to hydrogen and carbon dioxide    Evaluation of available infrastructure and injection strategies    Geophysical and geochemical monitoring for safe and cost-efficient storage    Coupling of different types of energy storage in a carbon neutral energy system1.2.2 'Ores extracted from unconventional deposits: a new frontier to overcome the rising demand of raw materials?'by Fiorenza Deon1, Franziska D.H. Wilke2; 1: Department of Earth Systems Analysis, University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Information (ITC), Enschede, the Netherlands; 2: Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry Section, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Potsdam Germany The worldwide uptaking demand for ores, metal and REE (Rare Earth Elements) has changed the view and interest on and the selection for the extraction sites in recent times. If in the past ores were extracted in conventional open pit and underground mines, nowadays there is a growing interest in searching for exploitable concentrations in waste on slag heaps and dumps from abandoned mine sites (mostly in forms of tailings) and “unconventional deposits” such as extra-planetary rock bodies (meteorites). The European Commission (EU 2013) has selected a group of metals, among others Co (Cobalt), considered worth to be extracted from mine waste based on their use, strategic importance and the single countries (i.e. Germany for Europe) dependency on the import. The German Raw Materials Agency (DERA) had identified a group of raw materials with high potential procurement risks (DERA Rohstoffliste 2016). In total, 40% of all examined and raw materials and intermediate products were identified to show high risks! This session welcomes contribution dealing with different aspects from the mine waste characterization ranging from the geochemical and mineral investigations of concentrations in the those alternative deposits, the estimation of feasibility of ore and raw material extraction and the appraisal and mitigation of possible environmental hazards. 1.2.3 'Characterizing the Subsurface in support of Drilling for Sustainable Energyby Guido Hoetz, Martin Ecclestone; EBN, The NetherlandsAs is the case for the E&P industry, geothermal developments and underground storage require a good understanding of geology before wells are drilled. Continual improvements by the E&P industry in drilling safety and efficiency has resulted in a wealth of knowledge and learnings that, if scaled appropriately, can be applied to sustainable energy drilling projects. These learnings relate to well planning and design and include assurance and quality control processes on how best to plan a well trajectory, identify geohazards, mitigate identified risks, establish pre-drill internal and external communication events, define data acquisition needs and value of information (VOI) assessments, define pore pressure and geo-mechanical considerations for casing design and how uncertainty is managed. In addition, good communication practices including multi-disciplinary team events such as the “Well Trajectory Review” and “Drilling the Well On Paper” and the use of advanced visualization technology are very useful in the well design phase. Multiple aspects relate to geo-drilling hazards: local geological conditions that can affect the drilling process. These include depth (positioning) prediction, interpretation uncertainties and scenarios, distribution of pore pressures and hydrocarbons in the subsurface, which are key parameters in the well design. Often, drilling through salt poses extra challenges. This session will explore what E&P learnings are appropriate and how they can be scaled for use in support of improved sustainable energy drilling project delivery. 1.2.4 'Raw Materials and their societal relevance for Europe'by Antje Wittenberg, Henrike Sievers; Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), GermanyRaw Materials are crucial components of a vital and wealthy society. This holds for societies affected by mining, manufacturing and agriculture as well as for those that reached a de-industrialised status. Sustainable supply of raw materials always calls for accessibility to mineral deposits and productive mines. It is getting more and more challenging to meet these needs not only due to the competing land-use issues and to provide a fair share of costs and benefit to all.The realisation of a low-carbon society and a self-concept of reliable sourcing increasingly require short feed strokes and local sourcing. Although Europe has a long history in mining, it is still widely underexplored in particular with modern exploration methods. A good understanding of mineral systems, mining sites and remaining resources of historical sites is still of utmost importance.This session invites contributions from the entire mining cycle spanning from raw materials exploration to active mining in Europe indicating a socio-economic importance to our society in particular.1.2.5 'Integrated Petroleum and Coal Studies: From microscopic to seismic scales'by Bandar Ismail Ghassal1, Haytham El Atfy2,3; 1: Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia; 2: Institut für Geowissenschaften, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany; 3: Mansoura University, EgyptAs we are entering the second decade of the new millennium, the world is witnessing an accelerated abundance of data and substantial advancement in computer sciences. On the other hand, the rapid increase in human populations necessitates finding more efficient methods of exploring for energy resources. The increase in data and computational techniques enable researchers to apply multidisciplinary approaches for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons. The integrated approaches link field and laboratory observations to various earth surface processes and sediment dynamics. We welcome contributions dealing with integrated petroleum geology and engineering or both. This includes but not limited to source rock, reservoir, gas and oil exploration, and production. The session highly welcomes artificial intelligence and machine learning studies.


Theme 1.3 – Geothermal energy, from surface to deep (structure and quantification, exploitation and societal risks)

1.3.1 'Geothermal energy: use the past for looking to the future' (Sponsored by EAGE)by Karl-Heinz Wolf1, Phil Vardon1, Jan-Diederik van Wees2; 1: TU Delft, The Netherlands, 2: TNO, The NetherlandsGeothermal energy as one of the renewables may contribute considerably to a green-gas and zero-emission society. However, impeding factors for implementation of the sub-surface systems are administrative procedures, high up-front investment costs such as exploration, drilling and completion, and testing potential target reservoirs. Additional risks are low return-on-investment even from successful projects; the potential of induced seismicity; uncertainties (reservoir quality, physical properties etc.), and – from and exergy point of view – low sustainability compared to the hydrocarbon industry. Therefore, large scale exploration of new target reservoirs for geothermal systems, as well as the monitoring of operational sites require dedicated state-of-the-art geophysical and geochemical surveys and monitoring networks as a part of the life-time cycle.This theme will be focused on monitoring developments (geophysical, geochemical data interpretation and data integration) dedicated to reservoir and system prediction and risk prevention.We welcome contributions on case studies showing application and challenges of surveillance methods for characterization and monitoring of target reservoir horizons, as well as research results from field to laboratory scale, indicating trends, important solutions, and future possibilities both for shallow and deep applications in North-West Europe.We aim at bringing together professionals from academia, research centres, service companies, operators, and energy companies, dedicated to this solutions for an efficient utilization of the geothermal infrastructure related subsurface. In order to cross-fertilize with established industries and to speed-up the transition towards a zero-emission society, we would like to especially encourage experts from all branches to participate and explore opportunities for future cooperation.Session sponsored by EAGE.


Theme 1.4 – Focus on structure and quantification (geological mapping and modelling, engineering geology, soil and stability, applied sciences in general)

1.4.1 'Applications in 3D Geological Modelling'by Rouwen Lehne (1) & Michiel van der Meulen (2); 1: HLNUG Geological Survey of Hesse, DE, 2: TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands, NLOver the last decades, 3D geological modelling has become a standard in hydrocarbon exploration and production, has been adopted and is developing towards a systematic effort by geological surveys, and is on the verge of being able to properly handle the structurally complex settings in which the mining sector operates. New, exciting possibilities are arising and new application domains are opening up, which challenges geomodellers to integrate data and methods from different domains (e.g. remote-sensed and subsurface data), and to deliver integrated content (e.g. urban underground infrastructure and geology). In this process, several hurdles must be overcome, i.e., developing standards, harmonization, integration of data, storing and sharing content in a structured manner, and developing services. In the process challenges are manifold, and so are the solutions.This session therefore is looking for contributions addressing the wide field of geological 3D-modelling and associated topics such as data modelling & data storage and sharing systems. We especially encourage the younger generation to present and are glad to announce a special block within the session that is dedicated to honor selected student degree theses and reward them with a cash prize. For more details please visit the website of the section Geoinformatics ( 1.4.2 'Recent developments in Engineering Geology'by Anika Braun, Tomas Fernandez-Steeger; Technische Universität Berlin, GermanyThe session addresses recent research and studies in the field of engineering geology and adjacent fields. The special focus of the session is the promotion of applied research of students, young professionals and early career scientists. First results and findings from recent theses or Phd projects as well as challenges and solutions from industry or consulting projects showing the relevance of geoscience for engineering solutions are welcome.1.4.3 'Radon & Geology'by Rouwen Lehné1, Eric Petermann2; 1: HLNUG, Germany; 2: BfS, GermanyThe radioactive gas radon belongs, together with terrestric and cosmic radiation, to the natural sources of radioactive radiation. For Germany e.g. the average exposure coming from radon is about 1.1 mSv/a (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, 2016), which makes up more than 50 % of the total natural radiation exposure.With the 2013/59/EURATOM directive of the EU-Commission, the EU member states were urged to update their radiation protection laws to account for the health risk of the exposure to elevated indoor radon levels and to prepare National Radon Action Plans (EC 2014). The EU member states have to provide information on so called “radon priority areas” by the end of 2020. The basis for the identification of those areas will be the map of geogenic radon potential (a function of radon soil gas concentration and soil gas permeability). In many cases (i.e. for many countries or regions) the currently available data is not sufficient to provide a satisfying accuracy, leading to the need of additional field measurements. The selection of sampling sites ideally reflects both 1) the administrative level on which radon-priority area will be delineated and 2) available knowledge about variability of landscape characteristics governing the geogenic radon potential (rock, soil, water characteristics, etc.). However, while the influence of soil and rock on the radon concentration is fairly understood, the impact of tectonic inventory and hydrogeological aspects (e.g. origin, flow direction and flow velocity) cannot be considered schematically but require site-specific awareness and treatment. This session therefore is inviting contributions from the large field of action related to radon & geology. The topics include but are not limited to:    Approaches in planning measurements    Methodological experiences    Results and interpretations so far    Temporal and spatial variability    Influence of local phenomena    From measurements to maps: how to predict spatially1.4.4 'Open topics in geological mapping, soil, stability and general regional studies'We welcome general topics in geological mapping, soil, stability and general regional studies.


Section  2 – Earth Evolution


Theme 2.1 – Understanding the multi-scale past climate and environmental evolution (climate change in the deep time, paleo-oceanography, paleo-environments):

2.1.1 'Latest Achievements in Scientific Ocean and Continental Drilling'by Martin Ziegler1, Timme Donders1, Jan Behrmann2, Lucas Lourens1; 1: Utrecht University, Netherlands; 2: GEOMAR, Kiel, GermanyNational and international Earth science programs are utilizing Scientific Drilling as a critical tool to understand climate and environmental variability, natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, natural resources, the deep biosphere and other topics of socio-economic relevance. The principal goal of the session is to summarize latest scientific achievements in ocean, continental and polar drilling.2.1.2 'The imprint of astronomical climate forcing: geochronometer and paleoclimate archive'by Christian Zeeden1, Diederik Liebrand2, Anna-Joy Drury3, Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr4, Qiang Fang5; 1: Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Hanover, Germany; 2: MARUM, Bremen, Germany; 3: University College London, London, UK; 4: University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany; 5: China University of Geosciences, Beijing, ChinaThe pacing of the global climate system by variations in orbital parameters is clearly demonstrated in the timing and specific patterns of e.g. sapropels and glacial-interglacial cycles beside many other examples. The imprint of astronomical cycles can be used as high-precision geochronometer, and as paleoclimatic information.We invite contributions utilizing the imprint of Milankovic cycles as preserved in the geological record in any way. This includes the often not very well understood mechanisms that translate this forcing into geoarchives. Submissions exploring proxy data and/or modelling work are welcome; we aim to bring together proxy-based, theoretical and modelling studies focused on global and regional climate responses to astronomical forcing at different time scales. 2.1.3 'Proxy applications in restricted basins'by Iuliana Vasiliev-Popa1, Wout Krigsman2; 1: Senckenberg Biodiversity abd Climate Research Centre, Germany; 2: Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, The NetherlandsDuring the Miocene the Mediterranean-Paratethys system experienced, at times, severe disruption of connectivity to the ocean, limiting the possibility for strait forward correlation of conventional proxy data (e.g. δ13C & δ18O stable isotopes) to the oceanic record. It is, however, important to understand the paleoenvironmental changes affecting this highly-dynamic Mediterranean-Paratethys system, especially at times of almost complete separation from the Open Ocean like during the times of Badenian and Messinian Salinity Crises, two events that shaped the Eurasian paleoclimate. This session is intended to bring together all-type proxies specialists working in the Mediterranean-Paratethys domain with the target to obtain an integrated understanding of the potential in using novel geochemical proxies to reconstruct parameters like anoxia, sea surface temperature, salinity, mean annual air temperature, all influenced by the size of the gateways and the connectivity to the Ocean. These geochemical proxies are intended to be paralleled to the more established proxy data provided by palaeontology and palynology to understand and cross-evaluate the limitations of proxies in restricted basins. We also encourage contributions where the proxy records are used and compare to modelling experiments for achieving a holistic understanding of changed affecting highly restricted basins.2.1.4 'Mediterranean-Atlantic exchange – The conjunction between the low and high latitude climate systems'by André Bahr1, Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr2, Lucas Lourens3, Maria Fernanda Sanchez Goñi4; 1: Heidelberg University, Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg, Germany; 2: University of Potsdam, Institute for Geosciences, Potsdam-Golm, Germany; 3: Utrecht University, Geosciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands; 4: Université de Bordeaux, Pessac, FranceThe Mediterranean is the key region to understand the spatial and temporal complexities of the climate system. Its particular sensitivity derives from the confluence of arid northern African (i.e. subtropically influence) and temperate to boreal humid European (i.e. mid- to high latitudinal) climates. Changes in the hydrological balance of the Mediterranean Sea further alter the overturning circulation within the Atlantic Ocean via the saline Mediterranean Outflow Water and could thereby cause supra-regional climatic changes. In the context of future climate change, the necessity to assess the consequences of climate change on this sensitive region becomes thus pivotal. In light of the above we encourage contributions dealing with climate change in the broader Mediterranean region (from the Eastern North Atlantic to the Black Sea) bringing together model as well as proxy expertise. Covered time scales might reach from interannual climate variability to secular changes driven by tectonic activity (e.g. the opening and closure of the Strait of Gibraltar).


Theme 2.2 – Understanding the past biostratigraphy (paleontology, palynology, paleobotany, geobiology and event stratigraphy):

2.2.1 'Mammalian adaptation and evolution throughout the Cenozoic'by Anneke H. van Heteren1,2,3, Wilma Wessels4; 1: Mammalogie Section, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology; 2: GeoBio-Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; 3: Systematic Zoology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; 4: Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht UniversityCenozoic mammals are the textbook illustration of an adaptive radiation. Adaptive radiations have taken a key position in macroevolutionary theory and were originally introduced after the qualitative observation that great taxonomic diversity and ecomorphological disparity of mammals emerged suddenly in the earliest Cenozoic. This has been construed as a product of the ecological release of mammals following the extinction of many species, including all non-avian dinosaurs, during the Cretaceous/Palaeogene (K/Pg) mass extinction event. The radiation of mammals after this event was, as such, a significant event in the evolution of terrestrial and marine ecological communities.Paleogeographic changes and climatic changes affected the distribution, evolution and ecology of mammalian species and communities throughout the Cenozoic. Climatic change altered the abundance, genetic diversity, morphology, and geographic ranges of individual species. Within communities, these responses combined to initiate migration, biological evolution, and extinction, altering longstanding patterns of community stability and diversity and inducing functional innovation and biotic turnoversKnowledge of the mechanisms at the heart of biological change generates meaningful understanding of the intricacies of the mammalian response. This session, therefore, is looking for contributions concerning vertebrate palaeontology, notably on Cenozoic mammals. The talks in this session may range from insectivores and rodents to mammoths, sabretooth cats, and cetaceans. This session will be in honour of Prof. Jelle Reumer, who recently retired. The last 15 years, he worked as a professor at Utrecht University, where he upheld vertebrate palaeontology in teaching and research, as well as through collaborations with other researchers and laymen.Prof. Jelle Reumer will give the keynote lecture for this session.2.2.2 'Biostratigraphy of South Caspian Quaternary deposits'by Arzu Javadova1, Frank Wesselingh2, Wout Krijgsman3; 1: MicroPro GmbH, Germany; 2: Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden; 3: Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht UniversityBiostratigraphy of the Quaternary deposits in the South Caspian basin and surrounding area are essential for under­standing the Quaternary history of the Caspian Sea. The Quaternary period is in general characterized by frequent and abrupt fluctuations in climate, sea levels, topography, fauna, flora, and other natural com­ponents of the landscape.Numerous offshore boreholes drilled in the South Caspian basin have provided useful information on the ostracod fauna, stratigraphy, and lithofacies characteristics of the Quaternary deposits in this basin. Stratigraphic role and contribution of micro fauna and larger molluscan fauna has been analysed and correlated between offshore and onshore faunal data.Multiple boreholes sections and their micro and macrofaunal con­tent were studied. This study is based on the analysis of the offshore drilled borehole sections, logs, seismic and outcrops data.The resulting study enabled us to propose a detailed stratigraphic chart for the Quaternary deposits of the entire South Caspian basin. For the first time, the Quaternary deposits of the South Caspian di­vided into five supra horizons and ten horizons by using seven index ostracod species.The index species were identified according to their successive range within zonal complexes (biozones). All the subdivisions mentioned above play regional roles. We identified one hundred twenty-six species of ostracods from the 591 offshore core samples of the south Caspian basin.Analysis of the lithofacies, thickness of the deposits, and faunal dis­tribution revealed that in the Quaternary period, the South Caspian region was characterized by dynamic paleogeography. Furthermore, considerable changes in the sea bottom topography, salinity, tempera­ture, and sea level in the South Caspian basin occurred in the Quater­nary period.2.2.3 'Micropalaeontology'by Anna Pint1, Peter Frenzel2; 1: Universität zu Köln, Germany; 2: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaMicrofossils are important tools in Quaternary Geology, Physical Geography, palaeooceanography, palaeoclimatology and geoarchaeology. Their assemblage composition, environmental induced morphological reactions and shell chemistry signatures enable reconstructing a wide range of environmental factors in aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems.The small size of microfossils and their high diversity enable studying large associations, often with well preserved and complete individuals even from small samples as typical from sediment cores. Ecological preferences and tolerances of taxa are used for reconstruction of palaeoenvironments, their biostratigraphical ranges for bringing strata into a chronological order. The great value of microfossils for geoscience is their application but as past organisms they are excellent palaeontological study objects in their own as well. The session presents geological applications of microfossils as well as palaeobiological studies.2.2.4 'New absolute age for Ediacaran fauna of Ukraine: update of biostratigraphic niche for ancient soft-bodied organisms'by Yevheniia Soldatenko1, Abderrazak El Albani2; 1: Dnipro University of Technology, Ukraine; 2: University of Poitiers, FranceThe Precambrian Time is characterized by global climate changes and particularly by the rise and fall of the Ediacaran soft-bodied organisms. The correlation between disparate Ediacaran fossil-bearing localities and the reconstruction of their paleoenvironmental and paleogeographic contexts are usually complicated by the lack of precise and accurate age data. Under these conditions, the common presence of Neoproterozoic sedimentary sections associating Ediacaran biota fossils and fresh volcanic material is useful for radioisotopic dating. Our research is concentrated in the Podolya Basin (southwestern Ukraine). This geological locality revealed the presence of Neoproterozoic volcanic ash deposits (K-bentonite layers) within Ediacaran fossil-bearing siliciclastic rocks of the Mohyliv-Podilskyi Group. Applying zircon U-Pb LA-ICPMS and CA-ID-TIMS methods, we received to absolute date for two of those volcanic ash layers. Our results mark that a diverse assemblage of Ediacaran soft-bodied fossils occurred as early as 556.78 ± 0.18 million years (Ma) ago. The morphological evidence and the new age determinations were combined in order to offer as well as to precise a separate, independent, paleogeographic niche for Ediacaran fauna from Ukrainian sedimentary basin.2.2.5 'Palaeobotany and Palynology'by Benjamin Bomfleur1, Michael Krings2,3; 1: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany; 2: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany; 3: Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, München, GermanyOur session aims to provide a platform to reflect all aspects of palaeobotanical and palynological research. From Precambrian to Holocene, from dinocysts to flowering plants, and from phylogenetics to palaeoclimate reconstruction, we hope to bring together a colourful representation of our fascinating disciplines covering a broad variety of taxa, timescales, and topics.We cordially welcome participants to contribute to this symposium and to showcase latest research results in the fields of palaeobotany and palynology.2.2.6 'Quantitative palaeobiology'by Joachim T. Haug1,2, Carolin Haug1,2; 1: LMU Munich, Germany; 2: GeoBio-Center of LMU, GermanyScientific disciplines mature; during this process they tend to increase the amount of quantitative methodology. This also applies to palaeobiology. Among others, morphology, phylogeny or diversity can well be quantified and compared with various methods. This still developing aspect of palaeobiology comes with numerous challenges: Which strategies established in one subfield can be transferred to another one? Which type of quantification can reliably be repeated? What kind of data structure is prone to artefacts? How can the often rather complex results from quantitative studies be communicated in a way understandable also for a broader audience?Yet, quantitative methodology needs more than just fancy and complex appearing approaches. It needs to be embedded within a well formulated epistemological framework. We aim at bringing together colleagues from various branches of quantitative palaeobiology to discuss and tackle these challenges.2.2.7 'Interdisciplinary perspectives on modern foraminiferal research'by Patrick Grunert1, Werner E. Piller2, Jassin Petersen1; 1: University of Cologne, Germany; 2: University of Graz, AustriaModern foraminiferal research covers a wide range of temporal (from minutes to hundreds of millions of years) and spatial (from surface outcrops to sub-seafloor drilling, from laboratory tanks to ocean basins) scales, biomaterials (from cells to shells), and levels of organisation (from single genes to ecosystems). New and rapidly advancing techniques in micropaleontology and microbiology have led to exciting new discoveries, but also increasing fragmentation within the field. Interdisciplinary research efforts combine the strengths of the individual approaches and provide fresh perspectives on pending questions in our understanding of living foraminifera and their fossil record.We seek to bring together scientists with backgrounds in geology and biology and to provide a platform to foster integrative foraminiferal research. We particularly encourage contributions to the following topics: How do the fossil record and molecular data inform each other? How do calibration studies on Recent assemblages and geochemical data inform proxy methods in the fossil record? How do biomineralisation studies inform taphonomy and proxy development? How does paleobiogeography inform Recent foraminiferal distributions? How do evolutionary patterns, trajectories, and processes observed in the fossil record inform current topics in evolutionary biology? How does the fossil record inform projections of future climate conditions?2.2.8 'Transitions in Earth history and biotic changes'by Hans Kerp1, Evelyn Kustatscher2; 1: Universität Münster, Germany, 2: Museo di Scienze Naturali dell'Alto Adige, ItalyThe history of the Earth shows a pattern of large-scale changes, such periods with  increased tectonic and volcanic activity, environmental and climate changes, alternating with longer, more stable periods. Likewise, the fossil record shows a record of time intervals characterized by a strong and rapid radiation, extinction and recovery events, alternating with longer periods of relative evolutionary stasis.  In this symposium we want to focus on changes in the micro- and macroflora and -fauna in relation to major non-biotic changes in Earth history.


Section  3 – Earth Materials and Dynamics


Theme 3.1 – Multi-scale material properties and interactions (nanoscale properties and interactions, petrology, geochemistry and Early Earth evolution)

3.1.1 'Advances in Geochronology: From present techniques to future applications'by Aratz Beranoaguirre1,2, Leo J. Millonig1,2, Richard Albert1,2; 1: Goethe Universität - Frankfurt, Germany; 2: FIERCE (Frankfurt Isotope and Element Research Center)Recent advances in geochronology and its application to e.g. non-traditional minerals have unlocked a wealth of research opportunities in earth sciences. These developments provide powerful tools that can constrain ages, rates and durations of fundamental geological processes and phenomena, which were not well understood until a few years ago. We encourage contributions describing new developments in the field of geochronology, such as advances in analytical techniques, novel applications integrating geological information with geochronological data, and studies that highlight geochronological needs and possible future research directions.3.1.2 'Fluid-rock interaction: a multi-scale process relevant for sedimentary and metamorphic processes, as well as geo-engineering applications'by Oliver Plümper1, Andreas Beinlich2, Fadi Henri Nader1,3; 1: Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands; 2: Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway; 3: IFP Énergies nouvelles, FranceReactions between fluids and rocks are fundamental for natural and geo-engineering processes in sedimentary basins and the metamorphic domain. Examples of such natural processes are fluid-rock interactions (dissolution, precipitation, mineral replacement), localization of deformation, earthquake nucleation caused by high pressure fluid pulses, as well as metamorphic reactions and rheological weakening triggered by fluid flow, metasomatism, fluid-mediated mass transport and the formation of mineral deposits. Moreover, the efficiency of many geo-engineering processes is not only based on the knowledge of the impact of the impact of past fluid-rock interactions (leading to the actual rock heterogeneity), but it is also partly dependent on forthcoming fluid-rock interactions, such as hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy recovery, CO2 storage, wastewater injection, and hydrometallurgical metal recovery. All our observations in the rock record are the end-product of diagenetic, metamorphic, metasomatic and deformational changes that occurred during the interaction with fluids. Therefore, to investigate and understand these complex, multi-scale and interconnected processes, it is required to merge knowledge and techniques deriving from several disciplines of the geological and engineering sciences.We invite multidisciplinary contributions that investigate fluid-rock interactions throughout the entire breadth of the topic, using fieldwork, nano- and micro-structural analyses, geochemistry, experimental rock physics and chemistry as well as multi-scale numerical modeling.3.1.3 'Early Earth processes and the dawn of life'by Paul Mason1, Mark van Zuilen2, Wolfgang Bach3; 1: Utrecht University, Netherlands, The; 2: IPGP Paris, France; 3: Universität BremenIn the first billion years of Earth history various key processes took place that led to habitability and the origin and evolution of life. These included core-mantle differentiation, the formation of the Moon, exponential decrease in meteorite impacts, formation of the first crust and the onset of plate tectonics. Coupled to this was the generation of the atmosphere, condensation of the first oceans, and creation of surface habitats. Reconstruction of these events is poorly lacking, since the Archean rock record is largely metamorphosed, and the Hadean rock record is virtually absent. However, in recent years more light has been shed on this poorly known period, including: advances in non-traditional isotope and trace element analyses to study rock-forming processes; high-resolution analytical techniques to characterize traces of life; experimental approaches to understand fluid-rock interactions and hydrothermal conditions for prebiotic chemistry; and processes that govern preservation/destruction of biosignatures. In this session we invite contributions from the fields of geophysics, geology, geochemistry, and geobiology that focus on the processes that shaped the habitable Earth.


Theme 3.2 – Rheology and rock mechanics and properties (experimental properties of rocks and societal implications, multi-scale rheology, fluid-rock interactions, geophysical characterization and petrophysics)

3.2.1 'Microfabrics, deformation mechanisms and rheology'by Jolien Linckens1, Hans de Bresser2; 1: Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany; 2: Utrecht University, NetherlandsThe investigation of microfabrics, i.e. microstructures and textures (CPO) of rocks, is essential for the understanding of deformation in the micro- and macroscale and thus the rheology of the Earth’s crust and mantle. Rock microstructure and CPO allow to compare deformation in nature and experiment and to derive deformation mechanisms. Derived deformation mechanisms and the resulting understanding of rock rheology are the basis for the extrapolation of laboratory data to natural deformation and its kinematics at all scales.For this session, we welcome contributions from the entire field of microfabrics investigations and their applications to natural and experimental rock deformation, geomechanical and tectonic modeling, as well as petrophyscial property studies.3.2.2 'Deformation of fluid-filled rocks'by Suzanne Hangx, Oliver Plumper, Andre Rik Niemeijer; Utrecht University, Department of Earth Sciences, The NetherlandsThe rheology of faults and rocks plays a key role in plate tectonics, geodynamics, mountain building, the formation of ore deposits and reservoir response to human actions. The presence and flow of fluids has a strong influence on rheology but key questions remain unanswered. For this session, we invite contributions addressing deformation of fluid-filled rocks at all spatial and temporal scales, e.g. addressing long-term observations of rock and fault rock deformation, short-term deformation behavior of laboratory-scale samples or microscale interactions observed in natural rock analogues.


Section  4 – Earth Surface Processes and Sediment Dynamics


Theme 4.1 – Multi-temporal landscape observations and modelling (forcing in landscape dynamics, sea-level evolution)

4.1.1 'Sea-level fluctuations over time – Sea level index points and dating approaches'by Martin Seeliger1, Anna Pint2; 1: Geothe University Frankfurt, Germany; 2: Cologne University, GermanySea-level variations spread over a very broad spectrum. The largest global-scale sea-level changes (50–200 m in amplitude) occurred on geological timescales. And even throughout the relatively short period of mankind immense sea-level fluctuations took place infecting human settlements.Defining sea-level index points and their dating is challenging. This session calls for contributions dealing with sedimentological, geological, biological and anthropogenic sea-level proxies to reconstruct sea level over time and from global to the regional scale. We also explicit invite papers presenting recent dating approaches on this topic.


Theme 4.2 – Multi-scale sedimentary basins evolution (sedimentary basins architecture and evolution at all scales, sedimentology, sediment dynamics, observations and modelling)

4.2.1 'Numerical modelling of sedimentary basins and systems'by Rüdiger Lutz1, Susanne Nelskamp2, Ralf Littke3; 1: BGR Hannover, 2: TNO Utrecht, 3: RWTH AachenSedimentary basins contain the vast majority of all energy resources, including coal, petroleum, natural gas but also geothermal energy and are also the most important storage site for anthropogenic solids and fluids. During basin evolution, organic matter-rich sediments and sedimentary rocks are exposed to changing pressure and temperature conditions, which lead to mineralogical and geochemical reactions. Systematic and innovative studies on rock properties, laboratory experiments under well-defined physical and chemical conditions as well as numerical modelling are required to determine rates of transformation, but also fluid flow at different scales.We invite contributions to this session dealing with sedimentary systems and their constituent elements. We welcome basin modeling studies from crustal to reservoir scale, studies on various aspects of the petroleum system, e.g. source rock deposition, maturation, petroleum generation, expulsion and biodegradation, studies on temperature and heat flow evolution in sedimentary systems.4.2.2 'Advances in understanding processes driving the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins'by Liviu Matenco1, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth2, Fadi Henri Nader3; 1: Utrecht University, The Netherlands; 2: GFZ Potsdam and Aachen University, Germany; 3: IFPEN Rueil Malmaison, France and Utrecht University, The Netherlands2This session addresses the dynamics of sedimentary basins at different temporal and spatial scales and aims to bring together a wide range of studies focusing on geodynamics, tectonics and sediment dynamics. Contributions addressing major processes affecting the genesis and evolution of basins are in particular encouraged (from rifting and overlying passive continental margins to orogenic, intra-montane and extensional back-arcs in convergent settings). A wide range of studies are encouraged, aimed at understanding the evolution of sedimentary fill, the underlying crustal and lithospheric -scale dynamics as well as the integration with processes taking place in the source areas, such as active orogens or long-term landscape evolution. We welcome contributions integrating data from different depth levels of the lithosphere with the shallower parts of the basin system as subsidence pattern, stress, vertical motions, erosion and sedimentation dynamics, thermal structure, lithosphere dynamics and (active) faulting by the means of observational studies, numerical and analogue modeling, or their combination. Studies yielding constraints on a variety of conceptual and quantitative models explaining the origin and evolution of basins are also welcomed.Session sponsored by the International Lithosphere Program Task Force VI Sedimentary Basins4.2.3 'Resedimentation of clastics and carbonates – From processes to seismics'by John J.G. Reijmer1, Joris Eggenhuisen2, Arnoud Slootman1; 1: KFUPM-CPG, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; 2: Universiteit Utrecht, The NetherlandsCarbonate and clastic sediments in marine, lacustrine and terrestrial systems are subjected to a variety of transport and depositional processes. Such environments therefore host a diverse range of grain types including rounded quartz grains, platy clay minerals and pointy skeletal fragments, and grain-sizes from boulders to clay particles. In clastics, particle size and shape are controlled by sediment maturity, which to a large extent is related to transport distance. Carbonates, on the other hand, comprise a large variety of biogenically-produced and -induced shapes and sizes, reflecting the system-dependent skeletal nature of carbonate-secreting organisms and a range of non-skeletal grains. Variations in sediment composition in carbonate and siliciclastic sedimentary systems have been used to address environmental changes in various settings. Deep-water deposits in particular may play an essential role in the reconstruction of these events.In this session we seek contributions in which resedimented carbonates and clastics, and sediments from mixed systems, are used to reconstruct the development of sedimentary systems on various temporal and spatial scales. We seek contributions addressing sediment transport processes and sediment sorting mechanisms operating during resedimentation, i.e. studies clarifying the natural filters between sediment source and sink, but also studies exploring these deposits on a seismic scale. We welcome researchers from all disciplines and aim to stimulate the discussion between the carbonate and clastic scientific communities.4.2.4 'The tectonostratigraphic evolution of the East African passive margin'by Alexander Houben, Geert-Jan Vis; TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands, The NetherlandsThe coastal and offshore basins of East Africa (i.e. Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique) share a complex geological history, ranging from the break-up of Gondwanaland by Early to Middle Jurassic times, to the translocation and subsequent break-up of Madagascar and India and to the development of a passive margin through much of the Late Mesozoic and Cenozoic. The latter has affected large delta systems that can be traced from source to (deep-water) sink. Since the Miocene, the effects of continental rifting in East Africa affected sedimentary patterns directly. Hence, a complex and heterogenous mosaic of sedimentary facies is preserved along this passive margin. Over the past two decades, several economically significant natural gas discoveries sparked an acceleration in offshore exploration, which led to an increase in data availability.To integrate recent insights and developments, we invite submissions focusing on the geologic evolution of the East African passive margin. A selection of potential topics includes:1. Stratigraphic frameworks2. Deep-water facies (notably contourites)3. Source-to-sink studies4. Tectonic reconstructions5. Petroleum systems4.2.5 'Fluvio-aeolian environments and sediment dynamics from present to past'by Harald Stollhofen1, Benjamin Busch2; 1: Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen, Germany; 2: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Karlsruhe, GermanyUnravelling the facies architecture of fluvio-aeolian systems bears basic information for a broad range of studies focussing on palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, palaeoclimate change as well as reservoir characterisation and early diagenetic processes in reservoir analogs. In particular desert margin areas are revealed to represent key sites for monitoring fluvio-aeolian interactions.In addition, a whole spectrum of new technologies has been developed over the last few decades for outcrop and well log analysis and for non-destructive laboratory testing of sediment samples and cores to produce high-quality, closely spaced measurements of physical properties and petrographic and chemical compositions. Laboratory experiments and modelling approaches significantly improved our understanding of sedimentary processes impacting fluid flow and diagenetic control parameters, processes and products.This session aims to integrate classic and novel approaches in the analysis of modern and ancient fluvio-aeolian systems.


Section  5 – Coupling the Deep Earth


Theme 5.1 – Plate tectonics, evolution of the crust - mantle system (multi-scale tectonic processes from observations to modelling, mantle-lithosphere interactions and evolution of dynamic topography, coupling between orogenic and sedimentary basin processes)

5.1.1 'Tectonics, geodynamics, and paleogeography of the Alpine-Himalayan orogen from the Earth’s mantle to its surface'by Maud J.M. Meijers(1) & Douwe J.J. van Hinsbergen (2); 1: Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany; 2: Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht UniversityOngoing Africa-Eurasia has led to the near-disappearance of the Tethys Ocean and the formation of a series of orogens from the Alps in the west to the Himalayas in the east. The Tethyan belt was formed during subduction, obduction, accretion, and collision of numerous Gondwana-derived crustal fragments, intervening oceans, and the Indian and Arabian continents. Subducting oceanic and continental crust led to accretionary orogenesis along the belt. Overriding plate deformation caused back-arc basin opening (especially in the Mediterranean region) and overriding plate shortening led to orogenic plateau formation. The Alpine-Himalayan orogen includes a series of such orogenic plateaus that increase in elevation and surface area from west to east: the Anatolian, Iranian and Tibetan plateaus, and a plateau may have existed in the past in the modern Balkan-Carpathian region. Particularly the Tibetan plateau presently modifies northern hemisphere atmospheric circulation and hence affects climate patterns.In this session, we seek to attract abstracts from geoscientists that study the geodynamic, tectonic, and paleogeographic evolution of the Tethyan realm in a multidisciplinary fashion. We are particularly interested in studies that focus on the interactions and coupling between mantle, crustal and/or surface processes that were responsible for shaping the Tethyan realm and its associated orogens and mountain belts throughout geological time. 5.1.2 'Modelling of feed-back mechanisms in orogenic systems'by Ernst Willingshofer1, Todd Ehlers2, Matthias Rosenau3; 1: Utrecht University, Netherlands, The; 2: University of Tübingen, Germany; 3: GFZ-Potsdam, GermanyOver the past decades studies of orogenic systems have shown that a diverse range of tectonic, climate, and biologic processes interact with each other. Recognition has emerged that mountain building processes are rarely operating independently, but are linked over different temporal and spatial scales and critically depend on the geodynamic setting and rheology of the system. Characterizing and quantifying these linkages is of paramount importance for understanding orogenic evolution. This session welcomes investigations of bottom up (mantle driven) and top-down (climate/surface process driven) processes active during mountain building. Also welcome are studies of intra-crustal processes active during orogenesis such as metamorphic, magmatic or chemical processes acting over a wide range of time and length scales. We encourage submissions using analogue, numerical, and analytical modelling techniques or a combination of modeling and observational techniques that reconcile field observations with model predictions. 5.1.3 Tectonic systems (TSK Open Session)by Nikolaus Froitzheim1, Kamil Ustaszewski2, Michael Stipp3; 1: Universität Bonn, Germany; 2: Universität Jena, Germany; 3: Universität Halle, GermanyWe invite contributions from the fields of tectonics, structural geology, and crystalline geology. Regional and process-oriented studies from all kinds of active or fossil tectonic settings are welcome – rifting, subduction, collision, transform, and intra-plate deformation. Studies dealing with the development of methods related to the deformation of crust and lithosphere from micro-scale to plate scale are also invited.5.1.4 Forward and inverse modelling of tectonic processesby Ylona van Dinther1, Boris Kaus2;  1Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2University of Mainz, Germany Numerical and analogue models improve our understanding of – and predictive power for – tectonic processes occurring across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. These processes tend to be complex and interesting because of their multi-physics and cross-scale nature, including hydrological, thermal, chemical and mechanical components from billions of years down to milliseconds and global to micrometer scales. We invite contributions concerning development and application of physics-based forward and inverse models addressing topics ranging from plate tectonics, mantle and lithosphere dynamics, magmatism, fluid flow, to seismicity. 


Theme 5.2 – Alps Array – learning from the structure of a well-known orogen (geophysical quantification, structure and geodynamics)

5.2.1 'The Alpine Orogen: Reconciling Recent Images of its Deep Structure and Crustal Tectonics'by Thomas Meier1, Jan Behrmann2, Eline LeBreton3, Wim Spakman4; 1: Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel, Germany; 2: GEOMAR Kiel, Germany; 3: Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; 4: Utrecht University, The NetherlandsThe Alps provide the fascinating opportunity to study the complexity of mountain building processes because of the availability of extensive and detailed geological and geophysical data sets. The highly arcuate geometry of the Alpine chain originated in the Neogene, when previously southeast-directed subduction gave way to hard collision and indentation in the western, central, eastern Alps, and to roll-back subduction in the Carpathians and Apennines, respectively. The Alps Mountains are composed of deformed and amalgamated crustal slices derived from Eurasia, Adria, the intervening Brianconnais microcontinent and the Piemont-Ligurian and Valais oceanic basins. The driving forces of collision are however still less understood because segments of mantle lithosphere subducting beneath the Alps remain poorly imaged. Examples for open questions are: Down to which depth is Eurasian mantle lithosphere subducting eastwards beneath the western Alps? Is there evidence for Eurasian slab break-offs? Is Adria subducting northwards beneath the eastern Alps? Furthermore, the deformation of crustal units in the core of the orogen as well as the tectonic uplift in the western Alps and the eastward lateral escape in the eastern Alps north of the Periadriatic Fault remain to be understood quantitatively. New images of the Alpine deep structure using data of AlpArray and complementary projects are becoming available. We invite contributions on the interpretation of geophysical images of the Alpine crustal and upper mantle structure as well as on the analysis of surface deformation and tectonics aimed to cross-fertilise discussions on quantitative tectonic models able to explain mountain building in the Alps. Specifically, we want to focus on coupling models of the Alpine deep structure with multi-scale (near-)surface observations.


Section  6 – Earth data, education, society and open topics in Earth System


Theme 6.1 – Databases and infrastructure (data management, shared infrastructure programmes, open data, data sharing platforms, software):

6.1.1 'Research data and software management in times of FAIR and Open Data'by  Andreas Hübner1, Dirk Fleischer2; 1: German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ, Germany; 2: Kiel UniversityDemands for integrity, transparency and reproducibility of today's research are increasing, posing new challenges for research data and software management in all science communities. The geoscience community is responding to these requests with a growing number of scientific networks and initiatives, at different levels and with varying thrust. Bottom-up driven initiatives like the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and national and international funding organizations bringing forward the German Alliance for Marine Science (DAM), the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) or the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), all call for frictionless interoperability from the top-level side.All of this is supported by the intermediate activities like the Coalition for Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS) and FAIR initiatives, promoting the cultural change in publishing and citation of data, samples and software in journal articles towards more transparent research. This session invites contributions that present novel approaches, best practices and community efforts in geoscience research data and research software management to enable open access and reuse of data and code.6.1.2 'Working on the roads: improving the infrastructure for research into geo-societal challenges'by Ronald Pijnenburg1, Kirsten Elger2; 1: Utrecht University, Netherlands; 2:GFZ, GermanyIn response to the growing and complex geo-societal challenges of our densely populated planet, current research frequently requires convergence of multiple research disciplines, and optimized use of currently available data, research facilities and funds. Especially the Earth and environmental sciences play a significant role in addressing these challenges, but will require the integration of scientific data, software and tools from multiple, globally distributed resources to unlock their full potential to contribute. The preconditions for interdisciplinary research are set by existing national- and continental-scale research infrastructures (e.g., EOSC, ENVRI, EPOS, EarthCube, AuScope, etc.). Utilization of these infrastructures has significantly advanced ongoing research into geo-societal issues globally. It is now key to further develop these infrastructures, identify current/potential challenges, enhance effective outreach to users, policy makers and funding partners and so to increase the efficiency of future research into the challenges that come with the pervasive use of our planet.This session invites contributions from different fields of expertise, including infrastructure managers, data scientists, interdisciplinary researchers and policy makers. Our aim is to discuss perspectives, experiences, current or future challenges and potential solutions related to creating an effective infrastructure for the environmental and earth sciences.


Theme 6.2 – Early Career Researchers, education, training and society (advanced teaching systems, training networks, efficiency in societal relevance, transferrable skills):

6.2.1 'Early Career Researcher session'by J. L. Iris Arndt1,2, Marko Hornschu3, Lisa Preussner1,2; 1: Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany; 2: GeStEIN e.V.; 3: BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources), GermanyGeoscience students and young geoscience professionals are increasingly concerned about their long term career options in geologically relevant industries, especially in the Oil & Gas industry. These industries are under extensive scrutiny by NGO's but also governmental organizations and society in general, which questions the long-term viability of employment for geoscientists. However, other growing industries, such as Geothermal, water supply and management and mining could provide employment opportunities in the future.Additionally, climate concerns and the shift to renewable energies together with the rapid increase in digitalization and other compute-based technologies require changes in education and different skillsets for future geoscientists.A career event is planned for the DGGV conference in Utrecht, to address some of the above mentioned challenges.Purpose of the event:The ca. 4.5 hour session is meant to inform students about various industries relevant to geoscience, post-graduation carrier options and the usefulness of professional societies, like DGGV. This session is not planned to be a job fair.Furthermore, it is intended to gather feedback from students on career expectation and assumption what an organization such as DGGV should provide.3 industry professionals from various industries (likely Oil & Gas, Geothermal and Water Management) will share their industry experiences by providing personal experience and discuss future skill requirements and potential career options.This session will be held in parallel to the technical sessions on Thursday, 26th August and the attendance will be limited to ca. 30 students to allow for a meaningful dialogues.6.2.2 'Concepts, practice and future of research data and software literacy'by Dirk Fleischer1, Andreas Hübner2; 1: Kiel University, Germany; 2: German Research Centre for Geosciences – GFZ, GermanyData Literacy is a fundamental competence to be able to participate in the digital world in science, work and society. Data Literacy is the ability to deal with data in a structured and systematic way and to use and question it consciously. Within recent years a strong call was made for improved 'Data Literacy' and related 'Future skills' for scientists. One prominent example in Germany was the launch of the funding programs for Data Literacy of the German 'Stifterverband'. The latter also participated in a combined call within the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for institutions of higher education to provide data literacy education to the students with a total volume of 3 Mio Euro.This session invites presentations from people who are planning or already teaching 'Data Literacy' and digital methods in their courses as a part of the general curricular. It may also worthwhile to share experiences with established programmes concerning Future Skills at a university. It is the intention of the session to provide examples of the multiple ways to take the education of the scientists of the future one step further by including data driven methods concurrent to teaching data creation.6.2.3 'Higher education teaching and outreach in Geosciences'by Martin Meschede1, Hans de Bresser2; 1: Institut für Geographie und Geologie, Greifswald, Germany; 2: Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, The NetherlandsInput from the Geosciences is essential in addressing many of the challenges facing society. We do not only need to prepare our graduates so that they can provide such input, but we also have a task to inform the general public on our way of help solving Geoscientific problems. In this session, we aim to present new approaches and techniques in higher education teaching in Geosciences as well as effective outreach activities. It may cover the introduction of blended learning programmes and new approaches to actively engage students in class, the application of augmented and virtual reality, digital mapping and class room response systems, and original and innovative ideas on educating people other than students. And more. We hope that a range of contributions will come together that forms a source of inspiration for further developments in higher education and outreach in Geosciences.


Theme 6.3 – Open topics in Earth Systems:

6.3.1 'Open topics in the Earth System'We welcome here general contributions where the authors feel that topical sessions do not cover their research or study subject.


Events and workshops


Pre-conference workshop

'Archean Surface Environments'

by Christoph Heubeck1, Paul Mason2; 1: FSU Jena, Germany; 2: Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Earth conditions at the beginning (at 4.0 Ga) of the Archean and at its end, 1500 My later, could not have been more different. The Archean was probably the Eon which saw the most radical changes in Earth's surface parameters, including atmospheric composition, volcanism, role and size of continental crust, weathering regime, biological control over the lithosphere, radiation, tides, impacts and many others. These changes parallel, not coincidentally, a continuously improving rock record but are incompletely to poorly understood.

The course will cover the most important insights from this eon, discuss the principal methods of investigation, and present the most important study areas. In the hands-on sessions, we will study numerous spectacular hand specimens and some thin sections. The class will be overview-type; thus, in particular MSc-students and junior scientists working on Archean (meta-)sediments and -volcanics will benefit.

Location: TBD (Utrecht)

Maximum number of participants: 20

Start: August 22, 9 am; End: August 23, 4 pm

Costs: tba; approx. 20 € for logistics and handouts



'Career Event for Geoscience Students and YP'

by Klaus Robert Leischner1, Michael Scherer1,2; 1: DGGV, Germany, Shell retiree; 2: GCC Consulting

Geoscience students and young geoscience professionals are increasingly concerned about their long term career options in geologically relevant industries, especially in the Oil & Gas industry. These industries are under extensive scrutiny by NGO's but also governmental organizations and society in general, which questions the long-term viability of employment for geoscientists. However, other growing industries, such as Geothermal, water supply and management and mining could provide employment opportunities in the future.

Additionally, climate concerns and the shift to renewable energies together with the rapid increase in digitalization and other compute-based technologies require changes in education and different skillsets for future geoscientists.

A career event is planned for the DGGV conference in Utrecht, to address some of the above mentioned challenges.

Purpose of the event:

The ca. 4.5 hour session is meant to inform students about various industries relevant to geoscience, post-graduation carrier options and the usefulness of professional societies, like DGGV. This session is not planned to be a job fair.

Furthermore, it is intended to gather feedback from students on career expectation and assumption what an organization such as DGGV should provide.

3 industry professionals from various industries (likely Oil & Gas, Geothermal and Water Management) will share their industry experiences by providing personal experience and discuss future skill requirements and potential career options.

This session will be held in parallel to the technical sessions on Thursday, 26th August and the attendance will be limited to ca. 30 students to allow for a meaningful dialogues.