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The King of Norway: HM King Harald V. Photo: Morten Krogvold.

The 33rd International Geological Congress is patronised by His Majesty the King of Norway, Harald V, and is to be held in Oslo by invitation from the Prime Minister of Norway and the Major of Oslo. The 33rd IGC is organised jointly by the Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The Royal Palace in Oslo. Photo: Giulio Bolognesi.



Message from the President and the Secretary General


International Geological Congress Committee, IGCC


Organisation of the Congress


The Congress Science Programme




General Symposia


Special Symposia


Topical Symposia




Pre-and/or Post- Congress Excursions


One-Day Excursions


Short Courses, Workshops and Business meetings


General information


Place and dates of the Congress


Travel to Oslo


Registration, hotels and payment


Youth Congress


The Geohost Stipend Programme




Supplementary information



Message from the President and the Secretary General Why you should come to Oslo in August 2008

Dear fellow geoscientists Since 1878, the International Geological Congress - IGC has every four years been the meeting place for people interested in Earth Science, and in 2008 the Nordic countries will arrange the 33rd International Geological Congress in Oslo, Norway. 2008 will be ‘The Year of Earth Sciences’ including the 33rd IGC, the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), and the International Polar Year (IPY). With its strong emphasis on cross-disciplinary symposia, Earth sciences’ societal impact, and on the Arctic, the Congress in Oslo will give you a unique opportunity to discuss high-level science in a broad perspective. Even with the best preparations, however, the success of the meeting depends on your participation. We have a vision of seeing up to 8-10 000 of you in Oslo at the 33rd IGC, the Geoscience World Congress 2008. There are a number of reasons for you to help us make this vision come through:

The IGCs are arranged only every 4 years, and comprise the whole gamut of the Earth Sciences. The Congress focuses on topics which are of utmost importance for our modern society.

The 33rd IGC will be a showcase for themes related to the International Year of Planet Earth and the International Polar Year, and will aim at showing the world that the Earth system sciences are the foundation for a sustainable development.

The Congress will include a number of pre- and post-congress excursions to all the Nordic countries, as well as to the Arctic regions of Greenland and Svalbard. In addition to great geology, you will also see magnificent scenery, created by active geological processes.

The lively and international city of Oslo, founded 1000 years ago, with its beautiful surroundings and spectacular geology.

The 33rd IGC will be the best meeting place for geologists from the entire world.

Since the first IGC in 1878, the Earth Sciences have experienced a period of increased specialisation. Now is the time for a more holistic view on the Earth sciences and the 33rd IGC is the best forum!

We wish you all welcome to Oslo in 2008.

Arne Bjørlykke

Anders Solheim

President, 33rd IGC

Secretary General, 33rd IGC


International Geological Congress Committee, IGCC

Smørstadbreen. Sognefjellet. Norway. Excursion N28. Photo: Kari Sletten, Geological Survey of Norway.

thorough description of the Congress in Florence. They focused on items that were of particular concern, and of which are the organising committee of the next Congress should be fully aware.

Members Zhang Hongren, Chairman, President IUGS; Peter Bobrowsky, Secretary General. IUGS; Attilio Boriani, Chairman, President of the 32nd IGC; Carlos Oiti Berbert, Secretary General of the 31st IGC; Ernesto Abbate, Secretary General of the 32nd IGC; Antonio Brambati, Treasurer of IUGS; Arne Bjørlykke, President of the 33rd IGC; Anders Solheim, Secretary General of the 33rd IGC.

2. A regional rotating system for future IGCs. An earlier proposal for a system that would ensure a good geographical spread of future congresses is presented in the IGC32 General Proceedings (p. 41). The world is divided into 5 regions with different weight, due to the different number of countries and size of the geological communities. This rotating system is meant to come into force in the election of venue for the meeting after Brisbane, Australia in 2012.

32nd Session of the Congress At the 32nd session of IGC in Florence, Italy, it was decided to merge the councils of IUGS and IGC. The statutes passed in Florence are printed in the 32nd IGC General Proceedings and can be found on the 33rd IGC website. IGCC replaces the former steering committee of IGC with some small modifications. IGCC is now a joint IUGS-IGC body. The Council decided to streamline the statutes and bye-laws of the two organisations.

3. The statutes adopted at the Florence Council Meeting led to the merger of the IGC and IUGS councils. In the statutes ratified at the meeting, it has been defined that the “International Geological Congress is the scientific forum of the Union”. It was also decreed that: “In accordance with articles (j), (k), (l), and (m) the IGC is managed by the Organising Committee in close co-operation with the IGC Committee concerning the general rules.” During the meeting at the 32nd IGC, the Council approved unanimously the motion that the statutes be revised and streamlined as an urgent matter, and a joint IUGS/IGC Task Group has been working with the statutes and bye-laws. The present statutes are printed on p. 7-8 in the General Proceedings of the 32nd IGC.

See for the current statutes, as agreed upon at the 32nd IGC in Florence, 2004.

Mid-term IGCC Meeting The IGCC met in Oslo, Norway, 22-23 April, 2006, in order to advise the present organising committee on the general ongoing organisation of the 33rd IGC in Oslo, 2008. After a comprehensive presentation by the Organising Committee and subsequent discussion and suggestions, the IGCC approved the Organising Committee’s activities as fully adequate. In addition, the following topics were discussed:

Appointment of Official Delegates to the Congress National Committees and/or appropriate authorities of participating countries will appoint delegates in accordance with article 5.7 of the Statutes of the Congress, to represent them at the Session of the joint IUGS and IGC Council. The delegates will sit for the duration of the Congress.

1. The organiser of the 32nd IGC presented a brief summary of the congress. The General Proceedings, copies of which have been sent to all committee members, provide a very


Organisation of the Congress Skogerholmen. Norway. Photo: Gudmund Løvø, Geological Survey of Norway.

The International Geological Congress (IGC) is the main venue of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and all its commissions and affiliates. Many colleagues from other Earth Science unions are joining in the 33rd IGC which has therefore been given the title:

Geoscience World Congress 2008 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo 2008 ”Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development”

Overall Plan c. 25 July - 5 August

Wednesday 6 August

Pre-Congress Excursions (length variable). Registration (08.00 - 21.00, and on all subsequent days) Symposia (afternoon only) Congress Opening Ceremony (18.00) Icebreaker (19.30 - 21.00)

Thursday 7 August Friday 8 August Saturday 9 August

Plenary Lectures, Symposia, Exhibitions, Oslo-area Excursions

Sunday 10 August

Excursions, Business meetings, Workshops, Short Courses

Monday 11 August Tuesday 12 August Wednesday 13 August

Plenary Lectures, Symposia, Exhibitions, Oslo-area Excursions

Thursday 14 August

15 - c. 24 August

Symposia, Exhibitions (morning only), Plenary Lecture Congress Closing Ceremony (13.30) Preparation for Post-Congress Excursions (14.00) Departure (15.00) Post-Congress Excursions (length variable)

Please note that exact times may change. Business meetings, workshops, and short courses may also be held on dates other than 10 August, if necessary. The Congress programme will be dominated by Symposia, but there will be room for short courses, workshops, one-day excursions, and business meetings throughout and immediately before the Congress. A wide-ranging social programme is being arranged. The Congress itself will run from 6-14 August and be divided into two parts, separated

by Sunday 10 August, when there will be no symposia. The Science Programme is outlined in this document.

Welcome to the 33rd IGC: The ‘Geoscience World Congress 2008’

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33rd IGC Organisation 33rd IGC FOUNDATION

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) IGCC

NATIONAL WORKING GROUPS in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden



33rd IGC President, Secretary General, 9 Vice-Presidents, and Congress-Conference rep. including an

Communication Sub-Committee




Arctic consortium

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33rd IGC Organising Committee President Secretary General VP International Relations VP Finances VP Science Programme PCO Company Representative VP Operations VP Communications VP for Denmark VP for Sweden VP for Finland VP for Iceland Science Programme Coordinator

Arne Bjørlykke Anders Solheim Richard Sinding-Larsen Finn Roar Aamodt David Gee Øivind R. Lie Ellen Ramberg Berit Forbord Moen Martin Ghisler Olle Selinus Elias Ekdahl Olafur Ingolfson Björn Sundquist

Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Statoil ASA Uppsala University, Sweden Congress-Conference AS Ramberg Consulting AS Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) University of Iceland Uppsala University, Sweden


The Congress Science Programme

33rd IGC, daily schedule for the Congress. Oslo 6 - 14 August 2008


10.00 10.30

Late morning Sessions



Symposia (Lectures and Posters)


Norsk Hydro Plenary Lectures Early afternoon Sessions


Coffee/Tea Late afternoon Sessions


Symposia (Lectures and Posters)

Symposia (Lectures and Posters)

Evening Sessions

Opening Ceremony and icebreaker

Departure of 1sthalf participants



Symposia (Lectures and Posters)




Posters up

Symposia (Lectures and Posters)



Posters up




Posters only Posters down



Symposia (Lectures and Posters) Lunch/Posters

Norsk Hydro Plenary Lectures

Closing Ceremony

Symposia (Lectures and Posters)

PostCongress Excursion preparations

Coffee/Tea Symposia (Lectures and Posters)

Posters only Posters down

The Science Programme spans the whole Geoscience register and the geology of the entire planet. The 33rd IGC will also have a strong societal flavour, under the banner:

Earth System Science: Foundation for Sustainable Development Major themes of fundamental importance for society will be highlighted on each day of the Congress. The Science Programme activities are summarised below. Nearly seven hundred partly overlapping proposals have been received in response to the First Circular invitation ‘Participate in Planning the Programme’. Many of these proposals are incorporated in the programme presented below. We thank our colleagues both in Norden and worldwide for their contribution to the programme.

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Early Morning Arrivals & Registration



Business Meetings, Short Courses, Workshops, Excursions and registration of participants for 2nd half of congress


Symposia -

Three categories of Symposia are being arranged, referred to as General, Special and Topical. They will run in parallel throughout the Congress. The time allocated to each Symposium will be dependent on the number of related contributions (abstracts) received by 1 February 2008. Division of these Symposia contributions between oral and poster presentations will depend on the recommendations of the conveners and the capacity of the forty parallel sessions.



Abstract Submission -

Registration and submission of abstracts through the Congress website will be open from 1 September 2007. Submission of abstracts must be made via the IGC website (no paper submission accepted) and accompanied by payment of the appropriate fee – Euro 40 per abstract. (Note, however, that those supported by the Geohost programme have the abstract fee included in their funding). Follow the instructions on the abstract submission link. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 February 2008. -

Indicate which symposium is appropriate for your contribution. (Note that your preference will be given priority, but may not prove possible). After acceptance of the abstract (in February – March 2008), the Congress Registration fee has to be paid, not later than 31 March 2008, for inclusion of the abstracts in the Congress Programme. All abstracts will be available on the Congress web site by mid-July 2008. All members of the Congress will receive a CD, with the abstracts, on registration in Oslo. All abstracts will be accessible on the Congress web site until the end of 2009.

Presentation modes Oral presentations. The oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes (12, plus 3 for questions). There will be special arrangements for the lectures during the ‘Themes of the Day’. Posters. Posters will be mounted on display boards measuring 1.5 m horizontally and 1.4 m vertically. They will be put up in the morning of their allocated day at 08.00 and taken down at 19.00 on the same day. The author(s) should be present at their posters during the time indicated in the programme.

Abstracts must be in English and must not exceed 3000 characters. Figures or tables are not accepted. Indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation (Note that the Science Committee’s decision concerning this question may be delayed until March 2008).

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The General Symposia will cover all the main Geoscience disciplines (about fifty), which have been coordinated by colleagues who are also convening a ‘General Contributions’ symposium for their discipline. The General Symposia are organised here in related groups to allow easy navigation within the programme. Of the many proposed symposia, some are identified here; others are being reviewed, coordinated and, in some cases, reformulated, and may be incorporated in the programme in the coming months.

Response of the biosphere to global warming: evidence from the geological past Richard J. Twitchett, Vivi Vajda, Gregory D. Price GLACIOLOGY AND GLACIAL GEOLOGY 4 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to glaciology & glacial geology Per Holmlund, Julian Dowdeswell, Johannes Oerlemans Subglacial environments: Processes, sediments, landforms, modelling and experiments Jan A. Piotrowski, Chris D. Clark, David J.A. Evans Debris transport and deposition by glaciers Mike Hambrey, Neil Glasser (UCCS).

BIOGEOSCIENCES BIOGEOSCIENCE 3 proposals submitted, all accepted. General contributions to Biogeoscience Rolf Birger Pedersen Geomicrobiology: Low-temperature alteration, mineralization, and microbial interactions Ingunn H. Thorseth, Crispin Little Life of the early Earth Harald Furnes, Maarten de Wit, Minik Rosing

See also the programme for the Arctic Spesial Symposia.

EARTH INTERIOR LITHOSPHERE 12 proposals with invited conveners: General contributions to the lithosphere Irina Artemieva, Sierd Cloetingh, Alan Levander. What is the Moho? D. Eaton, H. Kern, I. Kukkonen What is the LAB (Lithosphere to Asthenosphere Boundary)? S. O’Reilly, S. Grand, P. Peltonen The continental lithosphere from geophysical and geochemical data I.M. Artemieva, W.F. Griffin, J. Ritsema The oceanic lithosphere from geophysical and geochemical data J.P. Morgan, D. Müller, T. Dahl-Jensen Seismic anisotropy and rheology of the crust and mantle J. Plomerova, M. Savage, V. Levin Potential fields - a key to geodynamics and tectonics A. Forte, M.K. Kaban, A. Watts, G. Strykowski Geoelectromagnetic studies of the Earth’s crust and mantle S. Constable, T. Korja, I. Rokityansky Geochemical mapping from the global to the local scale C. Allègre, H. Downes, D. Smith Thermal studies of continents and oceans C. Jaupart, S. Stein, A. Nyblade Deep drilling – IODP-ICDP S. Hickmann, M. Talwani Large-scale seismic transects R. Carbonell, F. Cook, P. Heikkinen

CLIMATE, CRYOSPHERE CLIMATE CHANGE 12 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to Climate Change Barbara Wohlfarth, Jörn Thiede, Ted Moore Paleoclimate during the last 60 million years Thomas Stocker, Matti Saarnisto, Jörn Thiede Solar drivers of climate change and the stratigraphic record Bob Carter, Willie Soon Neoproterozoic ice ages: Quo vadis? Graham Shields, Emmanuelle Arnaud, Galen Halverson (IGCP 512) Sea level fluctuations: Past, present and future Willy Fjeldskaar, Lawrence Cathles Late Miocene climate and Hominoid evolution Lothar Viereck-Goette, Jordi Augusti Late Palaeozoic climate on Pangaea: From icehouse to warmhouse Jörg Schneider, Izbel Montanez, Thomas Cleal Reconstruction of past climates based on combinations of microfossil records Sheila Hicks, Lena Barnekow Glacial-interglacial vegetation dynamics Heikki Seppä, Karin Helmens The geoarchaeological perspective: Human interactions with the geosphere Lucy Wilson, Pam Dickinson, G. Rip Rapp, Eric Fouache (IAG Working Group on Geoarcheology)


DEEP EARTH 9 proposals with invited conveners: General contributions to deep Earth Hans Thybo, Shun-Ichiro Karato, Brian Kennett The lower mantle and the core H.P. Bunge, M. Kendall, Eiji Ohtani Deep Earth seismic tomography W. Spakman, F. Deschamps, G. Nolet Mantle mineralogy and rheology S.-I. Karato, I. Jackson Mantle petrology M. Wilson, M. Coltorti, M. Gregoire, S. Arai Phase transformations in the Earth’s interior C. Bina, D. Bercovici, B.Wood Mantle heterogeneity from geochemistry D. Anderson, A. Meibom, D.J. DePaolo Geophysical evidence for mantle heterogeneity R. van der Hilst, A. Levander, H. Thybo Geodynamic implications of mantle heterogeneity G. Helfrich, L. Kellogg, P. Tackley

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to environmental geology Reijo Salminen Desert environment A. Motamed, H. Chamley, E. Derbyshire Radon risk mapping Gregoire Dubois, Matej Neznal, Britt-Marie Ek, Terje Strand ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY 9 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to environmental geochemistry Jane Plant, Vala Ragnarsdottir, Rejo Salminen Lead isotopes in environmental geochemistry Ola M. Sæther, Göran Åberg Urban geochemical mapping Rolf Tore Ottesen, Kaj Lax, Timo Tarvainen Geochemical mapping from the global to the local scale: The Arthur Darnley Symposium Clemens Reimann, David B. Smith (IUGS/IAGC Task Group on ‘Global Geochemical Baselines’) Importance of landscape age, tectonic setting, and lithology on chemical weathering rates and river geochemistry Berry Lyons, Russell Harmon (IAGC) Geochemical proxies of palaeoenvironmental change in terrestrial environments Ian Fairchild, Attila Demény (IAGC) Contribution of geochemistry to the study of the planet Andrew Parker, Andrew Herczeg, Russell Harmon (IAGC) Frontiers of stable isotope analysis for environmental science and biogeochemistry Martin Novak et al. (IAGC)

EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS 8 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to exploration geophysics Martin Landrø, Neil Williams Seismic imaging in petroleum exploration and production Nils Erik Bakke, Anders Sollid, Lars Sønneland Imaging below basalt Philip Christie, Lasse Amundsen Recent developments in geophysical methods Philip Mullis, Arild Haugen Electromagnetic petroleum exploration Ståle Johansen, Laust B. Pedersen Coupling seismic to geomechanics Erling Fjær, Anne Skjærstein Seeing beneath the Earth’s surface to facilitate exploration for resources and the management of the environment Ian Lambert, Neil Williams

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOPHYSICS 3 proposals submitted, all accepted. General contributions to applied and environmental geophysics Lars Nielsen, Heikki Vanhala, Laust B. Pedersen, Ramon Carbonell High-resolution geophysical imaging of geological structures and processes in environmental studies Alan Green, Christopher Juhlin HydroGeophysics - Mapping of groundwater reservoirs, imaging of groundwater flow, solute transport, and contamination Andrew Binley, Esben Auken, Torleif Dahlin

GEOMAGNETISM 3 proposals submitted, all accepted. General contributions to geomagnetism Suzanne McEnroe, Subir Bannerjee, Neil Opdyke Geological sources of global magnetic anomalies as interpreted from World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map (WDMAM) Juha V. Korhonen, Colin Reeves, Dhananjay Ravat Geomagnetic field models and palaeomagnetic data constraints Ian Snowball, Cathy Constable, Mike Pearoesky


Geological basis for estimating the world’s petroleum resources: Challenges and uncertainties Paul Nadeau, Donald L. Gautier Hydrocarbon resource assessment methodology in a complex architectural context Richard Sinding-Larsen/Karl Johann Skaar North Sea petroleum geoscience Sigrid Borthen Toven, Andrew Hurst, Ragnar Knarud The North Sea chalk reservoirs. From regional understanding to reservoir level Gunnar V. Søiland, Peter Frykman Petroleum geoscience on the frontier to mature basins of the Atlantic margins from Norway to Ireland Kari Lokna, Dave Ellis, Mark Seger Hydrocarbon potential of frontier sedimentary basins; the challenges of unknown deep water and high latitude basins David G. Roberts, A.G. Dore Linking petroleum systems and plays to sedimentary basin evolution Harry Doust, Maarten Corver, Morten Rye-Larsen Global controls on sequence stratigraphy Peter Sharland, Ken Miller Palaeogeography and palaeo-Earth systems modelling: New Approaches to reducing exploration risk Jim Harris, Les Leith, Arne Rasmussen Organic-rich marine sediments: Paleoclimatic records from anoxic oceans linked to process-based modeling of petroleum source rocks Thomas Wagner, Philip A. Meyers, Ute Mann Abiotic deep origin of hydrocarbons: Myth or reality? Yuri Galant, Vladimir Kutcherov Serpentinization and related processes - their relevance to hydrocarbon exploration Martin Hovland, Stan Keith, Odleiv Olesen, Monte Swan Geology for efficient hydrocarbon recovery Lars-Magnus Fält, Marie Kjølleberg Improved understanding of the clastic reservoirs through the use of new technologies Sissel H. Eriksen, Trond Lien Coalbed Methane and Oil Shales Romeo Flores, Ronald C. Johnson Controls on porosity and permeability evolution in rocks (A tribute to Knut Bjørlykke) Per Aagaard, Jens Jahren, Paul H. Nadeau, Per Arne Bjørkum Carbonate reservoirs and plays Tore Amund Svånå, Michael Talbot Outcrop Studies: Fundamental to petroleum reservoir characterization and modelling Ernest A. Mancini, Jim Blankenship (AAPG) Integration for the G&G area: Applications, knowledge and info management are the cornerstones in the demand for fast results Liv K. Mæland, Peter Eilsø Nielsen Earth observation technology and its use in the oil industry Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, S. Coulson, B. Sæther, R. Sinding-Larsen (ESA)

MEDICAL GEOLOGY 11 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to medical geology Olle Selinus, Jane Plant Earth and health / medical geology Lucy Hoareau, Ben Mapani, Robert Finkelman, Theo Davis, Catherine Skinner Groundwater - geopollution, contamination and health aspects Shrikant D. Limaye, Jonas Satkunas, Hisashi Nirei, Kunio Furuno (AGID, IUGS-GEM) Emerging issues in geotoxicology - other aspects of geology and health Olle Selinus et al. Occupational and geohazard applications of medical geology Andrejs Skesters et al. Quantitative aspects of medical mineralogy A. Umran Dogan, Meral Dogan

GEO-ENERGY GEOTHERMAL ENERGY 7 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geothermal energy Ingvar Birgir Friðleifsson, Eduardo Iglesias Rodríguez, Anette Kærgaard Mortensen Nature of geothermal systems based on geophysical, geochemical, petrological and tectonic studies Agnes G. Reyes Fluid--rock interaction Halldór Ármannsson New developments and technologies – Supercritical fluids, hot dry rock/enhanced geothermal systems, drilling technology Ladislaus Rybach, Guðmundur Ómar Friðleifsson Geothermal utilization - direct use, electrical production, heat pumps, industry and leisure John W. Lund, Leif Bjelm, Gordon Bloomquist Environmental and social aspects of geothermal development Kevin L. Brown, Agnes C. de Jesus COAL GEOSCIENCE 9 proposals submitted; they are currently being coordinated. General contributions to coal geoscience Alv Orheim, Robert B. Finkelman, Malte Jochmann PETROLEUM GEOSCIENCE 25 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to petroleum geoscience Anthony Spencer, Philip Allen, Snorre Olaussen Maximising the value of fossil energy and mineral resources UN Economic Commission for Europe, Per Blystad


REMOTE SENSING 10 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geological remote sensing Gerhard Bax, Freek van der Meer, Stuart H. March Geological mapping using satellite techniques Jean-Paul Deroin, Mohamad Khawlie, Abdoulaye Dia, Andreas Kääb Remote sensing of arctic and mountainous terrain Manfred Buchroithner, Gerhard Bax Hyperspectral remote sensing and image spectroscopy Alvaro Crosta, Hermann Kaufmann Microwave remote sensing Waldir R. Paradella, John Dehls

GEOMORPHOLOGY, SOIL SCIENCE GEOMORPHOLOGY 14 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geomorphology Ole Humlum, Monique Fort Geomorphology and landscape response to global change Xiaoping Yang, Andrew Goudie, Monique Fort (IAG) SOIL SCIENCE General contributions to soil science Arne Stuanes, Ulla Lundström

HISTORICAL GEOLOGY GEOTECHNOLOGY PALEONTOLOGY AND HISTORICAL GEOLOGY 18 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to paleontology & historical geology Else Marie Friis, David L. Bruton Fossils in orogenic belts David L. Bruton, David A.T. Harper Late Paleozoic marine/non-marine correlation Jörg Schneider, Vladimir Davydov Radiolarians in the sedimentary record: insights into lost oceans Patrick De Wever, Luis O’Dogherty, Spela Gorican Microbial diversity during Meso-Neoproterozoic eons Mukund Sharma, V.N. Sergeev Late Variscan terrestrial biotas and palaeoenvironments Christopher Cleal et al. (IGCP 469) Rise and fall of the Ediacaran (Vendian) biota Patricia Vickers-Rich et al. (IGCP 493) Devonian land--sea interaction: evolution of ecosystems and climate Peter Königshof et al. (IGCP 499) Marine and non-marine Jurassic; Global correlation and major geological events Jingeng Sha, Yongdong Wang, Vivi Vajda (IGCP 506) Dawn of the Danian Jeffrey Stilwell, Miguel Griffin, Eckart Håkansson (IGCP 522) Proterozoic microfossil assemblages and refinement in Proterozoic biostratigraphy A.H. Knoll, V.N. Sergeev, Mukund Sharma Environmental micropaleontology: Past, present, future Valentina Yanko-Hombach, Yucel Yilmaz, Pavel Dolukhanov (ISEMMM) Major events in the evolution of marine biota David Harper, Rong Jiayu Major events in the evolution of terrestrial biota Zhou Zhonghe, Steve McLoughlin Mining the fossil record through geoinformatics Anthony D. Barnosky, Marc A. Carrasco Correlation between marine and terrestrial ecosystems Karen Dybkjær, Sofie Lindström

ENGINEERING GEOLOGY AND GEOTECHNICS 4 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to engineering geology & geotechnics Roger Olsson, Amir Kaynia, Claudio Margottini New ways of geotechnical engineering for reinforcing natural soils at construction V.I. Osipov, S.D. Filimonov, L.M. Rogachevskaya GEOMECHANICS 2 proposals submitted. Both accepted: General contributions to geomechanics Fabrice Cuisiat, Anne Skjærstein Integrated geophysics-geomechanics Anne Skjærstein, Martin Landrø NEW METHODS AND TECHNOLOGIES 9 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to new methods and technology J.J. Royer, A. Fabbri Non-destructive methods of investigation in petrology and sedimentology Patrik Jacobs, W. Carlson, R. Ketchow Virtual geological observatories in 4D R. Dietmar Müller, Mike Gurnis, Trond H. Torsvik Visualization and innovative techniques in geosciences J.J. Royer, Q. Cheng Future trends in 3D and 4D modeling in geosciences G. Caumon, Don Medwedeff New developments in microbeam techniques Jan Kosler, John Hanchar, Martin Whitehouse Nanogeoscience Suzanne McEnroe


Groundwater development - experiences in low-income countries and from developmental aid and disaster areas Kim Rudolph-Lund, Shrikant D. Limaye, Costantino Faillace (AGID, UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP 523) Groundwater flow and water-rock interaction in compact but fractured rocks: Field evidence and mathematical models Tomas Paces, Gert Knutsson, Peter Wikberg Management of coastal aquifers Giovanni Barrocu, Shrikant D. Limaye (AGID) International perspectives on karst aquifers and water resources Chris Groves, Yuan Daoxian, Bartolome AndreoNavarro, Heather Viles (UNESCO-IUGS-IGCP 513)

QUATERNARY GEOLOGY 4 proposals submitted, all accepted. General contributions to Quaternary geology Kurt Kjær Black Sea-Mediterranean corridor during last 30 ky: Sea level change and human adaptation Valentina YankoHombach, Irena Motnenko (IGCP 521) Holocene and present-day sediment budgets in cold environments Achim A. Beylich, Scott Lamoureux Quaternary palaeo-ice streams of the northern and southern hemisphere Dag Ottesen, Chris Clark, Atle Nygård PRECAMBRIAN GEOLOGY 7 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to Precambrian geology Raimo Lahtinen, S. Wilde, J. Percival Precambrian ophiolites and related rocks P. Peltonen, T. Kusky The first billion years of crustal evolution S. Moorbath, Balz S. Kamber, Martin J. Whitehouse From Rodinia to Nuna and beyond: Precambrian supercontinent reconstructions delving deeper in time Svetlana Bogdanova, David Evans, Mauro Cesar Geraldes, Hervé Théveniaut (IGCP 440 and IGCP 509) Resolving the tectonic evolution of deep-seated Precambrian continent collision zones Per Gunnar Andréasson, Charlotte Möller, Bernard Bingen Evolution of Archean Crust Yildirim Dilek, Harald Furnes, Maarten de Wit The evolving Earth system through ArchaeanPalaeoproterozoic transition Victor A. Melezhik, David A.D. Evans, Ariel Anbar (IGCP509, ICDP FAR-DEEP, Kaapvaal Drilling Project, ABDP)

INFORMATION, EDUCATION, ETHICS, HISTORY GEOSCIENCE INFORMATION 8 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geoscience information Ian Jackson, John Broome, Udo Strauss (CGI, IAMG, GIC) Data capture and acquisition Guy Bulle et al. Information management John Broome et al. Information dissemination and delivery Ian Jackson et al. 3 and 4D modelling and visualisation Udo Strauss et al. Information technology and systems Andy Howard et al. Short-Sharp-Share Harvey Thorleifson et al. GEOARCHAEOLOGY 7 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geoarchaeology Tom Heldal, Magnus Hellqvist Geoarchaeology and geomythology as geological constraining tools Stavros P. Papamarinopoulos, Filippos Tsikalas Geophysical archaeology Y. Nakamura, P. Poluektov The geoarchaeological perspective: Human interactions with the geosphere Lucy Wilson, Pam Dickinson, G. Rip Rapp Geology and cultural heritage Tom Heldal Geoarchaeology and archaeometry Patrick Degryse (Society for Archaeological Science, ASMOSIA)

HYDROGEOLOGY HYDROGEOLOGY 11 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to hydrogeology Karsten H. Jensen, Leonard Konikow Groundwater resources and management Jan Øvstedal, Afia Akhtar, Paliwal Bhawani Shanker (AGID) European approaches to management and monitoring of groundwater in hard rock aquifers Lars-Ove Lång, António Chambel Groundwater and engineering geology in bedrock David Banks, Bo Olofsson Hydrogeological aspects of Quaternary geology and climate change Sylvi Hardorsen, Ola Sæther

GEOETHICS 1 proposal submitted and accepted. Geoethics Vaclav Nemec, Lidmila Nemcova (AGID)


Frontiers in Quartz research: The genesis, crystal chemistry and economic importance of igneous, metamorphic and hydrothermal SiO2-polymorphs Peter M. Ihlen, Rune B. Larsen, Axel Müller Metals in the Earth: from vital resource to environmental hazard David Vaughan, Dogan Pactunc, Kari Kojonen (IMA) Platinum group mineralogy Andy McDonald, Kari Kojonen (COM) Kinetics and dynamics in mineral processes Yannick Ingrin et al. (IMA-CMP) Melts and glasses in mineralogy and petrology Daniel Neuville et al. (IMA-CMP) Mineral spectroscopy Georg Amthauer et al. (IMA-CMP) Neutrons and synchrotron radiation in mineralogy and material science Susan Schorr et al. (IMA-CMP) Properties and dynamics of mantle and core Eiji Ohtani et al. (IMA-CMP) Fluids and melts in the Earth’s mantle: from natural observation to HT-HP experiment Leonid L. Perchuk, Oleg G. Safonov (IMA-WGME) Phase transformations and geodynamics Taras V.Gerya, Leonid L.Perchuk (IMA-WGME)

GEOHERITAGE AND SOCIETY 8 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geoheritage & society Sven Dahlgren, Lars Erikstad, Alexandre Sales Earth Heritage: Science, education and capacity building Peter Bobrowsky, Robert Missotten, Zhao Xun, Antony J. Reedman (IUGS, UNESCO, GGN, AGID) Geosites and landscape - conservation and management strategies Jose Brilha, Emmanuel Reynard (ProGEO, IAG) Geoparks and geotourism Chris Woodley Stuart, Jiang Janjun, Pasquale Li Puma, Afia Akhtar (EGN, AGID, GGN) GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION 7 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to geoscience education Kåre Kullerud et al. Geoscience for Schools in developing countries Afia Akhtar, Antony J. Reedman (AGID) Earth system geoscience education Gerald Krockover et al. Impact and value of geological knowledge Peadar McArdle, Hans Peter Schoenlaub Geoscience education for the 21st Century Ian Clark, Chan-Jong Kim, Chris King (IUGS Commission on Geoscience Education, Training & Technological Transfer) Community service by geoscientists — “Think globally, act locally” Grant Heiken, David Liverman (IUGS Commission on Geoscience for Environment Management)

IGNEOUS PETROLOGY 10 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to igneous petrology Brian Robins, Marjorie Wilson Carbonate and non-silicate magmatism Kathryn Moore, Ian Coulson Integrated perspectives on the accretion of oceanic crust Yildirim Dilek, Jeffrey A. Karson Granite classification - a never-ending problem Bernard Bonin, Tapani Rämö, Tom Andersen Mafic dyke swarms: A global perspective Rajesh K. Srivastava, Wouter Bleeker, Richard Ernst Large Igneous Provinces: Initiation, evolution and origin Lothar Viereck-Goette, Sverre Planke Layered intrusions and the evolution of magma chambers: A tribute to J. Richard Wilson Christian Tegner, Bernard Charlier, Brian Robins Alkaline and carbonatite magmatism and related ore deposits Lia Kogarko, Tom Andersen, Kathryn Moore

HISTORY OF GEOSCIENCES 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to history of geosciences Jens Morten Hansen, David Oldroyd 450 years of geological reasoning and scientific sustainability Jens Morten Hansen et al. Myth and geology Luigi Piccardi Axel Fredrik Cronstedt memorial session: History of mineralogy and mineral collecting Jörgen Langhof et al. History of exploration of the polar regions Cornelia Lüdecke, Naja Mikkelsen (INHIGEO)

MINERALOGY, PETROLOGY, ISOTOPE GEOLOGY METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY 14 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to metamorphic petrology William Carlson, Simon L. Harley

MINERALOGY 14 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to mineralogy Kari Kojonen, Chris Stanley


Mineral properties and phase transformations in the Earth’s interior Daniel Frost, Reidar G. Trønnes Planetary materials, accretion and early differentiation Reidar G. Trønnes, Michael J. Walter VOLCANOLOGY 8 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to volcanology Haraldur Sigurðsson et al. Shallow magmatic processes Freysteinn Sigmundsson, Olgeir Sigmarsson Flood basalt volcanism and stratigraphy Thorvaldur Thordarson, Dhanapati Haldar Volcano - atmosphere interactions Haraldur Sigurðsson et al.

Metamorphism and metamorphic processes Simon L. Harley, Leif Johansson, Håkon Austrheim, Erling Krogh Ravna Mineral replacement and mass transfer in hydrothermal systems: From the nanoscale to the megascale Andrew Putnis, Ane K. Engvik Geochronology of metasomatism, mineral reactions and fabric development in metamorphic rocks B. Bingen, F. Corfu Earthquakes, fluids and metamorphism Torgeir B. Andersen, Timm John UHP metamorphism and accessory phases Lingsen Zeng, Fulai Liu Collisional orogeny, ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism and crustal melting Yong-Fei Zheng, Kai Ye, Lifei Zhang Extreme metamorphism during the amalgamation of Gondwana: tectonics, rates and models Chris Clark, Alan Collins, Renato Moraes, M. Santosh Sederholm Symposia on Migmatites and Granites Secular change in metamorphism and crustal melting Mike Brown, Tony Kemp Microstructural analysis of high-grade metamorphic rocks and implications for fluid and melt flow in the crust Ed Sawyer, Marion Holmes Petrology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry and geochronology of high-grade metamorphic processes and partial melting Olav Eklund, Peter Sorjonen-Ward

MINERAL RESOURCES CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 9 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to construction materials Phil Paige Green, Peer-Richard Neeb, Björn Schouenborg Geology, prospecting, and land use planning of aggregate and natural stone production Sebastien Dupray, Atiye Tuùrul Classification systems and testing of aggregates and available production techniques Ju Yong Kim, Björn Schouenborg Mineralogical studies versus performance of the product – aggregates and natural stones Björn Schouenborg, Maria Heloisa Barros Dimension stone – assessment of stone performance in use Katarina Malaga, Paola Blasi Environmental influences and reclamation of quarrying and processing – sustainable development Ákos Török, Mika Räisänen Waste and left-over materials from dimension stone and aggregate quarries and recycling of construction materials Mika Räisänen, William H. Langer

GEOCHRONOLOGY AND ISOTOPE GEOLOGY 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to isotope geology & geochronology Robert Frey, Martin Whitehouse Geochronology of metamorphic reactions and deformation in high-grade orogenic settings Jenny Andersson, Ulf Söderlund, David Cornell Precambrian isotope chemostratigraphy Alcides Nobrega Sial Constraining timing and rates of surface processes by low-temperature thermochronology Bart W.H. Hendriks, Tim F. Redfield Evolution of the crust and oceans through Re-Os geochemistry: A decade of discovery Holly Stein, Judith Hannah

MINERAL DEPOSITS 22 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to economic geology Krister Sundblad, Eiji Izawa, Milka K. de Brodtkorb Deep sources and signatures of ore forming systems a tool for new discoveries of mineral deposits L.M. Cathles, S. Cherkasov, V. Kazansky Recent developments on marine mineral deposits David S. Cronan, Peter A. Rona, Akira Usui Giant ore deposits Peter Laznicka, Pei Rong Fu, Mikhail Rafailovich

EXPERIMENTAL PETROLOGY & MINERALOGY 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to experimental petrology & mineralogy in honour of Professor Surendra Saxena Guoyin Shen, Peter Lazor Experimental petrology and the generation of plume magmas Gautam Sen, Christoph Hieronymus


Results of first global mineral resource assessment and other large-region assessment studies Klaus J. Schulz, Andor Lips, Daniel Cassard, Chen Shick Pei, Sergej Cherkasov, Leon Ehlers, Edwardo Zappettini Granitic magmatism and related mineralizations Alcides Nobrega Sial, Giampero Poli, Jorge da Silva Bettencourt Metallogeny and mineral potential of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine (dedicated to the memory of Prof. Gunnar Kautsky) Reimar Seltmann, Sergej Cherkasov (IAGOD) Volcanic-hosted massive sulphide deposits: controls on distribution and timing Rodney Allen (IGCP 502) Au-Ag telluride-selenide deposits Nigel Cook, Kari Kojonen (IGCP 486, IAGOD, IMA-COM) Large ore provinces of Central Asia Ginayat R. Bekzhanov, Dmitry Puscharovsky, Bernd Lehmann Metallogeny of Fennoscandia Felix Mitrofanov, Krister Sundblad, Pär Weihed Fluvial palaeo-systems: Evolution and mineral deposits Natalia Patyk-Kara, Alejandra Duk-Rodkin, Baohong Hou (IGCP 514) Ore deposits associated with black shales: from their origin to their environmental impacts J. Pašava, Hartwig E. Frimmel (SGA) Ophiolites, greenstone belts and ore deposits Paul T. Robinson, Yildirim Dilek Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide deposits Heikki Papunen, Anthony Naldrett Iron oxide copper gold deposits Robert Marschik, Lluis Fontboté Gold deposits: Reflections of their tectonic environments Richard Goldfarb, Jeffrey Hedenquist Iron deposits Mark Barley, Jan-Olov Nyström, Fernando Henriquez Uranium deposits Michel Cuney, Claude Caillat, Olli Äikäs Porphyry-type deposits David Cooke et al.

Contourites Adriano R. Viana, Michele Rebesco, Jan Sverre Laberg Marine geology of fjords Ross D. Powell, Matthias Forwick, Matthias Paetzel, Tore Vorren Causes of oxic-anoxic changes in Cretaceous marine and non-marine environments and their implications for Earth Systems Chengshan Wang, Luba Jansa (IGCP 463) Oceanic hypoxia: present and past Elisabeth Alve, Hiroshi Kitazato Protistan dispersal and colonization in the marine realm: Understanding the history of ocean circulation and biogeographic patterns Susan T. Golstein, Elisabeth Alve

PLANETARY SCIENCES, IMPACT STRUCTURES COMPARATIVE PLANETOLOGY 6 proposals submitted, all accepted: General contributions to comparative planetology Henning Haack, Alfred McEwen The geology of Mars, Venus and Moon - Recent results Jouko Raitala, Marko Aittola Volcanism in the solar system Alfred McEwan, Laszlo Keszthelyi From gas and dust to planets Martin Bizzarro, Herbert Palme Ice in the solar system Dorthe Dahl Jensen, Stephen M. Clifford Origin and evolution of the Moon Jeff Taylor, Marc Normann IMPACT STRUCTURES 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to impact structures Lauri Pesonen, Birger Schmitz Impact structures in Fennoscandia and nearby countries Lauri Pesonen et al. Environments and consequences of impacts of asteroids and comets Birger Schmitz, Christian Koeberl, Maurits Lindström, Jens Ormö

OCEAN SCIENCES MARINE GEOSCIENCE & PALEOCEANOGRAPHY 9 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to marine geoscience & palaeoceanography Haflidi Haflidason, A. Camerlemghi, J. McManus Marine geophysics: State-of-the-art and a look ahead A tribute to Manik Talwani Olav Eldholm, Jørn Thiede Ocean margin and ocean island sediment mass movements and their consequences: Where? When? Why? Roger Urgeles, Jacques Locat, Jürgen Mienert, Anders Solheim, Vasilios Lykousis (IGCP 511)

SEDIMENTOLOGY, STRATIGRAPHY SEDIMENTOLOGY 10 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to sedimentology Knut Bjørlykke, Ron Steel Processes in high-latitude depositional systems and basins Allard Martinius, Philip Ringrose


Intra-basaltic sediments and weathering horizons as monitors of climate change Mike Widdowson, Mohammedrafi R.G. Sayyed Organic geochemical archives of paleoenvironmental conditions in sediments of the deep and coastal ocean, lakes and rivers Mark Yunker, Philip A. Meyers Dynamics of complex intracontinental basins Ralf Littke, Ulf Bayer, Dirk Gajewski Foreland basins: palaeoecology-climate-chronostratigraphy Hayfaa Abdul-Aziz, Madelaine Böhme, Bettina Reichenbacher, Iuliana Vasiliev Dynamics of sedimentary basins Susanne Buiter, David Hansen STRATIGRAPHY 11 proposals submitted, all accepted: General contributions to stratigraphy Alexey S. Tesakov, Geir Birger Larssen Accuracy in fossil zonation David L. Bruton, J. Fredrik Bockelie Magnetic stratigraphy: The template for the construction of geologic time scales Fabio Speranza, Fabio Florindo Correlation of Devonian terrestrial, neritic and pelagic strata Thomas Becker et al. (ICS) Geologic time scale 2008 Felix M. Gradstein, James G. Ogg, Mike Villeneuve (ICS) Milestones in stratigraphy Stan Finney, Felix M. Gradstein (ICS) Pliocene-Pleistocene correlations and global change Maria Bianca Cita, Brad Pillans (ICS) Oligocene Series: A time of change in Earth and life history Yuri Gladenkov, Noël Vandenberghe (ICS, ISPS) Stratigraphic correlation of Neoproterozoic strata James Gehling, Shuhai Xiao, Graham Shields (Neoproterozoic Subcommission) Stratigraphic subdivisions of the Cretaceous system: State of the art Isabella Premoli Silva, Finn Surlyk (IUGS Subcommission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy) The EARTHTIME project S.A. Bowring, T.H. Torsvik

Structure and formation of rift basins and passive margins from surface to depth: Observations and modelling Ritske Huismans, Nina Simon, Lars Ruepke, Yuri Podladchikov Accretionary orogens: Character and processes Peter Cawood, Raimo Lahtinen, Yukio Isozaki Mantle convection and plumes: Reconciling observational and modelling constraints Harro Schmeling, Christoph Hieronymus Ocean-continent transitions in rifted margins Jan Inge Falleide, Gianreto Manatchal, Nick Kuznir Marine and continental fold and thrust belts Hermann Lebit, Rob Butler, Signe Ottesen, Chris Hedland, Stefano Mazzoli (IUGS Task Group on Structural Geology and Tectonics) Three-dimensional aspects of subduction zone processes: Insight from dynamic modelling, tectonic reconstructions and observational studies Wouter P. Schellart, Gideon Rosenbaum, Dave Stegman Numerical and analogue modelling of deformation - From the micro- to the crustal scale Paul D. Bons, Sudipta Sengupta, Hemin Koyi Earthquakes in-depth: Fault zone drilling projects on land and at sea Marco Bohnhoff, Achim J. Kopf, Harold J. Tobin (ICDP) New Concepts in Global Tectonics Dong Choi, Karsten Storetvedt, Forese Carlo Wezel Migmatite terranes - the role of partially molten crust in orogenic processes Carlo Dietl, Roberto Weinberg, Marco Elter PALEOSEISMOLOGY 4 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to paleoseismology Hilmar Bungum, Allesandro Michetti, John Adams Paleoseismology for seismic hazard and risk Hilmar Bungum, Nils-Axel Mörner, Maryam Khodayar Paleoseismology: historical and pre-historical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment Klaus Reicherter, Karl Müller, Alessandro M. Michetti (INQUA Subcommission on Paleoseismicity)

TECTONICS, STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY NEOTECTONICS 2 proposals submitted, and accepted. General contributions to Neotectonics Odleiv Olesen, Michel Sébrier Neotectonics and stress state in formerly glaciated regions Christophe Pascal, Iain Stewart

TECTONICS AND STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 13 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: General contributions to tectonics and structural geology Hemin Koyi, Roy Gabrielsen


Granitic landscape in Nordland. Norway. Excursion N35. Photo: Haakon Fossen, University of Bergen.

Tillite in Varanger. Norway. Excursion N42. Photo: Johan Petter Nystuen, University of Oslo.

Jameson Land. Greenland. Excursion D3. Photo: Harald Brekke, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.




The Special Symposia are dedicated to Regional Geology and are organised to include all the continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania (including Australia and Antarctica). At the Oslo Congress, there will be a particular focus on the Arctic, with contributions to the International Polar Year (IPY). The sessions of symposia for the different parts of the world are being prepared; listed below are the coordinators for each of the regions and some of the symposia. Other symposia are under consideration. Please visit the website for updates.

Glaciers and permafrost: Interaction, sediments and landforms Ole Humlum et al. Sensitivity of Arctic glaciers to climate change Hans Oerlemans Arctic palaeoclimate and its extremes Eiliv Larsen, Martin Jakobsson, Morten Hald, Nalan Koc Metallogeny of the Arctic region Tom V. Segalstad, Ingar F. Walder (IAGOD) Arctic impact craters: Scientific challenges and economic prospects Henning Dypvik, Filippos Tsikalas, Galen Gisler Arctic and Antarctic records of deglaciation since the Last Glacial Maximum: processes, timing and causes Rob Larter, Dag Ottesen Developing bi-polar connections over millennia Ross Powell, Julie Brigham-Grette, Tim Naish, Martin Melles, Kate Moran, Jan Backman

Europe Coordinated by Kai Sørensen, Dan Evans, Michael Kosinowski 18 proposals submitted, all accepted: Three billion years of geological history of the Kola province, Baltic Shield and its shelf Tamara B. Bayanova, Victor V. Balagansky Archean greenstone belts of Fennoscandia and beyond Pentti Höltta, Sergei Svetov, Adam Garde Complex geophysical models as a tool to understand the tectonic evolution of the Archean crust of Fennoscandia Victor N. Glaznev, Felix P. Mitrofanov Tectonic evolution of the lithosphere from European Precambrian craton to Alpine system on the base of the deep geophysical data Aleksander Guterch, Marek Grad, G. Randy Keller Pre-Scandian Evolution of the Caledonian-Appalachian orogen David Roberts, Øystein Nordgulen, Aaron Yoshinobu, Carol Frost, Calvin Barnes The North Atlantic Caledonides reviewed Arild Andresen, David Gee, Tony Higgins Comparison of the Uralides and Variscides Andres Perez-Estaun, Philippe Matte, Victor Pushkov, Galina Savelieva The North Atlantic Igneous Province stripped: Origin, magmatic activity, crustal processes and plate kinematics Morgan Ganerød, Sonia Rousse, Walter Roest

Arctic and bi-polar relationships; Contributions to the International Polar Year Coordinated by David Gee, Jörn Thiede, Art Grantz 21 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Paleogeographic evolution of the Arctic region during the Phanerozoic Atle Mørk, Ashton Embry Relative sea level changes in relation to the Eurasian ice sheet history John Inge Svendsen et al. Arctic geodynamic evolution and paleogeography David Gee, Robert Scott, Art Grantz Arctic petroleum provinces (i): Petroleum geoscience of the Barents Sea Vidar B. Larsen, Ørian Birkeland, Antonina Stoupakova Arctic petroleum provinces (ii): Petroleum geoscience of Russian Arctic basins Antonina Stoupakova, Aleksey E. Kontorovich, Oleg I. Suprunenko Arctic petroleum provinces (iii): Petroleum geoscience of the North American basins Donald L. Gautier, Kai Sørensen, Kirk Osadetz Russian-Norwegian scientific co-operation in Barents Sea region Else Ormaasen, Vidar B Larsen, A. Morozov, Oleg Petrov Permafrost on a warming planet Jerry Brown et al. (IPA)

Ilulissat. Greenland. Excursion D1. Photo: Henrik Højmark Thomsen, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.


Permian basin of West and Central Europe Lars Stemmerik, Tadeusz Peryt Geology of Zechstein basins of NW Europe Ole Vejbæk, Tim Pharaoh The Baltic Sea Basin Jan Harff, Svante Björck, Peer Hoth (BSG) Active tectonics of the Circum-Adriatic Region Luigi Piccardi, Dickson Cunningham, Eutizio Vittori Cenozoic volcanism in Europe Anna Ladenberger, Hillary Downes Neogene of NW Europe: palaeoclimate, tectonics and sedimentation Erik S. Rasmussen, Torsten Utescher, Dag Ottesen Late Cenozoic shaping of the NE Atlantic continental margins: Controls and sedimentary response Dan Evans, M. Stoker, J.S. Laberg Neogene of the Mediterranean: An ocean laboratory Gert J. De Lange, Patrizia Ziveri The Fennoscandian uplift Nils-Axel Mörner, Willy Fjeldskaar, Lawrence M. Cathles Topo-Europe Sierd Cloetingh, Jörg Negendank (ILP)

Africa Coordinated by S. Félix Toteu, Henrik Stendal 6 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Pan-African orogeny in Africa and adjacent regions Henrik Stendal, Felix Toteu, Yves Deschamps Cenozoic volcanism and evolution of the African lithosphere Marjorie Wilson, Gianluca Bianchini Geology of Africa and development strategies for the mining sectors of African countries Sospeter Muhongo, Leif Thorning, David Ovidia Geoscience in Africa S. Félix Toteu, Sospeter Muhongo, Henrik Stendal

South America Coordinated by Carlos Oiti Berbert, Umberto Cordani Many proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Basin analysis - Geology and geophysics of cratonic basins and interior rifts Pedro Victor Zalán et al. Pan-African-Brasiliano orogenic belts and assembly of Gondwana Bernard Bingen, Joachim Jacobs, Alan S. Collins, Giulio Viola, Mark A. Smethurst

Asia Coordinated by Oleg Petrov, Harsh Gupta, Zhang Hongren 12 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Geodynamic evolution of Asia Ren Jishun, Pen Qiming, M. Pubellier (CGMW) Geology and mineral resources of Northern Eurasia Oleg Petrov et al. Trans EurAsian Megatransect – TEAM Larry Brown, Andrej Morosov Evolution of the Arabian-Nubian shield and its orogenies Ali Al-Mishwat, Mohammad Abdelsalam Large ore provinces of Central Asia Ginayat R. Bekzhanov et al. Tectonics and crustal growth in Central Asia Boris Natalin, Celalûengör (IGCP 480) Pre-Mesozoic accretionary tectonics in Central Asia Wenjiao Xiao, Mikhail G. Leonov, Dmitriy V. Alexeiev (ILP) The Himalayas and neighbouring regions Anshu Kumar Sinha, Richard Sinding-Larsen, J.-P. Burg The geological evolution and mineral resources in Central Asia and adjacent areas Dong Shuwen, Oleg Petrov Magmatism of convergent boundaries of plates in the Lesser Caucasus Ismail-Zadeh Arif, Nazim A. Imamverdiyev

Oceania Coordinated by Neil Williams Many proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Antarctic geodynamic evolution and paleogeography G. Grikurov, G. Leitchenkov, R.P. Menot (CGMW) Cenozoic Antarctic glacial history Fabio Florindo, Peter J. Barrett Active continental margins in Antarctica A.J. Rudolf Trouw et al.

World Maps Coordinated by Jean-Paul Cadet and Philippe Rossi 3 proposals submitted, all accepted. Global geoscientific mapping. Problems and results Jean-Paul Cadet, Philippe Rossil (CGMW) OneGeology-Transparent Earth Ian Jackson, Harvey Thorleifson, John Broome, Jean-Paul Cadet (CGMW, UNESCO, IUGS, IYPE, ISCGM and ICOGS) Global geological and cartographical standards and classification systems for international geoscience maps Kristine Asch et al. (CGMW)


Small lake close to Ilulissat Icefjord – the world’s fastest glacier. Greenland. Excursion D1. Photo: Jacob Lautrup, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

Rocks, tectonics and landscape in Lofoten. Norway. Excursion N38. Photo: Steffen Bergh, University of Tromsø , Fernando Corfu, University of Oslo.

Stevns Klint. Denmark. Excursion D8. Photo: Jakob Lautrup, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.




The Topical Symposia are of interdisciplinary character and cover a wide spectrum of subjects that are of particular Earth Science interest today. They range from basic geoscience, to societal issues and managerial organisational problems. All themes of the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) have a place amongst these symposia. Many other symposia have been proposed and will be incorporated on the web during the coming months.

Earth System Management Coordinators Joy Jacqueline Pereira, Terje Thorsnes 12 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Earth Observation in the Earth Sciences José Achache, Richard Sinding-Larsen (GEOSS) Human impacts on geological processes Kevin Telmer, Bernardino Figueiredo, Eduardo da Silva (IUGS-GEM) Role of geoscience in governance for sustainable development and human security Joy Jacqueline Pereira, Chen Shick Pei, Lars Persson (IUGS-GEM) Sustainable development in drylands: Geologic constraints and opportunities Nicholas Lancaster, David Thomas (IGCP 500) Urban geology issues for African megacities Theo Davies, Imasiku Nyambe, Brian Marker (IUGS-GEM) Future of marine resources Sven Petersen, Klaus Wallmann, James Hein, Michael Wiedecke Geoscience in ocean management Terje Thorsnes, H. Gary Greene, Brian J. Todd (MAREANO) Mineral extraction and protected areas – Striking a balance for sustainability Colin Simpson, Joy Jacqueline Pereira, Lars Persson (IUGS-GEM) Earth Science’s role in development assistance Roger Swart, Erling Kvadsheim

International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) Topical Symposia related to the IYPE are being coordinated by Ed de Mulder and Ed Derbyshire. They are convened by the theme leaders. Hazards: minimizing risk, maximizing awareness Tom Beer et al. Earth and Health: building a safer environment Olle Selinus et al. Megacities: going deeper, building safer Frauke Kraas et al. Resources: non-renewable for sustainable development Richard Sinding-Larsen et al. Climate Change: the ‘stone tape’ John Dodson et al. Deep Earth: from crust to core Sierd Cloetingh et al. Earth and Life: origins of diversity John Talent et al. Groundwater: reservoir for a thirsty planet Mary Hill et al. Ocean: abyss of time John Chen et al. Soil: Earth’s living skin Alfred Hartemink et al.

Changing Climates Coordinators Jörn Thiede, Ted Moore, Barbara Wohlfarth 5 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Climate system: Quo vadis? Jörn Thiede, Matti Saarnisto, Thomas Stocker Climatic change, geologic hazard and atmosphere--ocean relationship in tropical and sub-tropical regions José Manuel Sayago, Roberto Verdum Focused fluid expulsion in hydrothermal and sedimentary systems: Mechanisms and effect on climate and biosphere Henrik Svensen, Øyvind Hammer, Aivo Lepland, Sverre Planke Paleoclimate and climate modelling Atle Nesje, Eystein Jansen

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Coordinators Harald Brekke, Martin Heinesen, Christian Marcussen 3 proposals submitted. The following has currently been accepted: The ultimate ocean mapping challenge - the implementation of Part VI of UNCLOS Ruth Jackson, Ron MacNab, Charles Morgan, Lindsay Parsons, Walter Roest, Philip A. Symonds

The front of glacier, Northern Svalbard. Norway. Excursion N44. Photo: Morten Smelror, Geological Survey of Norway.


Towards a common reference frame for plate motions and mantle dynamics Bernhard Steinberger, Trond H. Torsvik Palaeozoic-Mesozoic Earth geography: Palaeomagnetic, faunal and facies constraints Trond H. Torsvik, L. Robin Cocks, Rob Van der Voo Mid-ocean ridges, a major geo-bio-hydro interface Colin Devey et al. (InterRidge)

Gas hydrates 3 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Gas hydrates in oceanic and permafrost environments Importance for energy, climate and geohazards Jürgen Mienert, C. Paull, G. Westbrook, H. Haflidason Causes and consequences of dissociation of gas hydrates – An environmental impact of marine gas hydrates Ryo Matsumoto, Charlie Paull, Martin Hovland

Mathematical Geology Coordinators Richard Sinding-Larsen, Frits Agterberg 7 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Mathematical morphology and its Earth Science applications Jean Serra, Richard Sinding-Larsen Mathematical and statistical modelling of physical and chemical processes in the Earth Sciences Antonella Buccianti, Ramon Tolosana-Delgado (IAMG) Uncertainty in spatial prediction modeling: From natural risk to resources Fabbri Andrea, Chung Chang-Jo Scales, scaling, non-linearity and complexity in the Geosciences Qiuming Cheng, Frits Agterberg (IAMG) New frontiers of mathematical geology for resources exploration Katsuaki Koike, Zhao Pengda, Donald Singer, Ryoichi Kouda (ISME, IAMG)

Geohazards Coordinators Farrokh Nadim, Mary Lou Zoback 12 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Geo-risk in the 21st century Peter T. Bobrowsky, John J. Clague, P. Patrick Leahy, Suzanne Lacasse (GSC, IUGS, INQUA) Global environmental change, geomorphic hazards and risk studies Thomas Glade, Olav Slaymaker, Christine EmbletonHamann, Kalle Kronholm, Kari Sletten Integrated studies of tsunamis and other geohazards in coastal regions Lalit P. Chaudhari, Annette Kimmich, Anand G. Bhole, Andrée Blais-Stevens, Marten Geertsema, Afia Akhtar (IAPSO-CGSI) Earthquake hazard assessment and geotechnics Amir Kaynia, Eduardo Kausel Remote sensing and GIS technologies for geohazard monitoring Moutaz Dalati et al. (ARA) Landslide risk reduction Margreth Keiler, Oliver Korup, Thomas Glade, Nicola Casagli, Oddvar Kjekstad (ICL, IUGS, UNESCO, IYPE, ICG) Integrating geological hazard assessment into urban planning and management Brian Marker, Philipp Schmidt-Thome, Mario A. Aurelio, Bhawani Shanker Paliwal (IUGS-GEM) Volcano flank instability: Causes, precursors and associated hazards Derek Rust, Alessandro Tibaldi (ILP)

Nuclear Waste Management Coordinators Geoff Milnes, Björn Strokirk 5 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Geology and disposal of nuclear waste: Global perspectives Geoff Milnes, Steve Sparks, Serva Leonello, Frantisek Woller Geology and disposal of nuclear waste: Nordic approach special aspects of the disposal in crystalline bedrock Lars-Olov Ericsson, Michael Stephens Implementation of risk assessments of geological and climate hazards applied to nuclear and hazardous waste management Gordon Wittmeyer, Philip Justus

Geodynamics and Plate Motions Storage of CO 2

Coordinators Trond Torsvik, Irina Artemieva, Hans Thybo Many proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Elevated, passive continental margins: timing and mechanisms of uplift Peter Japsen, Johan M. Bonow, Anthony G. Doré, Jörg Ebbing Paleo- to Mesoproterozoic crustal evolution and continental growth David Corrigan, Sally Pehrsson, Karl-Inge Åhäll, Steven Reddy (IGCP 509)

3 proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted: Subsurface use and storage of CO 2 - enhancing hydrocarbon production and reducing greenhouse emissions Niels Peter Christensen, Sergio Persoglia, Isabelle Czernichowski New frontiers of geological sequestration of greenhouse gases Toshiyuki Tosha, Xue Ziqiu, Rajesh Pawar, Ryoichi Kouda


Themes of the Day Major aspects of Earth Science that are particularly relevant for society today will be highlighted during the 33rd IGC. Seven themes have been selected for particular emphasis. They are all related to the priorities of the International Year of Planet Earth. A Congress cannot solve major planetary problems, but does provide a forum for exposing them and providing recommendations for their solution. For the 33rd IGC, the objectives are therefore to assess these seven geoscientific themes, all with major societal significance. In parallel with the Congress symposia programme, each day of the meeting will highlight one of these major themes: Thursday 7 August: Early life and survival of the fittest – biodiversity and the geo-environment Friday 8 August: Climate change: past, present, future Saturday 9 August: Geohazards and human behaviour Monday 11 August: Water, human health and the environment Tuesday 12 August: Mineral resources in a fast growing global economy - are there any natural limits?

Rock avalanche. Western Norway. Photo: Lars Harald Blikra, Geological Survey of Norway.

The daily schedule for the ‘Themes of the Day’ are being built up around lunch-time Plenary Lectures, the ‘Norsk Hydro Lecture’ preceded by morning sessions of related Geoscience. Afternoon sessions will focus on the relevance of the theme for society and include social, economic, political and other aspects. A Panel Debate and Press Conference will be held at the end of the day.

Wednesday 13 August: The energy race - what will be the future energy mix? Thursday 14 August: Earth and beyond – synergies between Earth and planetary sciences



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Planet Earth Year – Main Themes • Life • Health

• Resources • Hazards

• Climate • Groundwater


• Oceans • Soils

• Megacities • Deep Earth

Tor-formation. Northern Nordbotten. Sweden. Excursion N39. Photo: Ola Fredin, Geological Survey of Norway

The Mid Atlantic Ridge at Thingvellir. Iceland. Excursion I-5. Photo: Johan Petter Nystuen, University of Oslo.

Anorthosite landscape with aggregate quarry. Norway. Excursion N26. Photo: Peer-Richard Neeb, Geological Survey of Norway.

Magma Geopark – Sokndal. Norway. Excursion N26. Photo: Pål Thjømøe, Brian Robins, Richard Wilson, University of Aarhus.

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Excursions Excursions of variable length before and after the Congress are being arranged throughout Norden, including the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Svalbard, as well as in Russia. One-day excursions in the Oslo region will be arranged throughout the Congress.

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A wide range of excursions are being arranged. Details will be announced on the website as soon as they are ready. Prices exist for many of the planned excursions already, whereas we are still seeking sponsors in order to reduce the price for others. Some price examples are: Excursion No. 4: €1100, No. 6: €910, No. 10: €725, No. 17: €500, No. 31: €500, No.51: €625. The following excursions will be run back-to-back with the Congress:

Excursions in DENMARK, including GREENLAND and the FAROE ISLANDS No. 1.

No. 2.

Ilulissat Icefjord – the world’s fastest glacier Leaders: Henrik Højmark Thomsen, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) Niels Reeh, Ørsted-DTU, Technical University of Denmark Start/end: Copenhagen/Copenhagen, Denmark Duration: 5 days The Skaergaard layered intrusion, East Greenland Leaders: Kent Brooks, Geological Institute, Copenhagen University Jens Christian Andersen, Cambourne School of Mines, Exeter University Alexander McBirney, University of Oregon Start/end: Keflavik/Keflavik, Iceland Duration: 14 days

No. 3.

Jameson Land, East Greenland, a petroleum geo logy analogue for the Norwegian continental shelf Leader: Michael Larsen, Dong Energy, Denmark Logistic support from Danish Polar Centre and GEUS Start/end: Keflavik/Keflavik, Iceland Duration: 8 days

No. 6.

Faroe Islands - The volcanic and sedimentary evo lution of the Palaeogene Faroe Islands Basalt Group Leader: Simon Passey, Jarðfeingi, Faroe Islands Start/end: Tòrshavn, Tòrshavn, Faroe Islands Duration: 6 days

No. 7.

Faroe Islands - The oceanic glaciation of the Faroe Islands Leader: Lis Mortensen, Jarðfeingi, Faroe Islands Start/end: Tòrshavn, Tòrshavn, Faroe Islands Duration: 6 days

No. 8.

Thin-skinned thrust-fault deformation, glaciotecto nics and orogenic foreland thrusting Leader: Stig A. Schack Pedersen, GEUS, Denmark Start/end: Copenhagen, Denmark/Oslo, Norway Duration: 5 days

Faroe Islands. Excursion 6 and 7. Photo: Peter Warna-Moors, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

Jameson Land. Greenland. Excursion 3. Photo: Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.


Excursions in ICELAND No. 4

Past and present-day tectonic deformation in South and West Iceland Leader: Maryam Khodayar, Iceland GeoSurvey-ÍSOR, Iceland Start/end: Reykjavik/Reykjavik, Iceland Duration: 5 days

No. 5

The geology of Iceland Leaders: Hreggviður Norðdahl, Ólafur Ingólfsson, Olgeir Sigmarsson, Grétar Ívarsson, Helgi Björnsson, Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir, Sigurrós Friðriksdóttir, Bjarni Richter, University of Iceland and ISOR, Iceland Start/end: Reykjavik/Reykjavik, Iceland Duration: 7 days

No. 10.

Palaeozoic impact craters Leader: Maurits Lindström, Stockholm University, Sweden Birger Schmitz, Lund University, Sweden Thomas Kenkmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany Jens Ormö, Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), Madrid, Spain. Start/end: Oslo, Norway/Östersund, Sweden Duration:6 days

No. 11.

Paleoseismicity and uplift of Sweden Main leader: Nils-Axel Mörner, Stockholm University, Sweden Co-leaders: Rabbe Sjöberg, Franck Audemard and Sue Dawson Start/end: Umeä/Bästad, Sweden Duration: 10 days

No. 12.

Paleoproterozoic volcanic- and limestone-hosted massive sulphide deposits in Bergslagen, Sweden: Character and geological setting Details to be announced

Excursions in SWEDEN No. 9.

Mesozoic palaeontology and sedimentology of Sweden Leader: Vivi Vajda, Lund University, Sweden Start/end: Malmö/Malmö, Sweden Duration: 2 days

Glacier marginal environments of Solheimajøkull. Iceland. Excursion I-5. Photo: Oddur Sigurdson, Iceland GeoSurvey.


No. 13.

Urban geology with focus on technical geology in Sweden and Finland, Parts 1, 2 and 3 Leader: Lars Persson, Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden Start/end: Stockholm, Sweden/Helsinki, Finland Duration: Three parts: 1 day, 2 days, 2 days

No 50.

Early Palaeozoic of southern Sweden: An up-to-date view Leaders: Lennart Jeppsson, Birger Schmitz, Per Ahlberg, Mats Eriksson, Lund University, Sweden Start/end: Oslo, Norway/Visby, Sweden Duration: 8-10 days

No. 14

Isolation of highly radioactive nuclear waste in crystalline bedrock − geological setting of the investigation areas in Finland and Sweden Leaders: Michael Stephens, Carl-Henric Wahlgren, Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden Liisa Wikström, Posiva Oy, Finland Start/end: Oslo, Norway/Stockholm, Sweden Duration: 6 days

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No. 15.

Metallogeny and tectonic evolution of the Northern Fennoscandian Shield Leaders: Stefan Bergman, Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden Pasi Eilu, Markku Iljina, Juhani Ojala, Geological Survey of Finland, Finland Olof Martinsson, Pär Weihed, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden Roger Nordin, Boliden Mineral AB, Sweden Start/end: Kemi, Finland/Kiruna, Sweden Duration: 5 days

The Sveconorwegian orogen of southern Scandinavia: P-T-t-evolution of polymetamorphic high-grade domains Leaders: Jenny Andersson, Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden Leif Johansson, Ulf Söderlund, Lund University, Sweden David Cornell, Göteborg University, Sweden Bernard Bingen, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Start/end: Göteborg/Uddevalla Duration: 4 -5 days

The Lockne impact Crater. Sweden. Excursion S10. Photo: Micke Sundberg, Syre Reklamebyrå.

Underground repository for nuclear waste. Sweden. Excursion S14. Illustration: Svensk Kaernbrensle Handtering AB.


Core stone. Easter Småland. Sweden. Excursion S11. Photo: Ola Fredin, Geological Survey of Norway

Excursions in FINLAND No. 16.

No. 17.

100 years of migmatite - In Sederholm’s footprints Leaders: Olav Eklund, Markku Väisänen, University of Turku, Finland Peter Sorjonen-Ward, Pentti Hölttä,Geological Survey of Finland, Finland Tapani Rämö,Pentti Kurhila, University of Helsinki, Finland Carl Ehlers, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo Start/end: Helsinki/Helsinki, Finland Duration: 6 days

No. 18.

Precambrian ophiolites and related rocks Leaders: Petri Peltonen, Pentti Hölttä, Geological Survey of Finland, Finland Alexander I. Slabunov, Institute of Geology, Petrozavodsk, Russia Start/end: Kuopio/Kuopio, Finland Duration: 7 days

No. 19.

Paleoproterozoic accretional area in southern Finland Leaders: Mikko Nironen, Annakaisa Korja, Yrjö Kähkönen, Raimo Lahtinen, Geological Survey of Finland/University of Helsinki, Finland Start/end: Jyväskylä/Turku, Finland Duration: 5 days

No. 20.

Lapland Granulite Belt (LGB) and 1.9 Ga assemb ling of the Northeastern Baltic (Fennoscandian) Shield Leader: Pekka Tuisku, University of Oulu, Finland Start/end: Jyväskylä/Turku, Finland Duration: 5 days

Environmental geology and geological heritage Leaders: Veli-Pekka Salonen, University of Helsinki, Finland Antti E. Ojala, Geological Survey of Finland, Finland Start/end: Helsinki/Helsinki, Finland Duration: 3 days

The Kemi Mine. Finland. Photo: Geological Survey of Finland.

Palaeoproterozoic pillow lava. Finland. Excursion F18. Photo: Jari Vaatainern, Geological Survey of Finland.


Excursions in NORWAY No. 21.

Gea Norvegica, UNESCO European geopark Leaders: Sven Dahlgren, Mona Holte, Gea Norvegica Geopark Patrick McKeever, European Geoparks Network Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 3 days

No. 22.

Volcanology of early magmatic activity in the Carbono-Permian Oslo Rift, Norway: The Brunlanes olivine melitite-nephelinite series and the Vestfold rhomb porphyries Leaders: Sven Dahlgren, Geological advisor Buskerud Telemark Vestfold Region, Norway Henrik Heyer, Geological Consultant, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 2 days

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No. 24.

The Carboniferous-Permian Oslo Rift Leaders: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 3 days From epicontinental sea to foreland basin – the Early Palaeozoic of the Oslo Region Leaders: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 3 days

Inverted Ordovician – Silurian boundary at Hovedøya. Norway. Excursion N24. Photo: Bjørn T. Larsen. Consultant.

No. 25.

The Palaeozoic geology of the Oslo Region Leaders: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 3 days

No. 26.

Magma Geopark – The Rogaland Anorthosite Province Leaders: Pål Thjømøe, Magma Geopark, Norway Brian Robins, University of Bergen, Norway Richard Wilson, University of Aarhus, Denmark Start/end: Stavanger/Stavanger, Norway Duration: 5 days

No. 27.

Weichselian ice-age history in the Rondane area, central southern Norway Leaders: Svein Olaf Dahl, Henriette Linge, University of Bergen, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 5 days

No. 28.

Structural geology and tectonic evolution of the Sognefjord transect, Caledonian Orogen Leaders: A. Geoffrey Milnes, GEA Consulting, Neuchätel, Switzerland Fernando Corfu, University of Oslo, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 8 days

Landscape of anorthosite in Rogaland. Norway. Excursion N26. Photo: Lars Petter Nilsson, Geological Survey of Norway.


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No. 31.

The Caledonian infrastructure and evolution in western Norway Leaders: Torgeir Bjørge Andersen, Håkon Austrheim, Physics of Geological Processes, University of Oslo, Norway Start/end: Bergen/Selje, Norway Duration: 8 days Caledonian Ophiolite complexes Leaders: Rolf B. Pedersen, University of Bergen, Norway Tor Grenne, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Start/end: Bergen/Trondheim, Norway Duration: 7 days UNESCO FJORDS: From Nærøyfjord to Geirangerfjord: Surface processes and landscape development in the fjord area of western Norway Leaders: Achim A. Beylich, Geological Survey of Norway and NTNU, Norway Ola Fredin, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Atle Nesje, Bjerknes Research Centre and University of Bergen, Norway Inge Aarseth, University of Bergen, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 5 days

No. 32.

Permafrost in Southern Norway Leader: Ole Humlum, University of Oslo Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 6 days

No. 33.

The Fongen-Hyllingen layered intrusion Leaders: Richard Wilson, University of Aarhus, Denmark Brian Robins, University of Bergen, Norway Gurli Meyer, Geological Survey of Norway Start/end: Trondheim/Trondheim, Norway Duration: 7 days

No. 34.

A Tectono-stratigraphic transect across the Scandinavian Caledonides in the Mid-Norden regi on Leaders: Peter Robinson, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway David Gee, University of Uppsala, Sweden David Roberts, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Co-leaders: Arne Solli, Tor Grenne, Øystein Nordgulen Start/end: Östersund, Sweden/Trondheim, Norway Duration: 9 days

The landscape in Lyngen, Troms. Norway. Excursion N40. Photo: Fjellanger Widerøe Foto.


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No. 38.

Pre-Scandian tectonic and magmatic evolution of the Helgeland Nappe Complex, Uppermost Allochthon Leader: Øystein Nordgulen (contact person), Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Co-leaders: Calvin Barnes, Carol Frost, Aaron Yoshinobu Start/end: Brønnøysund/Trondheim, Norway Duration: 5 days

Leader: Steffen Bergh, Geoff Corner,University of Tromsø, Norway Fernando Corfu, University of Oslo, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 5 days

Caledonian margin to Uppermost Allochthon: Tåsjön – Storuman to Bindal – Mo i Rana/ Brønnøysund/Leka Leader: Reinhard O. Greiling, Ruprecht-KarlsUniversität Heidelberg, Germany Start/end: Vilhelmina, Sweden/Brønnøysund, Norway Duration: 7 days Industrial mineral producers in Norway Leader: Terje Malvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 4 days Proterozoic igneous and metamorphic rocks: a template for Mesozoic-Cenozoic brittle faulting and tectonic inherited landscapes in LofotenVesterålen, North Norway

Landscape, Geirangerfjord. Norway. Excursion 31. Photo: Per Eide, Edelpix,.

No. 39.

Karst and landform development of North Norway Leader: Stein-Erik Lauritzen, University of Bergen, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 8 days

No. 40.

Raised beaches, falling-stage deltas, river terraces and postglacial fjord-valley fill, arctic Norway Leaders: Geoff Corner, University of Tromsø, Norway Raymond Eilertsen, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Start/end: Kirkenes/Kirkenes, Norway Duration: 4 days

No. 41.

The Lapland Late glacial fault province Leaders: Robert Lagerbäck, Geological Survey of Sweden, Sweden Odleiv Olesen, Christophe Pascal, Geological Survey of Norway, Norway Start/end: Oslo, Norway/Stockholm, Sweden Duration: 7 days

Fongen- Hyllingen. Norway. Excursion 33. Photo: Richard Wilson, University of Aarhus.


Excursions in RUSSIA No. 42.

Glacial Stratigraphy of the Neoproterozoic in the northernmost Scandinavian Caledonides Leaders: Hugh Rice, University of Vienna, Austria Marc Edwards, Norsk Hydro, Norway Tor Arne Hansen, Statoil, Norway Start/end: Oslo/Oslo, Norway Duration: 10 days

No. 43.

Reconstructing Quaternary environments: The modern glacial environment of the Norwegian high Arctic Leaders: Michael Hambrey, Neil Glasser, Bryn Hubbard, University of Wales, Aberystwyth,UK. Start/end: Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen, Norway Duration: 7 days

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No. 45.

Svalbard (Spitsbergen) round trip - Post Caledonian tectonostratigraphic and paleogeograp hic development Leaders: Erik P. Johannessen, Geir B. Larsen, Tormod Henningsen, Geir Elvebakk, Trond Zakariassen, Statoil, Norway Start/end: Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen, Norway Duration: 10 days The Old Red basins of northern Spitsbergen, their tectonic setting and associated young volcanism Leader: Winfried Dallmann, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway Start/end: Longyearbyen/Longyearbyen, Norway Duration: 8 days

Quaternary section including the last interglacial period. Norway. Excursion N43. Photo: Winfried Dallmann, Norwegian Polar Institute.

No. 46.

The Late Pleistocene interglacial, Late Glacial landforms and Holocene neotectonics of the Kola Peninsula Leaders: Vasili V. Kolka, Olga P. Korsakova, Vladimir Ya. Yevzerov; Geological Institute, Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russia Start/end: Murmansk/Murmansk, Russia Duration: 5 days

No. 47.

Khibina and Lovozero alkaline massifs: geology and unique mineralization Leaders: Andrei Arzamastsev, Victor N. Yakovenchuk, Yakov A. Pakhomovsky, Gregory Yu. Ivanyuk, Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russia. Start/end: Murmansk/Murmansk, Russia Duration: 11 days

No. 48.

The Cu-Ni-PGE and Cr deposits of the Monchegorsk area, Kola Peninsula, Russia Leaders: Yury L. Voytekhovsky, Yury N. Neradovsky; Geological Institute, Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences (Apatity, Russia) Start/end: Murmansk/Murmansk, Russia Duration: 7 days

No. 49.

Geology of the Northern and Southern Novaya Zemlya - cruise with RV Horizon Leader: Georgy A. Cherkashov, VNIIOkeangeologia, St Petersburg, Russia Start/end: Murmansk/Murmansk, Russia Duration: 10 days

The Hyrne in Hornsund, Svalbard. Norway. Excursion N44. Photo: Winfried Dallmann, Norwegian Polar Institute.




The excursion programme may be updated with new excursions. In February 2008, decisions will be made regarding cancellations of those excursions that do not attract enough participants. Please also register your second priority so that, if your first priority is cancelled, you will be transferred to your second priority. You will be informed about the excursion to which you have been allocated by late February or early March, and the full payment together with registration has to be made before 31 March 2008 to ensure the validity and confirmation of your bookings and the inclusion of any accepted abstract into the programme.

During the Congress, several 1-day excursions will be run in the greater Oslo region: No. 101. Neoproterozoic Moelv Tillite and the Hedmark Basin, the Mjøsa Area Leader: Johan Petter Nystuen, University of Oslo, Norweay No. 102. Gardnos Impact Structure Leaders: Henning Dypvik, Tom Andersen, Elin Kalleson, University of Oslo, Norway No. 103. Urban geochemistry in Oslo Leaders: Rolf Tore Ottesen, Geological Survey of Norway, Trondheim, Norway Kaj Lax, Geological Survey of Sweden, Uppsala, Sweden Timo Tarvainen, Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo, Finland No. 104. Classical fossil localities in the Oslo area Leaders: David L. Bruton, University of Oslo, Norway J. Fredrik Bockelie, Sagex AS, Oslo, Norway No. 105

The Carboniferous-Permian Oslo Rift Organisers: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway

The skerries of Langesund fjord. Norway. Excursion N21. Photo: Sven Dahlgren, Geological adviser Buskerud Telemark Vestfold Region, Norway.

No. 106. From epicontinental sea to foreland basin – the Early Palaeozoic of the Oslo Region Organisers: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway

No. 107. Early Paleozoic and Carboniferous-Permian of the Oslo Region Organisers: Bjørn T. Larsen, Geological Consultant Snorre Olaussen, Eni Norge, Norway Nodular Limestone, Skogerholmen Formation. Excursion OD107. Norway. Photo: Hans A. Nakrem. The Natural History Museum University of Oslo.

Holmia kjerulfi. Excursion OD104. Photo: Hans A. Nakrem. The Natural History Museum University of Oslo.

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Short Courses Workshops and Business meetings Short Courses


A wide range of short (single-day) courses have been proposed. These will be run by experienced lecturers and designed for Ph.D. students and senior undergraduates, as well as for others who may wish to widen their knowledge of particular subjects. A registration fee will be necessary. Please see the web for details. 17 short course proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted:

Workshops provide an opportunity for specialists to discuss particular subjects that are less suitable for symposia. These may, for example, include international projects or association meetings or new technologies that are attracting particular interest. A workshop fee may be necessary. Please check the web for details. 33 workshop proposals submitted. The following have currently been accepted:

Geology from the Air - Introduction to Airborne Exploration Geophysics Markku Peltoniemi Medical Geology Olle Selinus, Edward Derbyshire, A. Umran Dogan, Meral Dogan Quantitative Aspects of Medical Mineralogy A. Umran Dogan & Meral Dogan Modern Prospect Assessment: Risk and uncertainty for contemporary prospect evaluations Darrel Norman, Per Audun Hole Palaeomagnetism and Neotectonics John D.A.Piper, A. Morris, O. Tatar, D. Kondopulau Paleoseismology Nils-Axel Mörner, Rabbe Sjöberg, Frank Audemard, Sue Dawson Salt tectonics Yu Yixin, M.P.A. Jackson Source Rock Modelling Ute Mann, Janine Zweigel

Construction of paleomagnetic database of Eastern Mediterranean John D.A.Piper, A. Morris, O. Tatar, D. Kondopulau Converting geoscience knowledge into action: Lessons from the Multinational Andean Project (MAP) Roberto F.N. Page, Chatherine J. Hickson Delivery of geoscience information using web services Bruce Simons, John Laxton CGI-IUGS Funding geological research – The challenges for Earth system science Harold R. Lane, Yupeng Yao, Sören Dürr Geoconservation for sustainable development and Earth Science propagation, geoheritage, geosites, geoparks Bill Wimbledon, Joy Jaqueline Pereira, Todor Todorov, Il’ya Fishman, Lars Erikstad, Francesco Zarlenga (IUGS-ProGEO, IUGS-GEM)

Columnar basalt, Faroe Islands. Excursion D6 and 7. Photo: Peter Warna-Moors, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

Limestone, Huk Formation. Bygdøy. Norway. Excursion OD104. Photo: Hans A. Nakrem. Norway. History Museum. University of Oslo.


Geoscience education in colleges and universities in Africa Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie, Barth N. Ekwueme Impact structures Lauri Pesonen, Henning Dypvik Integrated basin-play-prospect risk and resource assessment for oil and gas exploration Darrel Norman, Per Audun Hole International Polar Year: The next steps Carolyn Olson et al. (IPY) Lapland Granulite Belt (LGB) and 1.9 Ga assembling of the Northeastern Baltic (Fennoscandian) Shield Pekka Tuisku, Pekka Heikkinen, Hannu Huhma (IGCP 509) Molar-tooth structures (in calcite spar) Nils-Martin Hanken, Xianghua Meng, Jesper Kresten Nielsen New developments in stratigraphic classification Maria Bianca Cita, Ashton Embry, Andreas Strasser, Stan Finney (ICS) Numerical modeling in Earth Sciences Dani Schmid et al. Paleontological data analysis and modelling Øyvind Hammer et al. PaleoParks: The conservation and preservation of paleontological sites worldwide Jere H. Lipps et al. Reconstruction of cold-based ice sheets Svein Olaf Dahl, Henriette Linge Representative sampling - an ongoing geoscience challenge Kim H. Esbensen Sustainable mineral resource management - Industrial minerals and aggregates Deborah Shields, Slavko Solar Trondhjemites, tonalites, plagiogranites and adakites:

similarities, differences and petrogenesis Jan Hertogen, David Roberts, R.B. Pedersen, Joseph Cotten Urban geochemical mapping methods Rolf Tore Ottesen, Kaj Lax, Timo Tarvainen Radon risk mapping: From soil-gas to indoor concentrations Gregoire Dubois, Matej Neznal, Britt-Marie Ek, Terje Strand

Business meetings Many of the commissions and affiliated associations of IUGS hold business meetings at IGC. These will be concentrated to Sunday 10 August, but may also be arranged at other times. If you want to arrange short courses, workshops, or business meetings at the 33rd IGC, please contact the Secretary General:

Anders Solheim Norwegian Geotechnical Institute P.O.Box 3930, Ullevaal Stadion NO-0806 Oslo, Norway Email: [email protected]

Limestone quarry in Tromsdal, Trøndelag. Norway. Excursion N37. Photo: Harald Sveian, Geological Survey of Norway.

Cobble beach. Mølen. Norway. Excursion N21. Photo: Håvard Gautneb, Geological Survey of Norway.


General information GARDERMOEN



Oslo S - Lillestrøm: 20 km. Lillestrøm - Gardermoen: 30 km.

Place and dates of the Congress The 33rd International Geological Congress is hosted by the Nordic Countries (Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway) in:

Please register online if you can!

Oslo, Norway, 6-14 August, 2008.

The electronic registration will be open from 1 September 2007 at

Pre- and post-Congress Excursions are being arranged in all the Nordic countries, and in Russia. The conference venue is The Norway Convention Centre, located at Lillestrøm, midway between Oslo city centre and the international airport at Gardermoen.

If you do not have access to the Internet, forms can be obtained as Email attachments or on paper by contacting the Congress Secretariat:

The convention centre is located midway between the airport and the city centre, 10-15 minutes train ride from both.

33rd International Geological Congress. Congress-Conference AS P.O.Box 2629, Solli. NO-0204 Oslo, Norway. Telephone: +47 - 22 56 19 30. Fax: +47 – 22 56 05 41 [email protected]


Travel to Oslo In 2008 there will be three airports near Oslo. The main Oslo International Airport is ‘Gardermoen’. Gardermoen is located north of Oslo, 20 minutes by airport express train from the city centre. The venue, the Norway Convention Centre, is located close to the railway line midway between the airport and the city centre. There are also several buses from the airport to the city centre. The other airport is ‘Torp’, which is located south of the city. The bus service from Torp to Oslo takes about 1.5 hours. The newest airport opening 1 October 2007, ‘Moss Lufthavn Rygge’, is located 70 km south of the city.

OFFICIAL AIRLINE NETWORK The Star Alliance™ Members are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the 33rd IGC and are offering discounts to all registered participants, plus one accompanying person travelling to Oslo, Norway. To obtain the Star Alliance™ Conventions Plus discount, please contact your local Star Alliance Member and quote the following Event Code SK204S8

Booking office information can be found at:

Several international airlines fly to Oslo. Please search the internet or contact your local travel agent for more information.

We would strongly recommend that you book your flights early to obtain the best price! From other parts of Norway, as well as from Sweden, there are excellent train and express bus services. You may also enjoy comfortable ferries from both Kiel and Copenhagen. Please check the options with your local travel agent.

The Kon-Tiki raft. Photo: Gunnar Strøm.

Viking Ship Museum. Photo: Nancy Bundt.

The Parliament building. Photo: Gunnar Strøm.

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Registration, hotels and payment

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at Bygdøy The Gol Stave Church from approx. 1200. Photo: Gunnar Strøm

Sunset in Oslo. Photo: Nancy Bundt



In accordance with the statutes of the Congress, no professional qualifications are required for registration. The membership categories are Congress Member, Accompanying Member, Student Member, and Youth Congress Member.

Abstract fee For participants giving oral or poster presentations, there will be an abstract fee of €40 in addition to the below. Deadline for abstract submission and payment of the abstract fee is 1 February, 2008. The Congress registration fee has to be paid before 31 March 2008 in order for the inclusion of an accepted abstract into the program.

Registration (including lunches) Until 15 April, 2008

16 April to 15 July, 2008

Later and on-site







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planning to register are strongly recommended to complete and submit the registration forms online, using the electronic form at: In this case you will be free to pay by credit card or bank transfer. Should you prefer to pay by bank transfer, you must send via fax a copy of the transfer document within 5 working days or else your registration and all other services required will not be confirmed. All participants will receive a written confirmation of registration acceptance.

* NB! The half-Congress dates are: 1st half: 6-10 August; 2nd half: 10-14 August

A contribution of €15 to IUGS is included in the fees. Students must submit documentary evidence of being enrolled at an educational institution in the year 2008. Youth Congress Members must be accompanied by Congress Members and are eligible if between 7 and 15 years of age. All categories of members may take part in field trips or other arrangements when duly registered.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY Cancellations of registrations should be notified in writing to the Congress Secretariat. Cancellations received by 30 November, 2007, will receive a 100% refund, less a Euro 35,00 administrative charge.

As per March 2007, VAT is not added to the Congress fees in Norway, However, should VAT be levied on congress fees in 2008, the above fees will change accordingly.

Cancellations received from 1 December, 2007 to 30 June, 2008, will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after 1 July, 2008.

Congress fees include: All members: - Access to Scientific sessions and exhibitions, Congress documents and publications. - Lunches in the Congress Centre, coffee/tea breaks. - Opening and closing ceremonies, Icebreaker

In the case of partial reduction of room nights received after 1 July, 2007, the hotel will decide if a penalty will be applied. In the event of a no-show, hotel reservations will be cancelled after one night. No-shows cannot be refunded. Refunds will be made using the same method chosen for the payment (i.e., payment by credit card will be refunded to the same credit card).

Accompanying and Youth Congress Members: -


As above, with the exception of access to the Scientific Sessions, the Congress documents and publications. In addition, there will be several excursions and events which will be published on the web.

Field trips and selected short courses will have separate fees. Visit the web for updates.

HOTEL BOOKING 33rd IGC has booked rooms at a wide range of hotels, Most of these are in or near the Oslo city centre, but there are also possibilities at hotels near to Gardermoen Airport. Hotel prices range from 80 to 250 Euros per night including breakfast and taxes. In addition, we can offer youth hostel class accommodation at a lower price. Please visit the website for a full list of hotels and prices.

METHODS OF PAYMENT Payment of fees must accompany all registrations. No registration will be confirmed until payment is received. Payment can be made by the following methods: Credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club), and bank transfer in favour of Congress-Conference AS. Those The Nobel Peace Center. Photo: Nancy Bundt

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Youth Congress -

For youngsters (from 7 to 15 years old) accompanying their parents to the 33rd IGC, a Youth Congress will be arranged in cooperation with Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo. This initiative is meant to offer young people an opportunity to gain a first acquaintance with Earth’s history and past life, as well as extending their knowledge in natural sciences.


a boat trip to Hovedøya, a charming island in the Oslofjord, with fossil-rich Palaeozoic sediments as well as remnants of a monastery from the 12th century and a unique flora. a visit to the old silver mines at Kongsberg, including an exciting train trip into the mines.

The Youth Congress is an exclusive opportunity for children and teenagers. Please see our web page for the fixed programme and indicate the interest from your family by filling in the registration form. Pre-registered participants will receive a confirmation letter including the detailed Youth Congress timetable and itinerary.

The Natural History Museum have a geological/paleontological section with an extensive collection where some of the highlights are the newly discovered Plesiosaurus and Ichthyosaurus from Spitsbergen. There are also botanical and zoological sections as well as a botanical garden. The museum can offer professional teachers and highly qualified experts on communication of scientific knowledge. The main part of the programme will be located at the museum, which is located at Tøyen near Oslo city centre.

The cost of the Youth Congress package is inclusive of registration fees, guided tours, transportation and lunches, and also participation in the Social Programme (Opening Ceremony, Icebreaker party and Closing Ceremony). The scheduled activities are liable to be changed or cancelled depending on the number of registrations.

In addition, we are planning some guided excursions: - a walk through the impressive Kolsås geological profile comprising basalt and rhomb porphyry lava on top of a Palaeozoic sedimentary sequence, revealing the history of the Oslo Rift. In addition to the geology, the ridge Kolsås also provides a magnificent view of the Oslo area and the trip offers a very nice and quite exciting hike.

Copy of Tyrannosaurus rex, called Stan, in the Natural History Museum. Photo: The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.

The Botanical Garden of the Natural History Museum at Tøyen. Photo: The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo.


The Geohost Stipend Programme

View of Oslo. Norway. Photo: Leif Furuhaug, Geological Survey of Norway.

Application forms on paper or as an Email attachment for the 33rd IGC Geohost Programme can be obtained from the Congress Secretariat:

The GeoHost Programme is funded by the 33rd IGC. The Organising Committee will help individual scientists mainly from developing countries to attend the Congress by partially subsidising their expenses.

33rd International Geological Congress Congress-Conference AS P.O.Box 2694 Solli NO-0204 Oslo, Norway Phone: +47 - 22 56 19 30 Fax: +47 - 22 56 05 41 E-mail: [email protected]

Each applicant to the GeoHost Programme may request a subsidy for one or more of the following: - the registration fee for the Congress - the registration fee for a Workshop or a Short Course - subsidised accommodation during the Congress - the fee for a field trip - subsidised travel costs between the home country and Oslo (only in rare cases) Applicants will be selected using the following criteria: submitted abstract, scientific qualifications and financial need, as documented in a letter from the supervisor or chairperson (see below). Priority will be given to younger scientists and graduate students with proven academic attainments.

In addition to the form, each applicant should arrange for his/ her supervisor (Departmental chairperson, Laboratory head, etc.) to send separately a letter to the Congress Secretariat. This letter should include the supervisor’s assessment of: - the applicant’s qualifications - how the applicant’s attendance at the Congress will bene fit his/her home institution - the possibilities of the applicant receiving support from his/her home institution or country

APPLICATION PROCEDURE Those planning to apply for the GeoHost Programme must complete and submit the GeoHost application form online no later than 30 November, 2007 at:

This letter should reach the Congress Secretariat by 30 November, 2007 at the above address.

Only applicants with an oral or poster presentation will be considered for the programme. When submitting the application, please refer to the WAB-number of your abstract obtained at the time of submittal through the Abstract Submission link at:

SELECTION PROCEDURE A Geohost Committee will be set up to handle the applications. The GeoHost Committee will select as many grantees among the applicants as the financial situation allows. The Committee will notify all applicants of the results by 10 February, 2008. The decision of the Committee will be final.

Those who have submittal problems or do not have internet access may submit the abstract and application on paper.


Geoexpo 2008 for all those who work either as scientific or business operators in the fields of mineral research and oil exploration, applied computer science, equipment, laboratories, consulting, universities and the like. It is also the ideal setting for Geological Surveys from all parts of the world to display their products, as well as for all science publishers to display their most recent books and journals.

Our aim is that the GeoExpo exhibition at the 33rd International Geological Congress should be one of the largest and most valuable exhibitions for all geo-related industry as well as for all governmental and private organisations operating in the geosciences. Those attending the Congress should plan to spend a part of every day in the exhibition area to become acquainted with the state-of–the-art in equipment, products and services.

Since one of our goals is to attract as many students as possible to the Congress, exhibitors should also consider the GeoExpo as a venue for recruitment.

Being located in Norway, we expect a large proportion of the participants of the Congress to come from the petroleum and mining industry. New frontiers in exploration are being opened in the Arctic areas, with its many environmental and technological challenges. We hope that these issues will be addressed at the GeoExpo, and that the Congress will be the main meeting place to discuss these important topics.

More information can be found on or contacting the Secretariat at [email protected] to obtain the Exhibitors Invitation.

The exhibition has space for more than 200 exhibitors. Many new products and services will be introduced at this exhibition including computer hardware and software; seismic acquisition and processing equipment; educational, consulting and project management services and numerous other innovative products. It is, therefore, the ideal venue for contacts, exchanges of experience and business opportunities

Please make plans to attend this premier event for geoscientists!

The conference venue: The Norway Convention Centre, Lillestrøm.


Supplementary information Social Programme and Special Events Congress. The Organisers invite you all to this ‘goodbye to Norden’, and ‘welcome to Australia in 2012!’ Included in the registration fee.

OPENING CEREMONY Wednesday 6 August at 18.00 hrs The Opening Ceremony of the 33rd IGC will take place in the Plenary Hall of the Norway Convention Centre, and is open to all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the Congress. The Organisers invite you all to a spectacular event. Included in the registration fee.

SIGHTSEEING TOURS The Organisers have planned an extensive sightseeing tour programme, including the Munch Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Nobel Peace Centre, the Viking Ships Museum and numerous other sights in and around our beautiful city of Oslo. This includes both half and full-day tours. Please consult the for further information and booking.

ICEBREAKER PARTY Wednesday 6 August at 19.30 hrs The Organisers invite all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the get-together Icebreaker party following directly after the Opening Ceremony. Included in the registration fee.

PRE- AND POST-CONGRESS SIGHTSEEING TOURS The Nordic countries can offer a range of attractive tours. Each country has its own website where you can investigate the various possibilities or you can contact your local travel agent:

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Friday 8 August The Organisers have reserved an opening night performance in the brand new Opera House in Oslo. We will also hear a presentation of the geological and geotechnical challenges associated with the building. On the same evening we invite you to a jazz/rock performance at Smuget. Please see our website for details and booking.,,,,,

The Organisers invite all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the Congress Barbeque. Dress casual and meet your friends in the light summer evening. More information and booking will be found on the website.

The Organisers offer one 4-day tour, arranged both before and after the Congress. This is a coach trip which will take the participants from Oslo across the mountain range to the west coast of Norway, with its glacially sculptured fjords, cascading waterfalls and small farms on steep mountain sides. The tour also includes the historical city of Bergen. Tour 1 will start on Sunday 3 August with return to Oslo Wednesday 6 August.

CLOSING CEREMONY Thursday 14 August at 13.30 hrs

Tour 2 will start on Friday 15 August and end 18 August in Bergen.

CONGRESS BARBEQUE Monday 10 August at 20.00 hrs

The Closing Ceremony of the 33rd IGC will take place in the Plenary Hall of the Venue, and is open to all participants, registered accompanying persons and exhibitors to the

Please consult the for further information and booking. We encourage participants to book well in advance.

For updates visit


Akershus Festning. Photo: Edelpix.

Important deadlines: 30 November, 2007

Geohost application

1 February, 2008

Abstract submission and field trip registration

February -March 2008

Abstract acceptance

31 March, 2008

Registration fee deadline for inclusion of accepted abstract in programme

March 2008

Timetable for symposia, excursions, etc. on the web

15 April, 2008

End of early registration and payment (€560/410)

May 2008

Detailed programme on the web – Final timetable for the programme

15 July, 2008

End of intermediately priced registration (€610/460)

After 15 July, 2008

Registration fee €660/510

July 2008

Abstracts available on the website

August 2008

Programme (hard copy) and Abstracts (CD) for all participants

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