TSG and MSG Joint Conference 2018
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The first joint meeting of the Tectonics Studies Group (TSG) and Metamorphic Studies Group (MSG) will take place at the University of Plymouth on Wednesday 3 January to Friday 5 January 2018. 

The key aim of the conference is to showcase the latest developments in tectonics, structural geology and metamorphic geology, and to foster collaborations between their research communities.

The conference will present the latest advances in each discipline, exploring and discussing cross-discipline research that is tackling fundamental tectonics processes at various spatial and time scales. The meeting will provide ample opportunities for networking across all academic levels and industry. This will enable the sharing of ideas and the dissemination of research across the research communities, and hopefully the opening of new exciting avenues for the research in Tectonics and related disciplines. 

We particularly invite early career researchers to present their work in the traditionally friendly and encouraging environment of TSG and MSG. 

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Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Giulio Viola (Bologna, Italy): The importance of combining a detailed structural analysis with isotopic dating of deformation before using brittle faults in our models
  • Stephen Cox (ANU Canberra, Australia): The internal structure of high fluid flux faults and the behaviour of injection-driven swarms
  • Sandra Piazolo (Leeds, UK): The interplay between deformation and metamorphism: A key to unravel Earth's processes
  • Alberto Vitale-Brovarone (Paris, France): Serpentinisation and abiotic methanogenesis from oceanic detachment faults to subduction: structural inheritance and deep C cycling

Proposed thematic sessions

TSG sessions (Wednesday 3 January and Friday 5 January):

T1 – Palaeoseismology and the geology of the earthquake source

T2 – Fault and shear zone rheology in nature and experiments

T3 – Regional tectonics

T4 – The evolution and architecture of rifted margins

T4 – Neotectonics

T5 – Structural geology and energy resources

TSG-MSG joint sessions (Thursday 4 January):

TM1 – The fundamental interplay between deformation and metamorphism at all length- and time scales

TM2 – Fluid flow in the lithosphere and its impact on mineral reactions and deformation

TM3 – Continental tectonics and mountain building processes

In addition, abstract submissions showcasing a wide range of ongoing research in Tectonics, Structural Geology, Metamorphic Geology, and related disciplines also outside the range of above themes are welcome and encouraged, and will be assigned to the TSG and MSG general sessions to be held on Friday 5th January.

There are two optional free to attend workshops on Saturday 6 January:

  • Introduction to 3- and 4D x-ray imaging in Earth Sciences
  • Introduction to GIS and applications to neotectonics studies.

Local organising committee

Dr Luca Menegon, Dr Sarah Boulton, Professor Iain Stewart, Professor Mark Anderson, Dr Aude Gebelin.

Indicative timings

  • The submission for abstracts and early bird registration rate has now passed
  • Registration closes 18 December 2017 with no option of on-site registration


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About Plymouth

Plymouth is located on the border between Devon and Cornwall on the south-west coast of England. The region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and amongst the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Plymouth is a vibrant, compact city by the sea. The University and its facilities enjoy a central city location and thus is within walking distance of hotels and the famous Barbican and Hoe, boasting numerous fine restaurants and pubs, in a rich historical setting.

Conference venue

The University of Plymouth is located at the heart of the city of Plymouth, with excellent rail and road links. The campus boasts an extensive range of modern conference facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, exhibition venues, galleries, meeting and breakout rooms.

The University’s dedicated conference and events team work with delegates to provide a comprehensive support package so that the conference is a success. Our meeting rooms offer the ideal space for focused presentations or group work, away from usual working environments.

The campus accommodation is well equipped with modern facilities and comfortable furnishings offering en-suite single bedrooms with all towels and bedding provided.

Travelling to Plymouth

There are hourly trains from London Paddington that take between 3-4 hours, the driving time is similar.

GWR are offering discounted conference rail travel to TSG and MSG delegates, further information can be found on the GWR website.

The nearest airports are Exeter and Newquay, both of which are approximately an hour (40-60 miles) away and are near or have access to train stations that have direct links to Plymouth. Bristol airport is two hours away by car or train.

London Gatwick and Heathrow are four hours away by car with good rail and National Express coach service links.

Plymouth also has an international ferry port serving France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander).


  • The Copthorne Hotel: call and quote TSG/MSG CONFERENCE for £74.00 single occupancy Bed and Breakfast.
  • The Crowne Plaza Hotel: call and quote TSG/MSG CONFERENCE for £86.00 single occupancy Bed and Breakfast.
  • Jurys Inn Plymouth: book online and quote PLMOU020118 at a rate of £76.00 per night for single occupancy on a Bed and Breakfast basis.

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