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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Patric Jacobs,

Vice-President: Ian Jarvis,

The Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology Division (SSP) focuses its activities on all aspects of the sedimentary record. About 70 % of the Earth surface is covered by sedimentary deposits, which are eroded and deposited right at the contact between the solid lithosphere and the atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere. Sedimentary rocks record the history of our planet since almost 4 billion of years and play a pivotal role for our understanding of the evolution of life. This deep-time archive of Earth history is studied with a wide range of analytical techniques providing ever stunning details on the evolution of our planet. Sedimentary basins host important natural resources like coal, gas, oil, ore deposits and groundwater and therefore a better understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes controlling the formation and distribution of sediments and sedimentary rocks is of utmost importance for our society.


Travel grants for EGU GA 2014

Two associations support the activities of the SSP Division at the annual General Assembly by providing travel grants for their student members who have an oral or a poster presentation. The International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS) offers travel grants to PhD student members who present the results of their sedimentological research in a sedimentology related session. Info and application forms can be found at Also the Palaeontological Association (Pal Ass) offers of a number of postgrad travel grants for students that will present palaeontological research at the identified EGU sessions. More info can be found at

SSP Division Meeting 2013 & Lamarck Medal Lecture

The slides from the 2013 SSP division meeting can be found in the reports section of this page. The lecture "Days of future passed Climate change and carbon cycle history" given by the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal awardee Helmut Weissert (ETH Zürich) is available as a downloadable PDF (28.2 MB).

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The March 2014 issue of the quarterly newsletter of the European Geosciences Union is now published online. Following from this year’s idea of having a themed General Assembly, this issue of the EGU newsletter is dedicated to The Face of the Earth. A special contribution from the EGU President and the EGU Programme Committee Chair at the start of the issue informs readers about this theme and what will be different at this year’s General Assembly.