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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Helmut Weissert,
Deputy 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.

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SSP Division Meeting 2015 & Lamarck Medal Lecture

The slides from the 2015 SSP division meeting can be found in the reports section of this page. The lecture "Scale-invariance of sediment patterns - the fingerprint of fundamental drivers" given by the Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal awardee Wolfgang Schlager (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) is available as PDF file (2.2 MB).

2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert

IMG_8655.JPG At the SSP division meeting Outgoing SSP President Patric Jacobs (left) and Incoming SSP President Helmut Weissert (right) have handed over the Certificate of 2015 Outstanding Young Scientist (YS) Award to Patrick Grunert (Graz University, Austria) for his contributions to understanding palaeobiologic, stratigraphic, geochemical and palaeoceanographic aspects of the Early Miocene. Patrick is the first YS awardee of the SSP division. Congratulations!

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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From 17 to 22 April in Vienna, we celebrated an Active Planet at the 2016 EGU General Assembly, the largest and most successful EGU conference to date. The meeting hosted 13,650 scientists from 109 countries, with over 50% of participants being early career scientists (under the age of 35 years). Delegates presented and discussed their science in about 5,000 oral presentations, over 10,000 posters, and almost 1000 PICO presentations. A heartfelt thank you from the EGU to all participants and exhibitors, and all those involved in organising the meeting: conveners, everyone in the EGU Programme Committee and at Copernicus Meetings, as well as the conference assistants and EGU office staff. You can help us improve the conference, both by uploading your presentation and by leaving your feedback to make sure the 2017 General Assembly (23–28 April, Vienna) is even better.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we inform EGU members of the passing of our former treasurer Roland Schlich, who died yesterday (28 April) of illness.

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