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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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With the EGU General Assembly just a couple of weeks away, this month we offer tips and tricks on getting to Vienna and navigating the city, and on presenting your work at #EGU16. We have also put together a list of short courses, especially with early career scientists (ECS) in mind, as well as policy-relevant sessions. If this is your first time at the EGU General Assembly, you may want to attend a short course on Monday 18 April on how to navigate the conference, and check our first-timers’ guide. To play an active role in celebrating the theme of the meeting, don’t forget to contribute your own My Active Planet photo, which will be displayed on a large world map in the entrance hall. Once in Vienna, don't miss the dedicated theme lectures, nor the EGU plenary, the main meeting for bringing forward new ideas to the EGU. Keep checking the EGU blogs for more General Assembly highlights over the next few weeks.

In other news, this month the EGU became a signatory of Open Access 2020, an international initiative to promote the transition of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing. The move reinforces EGU’s support for free and open access to knowledge.

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