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Division on Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology (SSP)

President: Helmut Weissert, ssp@egu.eu
Deputy President: Ian Jarvis, i.jarvis@kingston.ac.uk

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!

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Two important EGU calls opened this month. The first is the EGU 2018 General Assembly call for sessions, which opened on July 10. Do you have a brilliant idea for a scientific session or a short course? Please submit it by September 8. Also of highlight is the call for candidates for the EGU autumn elections. You can propose candidates, including nominating yourself, to serve as the next EGU Union President, General Secretary and Division Presidents by 15 September. Another important deadline, coming up this month, is the deadline for applications for financial support to organise training schools on 15 August.

Also this month, the EGU issued a position statement in support of the teaching of evolution in schools around the world. EGU President Jonathan Bamber says: “Evolution is a well-established, evidence-based scientific concept rooted in clear and logical facts, supported by a wealth of evidence on geological time.”

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