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Division on Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology

President: Marian Holness (gmpv@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Evgenia Ilyinskaya (e.ilyinskaya@leeds.ac.uk)

The Geochemistry-Mineralogy-Petrology-Volcanology division includes disciplines that are fundamental to, but not restricted to studies of the solid earth. Important themes include the nature, composition, structure of the Earth’s mantle; the composition, origin and evolution of the oceanic and continental crust; the formation and crystallization of magmas; the chemical compositions of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; element transfer between the surface envelopes of the earth; volcanoes and volcanism. While most of these studies fall in the realm of fundamental research, studies of pollution in the surface or subsurface waters, the formation of ore deposits, and the environmental impact of volcanism are examples of more applied research.


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The GMPV division collaborates with the VGP division of the American Geophysical Union, and with professional societies like the European Association of Geochemistry and the European Mineralogical Union.

Are you looking for a job within the GMPV see the Job listing sub page here.

Call for GMPV Science Officers and ECS Committee members

We are opening a call for GMPV Division Science Officers and the GMPV Early Career Scientist committee with a deadline of 28 February. Please apply for these roles by emailing the current GMPV President Mike Burton and the incoming GMPV President Marian Holness with a 2 page CV and a short message explaining which role you are applying for, and what your initial plan of action would be.

For Science Officers, your role is to lead one of the following eight research themes in the GMPV programme. This means identifying and contacting potential conveners and encouraging them to propose a session, focussing on the areas indicated in parentheses but not being limited to these. The objective is to ensure that the programme is comprehensive, covering the entire GMPV remit, and that conveners are fully informed about guidelines, best practice and deadlines. Once the abstract deadline is passed, you will help to coordinate any session merging within your theme. At the General Assembly (GA), there will be a meeting of the GMPV Science Officers and you will be invited to join the Division Medallist for dinner. This role provides excellent opportunities for networking, increasing your profile, enriching your CV and helping your community.

The GMPV Early Career Scientists (ECS) committee focusses on networking, social media and social events at the GA and beyond. There are specific roles highlighted below. Please apply for one of the roles by sending Mike Burton and Marian Holness a 2-page CV and short statement of what you would do in the role. You will be invited to a GMPV ECS Committee lunch at the GA. This role provides great networking opportunities and enriches your CV, as well as increasing your knowledge of the GMPV research disciplines and helping the ECS community.

Science Officers and ECS Committee members will be approved at the GMPV Division meeting on Wednesday 10 April lunchtime during the 2019 EGU General Assembly.

GMPV Science Officer Roles

  1. Geochemistry of the Earth and terrestrial bodies (isotopic and geochemical constraints on planetary formation and differentiation)
  2. The mantle-surface connection in Earth's evolution (element cycling; lithospheric processes; destructive and constructive plate boundaries; hotspots and LIPs; kimberlites) 
  3. Deep Earth processes (deep Earth dynamics and mineralogy; geomagnetism; the core/mantle boundary)
  4. Low temperature mineralogy and metamorphism and fluid-rock interactions (experimental studies; shallow crustal processes and ore deposits; environmental geochemistry and mineralogy)
  5. Crustal evolution (metamorphic petrology: field, numerical and experimental approaches; timescales of metamorphic and igneous processes)
  6. Igneous petrology (crustal magma transport and storage; field, numerical and experimental approaches)
  7. Volcanic monitoring, observations and recent eruptions (support of long running sessions and response to new eruptions)
  8. Volcanic field studies, impacts and risk mitigation (volcanic deposits; risk maps; societal impacts; ash and aviation)

GMPV ECS Committee Roles

  • ECS Committee Coordinator/ Chair (responsible for linking the ECS committee to the GMPV President and the EGU ECS Officer)
  • ECS committee member for Twitter (aiming for 2 tweets per week from the GMPV twitter account, and coordinating live tweeting during GA from all GMPV ECS)
  • ECS committee member for Facebook (aiming for 2 posts per week, and coordinating posts during GA from all GMPV ECS)
  • ECS committee member Blog Editor (aiming for one new blog per month)
  • ECS committee member GMPV Web page editor (aiming for fortnightly updates)
  • ECS committee member for social events (aiming for 1-2 events at GA and perhaps another during other meetings)

Recent awardees

Daniela Rubatto

Daniela Rubatto

  • 2019
  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal

The 2019 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal is awarded to Daniela Rubatto in recognition of fundamental and far-reaching accomplishments in metamorphic petrology, mineralogy, geochronology and tectonics.


Evangelos Moulas

Evangelos Moulas

  • 2019
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards

The 2019 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Awards is awarded to Evangelos Moulas for his research on understanding and quantifying the dynamic coupling of rock mechanics, solid state diffusion and metamorphic reactions.


Mahyra Tedeschi

Mahyra Tedeschi

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Mahyra Tedeschi Petrochronology of UHT garnet-free granulites: Linking zircon geochemistry to metamorphic reactions


Tom Winder

Tom Winder

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Tom Winder The importance of pre-existing structures and stresses to dike-induced earthquakes: The 2014-15 Bárðarbunga-Holuhraun rifting event, Iceland


Andrew Putnis

Andrew Putnis

  • 2018
  • Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal

The 2018 Robert Wilhelm Bunsen Medal is awarded to Andrew Putnis for outstanding contributions to our understanding of mineral transformations and mineral-fluid interactions.


Alexandra Gutmann

Alexandra Gutmann

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Alexandra Gutmann Bromine Chemistry in volcanic plumes – Development of in-situ denuder sampling techniques for hydrogen bromine


Caron Vossen

Caron Vossen

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Caron Vossen Can we predict seismogenic failure of single-phase magmatic liquids?


Estelle Bonny

Estelle Bonny

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Estelle Bonny A new perspective on lava lake dynamics from thermal remote sensing


Lisa de Ruiter

Lisa de Ruiter

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Lisa de Ruiter Quartz dissolution and M-S-H cement precipitation in a high pH ultramafic system


Anja Schmidt

Anja Schmidt

  • 2018
  • Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2018 Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Anja Schmidt for ground-breaking research in the field of volcanology and on the impacts of volcanic eruptions.

Latests posts on the GMPV blog

#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: The Dynamics of Magmatic Plumbing Systems

#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: The Dynamics of Magmatic Plumbing Systems

The EGU 2020 abstract submissions are now open for the next two months! Every few days, we will highlight a geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and/or volcanolgy session right here – great news if like me, you can’t make a decision in a restaurant whenever there are too many options (just like the session list), so you just choose the first thing you see… Today it’s the turn of GMPV8.3/NH2.7: The Dynamics of Magmatic Plumbing Systems. This session is convened by Chiara …


#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: Evolution of the Earth’s upper mantle: a petrological, geochemical and geodynamic perspective on lithospheric mantle xenoliths, orogenic and ophiolitic peridotites

#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: Evolution of the Earth’s upper mantle: a petrological, geochemical and geodynamic perspective on lithospheric mantle xenoliths, orogenic and ophiolitic peridotites

The EGU 2020 abstract submissions are now open for the next two months! Every few days, we will highlight a geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and/or volcanolo gy session right here – great news if like me, you find choosing which session to submit to more difficult than choosing a decent movie on Netflix… Today it’s the turn of GMPV 4.4. Evolution of the Earth’s upper mantle: a petrological, geochemical and geodynamic perspective on lithospheric mantle xenoliths, orogenic and ophiolitic peridotites. This …


#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: Geochronology in hot and dynamic systems: approaches and tools to unravel the past

#EGU2020 Sessions in the Spotlight: Geochronology in hot and dynamic systems: approaches and tools to unravel the past

The EGU 2020 abstract submissions are now open for the next two months! Every few days, we will highlight a geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology and/or volcanology session right here – great news if you are paralysed by indecision or overwhelmed by the number of sessions. Today it’s the turn of GMPV1.7, “Geochronology in hot and dynamic systems: approaches and tools to unravel the past”, convened by a team covering three continents (Silvia Volante (Curtin University), Alex Prent (John de Laeter Centre-Curtin …


Can limestone digestion by volcanoes contribute to higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels?

Can limestone digestion by volcanoes contribute to higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels?

By Frances Deegan and Ralf Halama Carbon – the element on everyone’s lips. Carbon is unquestionably one of the most important elements on Earth – terrestrial life is carbon-based and so are many of our energy sources. From the perspective of a human time-scale, biological and anthropogenic (caused by human activity) carbon fluxes are very important (e.g. through industrial activity and burning fossil-fuels). However, if we consider time-scales spanning millions of years (the geological time-scale), then Earth degassing becomes an …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

The EGU made several exciting announcements in October. Earlier this week we reported that beginning in 2020, the carbon dioxide emissions for the travel of all General Assembly participants will be offset. This represents a first for any major geoscience event and, along with a host of other greening initiatives, marks another important step towards minimising the meeting’s environmental impact.

Earlier this month EGU announced the winners of the 2020 awards and medals: 49 individuals who have made significant contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences and who will be honoured at the 2020 EGU General Assembly in May. We also announced the winners of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards from the 2019 General Assembly.

In October the EGU also hosted its second-annual science policy event in Brussels. The gathering brought together geoscientists and policymakers to provide feedback regarding the themes recently chosen for Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research and innovation framework programme.

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