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TS Tectonics and Structural Geology Division on Tectonics and Structural Geology

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Division on Tectonics and Structural Geology

Division on Tectonics and Structural Geology

President: Paola Vannucchi (
Deputy President: vacant

The Division on Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS) investigates rock deformation at all scales with the aim to decipher its complex relationships with earth dynamics. We use natural observations, including mapping, remote sensing and seismics, and experimental methods. The division is highly interdisciplinary, with strong ties with other EGU divisions including GD, EMRP, SM, SSP, GM, G, and GMPV.


10. April 2019

Outstanding ECS Award 2019 and Poster Awards 2018

Today Daniel Pastor-Galán received the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award of the TS Division and Loes van Dam and Luca dal Zilio were awarded the TS Division's Poster Award for their presentations at the General Assembly 2018. Congratulations!

10. April 2019

TS Division Meeting

You can be part of shaping the way forward for the TS Division by joining the Division Meeting today at 12:45–13:45 in Room K2.


09. April 2019

Serge Lallemand to receive Stefan Mueller Medal!

Congratulations to Serge Lallemand for receiving the Stephan Mueller Medal!


05. April 2019

Welcome to Vienna!

Welcome to Vienna! The General Assembly 2019 will kick off on Sunday evening at 18:30 with the opening reception in Foyer F. You can pick up your badges from 12:00 on in hall X.2. If you haven't done so yet, now is a good time to put together your personal program and install the egu2019 app on your phone. Enjoy your stay!


07. January 2019

Abstract submission: 3 days left!

The new year starts off with the deadline for the EGU 2019 General Assembly approaching on January 10th. If you haven't done so, please consider submitting an abstract to one of our many exciting TS sessions. Only 2019 EGU members will be able to submit abstracts as first author to the 2019 meeting and, with a few exceptions outlined below, only one abstract as first author will be permitted.

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25. October 2018

Call for abstracts to the EGU 2019 General Assembly now open!

The EGU 2019 General Assembly, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019 or, for those applying for Roland Schlich travel support, 1 December 2018. Only 2019 EGU members will be able to submit abstracts as first author to the 2019 meeting and, with a few exceptions outlined below, only one abstract as first author will be permitted.

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23. October 2018

EGU annonced winners of next years medals

The The EGU announced the winners of next years medals. The winners in the TS division are Serge Lallemand, who is awarded the Stephan Mueller Medal and Daniel Pastor-Galán, who receives the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award.



02. October 2018

Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission for EGU General Assembly 2019 will be openend on 22. October 2018. Time to start thinking about your contributions! 

The submission link will be provided once available.


29. June 2018

Call for Session Proposals

The next EGU General Assembly 2019 (EGU2019) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) from 07 to 12 April 2019. The call for session proposals is now open until 06 September 2018. If you have a good idea for a session that fits the TS division objectives, please go ahead and propose one! You can do this at:

NEW IN 2019

a) For the first time, the skeleton programme consists only of the programme groups and their sub-programme groups. The programme groups do not show sessions from last year. This means that all session proposals need to be submitted, also those on classic topics in the community.

b) The deadline for suggesting Union Symposia and Great Debates is 15 August 2018. Please see the guidelines ( for more information.


12. April 2018

ECS Award Lecture by Fabio Corbi

Today Fabio Corbi will present his TS Division Outstanding ECS Lecture with the title "On the relationship between interseismic coupling and earthquake slip pattern". Join us for this great event at 11:45 in room K1! 


11. April 2018

TS Division Meeting

The Division Meeting for Tectonics and Structural Geology (TS) is happening today at 12:15 in room D2. The community is strongly encouraged to join, meet the TS board, learn about our activity and participate in improving EGU.


8. April 2018

EGU General Assembly 2018 opening today

EGU 2018 is starting today! The registration is open from 12:00 on in hall X5 opposite the main entrance. The opening reception starts at 18:30 in the foyer of the main building. We wish you all a save journey to Vienna.


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Recent awardees

R. Dietmar Müller

R. Dietmar Müller

  • 2021
  • Stephan Mueller Medal

The 2021 Stephan Mueller Medal is awarded to R. Dietmar Müller for outstanding research in global plate tectonics, utilising open-source software and databases to advance understanding of changes in regional tectonics, sea level, topography, and atmospheric CO2.

Carolyn J. Boulton

Carolyn J. Boulton

  • 2021
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2021 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Carolyn J. Boulton for outstanding research in the understanding of chemical-mechanical interactions during fault slip and the comparison of microstructures developed in experimental and natural samples.

Mathilde Cannat

Mathilde Cannat

  • 2020
  • Stephan Mueller Medal

The 2020 Stephan Mueller Medal is awarded to Mathilde Cannat for her invaluable contributions to the understanding of the tectonic and magmatic evolution of mid-ocean ridges and the formation of oceanic crust.

Christoph von Hagke

Christoph von Hagke

  • 2020
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2020 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Christoph von Hagke for his wide-ranging contributions to the kinematics and dynamics of plate boundaries, their interactions with foreland basins, and with magma transport.

Latest posts from the TS blog

Mind your Head: Five tips on mindful productivity at work

This Mind your Head blog post is a follow-up from Maria Scheel’s talk during the latest short course around mental health at #vEGU21. Before guiding a wonderful mindfulness pop-up event, Maria talked about how she struggled with unrealistic expectations, feeling insufficient and alone as a PhD student during the last lockdown. She turned this around by radically redefining her motivation, goals and structure and meditating regularly, as she explained in this EGU CR blog post. Many people resonated and expressed …

TS Must-Read – Sylvester (1988) Strike-slip faults

Strike-slip faults by Arthur Sylvester (1988) is a must-read paper for anyone, and more so for those who want to understand the mechanisms of strike-slip faulting. Although it mostly refers to the San Andreas fault, the most studied strike-slip fault at the time (and possibly to date), the contribution is a comprehensive review of the state of the art about strike-slip faults in general. Sylvester presents the concept of strike-slip fault not only from a purely descriptive point of view, …

TS Must-read – Dewey (1988) Extensional collapse of orogens

After building orogens with Dewey and Bird (1970) and extending them during building with Platt (1986), Dewey (1988) explores the lifetime of orogens in their last breath: their extensional collapse. Simple considerations on how to form a normally-thick continental crust (30-40 km) from a thickened continental domain (50-60 km) indicate that erosion of the topography alone is far from being sufficient: it is too slow compared to the geological record, and there is no correlation between the volume of sediments …

Features from the Field: Stretching Lineations

Deep beneath our feet, deformation of rocks at high temperature produces impressive structures such as shear zones, that localize the movement of two volumes of rock with respect to one another. Shear zones are strongly deformed bands with strongly foliated structures (i.e., with rocks that look like a pile of leaves) and kinematic indicators, such as S-C fabrics, that tell us geologists which way rocks moved during deformation. But… how do we know in which direction rocks moved? If only …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

The June issue of The Loupe is all about Oceans! With both World Oceans Day and the International Day of the Seafarer falling in June, we thought what better month to focus on the work of EGU researcher studying the Oceans. We spoke with Ocean Science Division Early Career Scientist Rep Meriel Bittner on how to get involved in the Division and learned about the reality of research onboard a research vessel for LGBTQIA+ people from guest blogger Huw Griffiths.

The Loupe also shares some vital information for scientists concerned about their work being misrepresented by policymakers, either accidentally or on purpose, from EGU’s Policy Officer Chloe Hill for the GeoPolicy blog, and features a call for new members to be nominated to the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

In addition to the latest Journal Watch and GeoRoundup of June EGU journal highlights, this issue also highlights the opening of the call for EGU22 scientific session submissions, the deadline for which is 6 September 2021.

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