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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

TS Must-Read – England and Molnar (1990) Surface uplift, uplift of rocks, and exhumation of rocks

With this paper, England and Molnar (1990) shed light on the recurrent confusion in the uses of terms ‘uplift’ and ‘exhumation’. The main focus is to clarify the difference between surface uplift, uplift of rocks, and exhumation by explaining the differences and the relations between these processes (Fig. 1). The manuscript also illustrates how other processes, such as changes in climate, can be mistaken for surface uplift. Examples of cases in which these concepts were mistaken are reported from the …

TS Must-Read – Dahlen (1990) Critical Taper Model Of Fold-and-thrust Belts And Accretionary Wedges

Dahlen 1990‘s paper presents a synthesis of all theoretical work on accretionary wedges that had begun more than a decade earlier, with the fold and thrust belts research of Elliott (1976), Chapple (1978), and model by Davis et al., (1983). Dahlen expanded previous views with a more sophisticated treatment of pore-fluid pressure using volume-averaged Stokes-equations for both solids and fluids in the accretionary wedge. As a result, he not only accounted for the seepage force, but also made an explicit …

TS Must-Read – Lister and Davis (1989) The origin of metamorphic core complexes and detachment faults formed during Tertiary continental extension in the northern Colorado River region, USA

Lister and Davis (1989) is a seminal article for core complexes and detachment faults, cited well over a thousand times. The authors describe geometry and kinematics of core complexes, cropping out in the USA, which result from lithosphere extension. The paper carefully describes the main detachment fault separating lower plate from upper extending plate and discusses the role of granitoid intrusion and of the folding of the detachment fault during extension. Detachment faulting is seen as a progressive exposure of …

Tektonika Diamond Open Access Journal

In a nutshell Tektonika is a community-led Diamond Open Access journal (DOAJ) for tectonics and structural geology launching in early 2022. The journal will publish high quality peer-reviewed research that is free for authors and readers, offering an alternative to long-standing publishing models that conceal knowledge dissemination behind paid subscriptions. Community involvement is at Tektonika’s heart: from policy discussions, to transparent, community-driven decision making, the involvement of the community in all aspects of the journal is key. It will not …

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

In the August issue of The Loupe learn all about what geodesy is and why it’s so important from Geodesy Division Early Career Scientist co-representative Rebekka Steffen and find out our Top 5 Tips for getting a great science photograph to accompany your research publication or science communication! You can also watch the free recording of our special webinar about Ocean Conservation with Rebecca Helm, available now on our YouTube channel.

Don’t forget that time is running out to submit your #EGU22 scientific session proposal or short course idea; the deadline for submissions is Monday 6 September 2021 so don’t delay, submit today

In addition to the latest Journal Watch and GeoRoundup of August EGU journal highlights, this issue also reminds members to nominate yourself or others for the upcoming Council positions by 15 September.

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