Participants of the workshop. For names see the PARTICIPANTS page.
Scenes from the meeting field trip. Left: Prof. Jean-Pierre Burg (ETH) providing information to group before departure. Centre: studying garnet-bearing amphibolites of the Ivrea-Verbano Zone. Right: examining migmatitic orthogneisses along the Maggia River near Tegna.
The young scientist best presentation award was won by Kiran Chotalia of UCL!
On the origin of plate tectonics
The question "Why does Earth have plate tectonics?" stands among the top ten research questions shaping 21st-century Earth Science (National Academy of Sciences). Coming on the 10 year anniversary of the Penrose workshop "Why did plate tectonics begin", this conference brought together international experts in Earth's geological history, geophysics and geodynamics and introduced students and young researchers to this interdisciplinary research topic in an informal setting conducive to establishing ties with new colleagues and advancing this potentially transformative topic.
The discussions were organized around four themes:
- When did plate tectonics start?
- How did plate tectonics start?
- What was before plate tectonics?
- Broader Impacts: Why do we care?
and there was a one day field trip to the Alps
Main organizers: Bob Stern (U. Texas, Dallas), Paul Tackley and Taras Gerya (ETH Zurich)
Conference sponsors: CSF (ETHZ), SNF and the Deep Carbon Observatory.
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