EGU 2020

40 years with International Lithosphere Program (ILP),  Geodynamics of continental crust and upper mantle, and the nature of mantle discontinuities
Co-organized by SM4/TS11
Convener: Alexey Shulgin | Co-conveners: Hans Thybo, Magdalena Scheck-Wenderoth, Alexander Rudloff, Lev Vinnik
Chat time: Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 14:00-15:45

International Lithosphere Program (ILP) has since 1980 been initiating major international, multidisciplinary research programmes to elucidate the nature, dynamics, origin and evolution of the lithosphere. ILP has taken initiative to more than 70 programmes within its four research themes: (1) Geoscience of Global Change, (2) Contemporary Dynamics and Deep Processes, (3) Continental Lithosphere and (4) Oceanic Lithosphere. Example programmes initiated by ILP include World Stress Map, Global Strain Rate Map, Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Map, Seismic Hazards and Megacities, Global Impact project, International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP), and a series of Global Geoscience Transects and programmes. Present programmes focus on integrated mapping of lithosphere physical parameters, lithosphere dynamics including the fate of subducted lithosphere and deformation of continental lithosphere, response of the lithosphere to surface processes including changes in climate and erosion/deposition dynamics, mineral resources, and seismic risk. ILP promotes high class science in combination with community services through the Evgueni Burov medal for mid-career scientists and the Flinn-Hart Award for outstanding early-career scientists, which are awarded during the UGU annual meeting. The activities of ILP seeks to achieve a balance between: "addressing societal needs" in regard to e.g. natural catastrophes, resource exploration and environmental protection; and "satisfying scientific curiosity" in regard to global and regional processes affecting the lithosphere.

ILP will present major achievements during the past 40 years through a series of invited talks at the union session. In a associated session, we invite all scientists to present their recent research on lithosphere formation, structure and evolution. We particularly invite the teams of the ILP task forces and coordinating committees to present new results of their international and multidisciplinary cooperation networks.

Confirmed invited speaker: Sierd Cloetingh about the history of ILP


ILP session “Multidisciplinary approaches to caldera deformation studies” (Session S2.7)
Conveners: Luigi Ferranti, Jamie Farrell, Nobuo Geshi, Agust Gudmundsson, Emilie Hooft, Alessandro Tibaldi
at the Congress Cities on Volcanoes 11, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 23-27 May 2020

Abstract deadline: 25 January 2020



TOPO-Europe Conference (ITN Subitop)
Granada, Spain, 5 - 10 May 2019


IUGG 27th General Assembly
Montréal, Canada, 8 - 18 July 2019


YES 5th Conference
Berlin, Germany, 9 - 13 September 2019


14th Workshop of the ILP Task Force Sedimentary basins
"Understanding the multi-scale formation and evolution of orogens and sedimentary basins"

Hungary, Hévíz, 15 - 18 October 2019


Second Circular


2nd Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (CAJG)
Sousse, Tunisia, 25 - 28 November 2019



International Symposium on Deep Earth Exploration and Practices
Beijing, China, 24 - 26 October 2018

First Circular

Second Circular



Subduction Interface Processes (SIP)
An international conference zooming on subduction zones
Castelldefells, Barcelona, April 18-21, 2017

First Circular

Second Circular


Joint Scientific Assembly of IAG (International Association of Geodesy) and IASPEI (International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior)
Kobe, Japan, July 30 - August 4, 2017


12th Workshop of the International Lithosphere Program Task Force VI Sedimentary Basins:
Dynamics of sedimentary basins and underlying lithosphere at plate boundaries and related analogues

Royal Apollonia Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus, 29 October - 2 November 2017

Workshop flyer

Workshop website



35th International Geological Congress

27 August - 4 September 2016, Cape Town, South Africa


From Deep Earth to Surface processes and sustainability: integrating lithosphere dynamics with rift basins and margins

A joint meeting of the TOPO-EUROPE Programme and ILP Task Forces Sedimentary Basins (VI), Subducted Lithosphere (IV), Volcanoes and Society (II)
Clermont-Ferrand, 2-6 October 2016

Second circular



17th International Seismix Symposium 2015

Aviemore, Scotland, May 15 - 20

Here you can find more informations.


26th IUGG Gernal Assembly 2015,

Prague, Czech Republic, June 22 - July 2, 2015

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics


ILP Sedimentary Basin 2015 Tokyo

Lithosphere dynamics of sedimentary basins in subduction systems and related analogues.

Tokyo, Japan, october 5 - 9, 2015

Here you can find more about registration, abstract submission and other needed informations.


International workshop "Tectonic and geodynamic evolution of Eastern Iran"

Birjand, Iran, November 2015, 3 - 6


Workshop criteria

  • Workshop topics shall fit into the overall strategy and research fields of ILP.
  • Workshops shall be international.Workshops shall be announced at least 6 months in advance in frequently available journals (i.e. EOS).
  • Workshops are expected to produce a report after 6 months which shall be published.
  • Workshops can be proposed by Coordinating Committees, National Committees, ongoing ILP projects or Task Forces.
  • Workshops can also be proposed by individuals or groups of individuals (especially of young scientists and scientists from developing countries) but only if they aim to initiate and to prepare a new ILP project or Task Force.
  • Decisions on workshops are made by the ILP Bureau.
  • Deadlines for workshop proposals are January 1 or June 30 every year.
  • Financial support of workshops by ILP will not exceed US $ 5.000.