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The Royal Society: Understanding earthquakes using the geological record

17 - 18 February 2020
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Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Alex Copley, Dr Owen Weller, Dr Clare Warren and Professor Peter Cawood.

This meeting will focus on the interplay between deformation, metamorphism, and rheology of the lithosphere.

Modern geophysical research is revealing increasingly complex and spatially variable fault zone behaviours. The properties and deformation of the ductile crust and mantle are controversial, as is their influence on the overlying faults. Current models indicate a close coupling between metamorphism, rheology and deformation, but remain poorly constrained by geological observations.

The meeting will unite international experts in geodesy, seismology, metamorphism and rheology to characterise and understand the geological controls on fault behaviour, guiding future studies and advancing our understanding of earthquake hazard.

Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Call for posters

Participants of the meeting will be able to present a poster. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words and must be in the third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 17 January 2020. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster/talk abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

An evening poster session and drinks reception will be held following the close of the meeting on Monday 17 February 2020. Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks reception tickets can be purchased in advance during registration.

Attending the event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration


For all enquiries, please contact the Scientific Programmes team.

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The Royal Society

The Royal Society
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