Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 7 Oct 2024
Ends 18 Oct 2024
Central European Time
Kastler Lecture Hall (AGH)
Riva Massimiliano e Carlotta, Grignano I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Deadline for applicants requesting financial and/or visa support has been extended to 28 July 2024.

The call for applications is open. Please click on 'Apply here' to submit your application.

An ICTP Meeting in person

Variations in the structure of the lithosphere, the thermal boundary layer forming the Earth’s outermost “rigid” shell (the plates) which behave elastically on geological time scales, are related to first-order features of the Earth’s tectonics and evolution.  The base of the lithosphere (the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary or LAB ) does not conform to a distinct interface but to the depth at which heat transport changes from advection in the convecting deeper upper mantle to conduction in the shallower upper mantle.  Although the LAB constitutes an active fundamental feature of the Earth, mapping it has been difficult because the base of the plates does not correspond to a sharp change in temperature, composition or seismic velocity and deformation at the base of the plates does not involve earthquakes.  In addition to the LAB, there are a number of distinct interfaces within the lithosphere (e.g., the Mohorovičić discontinuity, mid-lithospheric discontinuities).

This workshop will focus on the structure and significance of the lithosphere system.  It will inform, motivate and provide its participants with the state-of-the-art knowledge and current challenges in understanding the lithosphere system by highlighting the most important areas where significant progress has been recently achieved.  The workshop will cover the full range of observational, theoretical and technical capabilities currently available to the scientific community. 

The workshop programme will involve a series of lectures, seminars, discussions, and computer exercises combining analytical and numerical modeling with seismic, geologic, geodetic, gravity and laboratory observations in order to better understand the structure of the lithosphere system and its control on the Earth’s tectonics and evolution.


F. CAMMARANO, Universita' Roma Tre, Italy
A. COPLEY, University of Cambridge, UK
H. FORD, University of California, USA
J. FULLEA URCHULUTEGUI, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
S. KEATING, ETH, Switzerland
S. LAMB, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
M. MOORKAMP, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Z. SUDHOLZ, University of Cambridge, UK

Call for Contributed Abstracts: All applicants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation and/or a contributed talk. Abstract templates are available below for download.

Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to PhD students and early career scientists from developing countries and working on the Earth lithosphere. There is no registration fee.

The deadline for applicants requesting financial and/or visa support is 28 July 2024; the deadline for all other applicants is 18 August 2024.
**DEADLINE: 18/08/2024**


Keith Priestley (University of Cambridge, UK/ ICTP, Italy), Local Organiser: Abdelkrim Aoudia (ICTP)