S01. Petroleum Geology

Conveners: Dr. Mohamed Ragab Shalaby & Dr. Aminul Islam

Petroleum Geology session will cover a wide spectrum of sub disciplines but not limited to basin modeling, organic geochemistry, source rock characterization, biomarker study, petroleum systems, petroleum exploration, formation evaluation, well log data analysis,  reservoir quality and diagenesis, reservoir characterization.


S02. Petroleum Geophysics and Modeling

Conveners: Dr. Aminul Islam & Dr. Mohamed Ragab Shalaby

Petroleum geophysics will cover a wide spectrum of sub disciplines but not limited to seismic interpretation, structural modeling, facies modeling, petrophysical modeling, reservoir modeling and field development.


S03. Geodynamics and Geohazards

Conveners: Prof. Dr. J.N. Malik, Dr. Vasiliki Mouslopoulou; Dr. Afroz Ahmad Shah & Dr. Wang Yu

Our scientific understanding about geodynamics, and geological hazards has greatly improved with time, however, we still struggle to fully comprehend, and master the science of these processes, and events, and more importantly to minimize the risks involved. Therefore, we propose a session on geodynamics and geohazards with an underlying motivation to initiate fresh discussions on these topics. This session envisages to contribute to the progress of our scientific knowledge on these fields and to the efforts in minimizing potential risks in the future. The broad potential topics include: 1. Tectonics, Geodynamics and Structural Geology; 2. Earthquake Geology; 3. Magmatism and Volcanic Hazards; 4. Fluvial and Coastal Floods; 5. Landslides


S04. Solid Geophysics

Conveners: Dr. Aminul Islam & Dr. Mohamed Ragab Shalaby

Solid Geophysics will cover a wide spectrum of sub disciplines but not limited to gravity, magnetic, electromagnetic, resistivity, ground penetration radar (GPR), gamma ray spectrometry, earthquake seismology. Applications of geophysics in exploring minerals, water, environment and disaster management will be highly emphasized.


S05. Landslide, Rockfall and Slope Stability Assessment

Convener: Mohammad Khalid Ansari

Landslides, rockfall and slope stability are one of the leading professional and research fields for engineering geologists. Accelerated development accompanying population growth, with the associated increased demands for energy, mining, forestry, agricultural, and recreational activities, has caused communities and civil infrastructures to expand onto marginal lands, where evaluation of potential landslide, rockfall and slope stability hazards and appropriate countermeasures are often difficult. At many locations on major transportation routes, the degradation of rock exposures constructed 30 to 40 years ago has increased landslide, rockfall and slope instability induced traffic disruptions, accident and injuries. A wealth of experience has been accumulated in recent years in understanding, recognition and treatment of Landslide, rockfall and slope stability hazards/problems. However, our knowledge is still fragmentary, particularly in the selection of design of appropriate cost effective remedial measures which in turn require a clear understanding of the condition and process that cause these hazards.


S06. Palaeontology and Stratigraphy in SE ASia

Conveners: Dr. Antonino Briguglio & Dr. Laszlo Kocsis

This session welcomes contributions from scientists working on Southeast Asian material and focusing on all aspects of palaeontology and stratigraphy, including among others biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, palaeoecology, micropalaeontology, sequence stratigraphy, actuopalaeontology, taphonomy, palaeobotany and palynology.


S07. Biomineralization

Conveners: David J. Marshall, Dr. Yasuaki Tanaka & Dr. Takaomi Arai

The past decade has seen heightened interest in how marine environmental conditions, acting at global and local scales, impact biomineralization (production of CaCO3) in living organisms. While this interest largely relates to the reduction in oceanic pH through persistent anthropogenic elevation of atmospheric CO2, biomineralization is also influenced by interacting environmental nitrate and heavy metal concentrations, and seawater salinity and temperature. Calcareous (CaCO3) structures in animals and plants at high risk of dissolution or growth rate reduction, include skeletons, shells and fish otoliths. Drawing from examples of marine algae, invertebrates and fishes, this symposium will present field- and laboratory-based research concerning biomineralization and its ecological importance.


S08. Paleo-, Rock and Environmental Magnetism

Conveners: Dr. La Ode Ngkoimani & Dr. Eleonora Agustine

In the last two decades, applications of rock magnetism have been shifted from paleomagnetism to environmental magnetism allowing new approaches termed PREM (paleo-, rock, and environmental magnetism). Applications of these approaches range from paleoclimate, agricultural geophysics, mining-exploration to pollution studies. This session welcomes contributions from scientists working on Southeast Asian material and focusing on all aspects of PREM.


S09. Hydrogeology, Hydrology and Water Resources

Conveners: Dr. Stefan Gӧdeke & Dr. Reiner Stollberg

Ground and Surface Water processes are very important aspects for managing our Water Resources. Increase in population, global industrialisation as well as emerging contaminants are putting more and more pressure on our water resources. This session welcomes contributions from a wide range of topics involving all ground and surface water processes including case studies of water quality aspects, water management and numerical modelling.


S10. Continental vs Oceanic Lithosphere: Processes and Evolution

Conveners: Prof. Dr. Aphrodite Indares, Prof. Dr. Konstantin Hatzipanagiotou, Dr. Basilios Tsikouras & Elena Ifandi 

Continental and oceanic lithospheres with different intrinsic characteristics are frequently matters for debate among scientists. Evolution of the Earth's suboceanic and subcontinental mantle, as well as of those regions known as ocean-continent transitions, include melt extraction, tectonic recycling, mixing, impregnation and preservation of large- or small-scale chemical heterogeneities are topics that always attracted the attention of petrologists, geochemists and structural geologists worldwide. In addition to this, basaltic to granitic magmatic activities are of great importance for the fundamental understanding of the exact mechanisms that dominate the Earth's crust and its interaction to the underlying mantle. We invite contributions which will shed more light in these topics and will help to unravel the history of the Earth's lithosphere.

S11. New Insights on the Metamorphic Evolution of the Himalayas 

Conveners: Prof. Dr. Aphrodite Indares & Dr. Basilios Tsikouras

The Himalayan chain is a major tectonic element in the geology of the southern Asia, and provides a natural laboratory for a wide range of disciplines dealing with the crustal evolution of mountain belts. The metamorphic evolution of the Himalayas is a topic of ongoing international interest because they expose a large diversity of rocks, metamorphosed at greenschist to granulite and locally eclogite-facies conditions, that record various stages of the orogenic history. This session focuses on recent research developments on P–T paths, relations between deformation and metamorphism and age constraints, that contribute to the interpretation of the geodynamic processes that shaped up this orogen.


S12. Geology and Ore Deposits of the SE Asia Region

Conveners: Dr. Chun Kit Lai, Dr. Basilios Tsikouras & Elena Ifandi

Southeast Asia including Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, host one of the richest precious and base metal resources in SE Asia. This session covers the latest advancement in geology and ore deposit research in Borneo and the surrounding region in SE Asia, with topics including (but not limited to) igneous and metamorphic geology, ore deposit geology, geochemistry, structural geology, regional tectonics and metals exploration and mining.


S13. Platinum Group Minerals: The Esoteric Nobility of Chromites

Conveners: Dr. Federica Zaccarini, Prof. Dr. Giorgio Garuti & Dr. Basilios Tsikouras

In spite of occurring in small amounts in their host rocks, platinum group elements comprise important constituents for the interpretation of the processes and evolution of the Earth’s crust and upper mantle. They commonly occur within chromites and their association and genesis are frequently a matter of debate among the mineralogists, petrologists and geochemists. These noble metals as well as their hosts, can provide important insights in both the primary and secondary processes in the Earth’s mantle and crust and moreover can be significant economic factors when they occur in appreciable amounts. We invite contributions willing to trigger fruitful discussions on the metallogenesis of platinum group minerals and their host chromites.


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