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Granulites & Granulites 2024

Conference & Excursions

This international conference will focus on high-temperature processes in the middle and lower crust, including migmatite and granulite formation, crustal anatexis, melt extraction and transfer, structure and composition of the lower crust, and crust-mantle interactions. 

 

Verbania in Italy | Sep 3-6, 2024

Join us in Verbania (Italy)

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When

The conference will take place from Tuesday 03 to Friday 06 September 2024, preceded by the Icebreaker Party on the evening of Monday 02 September. There will be a pre-conference excursion on 01-02 September and two post-conference excursions on 07-10 September.

Where

The conference will take place in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. Verbania is situated on the shore of Lake Maggiore, about 91 km (57 mi) north-west of Milan and about 40 km (25 mi) from Locarno in Switzerland. Find out how to get to Verbania.

Important dates

15 March

Registration opens

15 May

Registration closes

15 June

Abstract submission deadline

September

Conference & Excursions

Excursions

The excursions will allow participants to observe in the field iconic sections of granulite to migmatite terranes and to discuss topics such as lower crustal structure and composition, mantle metasomatism, granulite-granite connection. 

The number of participants on each excursion is limited on a first come, first served basis. Excursions will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached.

 

Ivrea Zone | Sep 1–2, 2024

Pre-conference excursion

The Ivrea-Verbano Zone (IVZ) in the Italian Alps is one of the most complete and best studied archetypal continental crust–upper mantle sections on Earth. Regional amphibolite- to granulite-facies metamorphism and partial melting are associated with lower crustal magma emplacement, crystallisation and crustal assimilation, and a super-eruption during the Permian. During the field trip, we will visit peridotites, lower crustal gabbros, migmatites and charnockites, and upper crustal igneous rocks derived from deep crustal processes.

Southern Calabria | Sep 7–10, 2024

Post-conference excursion

Four-day excursion to explore a section of late Variscan continental crust exposed with continuity, from the metagabbro equilibrated at 35 km depth to the middle crust. This excursion will focus on the granulite-granite connection and its implications for the evolution and differentiation of the continental crust in collisional settings. The localities visited will include granulites in Acconia-Curinga, migmatites in the Serre Massif, the Capo Vaticano granitoids, and the Palmi Shear Zone.

Finero-Central Alps | Sep 7–8, 2024

Post-conference excursion

A two-day excursion to classic sites in the southern and central Alps, including the metasomatic phlogopite-peridotite and associated granulite-facies gabbroic rocks of Finero, the migmatites of Ticino and the high-temperature eclogite and garnet peridotite of Alpe Arami.

Conference registration 

Conference Pass

ca 450 €

Abstract submission

Conference (Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday morning)

1 mid-conference activity (Wednesday afternoon)

Icebreaker party (Monday evening)

4 lunches & coffee breaks

Conference dinner (Thursday evening)

Transfer to and from Verbania train station (on request)

Student Pass

ca 300 €

Abstract submission

Conference (Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday morning)

1 mid-conference activity (Wednesday afternoon)

Icebreaker party (Monday evening)

4 lunches & coffee breaks

Conference dinner (Thursday evening)

Transfer to and from Verbania train station (on request)

Mid-conference activity

Option 1

Excursion

A walk across the Moho from mantle peridotite through pyroxenite and gabbro to crustal granulite (a 3-hour walk; priority will be given to delegates who have not participated in the pre-conference excursion).

Option 2

Excursion

Visit to the spectacular Candoglia marble quarry, used to build the Duomo in Milan (bus transfer and guided tour).

Option 3

Scientific workshop

This workshop will introduce delegates to the phase equilibrium modelling software MAGEMin and associated thermodynamic models. As short practical session, led by developer Nicolas Riel, will give delegates hands-on experience with the application.

Option 4

Excursion

Visit to the picturesque Botanical Garden and Villa Taranto in Verbania (easy walk and beautiful surroundings).

Discover our keynote speakers

Chris Yakymchuk

Shujuan Jiao

Olivier Vanderhaeghe

Nathan R. Daczko

Barbara Kunz

Andy Smye

Organising Committee

  • Alberto Zanetti, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, CNR, Italy
  • Daniela Rubatto, Institute of Geological Sciences, Universität Bern, Switzerland (Chair)
  • Othmar Müntener, Institute of Earth Sciences, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Antonio Langone, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Università di Pavia, Italy
  • Pierre Lanari, Institute of Geological Sciences, Universität Bern, and SFMC
  • Jörg Hermann, Institute of Geological Sciences, Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • Patrizia Fiannacca, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Università di Catania, Italy
  • Jacob Forshaw, Institute of Geological Sciences, Universität Bern, Switzerland
  • Christian Chopin, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS), CNRS, SFMC, France
  • Bernardo Cesare, Dipartimento di Geoscienze, Università di Padova, Italy

Sponsors

Supporting Institutions

Contact & Information: contact_granulite@sfmc-fr.org