4th DEEP General Assembly

DEEP welcomes all members to the fourth DEEP General Assembly 9 - 12 June 2021. The assembly will focus on the theme Early Earth and be held at Lysebu in Oslo. We are organizing a field trip to explore the spectacular late Paleozoic and Precambrian geology of southern Norway on the last day.

Picture of an old and beautiful building
Lysebu hotel

This is the fourth time we arrange our DEEP general assembly, which aims to bring together researchers and PhD students within solid earth and planetary science in Norway for scientific discussions and social gathering.


Register using our online form. The registration deadline is 1 March 2021. 

All PhD students will be asked to deliver an abstract for their poster presentation during the registration, so please prepare this in advance. See more information further down. 

The program

The theme for our 2020 gathering is Early Earth. We have invited three key note speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Sobolev from GFZ Potsdam - Giving a talk on "The onset of plate tectonics - a planetary perspective"
  • Dr. Frances Westall from CNRS-Orleans - Giving a talk on "Early Earth and Mars - Conditions for life".
  • Dr. Robert Hazen from Carnegie Science - Giving a talk on "Mineralogical co-evolution of the geo- and biospheres".
Wednesday 9 June Thursday 10 June Friday 11 June Saturday 12 June
PhD Day planned for and by the PhD students at Lysebu hotel, Oslo Conference with key note speakers and poster sessions for all members at Lysebu hotel, Oslo Conference with key note speakers and poster sessions for all members at Lysebu hotel, Oslo Field trip in southern Norway guided by Evgeniy Kulakov, UiO and Trond Slagstad, NGU

A more detailed program will be published soon. 

Abstract and poster presentation

The abstract

Use a text editor of your choice to compile your abstract: title, author(s), affiliation(s) of author(s), and abstract text. Your abstract body should have 100–500 words.

All PhD students will be asked to deliver an abstract for their poster presentation during the registration. You can ask for making small changes up two three weeks before the General Assembly. 

The poster

All PhD participants must bring a poster (A0 size) for presentation to the General Assembly. We will arrange two poster sessions and everyone will have the opportunity to present his or her poster in a short two-slide oral presentation before we begin. The poster can present your recent results or your PhD project. 

All PhD students will participate in poster sessions during the assembly. You can use the poster session to present your latest research results or your PhD project.

The posters will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Overall Impression
  • Images, Charts & Graphs
  • Design & Layout
  • Conveying Content

Posters will not be assessed based on the quality of their actual content. 

Scientific posters often tend to be content-heavy, making them somewhat foreboding to those outside the specific field of research. Although it is not an explicit requirement, when planning your poster you might wish to consider whether the focus of your work can be simplified in order to communicate efficiently to a broader audience. Keep in mind that the target group for this poster session is a broad audience, not necessarily familiar with your field.

A good poster should typically be able to lure and capture the attention of its viewers, through the use of any combination of striking imagery, illustration or text. It ought also to have a clear and logical structure, making it easy for the reader to follow a hierarchy of information from beginning to end.

Feedback and prizes

To ensure that all PhD students get the opportunity to improve and get good feedback we are working on arranging small local workshops for making your posters in advance and we wish to set up a matrix for the PhD students to informally peer-review each other's presentations and abstracts during the gathering. 

We will hand out prizes for the best poster presentations. 

Meeting location

The main building at Lysebu.

The general assembly will be hosted at the beautiful Lysebu hotel situated just outside Oslo close to the forest. 

Lysebu was designed by the famous Norwegian architect Magnus Poulsson. He created a building complex that seems to step straight from the pages of a Norwegian folk tale, reflecting traditional Norwegian building styles and drawing inspiration from the imposing country houses of pre-independence civil administrators in eastern Norway.

We will arrange tram or bus transportation to take you up to Holmenkollen from Oslo. 

The field trip

11 June we travel south to Tønsberg in the evening and we set off for the one-day field trip at 8:30 on Saturday 12 June. During the trip, participants will eye the beauty of southern Norway and explore the spectacular late Paleozoic and Precambrian geology of the area. The field trip will commence in the Vestfold district where rocks of the Permian Oslo Rift are abundant. This area provides an opportunity to observe igneous and sedimentary rock sequences formed during the evolution of the rift. The Vestfold district hosts almost 3000 meters of mainly volcanic rocks erupted during Permian rifting.

The field trip will continue farther southwest into Precambrian domains of the Bamble and Telemark lithotectonic units. Magmatic and metamorphic rocks there preserve a record of nearly 500 millions of years of protracted geological evolution of southern Norway, from igneous crystallization at 1.6 Ga (billion years ago) to high-grade metamorphism during the approximately 1 Ga Sveconorwegian orogeny. This orogenic event has traditionally been associated with Meso- to Neoproterozaoic global continental land mass reorganization. Participants will explore the local geology and observe metamorphic and tectonic features that mark the onset and early stages of the Sveconorwegian orogeny.

The field trip will be led by Trond Slagstad and Evgeniy Kulakov. 

Trond Slagstad is a researcher at the Geological Survey of Norway, whose research interests include, but are not limited to the Late Mesoproterozoic Sveconorwegian orogen and associated Mo- and Ni- mineralisations, the Svecofennian orogen and associated mineralisations and the Late Mesoproterozoic Grenville orogen in eastern Canada.

Evgeniy Kulakov – researcher at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics. Research interests are paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, geodynamics and paleogeographic reconstructions, precambrian paleogeography and mesoproterozoic orogens.

Expenses for DEEP members

DEEP will organice and cover the travel and accommodation for all members. Please note that registration is binding and that cancellations after the deadline may be charged up to 3000 NOK.

Published Jan. 29, 2020 10:38 AM - Last modified Apr. 24, 2020 3:04 PM