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William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50

October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 5 @ 5:00 pm

On the 50th anniversary of the advent of the paradigm of plate tectonics, this three day meeting is convened to examine the state of the art and scope out new directions.

Call for Papers

This call for papers is for contributions that complement the array of invited speakers – reporting recent research on any aspect of tectonics and the associated disciplines that together feed into understanding the plate system and processes.

Contributions are invited for talks and posters.

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 May 2017 but we encourage submission and registration as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please complete the Abstract submission form (under Downloads) and return to Naomi Newbold.

The abstract should be approximately 500 words and should include a title and acknowledgement of authors and their affiliations where possible.

Please indicate if your abstract is for a poster or oral presentation.

The conference will be drawn to a close by the 2017 William Smith lecture, delivered by Dan McKenzie.

Invited Speakers

Nick Christie-Blick Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University, USA

John Dewey University of Oxford, UK

Tony Doré Statoil, UK

Cindy Ebinger University of Rochester USA

Hank Frankel University of Missouri, Kansas City. USA

Catherine Johnson University of British Columbia, Canada

Peter van Keken Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC USA

Mike Kendall University of Bristol, UK

Xavier Le Pichon Collège de France

Peter Molnar University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Jason Morgan, Harvard University, USA

Donna Shillington Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA

Opening remarks by

Tony Watts University of Oxford, UK

Closing remarks and introduction of the William Smith lecturer

James Jackson University of Cambridge, UK

William Smith lecturer

Dan McKenzie University of Cambridge, UK


Rob Butler University of Aberdeen

Mike Daly University of Oxford

Gareth Roberts Imperial College London

Jonathan Turner Radioactive Waste Management

Tony Watts University of Oxford


Register online or download the pdf registration form and return it to the Conference Office.

Corporate Affiliates and GSL Associated Societies can register at a reduced fee.

Corporate Affiliates:   Find out if your company is a Corporate Affiliate

Associated Societies:   GSL Associated Societies include AAPG, AIPG, GSA, NGWA, GAC and SEPM. See the Associated Societies list.

Associated Societies members should choose the Other Societies booking option when registering.

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner at Al Duca restaurant on Thursday 5 October 2017 at 7.30pm

The cost is £80 per person and includes a 3 course meal, half a bottle of wine per person, water and tea and coffee.

There are just a few places left for the dinner so if you would like to book a place, please email Naomi Newbold. Bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.


October 3 @ 8:00 am
October 5 @ 5:00 pm


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