Topo-Europe Conference, 5–10 May 2019, Granada, Spain

Registration open, now.

Within the Topo-Europe framework, the ITN SUBITOP organises a workshop on understanding subduction zone topography through modelling of coupled shallow and deep processes.

TOPO-EUROPE promotes, coordinates and integrates national research programs on geological surface processes and their implications for continental topography and natural hazards in a coherent European network. SUBITOP is an ITN for training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in Geodynamics, Geophysics, Geology and Geomorphology.  It has a scientific focus on the dynamics of continental margins where tectonic plates are recycled through subduction.


Tectonic activity and topographic evolution are intimately linked.  This is most powerfully expressed in subduction systems, where geodynamic and geomorphic processes are connected across depths and time scales from individual earthquakes to climate-driven erosion, plate deformation and slab-mantle interactions.  The imprint of all these processes and their links is not only found in the surface topography of subduction systems, but also in their exposed geology and patterns of deformation with attendant hazards. Understanding of the dynamics of subduction systems is advanced by the combined reading of these geophysical, geologic and geomorphic imprints, complemented by physical and numerical modelling.

Key questions include:

What is the topographic expression of the subduction cycle?

What are the measurable effects of slab bending and tear at the Earth’s surface? 

How have these topographic expressions of subduction processes affected surface process systems, from sediment production and routing to atmospheric and oceanic circulation? 

How strong are the effects of erosion and sedimentation on subduction processes at depth? 

What are the spatial and temporal scales on which the subduction system responds to perturbations and changes of boundary conditions?

This conference brings together researchers from across the spectrum of Geosciences to discuss these questions with insights from models and field and instrumental observations, integrating across time scales and process domains.

Deadlines and Milestones

15 September 2018: Website online and first circular distributed

10 November 2018: Registration and abstract submission open

01 March 2019: Early bird registration and abstract submission deadline

20 March 2019: Programme finalisation and circulation

05 May 2019: Conference


05 May: Ice breaker social event, pre-meeting activities

06–08 May: TopoEurope Conference (solicited keynote lectures, selected talks, poster forum, debates)

09/10 May: Culinaric and scientific field trip