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GSL: Asian climate, tectonics and biodiversity

05 - 08 September 2022
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This event was originally due to take place on 1-3 September 2021, however due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 we have postponed this event so it can be held in person. 

How do tectonics and climate force surface processes and the evolution of biodiversity in Asia?

This meeting will examine this long-standing question by unraveling coupled geodynamic and Earth surface processes that impact environmental conditions and the biosphere across different spatial and temporal scales. 

With ongoing human alteration of the Earth’s ecosystems and rapid global warming, there is an urgent need to understand the response of biotic communities and environmental change. Examining how past climate change influenced biological diversity around topographically complex and tectonically active systems provides unique information about their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

Specific insight on how rapid climate and landscape changes impacted ancient life will shed light on the origins and governing factors of biodiversity hotspots and thus inform conservation efforts. Eventually, this information can guide policy decisions under projections for a rapidly warming climate to ensure that we preserve biodiversity of our ecosystems into the future, which is essential to global economic, social and cultural prosperity. 


  • Dr Guillaume Dupont-Nivet (CNRS - Géosciences Rennes, France)
  • Dr Tara Jonell (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Dr René Dommain (University of Potsdam, Germany)
  • Prof Peter Clift (Louisiana State University, USA)

Keynote speakers

  • Prof Oliver Jagoutz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Prof Carina Hoorn (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Robert A Spicer (The Open University, UK)
  • Dr Thomas von Rintelen (Natural History Museum, Leibniz-Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research, Germany)
  • Prof Robert Morley (Palynova)


Registration for this conference will be open soon

Call for abstracts

We invite oral and poster abstract submissions for the meeting, and these should be sent in a Word document to by Friday 8 July 2022. Abstracts should be approximately 250-350 words and include a title and acknowledgement of authors and their affiliations.


The Geological Society
Burlington House


Please email with any enquiries.

Registration rates

£ 180.00
£ 230.00
£ 75.00
£ 120.00