Basalt 2017, Kadaň, Czech Republic

18 – 22 September 2017

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Following the successful Basalt 2013 meeting held in Görlitz, the Basalt 2017 conference will focus on extensive Cenozoic magmatism across Europe from a multi-faceted perspective of all relevant disciplines of geosciences, including physical volcanology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics and geohazards, with the aim to present new discoveries and developments in the understanding of this important period of geologic history of Europe. The meeting will also serve as an important platform for exchanging scientific ideas and fostering international collaboration.

The meeting is organised by the Czech Geological Society.


Preliminary program

Abstract template

On-line registration & abstract submission system

Conference program

Monday 18 - excursion to Erzgebirge

Oberwiesenthal – alkaline intrusions into deeply eroded diatreme, dykes etc., Hřebečná quarry, medieval Mauritius Sn mineralization quarry (limited number of participants)

Kadaň, Icebreaker 18:00–22:00

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 – meeting


  1. European sub-continental lithospheric mantle
       convenors: Lukáš Ackerman - Czech Republic, Jörg Pfänder - Germany
  2. This theme focuses on the petrology and chemistry of a large variety of mantle xenoliths enclosed in alkaline lavas, detection of inhomogeneities in the upper mantle, tomography of the European SCLM as well as identification of mantle plumes that gave rise to some peculiar geochemical features of pan-European Cenozoic volcanism.
  3. Alkaline volcanism
       convenor: Karsten Haase - Germany
  4. The petrogenesis, composition and evolution of within-plate alkaline magmas and associated carbonatites are the target of this theme, which should open discussions on the nature, genesis and differentiation of alkaline magmatic systems. Contributions to this theme should focus on general geochemistry and radiogenic–stable isotope geology of alkaline rocks and carbonatites, their metasomatic capabilities, and assimilation processes during magma ascent.
  5. Magma ascent and emplacement
       convenor: Michael S. Petronis - USA
  6. Physical properties of magmas, combined with conditions and tectonic setting of deep-seated and shallow-seated country rocks, have a great influence on the behaviour and the final shape of volcanoes grown on the surface. In this theme, we invite contributions dealing with the tectonic regimes of volcanic areas, interactions between tectonic and magmatic activity, as well as studies concerning the reconstruction of magma emplacement based on structural or rock-magnetic studies, and geophysical imaging of volcano’s subsurface structure.
  7. Physical volcanology
       convenor: Benjamin van Wyk de Vries - France
  8. The volcanic processes leading to the formation of a volcanic cone, or its decay, produce a wide range of characteristic deposits and morphologic features. This theme is open to contributions describing the results of geomorphological and volcanological investigations as well as to those dealing with the reconstruction of volcanic history, the interactions between within-plate volcanoes and their environments, volcano-decay processes, and the stratigraphy of volcanic areas.
  9. Social volcanology
       convenor: Joan Martí - Spain
  10. Volcanoes influence the society in a vast range of aspects, which is also true for extinct volcanoes. Beside the apparent volcanic hazards, volcanic areas also provide many profits to the society including the input of raw materials, the production of geothermal energy and time-out activities. We call for contributions focused to a variety of hazards associated with living close to volcanoes, apart from direct volcanic eruption hazards also including risks of slope-failures common in volcanic areas. The other topics should cover resources associated with alkaline volcanism and geotourism with the relationship to within-plate volcanoes.
Download detailed preliminary program

Friday 22 – excursion to Doupovské hory Volcanic Complex

Radechov – sequence of lahar deposits, Úhošť – succession of alkaline lavas of variable composition, Šumná – well-preserved 20 Ma scoria cone


Abstract template

Please use the provided template only. Follow the instructions detailed in the template. Contributions submitted in different format will be not accepted for publication in the abstract volume. Abstacts received after July 15 will only be considered for poster presentations and will not be included in a printed abstract volume. All abstracts will be available in an online archive of the conference.

We plan to consolidate two special volumes with papers resulting from this meeting, one in Chemical Geology focused mainly to geochemistry and petrology, and one in Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, focused mainly at volcanological and geophysical aspects. Each volume should consist of 15 and more accepted manuscripts. We would welcome preliminary indication of interest.

Conference venue

Kadaň is a picturesque provincial town in the western part of the Czech Republic. The city is situated on the banks of the river Ohře, within a reach of Erzgebirge and Doupovské Mts. Its historical highlights are the Franciscan Monastery and the historical square with late Gothic Town Hall Tower.

The meeting will take place in a historical building from 19th century which has served from its foundation as a cultural and meeting center for citizens of the town of Kadaň. The house is equipped with several meeting halls and can accommodate up to 330 persons in its largest meeting hall.

Getting there

By car – the town of Kadaň is located near the main road R13 (E442, connecting Cheb with Ústí nad Labem), which can be accessed from the A93 highway from Germany (Marktredwitz), or A17 highway (Dresden) from north. Arriving from south and east, drive through Prague, and then take the D7 highway (direction Chomutov).

By public transport – Kadaň bus-station is connected by direct lines with several bigger towns including Prague, Chomutov, or Karlovy Vary. You may use public transportation portal to find your desired connection (link to English version is in lower part of the page). We do not recommend using the train because the city of Kadaň is not located on the main railway and further follow-up connections are required.

By air – Prague airport, located in the heart of Europe, has connections to many major airports worldwide. In the case you plan to come by plane, contact organizers for arranging shuttle to Kadaň. The shuttle is planned to collect the arriving participants every 2–3 hours and take them from the airport to Kadaň. Assistance will be provided at the airport. The cost of the shuttle will be shared by the travelling persons. The nearest airport serving private international flights is in Karlovy Vary (LKKV).


Participants are responsible for accommodation, there are several possibilities for accommodation in hotels and guest houses in Kadaň.

Hotel Bílý Beránek
Hotel Tercier (in Czech only)
Pension and Restaurant U Karla IV.
Penzion U Johanky
Penzion Relax (in Czech only)
Penzion Mova
Hotel Split
Pension Anubis (in Czech only)

Dates, deadlines and registration

Early bird registration – May 27
Abstract submission and normal registration deadline – July 31
Pre-conference trip – September 18
Ice Breaker Party – September 18 evening
Oral and poster presentations – September 19 to 21
Post-conference trip – September 22

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  Early registration Normal registration Late and on-site registration
Students 120 EUR 140 EUR 160 EUR
Professionals 140 EUR 160 EUR 180 EUR

The registration fee includes personal registration, two abstracts per person (one for oral and one for poster presentation), abstract volume, icebreaker party, and refreshments during the conference at coffee breakes in the morning and the afternoon.

Additional abstracts will be charged by 20 EUR.

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