• Deadline to submit a short abstract (max. 350 words / 1 page): 31 July 2023.
  • If you have been selected (i.e. short abstract accepted), we will contact you on 15 September 2023 to check whether you want to attend the conference in person and present your work to the audience directly or if you would prefer to make your presentation online.
  • You will have until 30 September 2023 to decide on the type of presentation (in-person or online).
  • Deadline to submit (optional, not mandatory) an extended abstract (max. 5 pages including figures and references) for publication in the proceedings by Springer (indexed in Scopus / SCImago): 02 October 2023.
  • Deadline for online registration to attend, present, or publish only at the MedGU-23: 30 September 2023.
  • Deadline for payment as confirmation of participation to attend, present, or publish only (see Registration): 10 October 2023.
  • Before doing any trip planning, be sure to check the travel restrictions to Türkiye (see Travel to Türkiye).
  • Thank you for your great interest in joining MedGU-23 in November!


  • The MedGU-21 proceedings are in the final stages of production and will soon be available online.
  • Meanwhile, the MedGU-22 proceedings are currently being prepared for publication by Springer.
  • The MedGU-21 is composed of four volumes. Click for further information on Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4.
MedGU-23 is dedicated to the Memory of Dr Luc Bulot, a very valued member of the MedGU who sadly passed away in 2022.

Luc was a world renowned palaeontologist and biostratigrapher, who leaves behind a huge body of research. His loss is deeply felt, but his passion for geology, generosity and love of life will not be forgotten.

Seismotectonics of the East Anatolian fault and location of the 6 February 2023 earthquake sequence of Kahramanmaras. Focal mechanisms are Harvard CMTs and fault traces from the EC-Funded APAME Project (2003 – 2007).

The 6 February earthquake sequence of Türkiye–Syria (Mw 7.8, 7.6)

  • The Middle East region is characterized by a significant seismic activity. The seismotectonic characteristics are dominated by the convergence of the African and Arabian plates towards Anatolia, resulting in active large continental faults (Dead Sea Fault, East Anatolian Fault and North Anatolian Fault) that generate destructive earthquakes. In previous centuries, the Arabian tectonic plate has been moving northward at ~18 mm/yr and has been colliding with the Anatolia. This tectonic shift has been behind the earthquakes for millennia in the area.
  • The area of southern Türkiye and northern Syria has been severely hit by the Mw 7.8 and 7.6 earthquakes on 6 February 2023, following by aftershocks reaching Mw 6.7. This seismic activity is responsible of devastations of large cities such as Kahramanmaras, Antachia and Aleppo reaching 45 000 victims.
  • The East Anatolian Fault has a long seismic record and was identified as a seismically hazardous area. No earthquakes greater than magnitude 7.0 have been recorded on the fault since the instrumental period. The 6 February 2023 earthquakes were larger than what was most likely anticipated.
  • Lessons learned from this recent seismic crisis and previous earthquakes can now be applied in the Mediterranean region and beyond for a better seismic hazard and risk assessment. And the most recent disaster can serve as a warning to be ready for earthquakes to come along main active faults.
  • A special session on these topics will be organized alongside the MedGU-23. Researchers working on any topic related to the Science of Earthquakes are welcome to submit a short abstract by the deadline (31 July 2023).

MedGU-21 and MedGU-22

ASTI Book Series (Springer/IEREK) is the official series of MedGU. See Publications for more details.

Proceedings of MedGU

  • The proceedings of MedGU-23 will be published in the Springer ASTI series which is indexed in Scopus / SCImago.
  • Publishing in ASTI series also qualifies the MedGU-23 proceedings to be selected for indexation in the Web of Science.

Proceedings of related conferences

About MedGU

Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU)

Steps towards the creation of a Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU)

Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU) aims to create a unique federation that brings together and represents the Mediterranean geoscience community specializing in the areas of Earth, planetary and space sciences.

MedGU will be structured along the lines of AGU (American Geophysical Union) and EGU (European Geosciences Union).

The plan is to establish a large organization for the Mediterranean region that is more influential than any one local geoscience society with the objective of fostering fundamental geoscience research, as well as applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges.

MedGU’s overarching vision is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable future for humanity and for the planet.

The creation of this union will give the Earth sciences more influence in policy-making and in the implementation of solutions to preserve the natural environment and to create more sustainable societies for the people living in the Mediterranean region. It is hoped that the union will also provide opportunities to Mediterranean geoscientists to undertake interdisciplinary collaborative research. MedGU plans to recognize the work of the most active geoscientists with a number of awards and medals.

Although MedGU has not yet been officially inaugurated, its first annual meeting was organized in November 2021 in Istanbul (MedGU-21) and the second meeting was organized in Marrakech (MedU-22). This has provided a forum to achieve a consensus for the formation of this non-profit international union of geoscientists. Membership will be open to individuals who have a professional engagement with the Earth, planetary and space sciences and related studies, including students and retired seniors.

Nabil Khélifi (MedGU Founder, Germany) and Attila Çiner (MedGU Interim President, Türkiye) have taken an ambitious approach to the launch of the third MedGU 3rd Annual Meeting 2023 and hope to develop it the near future into the largest international geoscience event in the Mediterranean and the broader MENA region. Its mission is to support geoscientists based in this region by establishing a Global Geoscience Congress.

It is expected that hundreds of participants from all over the world will attend this third MedGU Annual Meeting 2023, making it one of the largest and most prominent geosciences event in the region. The meeting’s sessions will cover a wide range of topics with more details available on the Conference Tracks.

This third MedGU 2023 Annual Meeting will have a "hybrid" format, with both in-person and virtual participation. Springer, its publishing partner, will publish the proceedings in a book series (indexed in Scopus) as well as a number of special issues in diverse scientific journals (for more details, see Publications).

MedGU Founder

"We want to establish a large influential organization for the Mediterranean region with the objective of fostering fundamental and applied geoscience research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges"

In recent years, as in-house Senior Editor for Springer Nature for the Middle East and Africa, I have had the opportunity to meet many successful geoscientists from the region and I have come to realize how difficult it is for many of them to travel to international conferences to show their work and build collaborations. It is my belief that a large event organized through a single federation representing the geoscience community around the Mediterranean and in the broader MENA region could be of enormous benefit.

Nabil Khélifi

Expert Publisher / Senior Editor
MedGU Founder
MedGU-23 Supervisor

MedGU (Interim) President

Attila Çiner

Professor, Istanbul Technical University
MedGU (Interim) President
MedGU-23 Chair
"The creation of this union will give the Earth sciences more influence in policy-making and in the implementation of solutions for more sustainable societies in the Mediterranean region"

We aim to create a unique federation that brings together the Mediterranean geoscience community. MedGU’s overarching vision is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable future for the people living in the Mediterranean region. It is hoped that the union will provide opportunities to Mediterranean geoscientists to undertake interdisciplinary collaborative research.



Conference Tracks

The scientific committee of the MedGU-23 invites research papers on all cross-cutting themes of Earth and planetary sciences, with a main focus on the following conference tracks. The most supportive scholars at MedGU-22 are listed below as Track Chairs. This list will change after MedGU-23 as new supporting scholars come in:

  • Track 1. Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Climatology, Oceanography
    Chair(s): Zhihua Zhang (China), Nabil Khelifi (Germany)
  • Track 2. Biogeochemistry, Geobiology, Geoecology, Geoagronomy
    Chair(s): Haroun Chenchouni (Algeria), Jesús Rodrigo-Comino (Spain)
  • Track 3. Earthquake Seismology and Geodesy
    Chair(s): Mourad Bezzeghoud (Portugal), Klaus Günter Hinzen (Germany), Luca Gasperini (Italy), Alina Polonia (Italy), Mustapha Meghraoui (France), Mehdi Eshagh (Sweden)
  • Track 4. Environmental Earth Sciences
    Chair(s): Amjad Kallel (Tunisia), Md Firoz Khan (Malaysia), Rahim Barzegar (Canada), Komali Kantamaneni (UK)
  • Track 5. Applied & Theoretical Geophysics
    Chair(s): Cesare Comina (Italy), Arkoprovo Biswas (India), Mourad Bezzeghoud (Portugal), Luca Gasperini (Italy)
  • Track 6. Geo-Informatics and Remote Sensing
    Chair(s): Dursun Zafer Şeker (Türkiye), Hesham El-Askary (USA), Muhammad Al-Amin Hoque (Bangladesh)
  • Track 7. Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology, Planetology
    Chair(s): Domenico Doronzo (Spain)
  • Track 8. Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
    Chair(s): Zeynal Abiddin Ergüler (Türkiye)
  • Track 9. Geomorphology, Geography, Soil Science, Glaciology, Geoarchaeology, Geoheritage
    Chair(s): Jesús Rodrigo-Comino (Spain), Attila Çiner (Türkiye)
  • Track 10. Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Hydrochemistry
    Chair(s): Helder Chaminé (Portugal), Imran Ali (India), Mingjie Chen (Oman), Tajudeen M. Iwalewa (USA)
  • Track 11. Marine Geosciences, Historical Geology, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology
    Chair(s): Attila Çiner (Türkiye), Nabil Khelifi (Germany)
  • Track 12. Numerical and Analytical Methods in Mining Sciences and Geomechanics
    Chair(s): Murat Karakus (Australia), Ali Karrech (Australia)
  • Track 13. Petroleum and Energy Sciences and Engineering
    Chair(s): Santanu Banerjee (India), Ali Ghalambor (USA)
  • Track 14. Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Geochronology
    Chair(s): Attila Çiner (Türkiye)
  • Track 15. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics, Petroleum Geology
    Chair(s): Ahmed Radwan (Poland), Afroz Ahmad Shah (Singapore), Wilfried Bauer (Oman), Zakaria Hamimi (Egypt)
  • Track 16. Special Session 1: The 6 February earthquake sequence of Türkiye–Syria (Mw 7.8, 7.6)
    Chair(s): Mustapha Meghraoui (France), Erhan Altunel (Türkiye), Daniela Pantosti (Italy)