Report on the XXI International Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological
Association (CBGA) in Salzburg, Austria, September 10–13, 2018
The every four-year meeting of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association was held at the Faculty of Sciences at the Paris-Lodron-
University of Salzburg. Ca. 300 contributions were submitted for oral and poster organized in 19 sessions covering a wide spectrum of fields
ranging from stratigraphy to magmatism, metamorphism studies to economic and oil geology, and cultural geology. Ca. 330 participants from
ca. 25 countries attended the meeting, and presented and discussed their results in three respectively four parallel sessions and in poster
sessions. Posters were on display all three days. Particularly successful sessions, among others, were those related to stratigraphy, tectonics,
hydrocarbon and economic geology, and cultural geology. Few contributions were submitted to a number of applied geological fields, e.g.,
engineering geology and hydrogeology. Particular attention should be paid in future confe rences how to reach these particular communities.
The CBGA 2018 was in a friendly and open atmosphere, and the mild and sunny late summer weather was in support of the success of
the meeting as well as the invitation by the Province and City of Salzburg to a music concert in the old residence in the historical city center.
Three plenary speakers gave reports on recent advances in major fields and important input for future research directions: Stefan M. Schmid
(ETH) gave an overview on the reconstruction of the ABCD orogenic belt, Wolfgang Müller (Frankfurt/Main) introduced in technological
advances on micro-analysis for environmental and paleoclimate analysis and presented also a new geochronological method for dating of
metamorphic processes. Sierd Cloetingh reviewed rheological models of the European lithosphere and particularly on the plume-related
Participants can view conference photographs on the homepage: http://cbga.sbg.ac.at/
Finally, six pre- and post-conference excursions gave the opportunity to look on the state of research on specific topics in the surrounding of
Salzburg. Note that original aim of the foundation of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association was to correlate geology of the Alpine–
Balkan–Carpathian–Dinaric mountain belts through field excursions.
The abstract e-book of CBGA 2018 can be downloaded from Geologica Balcanica, the field guides of most excursions are published in
the Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt and may be also downloaded from the CBGA 2018 conference home page (details, see below).
Conference contributions could be published in Geologica Balcanica and Geologica Carpathica, and few further special issues are in
The local organizers want to express their sincere thanks for support oft he conference by the authorities of the Province and City of Salzburg,
the University of Salzburg, to the Geological Survey of Austria, and to the staff of Geologica Balcanica and Geologica Carpathica.
The Council of CBGA decided that the next conference will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria during August 2022. We wish grand success to
the next organizers presided by the new president of CBGA, Irena Peytcheva from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
(for local organizers of CBGA 2018; past president of CBGA)
Available conference products:
Neubauer F., Brendel U. & Friedl G. (Eds.) 2018: Advances of Geology in southeast European mountain belts. XXI International
Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Abstracts. Geologica Balcanica, 399 p., Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.
Neubauer F. (Ed.) 2018: XXI International Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association — Guidebook to pre- and
post- conference excursions, 10–13. September 2018, Salzburg. Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt 126, 303 p., Vienna.
CBGA 2018 - Austria
XXI International Congress
arpathian alkan eological ssociation
Salzburg (Austria), September 10 -13, 2018
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