iTECC at the 29th Himalayan-Karakorum and Tibet Workshop

An extremely important part of being a scientist and especially a PhD student is the ability to communicate one's research and the results of that research to their peers and the experts in the field in which they are involved. And so, a number of the Marie Curie iTECC fellows traveled from their various corners of Europe to the city of Lucca in Italy for the 29th Himalayan-Karakorum and Tibet Workshop from September 2-4.


This conference brings together numerous experts in Himalayan geology from a variety of fields like igneous and metamorphic petrology, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology and many others. For nearly 30 years the Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop has provided researchers of the India-Asia collision system with a wonderful opportunity for workshop-style discussion with other colleagues working in the region.


The exciting thing about the HKT conference is that the HKT can be hosted by

various groups and universities every year in different places. Each year a few institutions propose to host the following year and the conference attendees at the current workshop vote on where they would like to see the conference held. This year the competition for convening the 31st HKT came down to a showdown between iTECC and ETH Zurich. The votes were cast and because of our dynamism, the focus and the end date of our project, the voters spoke and iTECC won! Thus the 31th HKT will be held in Aussoix, France from April 4-8, 2016!


Take a look below at some of the talks and posters that the iTECC fellows presented at the conference:

Y. Najman, D. Jenks, L. Godin, M. Boudagher-Fadel, P. Bown, M. Horstwood, E. Garzanti, L. Bracciali, I. Millar: What collided with India at 50 Ma in the western (Ladakh) Himalaya?


G. Zhuang, Y. Najman, I. Millar, C. Chauvel, S. Guillot, A. Carter: Spatial-temporal evolution of the Indus River and implications for western Himalayan
tectonics: constraints from Sr-Nd isotopes and detrital zircongeochronology of Paleogene-Neogene rocks in the Katawaz basin, NW Pakistan


E. Deal, J. Braun: Precipitation stochasticity and its effects on discharge and erosion in the Himalaya


L. Gemignani, J.R. Wijbrans, Y. Najman, P. van der Beek, G. Govin: Isotope provenance of Eastern Himalayan rivers draining to the south into India, Nepal and Bhutan


N. Vögeli, P. van der Beek, P. Huyghe, Y. Najman, D. Sachse: A record of weathering, hydrological and monsoon evolution in the Eastern Himalaya since 13 Ma from detrital and organic geochemistry, Kameng River Section, Arunachal Prades


M.J. Kelly, Y. Najman, P. Mishra, A. Copley, S. Clarke: The potential record of far-field effects of the India-Asia collision: Barmer Basin, Rajasthan, India


G. Govin, Y. Najman, P. van der Beek, I. Millar, M. Bernet, G. Dupont-Nivet, J.

Wijbrans, L. Gemignani, N. Vögeli, P. Huyghe: Constraining the timing of exhumationof the Eastern Himalayan syntaxis, from a study of the palaeo-Brahmaputra deposits, Siwalik Group, Arunachal Pradesh, India


R.V. Rosenkranz, M.S. Sohi, C. Spiegel: Exhumation history of the Tethyan Himalaya based on apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He dates from the Takkhola graben and the Mustang granite (Nepal)


M.S. Sohi, R. Rosenkranz, C. Spiegel: Paleo-denudation history of the Ladakh

Batholith-new constraints from bedrock and detrital apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He thermochronology

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