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Scientific Program available
The schedule of the presentations is available here:

Abstract acceptance started
Today we have started with the abstract acceptance notification process. Because of the high number of MECC + IMA abstracts (~1680) and because of the longer submission and shorter evaluation periods, that process will take about one week.
All abstract rejections were communicated earlier.
Please wait for your personal abstract acceptance e-mail in the coming week. Please contact us for an earlier confirmation only if you really need it urgently.
Contact person: Robert Hohol

IMA2010 Field trips

MECC2010 participants are welcome to register to the IMA2010 field trips. (Click here for detailed IMA2010 field trip descriptions.) If you register only for MECC2010, but want to participate in any of the IMA2010 field trips please send a message to Robert Hohol.


Special MECC2010 field trip:

Clays, (palaeo-)environment and culture: Field trip in Southern Transdanubia


Registration for this Field Trip is available HERE for MECC2010-only registrees (after registration) in the MECC2010 Field Trips menu.

If you are a joint MECC2010 & IMA2010 registree and want to register for this MECC2010 field trip (clay-related, post-conference) please send a message to Robert Hohol.

Leaders: Béla Raucsik (University of Pannonia, raucsik@almos.vein.hu), Gábor Újvári (Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), István Viczián (Geological Institute of Hungary)


Practical information:
Photo: Beremend, Pleistocene loess-palaeosol outcrop
Beremend, Pleistocene loess-palaeosol outcrop
  • Duration: 2.5 days
  • Post-conference:
    evening 27.08.2010 Budapest -
    evening 29.08.2010 Budapest / Szeged
  • Length: 630 km
  • Max. number of participants: 40 persons
  • Field trip registration fee: EUR 130
  • Accommodation (included in the registration fee): Two nights, double room at the Pécs University Campus.
    (For single room conditions please contact Robert Hohol)
  • Meals (included in the registration fee): Full board
    (2 breakfasts, 2 pocket lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Demands: Most of the stops are alongside the roads but the excursion includes some trips on dirt roads and hilly terrain and in open pits. Normal field trip equipment and swimming dress are recommended.
  • Means of transport: Bus

Scientific focus (keywords): applied clay mineralogy; radioactive waste repository; clays and historical red wine regions; clays and palaeoenvironment; Permian; Jurassic; Neogene; loess; red clays; black shale; Southern Transdanubia

Photo: Beremend, limestone quarry

Beremend, limestone quarry

*****In Earth and material sciences, clays were investigated with varied success as tectonic, diagenetic and hydrothermal indicators, palaeoclimatic tracers. The wide interest in these minerals has a common basic need of knowing when and how they form in the various surficial and subsurface environments of the Earth, and how they respond to physical and chemical changes during their formation and diagenesis. A special interest has been shown in clays and claystones as technological and industrial materials, as well as they play specific role in solution of environmental problems.

*****The scientific part of the route comprises several occurrences of sediments and sedimentary rocks including Permian red siltstones, Jurassic coal-bearing clastics, different fine-grained marine and continental sediments and the most important localities regarding the problems of radioactive waste repository in Hungary. The cultural sites include visits to the spa of Harkány and Zsolnay Museum in Pécs, Cultural Capital of Europe 2010. The trip ends in a wine tasting in Villány.

Daily programme:

Day 0 (27 Aug):
Budapest: late afternoon departure - Pécs: accommodation, alternative visit to the historical monuments and buildings of Cultural Capital of Europe 2010.

Day 1 (28 Aug): Pécs - Kővágószőlős: visit to the core repository of the Mecsekérc Ltd. and to the labs of the Geochem Ltd. Geology and mineralogy of pelitic sediments of the Permian Boda Siltstone Formation - a potential candidate to final disposal of the high-level nuclear power plant radioactive wastes, applied geological relations of clays. - Beremend: limestone quarry with Pliocene red clays and Pleistocene loess-palaeosol series. Implications for Neogene climate changes. - Harkány: bath and swimming in the spa. - Pécs: accommodation.

Photo: Harkány spa

Harkány spa

Day 2 (29 Aug): Pécs - Visit to the Zsolnay Museum - famous ceramics manufactory, technological contexts of clays and clay minerals in the ceramic industry. - Vasas: abandoned open pit coal mine with Jurassic black coal and related clastic sediments. - Réka Valley (Eastern Mecsek Hills): Black shale related to the Early Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event. Clay mineralogy and geochemistry as tools for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. - Villány: dinner and wine-tasting. - Budapest

Map of the field trip with the key locations

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