Informations actuelles

Sehr geehrte Mitglieder des Schweizerischen Geologischen Gesellschaft,

Die nächste Generalversammlung der Schweizerischen Geologischen Gesellschaft findet im Frühling 2021 am Institut für Geologie, Baltzerstrasse 3, in Bern statt. Wir beginnen wie gewohnt am 18:30 mit einem Apéro. Die Generalversammlung selber fängt um 19.00 an. Wir hoffen Sie zahlreich begrüssen zu dürfen. Die genauen Daten folgen.

Wie im letzten Jahr, gibt es nach dem GV die Möglichkeit gemeinsam iim Garten des Institutes ein Glas zu trinken.

Mit freundlichen Grüssen,

Jörg Hermann
Präsident der SGG

Chers membres de la Société Géologique Suisse,

L'assemblée générale (AG) annuelle de la Société Géologique Suisse (SGS) aura lieu en printemps 2021, à l'Institut de géologie de l'Université de Berne, Baltzerstrasse 3, CH-3012 Berne. Comme d'habitude nous débuterons par un apéro à 18.30; l'assemblée commençera à 19.00. Nous espérons que vous viendrez nombreux.

En nous réjouissant de vous revoir prochainement à Berne,

Meilleures salutations,

Jörg Hermann

Président de la SGS

STSG Excursion 2020 to the Aar Massif has been cancelled; it will now take place in 2021

In view of the Covid-19 situation, the Swiss Tectonic Studies Group excursion to the Aar Massif will not take place this year, but instead will be held from 27-29 August, 2021.

The excursion will be led by Lukas Nibourel, Marco Herwegh and Alfons Berger. Lukas Nibourel completed his PhD in Geology at the University of Bern in 2018, studying the structural and thermo-kinematic evolution of the eastern Aar Massif of the Swiss Central Alps, and now works at the Georesources Switzerland Group at the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich.

We will visit spectacular outcrops, mostly along the basement-cover contact, to discuss the structural and thermo-kinematic evolution of the eastern Aar Massif. The massif's deformation and exhumation history will be reconstructed based on field observations and low-T thermochronological data. The influence of inherited normal faults on the distribution and geometry of Alpine compressional fault zones will be another imporrtant topic.

Day 1: Meeting point is 10 a.m. at Engelberg train station.

Topic: frontal thrusts at the external massif front, Engelbergertal

Day 2: N-S-change of the overall structural appearance along the Reusstal transect. Transfer to the Sustenpass, overview Färnigen Zone

Day 3: Färnigen Zone. Inherited normal faults and Alpine inversion, overprinting relationships, metamorphic evolution and exhumation processes.

Accommodation: Spannort Inn, Engelberg (first night) / Berglodge Steinalp, Sustenpass (second night)

Costs for accommodation, food, etc. will be paid individually by the participants during the field excursion. Estimated overall costs for the three day excursion are CHF 190.- per person (CHF 75 per night and person including dinner and breakfast; CHF 40 per person for transportation with minibuses).

Participants travel to Engelberg individually. Alternatively, it might be possible to travel with one of the three minibuses leaving Friday morning from the University of Lausanne, University of Bern or from ETH Zürich. Meeting points and minibus departure times will be announced. Accommodation and transport from Engelberg onward will be organised by the leaders of the excursion. Some of the key outcrops are located in remote, steep terrain. Approximately 1000 m up/down hiking per day will be required, sometimes off path. Please bring adequate mountain gear, in particular mountain boots, warm clothing and a thin sleeping bag for the second night at the Berglodge Steinalp. An excursion guide will be distributed at the beginning of the excursion.

Students are particularly encouraged to participate. The SGS will support students with a contribution of CHF 100 towards the costs of the excursion, if they become a member of the SGS (membership fee for students is only CHF 50 per year; send an email to if you would like to become a member).

Please send an email to if you would like to participate in the excursion. The maximum number of participants is 24.

Please register before 30. April 2021. Registration will be on a first come - first served basis.

The Paul Niggli Medal 2019 was awarded to Jonas B. Ruh (now at ETH Zürich) in recognition of his outstanding research in the field of structural geology and geodynamics, combining numerical modelling and field observation to understand large scale tectonic processes
Citation by Taras Gerya in the Swiss Journal of Geosciences. The prize ceremony took place during the plenary session of the Swiss Geoscience Meeting on November 22nd, 2019 in Fribourg.

On November 22nd, 2019, the best MSc 2019 award was given to Philippos Garefalakis from the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern. The award ceremony took place during the SGM2019 meeting in Fribourg. Philippos received the CHF 3000 cash prize from the president of the Swiss Geological Society, Jörg Hermann. The title of the MSc thesis was: "Tectonic, eustatic and surface controls on the Burdigalian transgression recorded in the Upper Marine Molasse in Switzerland"


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