14th Meeting of the Central European Tectonic Studies Groups

Predná Hora 
April 28 – May 1, 2016

First circular

The meeting is organized by

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

Organizing team

Rastislav Vojtko, Margaréta Gregáňová, Silvia Králiková & Silvia Vojtková


The mission of the Central European Tectonic Groups (CETEG) is to strengthen the professional communication and the coordination of activities of formal groups and individuals from the Central European countries interested in broadly scoped tectonics and geodynamics of the Earth crust. According to the assumed convention, scientific gatherings of CETEG are to be held annually in geologically attractive regions, each year in different member country.

The Central European Tectonic Group is an open scientific association bringing together the geoscientists with the interest in geodynamic processes of the Earth crust in a broad measure.

The already well established topics of the annual meetings are related to structural evolution of the orogenic belts, basin evolution, relationship of magmatism and tectonics and other subjects, studied by the methods of structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology and geophysics.  

Main topics of the 2015 Meeting

A special attention of the CETEG 2016 meeting will be dedicated to the Alpine geodynamic evolution of central zones of the Western Carpathians, however broad-scale studies of the Variscan and Alpine-Carpathian-Dinaridic orogenies and topics related to theoretical aspects of structural geology, petrology and geochronology, as well as neotectonics and basin evolution are promoted as important subjects of the meeting. Several invited speakers provide hints to the main topics of the meeting, although any other contributions related to the common CETeG topics are welcome. 

  • Dr. Emő Márton (Geological and Geophysical Institute, Paleomagnetic Laboratory, Budapest, Hungary) – “Adriatic vs. African APW as the paleomagnetic reference system for ALCAPA and the deformed margins of Adria”
    The Adriatic microplate is the largest crustal block in the Central Mediterraneum which played an important role in the tectonic development of the area. As a result of 15 years of systematic paleomagnetic research an Adriatic APW for the Middle Jurassic-Eocene time interval, based on robust paleomagnetic data from its stable core, is now available. African APWs published by different authors considerably differ for pre-Aptian times, while exhibit similar trends for younger ages. The new Adriatic APW systematically differs from any of them.
    The Adriatic APW will be discussed in terms of rotations and latitudinal displacement of the crustal block, will be compared with African trends in order to pinpoint the most important large scale displacements possibly in co-ordination or independently of the African plate.
    It is obvious that the Adriatic APW is the proper reference system for its deformed margins. As the Adriatic APW is based on very precisely dated and robust paleomagnetic results, the tectonic reconstructions in the ALCAPA region would also benefit from relying on this APW.

  • Prof. Hans-Jürgen Gawlick (Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria) – “Triassic-Jurassic tectonostratigraphy of the Circum-Pannonian orogens”
    The Triassic to Jurassic evolution of the Circum-Pannonian realm is crucial for the controversially discussed palaeogeographic reconstructions of the northwestern part of the Tethyan realm. The questions: 1) Are ALCAPA, the Southern Alps/Dinarides and the units in the Pannonian (e.g. Transdanubian Range, Tisia) independent microplates or scattered by younger tectonic motions?, and 2) how many Triassic-Jurassic oceans (e.g. Meliata-Hallstatt Ocean, Maliac Ocean) existed? are still a hot topic. Detailed Triassic-Jurassic tectonostratigraphy and basin evolution can help to contribute essentially to these questions.

  • Prof. Nikolaus Froitzheim (Universität Bonn, Germany) – "Cretaceous orogeny in the Eastern Alps – Collision or intracontinental subduction?"
    The Pohorje Mountains in Slovenia have been established as an ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terrane by thermobarometry of eclogites, garnet peridotites, garnet-kyanite gneisses, and the finding of microdiamond. This terrane was subducted from ca. 95 Ma to 90 Ma as part of the Austroalpine high-pressure belt.  Various interpretations exist regarding subduction – either intracontinental or collisional after closure of the Meliata Ocean – and exhumation. These are discussed with respect to structure, stratigraphy, and geochronology of the Austroalpine nappes.

Conference language


Preliminary program

  • 28th of April: Pre-conference field trip: “Alpine structural and metamorphic history of the Veporic basement complexes” Leaders: P. Jeřábek, M. Janák 
  • 29th and 30th of April: Scientific sessions, oral and poster presentations
  • 30th of April: The conference dinner and awards ceremony
  • 1st of May: Post-conference field trip: “Late Cretaceous exhumation and cover nappe emplacement processes in the Vepor-Gemer area” Leaders: R. Vojtko, D. Plašienka


Awards of the CETEG community promote active participation of outstanding students and young scientists at the CETEG annual meetings.

Radek Melka prize

The prize has been established by friends of Mr. Radek Melka to remember this outstanding young Czech scientist in structural geology who passed away at the age of 30 in 1994. From 2015, the Radek Melka Prize is awarded every second year to the best paper by an author from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, or Hungary of age up to 35 years in the year of publication of their paper. Therefore, it will not be awarded at CETEG 2016.

Best student oral presentation

The prize for best oral presentation of a student in the amount of €200 will be awarded by the Czech Tectonic Studies Group.

Best student poster presentation

The prize for best poster presentation of a student in the amount of €200 will be awarded by the Czech Tectonic Studies Group.

Registration Fee (preliminary)

Professionals 160 €
Students/retired 120 €

The registration fee covers all meals during the conference (including conference dinner), rental of conference rooms and equipment, coffee breaks and the abstract volume.

Excursion fee 

Pre conference 30 €
Post conference 30 €

The excursion fee includes bus rental and take-away meal pack for every excursion participant.

Conference location and accommodation

The Predná hora resort is located in the southern part of the Muránska Planina National Park, close to Muráň village in Revúca district. All activities related to the conference as well as dining will take place in this resort. The resort consists of several building such as Pension, Koliba, Observatory, Okály and Cottages. Nearly, the Winter Residence of Ferdinand Coburg (1861–1948) the Bulgarian Tsar is situated.

The accommodation is reserved in these buildings located inside the resort. The price for accommodation is ~20€/pers/night in double rooms and ~25€/pers/night in single rooms but please note that the number of single rooms is rather limited.


Registration form including abstract submission will be open in early January and have to be submitted until 15th of February 2016.

Payment deadline: 28th of February 2016

Contact details

Whatever you need to know, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers:

Rastislav Vojtko: vojtko@ fns.uniba.sk
Silvia Králiková: kralikova@fns.uniba.sk
Silvia Vojtková: vojtkova@ fns.uniba.sk or kgp@ fns.uniba.sk

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