RESCHEDULED – Transform Margins Workshop: Smolenice, Slovakia

New Dates 14–17 December 2020

The current coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic that is surely affecting all of us, forces us to make the decision to postpone the Transform Margins Workshop originally scheduled for 18–20 May 2020 in Smolenice, Slovakia.

Due to the recent events the Workshop will be rescheduled for 14th–17th  December 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We sincerely hope you will be able to reschedule your travel arrangements and join us in December. Details on the focus and content of the Workshop remain available at

If you have any questions and comments regarding this update, do not hesitate to contact Marína Molčan Matejová in Bratislava.

Preliminary Agenda

Transform Margins Workshop & Field Excursion
Arrive December 14 – Depart December 17

Registration Open to All Invited Guests

Tuesday, December 14:

Transportation provided from the Vienna, Austria airport to Smolenice Castle Conference Center.

This drive from Vienna to Smolenice includes a field excursion component focused on the classical Vienna pull-apart basin.

Wednesday – Thursday, December 15 & 16:

Two days of Transform Margin workshops.

The Workshop structure will include invited talks to be followed by open discussion.

Friday, December 17:

Morning departure by bus for return to Vienna Airport. (Exact time TBD; likely 7:00 am)

For full workshop details and abstracts, please visit

Questions and concern specifically pertaining to the Transform Margins Workshop may be directed to Marína Matejová.

For complete workshop details and abstracts, please visit the Transform Margins Workshop website.

The workshop combines the results obtained by interdisciplinary groups from academia and oil industry in Europe, Asia and North America.

Structural, petrologic, volcanologic, geochemical, geophysical, sedimentological, oceanographic, biostratigraphic, paleogeographic reconstruction and thermochronological methods processing gravity, seismic, magnetic, geodetic, paleomagnetic, well, outcrop, piston core, thermal and dredging data combined with gravity/magnetic forward modeling, subsidence modeling, thermal maturity and heat flow history modeling and thermo-mechanical finite-element and finite-difference modeling are used to determine the tectonic, thermal, sedimentological and hydrocarbon models of different types of transform margins, including their relationship to neighbor magma-poor rifted margin segments, magma-rich margin segments, marginal plateaus and pull-apart margin segments.

Special emphasis is given to the difference between thermal and subsidence histories of transform margin and rifted margins. Natural examples used in the studies include Zenith-Wallaby-Perth transform, West Australia, Coromandal transform, East India, Romanche and St Paul transforms, Equatorial Africa, transform faults of the Western Myanmar, transform faults of the Caribbean plate, Agulhas-Falkland transform, Argentina and South Africa, De Geer transform, North Atlantic, Ascension and Kribi transforms, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Davie transform, Tanzania and Madagascar, Maldonado triple junction, Uruguay, Northern Demerara transform, Suriname and French Guyana transform.

The introduction discussing the mechanisms involved in tectonic and thermal evolution of transform margins and their controlling factors known so far will be followed by 19 papers subdivided into two sections. The smaller one will be devoted to rifted margin segments, with a focus on their thermal history and subsidence. The longer one will be devoted to transform margin segments with focus on their thermal history, subsidence, on top of their tectonic development, depositional history and evolution of hydrocarbon systems.