Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews (Springer) is the official journal of MedGU. Only a few High-quality papers from MedGU-22 will be published in this journal.

All presenting authors will be invited to submit to the special issues. See the full list of our partner journals (Springer) on Publications.
  • Registration deadline extended: 30 September 2022.
  • Deadline to submit (optional, not mandatory) an extended abstract (max. 4 pages) for publication in the proceedings by Springer (indexed in Scopus / SCImago): 15 October 2022.
  • Even though we hope the global public health pandemic will improve between now and November, we will be applying the strictest safety standards possible at the congress center during the event.
  • If you have been selected (i.e. short abstract accepted), we will contact you on 1 September 2022 to check whether you want to attend the conference in person and present your work to the audience directly or if you would prefer to make your presentation online.
  • You will have until 15 September 2022 to decide on the type of presentation (in-person or online).
  • Before doing any trip planning, be sure to check the on travel restrictions to Morocco (see Travel to Morocco).
  • Thank you for your great interest in joining MedGU-22 in November!


  • MedGU-21 was organized in-person and online this November 2021 in Istanbul.
  • 450+ scientists from over 90 countries have attended the meeting.
  • 200+ participants attended in-person in Istanbul and 250+ participated online.
  • MedGU-21 used Zoom webinar for all in-person and online sessions.
  • For more information, consult the conference program.

ASTI Book Series (Springer/IEREK) is the official series of MedGU. See Publications for more details.

Proceedings of MedGU

  • The proceedings of MedGU-22 will be published in the Springer ASTI series which is indexed in Scopus / SCImago.
  • Publishing in ASTI series also qualifies the MedGU-22 proceedings to be selected for indexation in the Web of Science.

Proceedings of related conferences

About MedGU

Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU)

Steps towards the creation of a Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU)

Mediterranean Geosciences Union (MedGU) aims to create a unique federation that brings together and represents the Mediterranean geoscience community specializing in the areas of Earth, planetary and space sciences.

MedGU will be structured along the lines of AGU (American Geophysical Union) and EGU (European Geosciences Union).

The plan is to establish a large organization for the Mediterranean region that is more influential than any one local geoscience society with the objective of fostering fundamental geoscience research, as well as applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges.

MedGU’s overarching vision is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable future for humanity and for the planet.

The creation of this union will give the Earth sciences more influence in policy-making and in the implementation of solutions to preserve the natural environment and to create more sustainable societies for the people living in the Mediterranean region. It is hoped that the union will also provide opportunities to Mediterranean geoscientists to undertake interdisciplinary collaborative research. MedGU plans to recognize the work of the most active geoscientists with a number of awards and medals.

Although MedGU has not yet been officially inaugurated, its first annual meeting was organized in November 2022 in Istanbul (MedGU-21). This has provided a forum to achieve a consensus for the formation of this non-profit international union of geoscientists. Membership will be open to individuals who have a professional engagement with the Earth, planetary and space sciences and related studies, including students and retired seniors.

Nabil Khélifi (MedGU Founder, Germany) and Attila Çiner (MedGU Interim President, Turkey) in collaboration with Abdelaziz Mridekh (MedGU-22 Local Chair, Morocco) have taken an ambitious approach to the launch of the second MedGU Annual Meeting 2022 and hope to develop it in the near future into the largest international geoscience event in the Mediterranean and the broader MENA region. Its mission is to support geoscientists based in this region by establishing a Global Geoscience Congress.

It is expected that hundreds of participants from all over the world will attend this second MedGU Annual Meeting 2022, making it one of the largest and most prominent geosciences event in the region. So far, over 1300 abstracts have been submitted from 95 countries. The meeting’s sessions will cover a wide range of topics with more details available on the Conference Tracks.

This second 2022 Annual Meeting will have a "hybrid" format, with both in-person and virtual participation. Springer, its official partner, will publish the proceedings in a book series (indexed in Scopus) as well as a number of special issues in diverse scientific journals (for more details, see Publications). The official journal of MedGU is Mediterranean Geoscience Reviews (Springer).

MedGU Founder

"We want to establish a large influential organization for the Mediterranean region with the objective of fostering fundamental and applied geoscience research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges"

In recent years, as in-house Editor for Springer for the Middle East and Africa, I have had the opportunity to meet many successful geoscientists from the region and I have come to realize how difficult it is for many of them to travel to international conferences to show their work and build collaborations. It is my belief that a large event organized through a single federation representing the geoscience community around the Mediterranean and in the broader MENA region could be of enormous benefit.

Nabil Khélifi

Senior Editor, Springer
MedGU Founder
MedGU-22 Supervisor

MedGU (Interim) President

Attila Çiner

Professor, Istanbul Technical University
MedGU (Interim) President
MedGU-22 Chair
"The creation of this union will give the Earth sciences more influence in policy-making and in the implementation of solutions for more sustainable societies in the Mediterranean region"

We aim to create a unique federation that brings together the Mediterranean geoscience community. MedGU’s overarching vision is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable future for the people living in the Mediterranean region. It is hoped that the union will provide opportunities to Mediterranean geoscientists to undertake interdisciplinary collaborative research. 



Conference Tracks

The scientific committee of the MedGU invites research papers on all cross-cutting themes of Earth sciences, with a main focus on the following 16 conference tracks:

  • Track 1. Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Climatology, Oceanography
    Chair(s): Zhihua Zhang (China), Nabil Khelifi (Germany)
  • Track 2. Biogeochemistry, Geobiology, Geoecology, Geoagronomy
    Chair(s): Haroun Chenchouni (Algeria)
  • Track 3. Earthquake Seismology and Geodesy
    Chair(s): Mourad Bezzeghoud (Portugal), Klaus Günter Hinzen (Germany), Luca Gasperini (Italy), Alina Polonia (Italy), Mustapha Meghraoui (France), Mehdi Eshagh (Sweden)
  • Track 4. Environmental Earth Sciences
    Chair(s): Amjad Kallel (Tunisia), Md Firoz Khan (Malaysia), Rahim Barzegar (Canada), Komali Kantamaneni (UK)
  • Track 5. Applied & Theoretical Geophysics
    Chair(s): Cesare Comina (Italy), Arkoprovo Biswas (India), Mourad Bezzeghoud (Portugal), Luca Gasperini (Italy)
  • Track 6. Geo-Informatics and Remote Sensing
    Chair(s): Mustafa Üstüner (Turkey), Hesham El-Askary (USA), Muhammad Al-Amin Hoque (Bangladesh)
  • Track 7. Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology
    Chair(s): Domenico Doronzo (Spain), Federico Lucci (Italy)
  • Track 8. Geological Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
    Chair(s): Zeynal Abiddin Ergüler (Turkey)
  • Track 9. Geomorphology, Geography, Soil Science, Glaciology, Geoarchaeology, Geoheritage
    Chair(s): Jesús Rodrigo-Comino (Spain), Attila Çiner (Turkey)
  • Track 10. Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Hydrochemistry
    Chair(s): Helder Chaminé (Portugal), Imran Ali (India), Mingjie Chen (Oman), Tajudeen M. Iwalewa (USA)
  • Track 11. Marine Geosciences, Historical Geology, Paleoceanography, Paleoclimatology
    Chair(s): Attila Çiner (Turkey)
  • Track 12. Numerical and Analytical Methods in Mining Sciences and Geomechanics
    Chair(s): Murat Karakus (Australia), Ali Karrech (Australia)
  • Track 13. Petroleum and Energy Sciences and Engineering
    Chair(s): Santanu Banerjee (India)
  • Track 14. Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleontology, Geochronology
    Chair(s): Attila Çiner (Turkey)
  • Track 15. Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics, Petroleum Geology
    Chair(s): Ahmed Radwan (Poland), Afroz Ahmad Shah (Singapore), Wilfried Bauer (Oman), Zakaria Hamimi (Egypt)
  • Track 16. Special Session on Astrogeology, Impact Craters and Meteorites
    Chair(s): Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane (Morocco), Vinciane Debaille (Belgium)
  • Track 17. Special Session on climate and sea-level change during the Cenomanian-Turonian Anoxic Event: Synthesis of sedimentological, micropaleontological and geochemical records
    Chair(s): Ann Holbourn (Germany), El Hassane Chellai (Morocco), Wolfgang Kuhnt (Germany)
  • Track 18. Special Session on hydrogeological and climatic risks, their management and the effect of climate change on groundwater quality
    Chair(s): Maurizio Barbieri (Italy), Matteo Gentilucci (Italy), Gilberto Pambianchi (Italy)