Analog Modeling of Tectonic Processes 2020 - Call for Application

Dear colleagues,

Analog Modeling of Tectonic Processes Workshop 2020 will be held at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, March 24-26, 2020.

Both analog and numerical modeling are valuable methods of understanding the world around us, frequently producing results that must be carefully reconciled, not only with field observations but with each other. The overarching aims of the Analog Modeling of Tectonic Processes Workshop, 2020, (hereafter AMTP 2020) are to a) continue to bring together the analog modeling community in the US and provide a forum for discussion and b) deliberately and thoughtfully provoke discussion of similar scenarios modeled by both analog and numerical techniques.

We envisage three key sessions, as listed below, as well as a hands-on session of teaching demonstrations, a poster session, and a session on new experimental techniques, as have been successful in the past. The three key sessions and associated questions are as follows:

  • Session 1 Strike slip scenarios: What can we learn from discussion of analog and numerical experiments of strike-slip scenarios?
  • Session 2 Fold-thrust belt scenarios: What can we learn from discussion of analog and numerical experiments of fold-thrust belt scenarios?
  • Session 3 Extensional apparatuses: What can we learn from discussion of analog and numerical experiments of extensional scenarios, with or without salt in the system?

We welcome expressions of interest from both analog and numerical modelers, with or without a desire to participate in a collaboration between the two styles of modeling. However, please note the different deadlines below.

All participants will be asked to submit short “interest” statements. Collaborative participants will further be asked to submit brief statements on experimental capabilities and motivation for collaboration. This information will be used to create suggested collaborations for the workshop. If there is an existing collaboration with an analog/numerical laboratory, please include this information and that existing partnership will be honored.

The workshop is supported by NSF funds and there is partial and full travel support available. Travel support will be allocated preferentially to students, post-doctoral researchers, members of underrepresented groups, early-career PIs and participants who are presenting in the education-related session and are willing to upload materials to the SERC website.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Apply online at


  • Cara Burberry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
  • Eunseo Choi, University of Memphis,


  • October 31, 2019 - Registration for collaborative participation
  • January 31, 2020 - Registration for general participation
  • March 1, 2020 - Abstracts for presentations of collaboration results