Southern East African Rift System Workshop: July 25-28, 2023 - Blantyre, Malawi


Just reposting for anyone interested in or who are working in the East Africa Rift, this could be a great opportunity to create partnerships and stronger ties for the community to Africa.


Dear colleagues,

We welcome you to apply to attend “The Southern East African Rift System Workshop”, an NSF-GeoPRISMS synthesis workshop that will bring together US, African and international scientists to synthesize recent scientific results on continental rifting in the southern East African Rift System (EARS), discuss future projects, and foster new collaborations. Over the past 10 years, a number of new scientific studies focused on the weakly extended and magma-poor southern part of the EARS have emerged that are providing new and surprising insights into the onset of continental breakup. We aim to bring together ~50 scientists from Africa, the US and elsewhere to share and synthesize the results of these recent studies to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of continental stretching and associated hazards in the southern part of the EARS. Contributions from scientists working on other parts of the EARS and other rifts globally are also encouraged. The four-day workshop will take place July 25-28, 2023 in Blantyre, Malawi, within the rift valley, including three days of scientific sessions and a one-day field trip.

Key workshop goals include:

• Showcasing recent research that has advanced our understanding of continental rifting in the EARS and other rifts worldwide.

• Strengthening interdisciplinary and international collaborations, and facilitating the formation of new collaborations, particularly for early-career scientists.

• Enhancing education and outreach of scientific results, and the implication of those results for regional hazards in East Africa.

We strongly encourage applications from students, postdocs, and early career scientists.

Funding: Thanks to support from the NSF GeoPRISMS program, there is no registration fee, and limited partial travel and lodging support will be available, with funding priority given to students, early career scientists, underrepresented groups in the geosciences, and African and US scientists.

Apply by March 15 at the workshop website ( for full consideration, and to indicate your funding needs. If interest exceeds capacity, career stage, research interest, inclusivity, and order of application submission may be used to select participants. Application results, and more information regarding logistics and the workshop agenda will be provided by April 15, 2023.

Organizing Committee:
Estella Atekwana (University of California, Davis)
Peter Barry (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Patrick Chindandali (Malawi Geological Survey Department)
Zuze Dulanya (University of Malawi)
James Gaherty (Northern Arizona University)
Donna Shillington (Northern Arizona University)