The Red Sea is a unique natural laboratory for studying how tectonic plates break up and how the transition from continental extension to seafloor spreading occurs. Along with the breakup come other geologic processes, such as basin subsidence, shoulder uplift, magmatism, rift and passive margin sedimentation, and the development of a major salt basin. The active tectonism in the Red Sea causes volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, submarine slides and even tsunamis that may pose risks to coastal communities. However, the Red Sea also contains hydrocarbon, geothermal, and mineral resources that could be exploited for the benefit of society.

Several international geoscientific projects have focused on the Red Sea as have hydrocarbon exploration activities. Geoscientific research at KAUST has been steadily increasing covering its structure, sediments, geohazards, brine pools and resources. These activities have brought new data and ideas so time is ripe for a conference to report on new results and discuss outstanding challenges by bringing together local and international experts on Red Sea geoscience.

The conference will be held at KAUST on March 9-12, 2020 and will include a series of topical oral sessions, a poster session, discussions, as well as a social program. In addition, following the conference we will offer a one-day field excursion to interesting locations near KAUST. More specifically, the key topics of the Red Sea conference include:

● Rift evolution and basement tectonics

● Rift Structures and stratigraphy

● Salt tectonics and cold brine deeps

● Volcanic and hydrothermal activity

● Gulf of Aqaba and other transform faults