International Lithosphere Program (ILP)

The International Lithosphere Program (ILP) seeks to elucidate the nature, dynamics, origin and evolution of the lithosphere through international, multidisciplinary geoscience research projects and coordinating committees. The ILP is charged with promoting multidisciplinary research projects of interest to both the geological (International Union of Geological Sciences, IUGS) and geophysical (IUGG) communities. The ILP seeks to achieve a fine balance between: "addressing societal needs", e.g. understanding natural catastrophes and other solid earth processes that affect the biosphere, providing information for improved resource exploration and environmental protection; and "satisfying scientific curiosity". The ILP was established in 1980 by the International Council for Science (ISC) at the request of the and the IUGG and IUGS. Since 2006 ILP is a joint Program of the Unions.

ILP Awards

Evgueni Burov Medal

In honour of Evgueni Burov, the International Lithosphere Program (ILP) established a medal recognising pioneering contributions by mid-career scientists. The aim of the Evgueni Burov Medal is to promote high class solid Earth science in combination with community service.

Flinn-Hart Award

The Flinn-Hart Award is presented by the ILP Bureau to an outstanding young scientist for contributions to the solid earth sciences covered by ILP. It consists of a travel grant and a citation, and aims to encourage the participation of promising young scientists in the Program.

The nomination guidelines and more information can be found here.