Kia Ora Welcome!

On behalf of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), the local organising committee warmly invites you to join us for the 22nd International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) to be held in New Zealand in 2026.

Welcome to Wellington,
the vibrant capital of New Zealand

Perched on the water’s edge at the southern end of the North Island and nestled between green hills and a sparkling harbour, Wellington is a little city with a big heart. 

Surrounded by nature and fuelled by creative energy, Wellington is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine.  With a vibrant arts scene, fabulous café and restaurant culture nestled round the stunning waterfront, it must be one of the easiest cities in the world to get around on foot. 

Wander through hidden laneways to discover street art and follow the sculpture walks along Wellington's waterfront. Discover the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand in world-class museums and galleries – the interactive and immersive national museum, Te Papa is a must-visit. Ride the iconic Wellington Cable Car for amazing views of the city while you enjoy an ice cream at the top. 

Immerse yourself in nature and explore by bike, foot, kayak, or ferry. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington's golden-sand inner-city beach, before walking the Southern Walkway trail to Wellington's rugged south coast. Venture north to explore the Remutaka Cycle Trail, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides, or the Escarpment Track, where you can experience spectacular views of the Kāpiti Coast as you scale steep steps, ridgelines, and swing bridges. 

Wellington enjoys more cafes, bars and restaurants than New York City, and its coffee and craft beer producers are internationally recognised. 

Welcome to Wellington; a creative, cosmopolitan city, which combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village. 

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Local Organising Committee

The core organising team at present comprises one individual from each university with a geoscience department and the two government organisations that have a geoscience focus.

  • Cliff Atkins. Senior lecturer with interests in polar (Antarctica) aeolian and glacio- marine sedimentation, terrestrial cold-based glaciers and the interaction with the landscape, and Paleogene to Quaternary New Zealand marine and terrestrial depositional environments. Victoria University, Wellington.
  • Kari Bassett. Senior lecturer specialising in sedimentology basin analysis, provenance analysis and geoarcheology. University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Andrew La Croix. Lecturer working on the integration of sedimentology, ichnology, and stratigraphy to study modern depositional environments and build analogues for deciphering the sedimentary record. University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • Mark Lawrence. Senior geologist with interests in fluvial-deltaic to shallow marine sedimentology – clastics and carbonates, sedimentological interpretation of borehole images and conventional wireline data, ichnology and inorganic sedimentary geochemistry. GNS Science, Lower Hutt.
  • Karoly Nemeth. Professor of Geology specialising in volcano-sedimentology, crater lakes, geoheritage, and geoconservation. Massey University, Palmerston North. Senior Researcher at the Institute of Earth Physics and Space Science, Sopron, Hungary, and Research Scientist at the Saudi Geological Survey, Jedda, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Scott Nodder. Principal scientist specialising in marine geology, biogeochemistry and sedimentology. National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington.
  • Lorna Strachan. Senior lecturer with a research focus on deep marine sedimentary processes on submarine slopes, which combines field and seismic data with experimental modelling, with an emphasis on how gravity flows on slopes move. University of Auckland, Auckland.
Volcaniclastic sediments, Rangipo, North Island, New Zealand
Volcaniclastic sediments, Rangipo, North Island, New Zealand
Limestone, Te Kaukau Point, Wairarapa coast, North Island, New Zealand
Limestone, Te Kaukau Point, Wairarapa coast, North Island, New Zealand
Tasman River, inland Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Tasman River, inland Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand