Senckenberg Forschung


SDS/IGCP 596 – Russia, July 20 – August, 10, 2011


 SDS/IGCP 596 Russia

The joint SDS/IGCP 596 meeting “Middle-Upper Devonian and Lower Carboniferous Biostratigraphy of south Urals and Kuznetsk Basin” took place in Russia (Ufa, Novosibirsk, July 20 – August 10, 2011) and was organized by our Russian colleagues and the International Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (SDS).  In the frame of the conference two field meetings took place with a special focus on sequences in the southern Urals and in the Salair and Kuznetsk Basin. The subjects emphasized were:

  • Facies and biodiversity of marine Middle to Upper Devonian and Lower Carboniferous sections
  • Global events and sea-level changes (T-R cycles)
  • Regional and global correlation

3rd circular pdf


8th Baltic Stratigraphic Conference, Riga, Latvia,  August 28.-30., 2011


Logo Baltic 2011

The 8th Baltic Stratigraphical Conference, organized under auspices of the Baltic Stratigraphic Association jointly by the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Latvia, North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, and Natural History Museum of Latvia, was held in Riga on 28 - 30 August 2011. Field excursion to the most attractive sites of the pre-Quaternary and Quaternary rocks including the first Geopark of Latvia took place on 31 August and 1 September 2011.

8th Baltic Stratigraphical Conference - 3rd Circular pdf-file


Opening meeting, Graz, Austria September 19.-24, 2011



The recently started project IGCP 596 focuses on Mid-Paleozoic climate and biodiversity. As one of the most intensely studied periods the Mid-Paleozoic conforms to an interval of dynamic long-term climate change which was accompanied by substantial variations in biodiversity.

Within the frame of the Opening Meeting, we discussed the “state-of-the-art” of biodiversity during the Devonian and Carboniferous. Such a summary of the presently known record of all kinds of different fossil groups will serve as basis for revision or further identification of terrestrial and marine taxa, and shall help to clarify links between specific biodiversity patterns and climate change in subsequent project years. Groups distinctive for different ecosystems, especially indicating terrestrial, neritic and pelagic marine environments, are land plants, phytoplankton, foraminifers, sponges, corals, arthropods, cephalopods, echinoderms, brachiopods, bryozoans, conodonts, fishes and others. In addition we also invite participants to enhance the discussion with contributions regarding Mid-Paleozoic climate change, paleoclimate models and related topics.

On behalf of the IGCP 596 leaders and the organizing committee of the Opening Meeting, we thank all participants who came to Graz!

Opening meeting Graz IGCP 596 - conference programme of the meeting

Opening meeting Graz IGCP 596 - 1st Circular pdf-file


Report - Fieldworkshop


WCPS, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, November 28 – December 2, 2011



This conference was organized by the Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources (NRIP), Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Department of Mineral Fuels, and Changwat Nakhon Ratchasima in cooperation with other national and international institutions, and the UNESCO/IGCP 596.
All aspects of paleontology and stratigraphy were presented in parallel sessions. Another focus was to strengthen cooperation between Southeast Asia and other countries. The conference was organized as a joint meeting with the recently accepted IGCP 596 on “Climate change and biodiversity patterns in Mid-Paleozoic (Early Devonian to Early Carboniferous)”

Conference Programme