Senckenberg Forschung

Final Meeting IGCP 497/499

20th International Senckenberg-Conference & 2nd Geinitz-Conference




Final meeting of IGCP 497 and IGCP 499, September 30 – October 10, 2008 
  20th International Senckenberg-Conference & 2nd Geinitz-Conference 

The conference “From Gondwana and Laurussia to Pangaea: Dynamics of Oceans and Supercontinents” was a joint meeting of the IGCP 497 “The Rheic Ocean: “Its Origin, Evolution and Correlatives” and IGCP 499 Devonian Land-sea interactions: evolution of ecosystems and climate” DEVEC). The conference was hosted by Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main and Museum für Mineralogie und Geologie, Dresden”, Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (SNG), Frankfurt am Main.

The IGCP is a cooperative enterprise of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and has been stimulating comparative studies in the Earth Sciences since 1972. After three decades of successful work, the "International Geological Correlation Programme" continued, as "International Geoscience Programme". To date, results have been made by a huge number of scientists around the world with about 500 projects.
IGCP provides several thousands of scientists from about 150 countries with a multi-discipline platform to exchange knowledge and methodology on geological problems of global importance. Special focus is given to projects related to a safer environment, the relationship between natural geological factors and health problems, biodiversity, climate change, mineral and groundwater resources extraction. IGCP promotes collaborative projects with a special emphasis on the benefit provided to society, capacity-building and the advancement and sharing of knowledge between developed and developing nations.