Project News

Dec 16, 2014 by Steve Leslie

12th ISOS: Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 8-11, 2015

Registration and full details at: http://www.jmu.edu/2015ISOS
Deadline for registration, abstracts, and Payment: MARCH 1, 2015.

The 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System will be hosted in on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, June 8-11, 2015.

The scientific sessions in Harrisonburg will be preceded and followed by geological excursions to study the Ordovician successions of Appalachian Mountain of the Eastern US., a field excursion is also planned for the Ordovician carbonate and siliciclastic deposits of Oklahoma (site of the Katian GSSP), and a field excursion is planned for the spectacular succession of dark shale in Idaho. The 5 field trips are described in more detail on conference website.

Themes for the 12th ISOS include Ordovician climate, isotope stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, regional stratigraphy, paleoecology and paleobiogeography, and we welcome contributions on all aspects of Ordovician geology.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for registration, abstracts, and Payment MARCH 1, 2015
  • Deadline for booking accomodations at JMU APRIL 1, 2015
  • Pre-meeting Field Trips JUNE 3-7, 2014
  • Technical Sessions and Conference Field Trip JUNE 8,9,11, 2015
  • Post-Meeting Field Trips JUNE 12-17/18
  • Deadline for short papers for the special issue of Stratigraphy AUGUST 1, 2015

We look forward to seeing you in Virginia in 2015!

Steve Leslie and Dan Goldman
On behalf of the organizing committee

November 16, 2014 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 Winter Report 2014-2015

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IGCP Project 591 ended another successful year in Project Year 4 (2014) and thanks to everyone for making this another great year! Three IGCP 591 publications will appear in peer-reviewed journals from events this year and more than 200 pages of field guides were produced. The special volume from the 2013 annual meeting is now available in GFF (v.136, n.1, p. 1-340), the special volume from this year’s annual meeting (2014) is coming along well and will be published in two parts in December 2014 and March 2015 in Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, and a special volume of Palaeoworld is in preparation following the IGCP 591 regional field meeting in Kunming, China. The field guide from the annual meeting in Tartu is available online, and a link to the field guides from the Kunming meeting will be available soon in the conference volumes section of our website. We thank everyone who contributed to these volumes and helped in their review, editing, and publication!

Project Year 4 included IGCP 591 events in four countries and began at the end of May with our first public policy symposium in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. The annual meeting in Tartu, Estonia, in June was another joint event with the International Subcommissions on Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian Stratigraphy (ISCS, ISOS, ISSS) and included lower Paleozoic field trips throughout Estonia. IGCP 591 participated with four other IGCP projects (574, 597, 628) in the Gondwana 15 meeting in July held in Madrid, Spain. Events for the year concluded with the 2014 Regional Field Meeting was held in Kunming, China, in August, and included field trips throughout southwest China, including a mid-meeting field trip to the world-famous Chengjiang Biota locality and museum.

In total, IGCP Project 591 collaborated with a wide range of geological organization this year, including:
Environmental Investment Centre (KIK), Geological Society of Spain, Geological Survey of Estonia, IGCP Project 574, IGCP Project 597, IGCP Project 628, Institute of Geosciences IGEO (CSIC, UCM), International Association of Gondwana Research, International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy (ISCS), International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS), International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy (ISSS), National Natural Science Foundation of China, Spanish Geological Survey – IGME, State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy – Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology – Chinese Academy of Sciences, Superior School of Mining Engineering of Madrid, Tallinn University of Technology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Iowa, University of Tartu, Yunnan University.

Details for the major events in 2015 are already posted on the website under ‘Upcoming Meetings’ so please mark your calendars early. At present, we have three IGCP 591 events scheduled for 2015, but are always happy to include more, so please email us if you are interested in IGCP 591 being involved in your meetings or field trips. The 12th International Symposium on the Ordovician System will be held June 3rd-17th, 2015, in Harrisonburg, Virginia; The IGCP 591 5th Annual Meeting will be held July 4th-17th in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; and the Rise of Animal Life (RALI) Meeting will be the IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting and will be held October 5th-9th in Marrakesh, Morocco. We hope to see you at one of the events in 2015!

On behalf of IGCP 591
Brad Cramer

August, 2014

IGCP 591 Regional Meeting, August 18-28, 2014, Kunming, China

IGCP591 Field Workshop
June 13, 2014 by Olle Hints

IGCP 591 4th Annual Meeting, June 10-19, 2014, Estonia


The pre-conference excursion on June 10-12, was attended by 53 people from 18 countries (click the photo for full resolution file).
June 8, 2014 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 Summer Report 2014

IGCP Project 591 was approved this spring to continue with Project Year 4 (2014)! Three IGCP 591-related events are scheduled for 2014 including activities in the United States, Estonia, and China. The first IGCP 591 Public Policy Workshop was held May 31st and June 1st on the campus of the University of Iowa, the 4th Annual Meeting will take place June 10th-19th in Tartu, Estonia, and the 2014 IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting will take place August 12th-21st in Kunming, China. The 3rd Annual Meeting of IGCP 591 in 2013 was a joint meeting with the International Subcommissions on Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian Stratigraphy (ISCS, ISOS, ISSS), and was such a success that the three subcommissions are all meeting jointly again at the IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting in Kunming this year (2014).

The 4th Annual Meeting in Tartu, Estonia, will be the first time the international lower Paleozoic community has returned to Estonia in nearly 20 years! The program for the meeting includes a pre-meeting field trip to the Ordovician succession of northern and central Estonia as well as a post-meeting field trip to the Silurian succession of the island of Saaremaa as well as central and western mainland Estonia. The meeting is co-sponsored by the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology, the Geological Survey of Estonia, and the Geological Society of Estonia.

The 2014 Regional Field Meeting in Kunming will be held on the campus of Yunnan University and is a joint meeting with the ISCS, ISOS, and ISSS. Activities include two days of presentations, a mid-conference field excursion to see the world famous Chengjiang Biota locality, and a post-meeting field excursion to northeastern and western Yunnan Province.

The papers submitted following the 3rd Annual Meeting in Lund, Sweden, are now nearly all available either in print or online in their special volume of GFF (linked here), and there are two special volumes planned for this year’s activities. The first is a special volume in Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences (see call for papers below) following the 4th Annual Meeting in Tartu, and the second is a special volume of Palaeoworld (see call for papers below) following the 2014 Regional Field Meeting in Kunming.

Details for the major events in 2014 are already posted on the website under ‘Upcoming Meetings’ and many events in 2015 are posted as well, so please mark your calendars early. At present, we have two IGCP 591 events scheduled for 2015, but are always happy to include more, so please email us if you are interested in IGCP 591 being involved in your meetings or field trips.

We hope to see you at one of the events in 2014!

On behalf of IGCP 591
Brad Cramer

May 10, 2014 by Olle Hints

Call for papers: Special issue in Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences

The 4th Annual Meeting of the IGCP Project 591 will be held in Estonia on June 10-19, 2014. A thematic conference volume will be published as a special issue of the Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, guest edited by co-leaders of IGCP 591 Kathleen Histon and Živilė Žigaitė.

We invite participants of the meeting to submit short papers on their research for the special issue. However, thematic contributions from those not attending the meeting are also welcome. All manuscripts will be subject to regular peer-review. The length of each paper is limited to four printed pages (c. 22000 characters incl. spaces). For instructions for authors and more information about the journal see eap.ee/earthsciences.

March 7, 2014 by Olle Hints

IGCP 591 Annual Meeting 2014, Estonia: Deadlines extended

New (and final) deadline for registration, payments and abstracts: March 31st, 2014.

Full details on Meeting website

Download Second Circular and Registration form.
There are few places left on excursions, please register ASAP if interested.
February 13, 2014 by Zhan Renbin

IGCP 591 Field Workshop 2014, Kunming, China: Second Circular available

For full details download the Second Circular.

The 2014 Field Workshop of IGCP 591, to be held jointly with ISSS, ISOS and ISCS, will be hosted at the Yunnan University in Kunming (SW China), August 12-21, 2014. Its formal theme is ―Geologic and biotic events and their relationships during the Early to Middle Paleozoic, however, the workshop will not be limited to these topics.

The Workshop will include two days of scientific sessions, an one-day trip to the Chengjiang Biota site (mid-conference field excursion), and a 6-day post-conference field excursion to investigate the Lower Paleozoic successions and fossils in northeastern Yunnan Province (western South China paleoplate) and western Yunnan Province (Indo-China and Sibumasu paleoplates).

The meeting is being organized jointly by the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology (Yunnan University), with financial support from the State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (LPS), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and IGCP 591.

Welcome to Kunming, China in 2014!

ZHAN Renbin, HOU Xianguang and ZHANG Yuandong on behalf of the Organization Committee

January 9, 2014 by Olle Hints

4th Annual Meeting – Second Circular and Registration
June 10-19, 2014, Estonia

Conference website: http://igcp591.org/2014

Second Circular and updated Registration form are now available.
For field excursions please register ASAP as the number of places is limited.

January 9, 2014 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 – Winter Report 2014

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IGCP Project 591 finished off Project Year 3 (2013) in great fashion and thanks to everyone for making this one of our best years yet! A total of four major IGCP 591 publications were produced this year including special volumes in three international journals: Stratigraphy (v. 10, n.4); Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (v. 389); and Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists (Siluro-Devonian Studies 2, Memoir 44). In addition, the field guide from the 3rd Annual Meeting of IGCP 591 was published by the Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU – Geological Survey of Sweden, Rapporter och meddelanden, v. 133), and a link is available in the conference volumes section of our website. We thank everyone who contributed to these volumes and to all who helped in their review, editing, and publication!

Project Year 3 included IGCP 591 events in four countries and began in June with the 3rd Annual Meeting in Lund, Sweden. This meeting was a joint event with the International Subcommissions on Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian Stratigraphy (ISCS, ISOS, ISSS) and represented the first time in several decades that all three subcommissions held their annual events together. As a result, more than 200 participants took part in that meeting from 23 countries. Two IGCP events took place in July, beginning with the IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting attached to the 3rd Annual International Conodont Symposium in Mendoza, Argentina, in addition to an IGCP 591 session held at STRATI 2013 (the 1st International Congress on Stratigraphy), Lisbon, Portugal. The annual events were finished off with an IGCP 591 session at the 125th Annual Geological Society of America National Meeting in Denver, USA.

In total, IGCP Project 591 collaborated with a wide range of geological organization this year, including: Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Asociación Paleontológica Argentina, Asociación Geológica Argentina, Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, CONICET, Geological Society of America, International Palaentological Association, International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy (ISCS), International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS), International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy (ISSS), Lund University, Palaeontological Association, Paleontological Society, Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning, FCEFyN - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Vetenskapsrädet.

Details for the major events in 2014 are already posted on the website under ‘Upcoming Meetings’ so please mark your calendars early. At present, we have three IGCP 591 events scheduled for 2014, but are always happy to include more, so please email us if you are interested in IGCP 591 being involved in your meetings or field trips. The first IGCP 591 Public Policy Symposium (Who Will Build the 21st Century?) will be held May 30th – June 1st in Iowa City, Iowa; the IGCP 591 4th Annual Meeting will be held June 10th-19th in Tartu, Estonia; and the IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting will be held August 18th-28th in Kunming, China.

We hope to see you at one of the events in 2014!

On behalf of IGCP 591
Brad Cramer

May 13, 2013 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 – Spring Report 2013

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IGCP Project 591 was approved this spring to continue with Project Year 3 (2013)! A total of four IGCP 591-related events are scheduled for 2013 including activities in Sweden, Argentina, Portugal, and the United States. The IGCP 591 3rd Annual Meeting will take place June 9th-19th in Lund, Sweden, and will be a joint meeting with the International Subcommissions on Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian Stratigraphy (ISCS, ISOS, ISSS). This will be the first time in many years that the three lower Paleozoic subcommissions have met jointly at a topical symposium, and the meeting is co-sponsored by the Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (SGU), the Vetenskapsrädet (VR), and Lund University.

The IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting for 2013 will take place July 8th-25th in Mendoza, Argentina, as part of the 3rd International Conodont Symposium (ICOS), which is co-sponsored by the Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Asociación Paleontológica Argentina, Asociación Geológica Argentina, CONICET, Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, International Palaentological Association, International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), IGCP 591, FCEFyN - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Universidad Nacional de San Juan.

IGCP 591 is sponsoring symposia sessions at two additional meetings in 2013. The first will take place at the 1st International Congress on Stratigraphy in Lisbon, Portugal, July 1st-7th, and the session is titled ‘Chemostratigraphy vs. Biostratigraphy: Reuniting micropaleontology and geochemistry’. In addition, a session titled ‘Biological and environmental feedbacks in the colonization of the water column (Topical Session - T236)’, will be held at the 125th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, CO, USA, Oct. 27th-30th. This topical session is co-sponsored by the Paleontological Society and the Palaeontological Association.

The special volume from the IGCP 591 1st Annual Meeting in Ludlow, England, was published as the final issue of Bulletin of Geosciences, v. 87, for the year 2012, and is now available online. In addition, the pre- and post-meeting field trip guidebooks from the 2nd Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2012, are now available in ‘Conference Volumes’. The special volume in Stratigraphy, arising from the IGCP 591 2nd Annual meeting, and the special volume in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeocology, arising from the International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia, are both currently in review and progressing nicely. Finally, the special volume planned for the results of the IGCP 591 3rd Annual Meeting this year in Lund, Sweden, will be published in the Swedish journal GFF.

Details for the major events in 2014 are already posted on the website under ‘Upcoming Meetings’ so please mark your calendars early. The IGCP 591 4th Annual Meeting will be held June 10th-19th in Tartu, Estonia, and the IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting will be held August 18th-28th in Kunming, China.

We hope to see you at one of the events in 2013!

On behalf of IGCP 591
Brad Cramer

April 30, 2013 by Thijs Vandenbroucke

IGCP591 session at GSA Meeting, Denver, Oct. 27-30, 2013

Mark Williams, Brad Cramer and Thijs Vandenbroucke are convening a session at GSA 2013 meeting in Denver (27–30 October 2013). The session Biological and environmental feedbacks in the colonization of the water column (T236) is sponsored by the Palaeontological Association (Palass.org), The Paleontological Society and IGCP 591 (igcp591.org). We would like to invite you to submit an abstract to this session. On-line abstract submission is now open and closes on August 6th.

March 28, 2013 by Mikael Calner

GFF call for papers:
Special issue "Early Palaeozoic Global Change"

Latest developments in Early Palaeozoic stratigraphy, palaeontology and sedimentology and its implications for studies of Earth’s early climate, sea-level and biodiversity.

The International Geoscience Programme Project 591 (IGCP 591) meet in Lund, Sweden, between June 9-19 for its annual meeting 2013. The meeting is joint with the annual meetings of the Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian subcommissions on stratigraphy. For the first time in many years, the entire Lower Palaeozoic research community is assembled, opening for new collaborations and new cross-disciplinary research paths. We invite and encourage participants to publish a short paper (four printed pages) in the Special Issue Early Palaeozoic Global Change, to be published in the peer-reviewed, geoscientific journal GFF, a Scandinavian Journal of Earth Sciences. The volume will be available online with free download for all participants of the meeting.

The volume will be guest-edited by: Mikael Calner, Oliver Lehnert, Guillermo L. Albanesi, Loren E. Babcock, David A.T. Harper and Michael Melchin.

Submit your papers online via: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgff

Deadline for manuscript submission: 5th June 2013 For more information on this journal including further submissions details, click on the ‘Authors and Submissions’ tab at www.tandfonline.com/sgff

There is a strict limit to publish not more than four printed pages. One GFF page is 1000 words. Make sure to subtract for figures. Colour figures are free of charge in the online version of your publication. If you wish to publish colour-figures in the printed version, please contact the GFF Editor-in-Chief (Mikael Calner; mikael.calner@geol.lu.se)

March 4, 2013 by Olle Hints

2014 meetings - circulars available

First circulars for two IGCP 591 meetings to be held in 2014 are now available:

November 10, 2012 by Mikael Calner

2013 Annual Meeting – Second Circular available

Download the Second Circular or check additional details in the upcoming meetings page.

Schedule of the 2013 Lund Meeting. Check the Second Circular for details.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAYMENT: When you register at the Lund University website (linked from the second circular), you can only pay in the Swedish domestic currency ‘Kronor’ (SEK). The prices that we have distributed was in USD however. Below are the prices you should use, translated from USD to SEK at the rate of exchange on January 1st 2013 (Forex Bank) and rounded to the nearest 100’s.

Also, make sure to do the following to be able to transfer the money correct:
In the scroll list named ‘Event’ please chose ‘IGCP 591 Annual Meeting 2013 Lund’
Under ‘Remittance information’, please give your own name (again)

  • Registration fee = 1400 SEK (Swedish Kronor)
  • Field Trip (senior) = 7000 SEK (Swedish Kronor)
  • Field Trip (PhD) = 4900 SEK (Swedish Kronor)

September 10, 2012 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 – Fall Report 2012

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IGCP Project 591 had another banner year in Project Year Two (PY2) with four sponsored events on three continents. We are now over the 400 participant mark and still growing! Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far and we hope to continue to add to the list of lower Paleozoic researchers from around the world. In 2012, we were able to provide support for 28 IGCP 591 participants, nearly all of whom were students, early career researchers, from developing countries, or some combination thereof. The participation of organizations such as the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and the Dry Dredgers (a regional amateur geology organization) at the 2nd Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA were greatly appreciated and helped make this year’s annual meeting a resounding success. Details are already available for next year’s annual meeting in Lund, Sweden, (see upcoming meetings) and we hope to see you all there!

Austria – United States – Australia
IGCP 591 Annual Meeting 2012 field trip
Participants of the Annual Meeting 2012 in Thornton Quarry, Illinois.

Project Year 2 kicked off with simultaneous IGCP 591 sponsored events in Austria and the United States. Both were sponsored sessions held at larger meetings. Sessions held at the EGU meeting in Vienna, Austria, and the GSA North Central meeting in Dayton, Ohio, USA, began project year 2 with events held in April. The annual meeting this year was in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, in July at the University of Cincinnati. The 2nd Annual Meeting and 1st Foerste Symposium featured five days of field trips across the US Midcontinent in addition to two days of presentations and posters. The final event for the year was recently completed at the International Geological Congress (IGC) held in Brisbane, Australia. An IGCP 591 sponsored session at that event closed out the proceedings for Project Year 2. In total, nearly 200 people attended an IGCP 591 sponsored event this year!

Current Events
The Special Volume from Project Year 1 (2011) will soon be published in the Bulletin of Geosciences. We thank everyone who contributed to the volume and look forward to its publication in the final few months of this year (2012). The annual special volume for Project Year 2 (2012) is now accepting manuscripts and will be published in Stratigraphy. When submitting a manuscript to this volume, please be sure to select the ‘IGCP 591 special volume’ when beginning the submission process. Anyone is free to submit to this special volume whether or not they attended the meeting in Cincinnati. In addition, a special volume in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, arising from the session held in Brisbane at the IGC is in the works. Details about the submission process for that volume will be posted on this website as they become available. Lastly, the abstract volume and extensive field guides from this year’s annual meeting in Cincinnati will soon be available online in the Meetings (Conference Volumes) section of this website. As we draw nearer the end of the calendar year, I will be sending a request to all participants to provide a list of all papers and abstracts in which you have listed IGCP 591 in the acknowledgements. This information is critical for us to show the IUGS and UNESCO that we are an active and engaged project that is worth funding for a third year!

Thanks again to everyone who participated this year and I hope to see you all in Lund, Sweden, or Mendoza, Argentina, next year at an IGCP 591 event!

May 18, 2012 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 – Spring Report 2012

IGCP 591 was approved in April to continue with Project Year 2 (2012)! Two regional events have already taken place this year: An IGCP 591 sponsored session at the EGU meeting in Vienna, Austria, as well as a sponsored session and field trip at the GSA North Central meeting in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Both events were productive regional events for IGCP 591 and helped set the table for events yet to come later this year. The two large events for 2012 include the 2nd Annual Meeting and 1st Foerste Symposium to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in July, in addition to a sponsored session at the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Brisbane, Australia, in August. Details of the upcoming meetings are available at the UPCOMING MEETINGS SECTION on this website. The annual meeting this year in Cincinnati will include field trips to the Appalachian Basin as well as the Illinois Basin of the US midcontinent in addition to two days of scientific sessions. The first public demonstration of the Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP), a technological component of IGCP 591, will take place during the pre-meeting field trip in Cincinnati and further details of the progress of DISP will be posted on this website when available. We are all looking forward to seeing you at one of the remaining events this year!

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we have also posted the first circular for the two major events taking place next year associated with IGCP 591. The Annual Meeting for next year (2013) will take place in Lund, Sweden, and will be a joint meeting with the Cambrian, Ordovician, and Silurian Subcommisions (ISCS, ISOS, ISSS). In addition, the 3rd International Conodont Symposium to be held in Mendoza, Argentina, will serve as an IGCP 591 Regional Field Meeting, and details for both meetings are available on this website. We hope to see many of you this year in either Cincinnati or Brisbane, and we also hope to see you again in Lund or Mendoza next year. We are now well over 400 participants during the life of IGCP 591, and we continue to grow! The participant list has just been updated, and if you are still not on the list, or we have made a mistake with your contact details, please send the correct information to osigcp@gmail.com.

The special volume of the Bulletin of Geosciences that includes contributions from the annual meeting last year (2011) is nearly ready for publication and should be out in the second half of this year. Preparations are in place for a special volume in Stratigraphy arising from the annual meeting this year as well. The submission deadline for the special volume for 2012 in Stratigraphy will be one month after the annual meeting (so… Sept. 1st, 2012). More details will be provided at the meeting. You are not required to attend the meeting to submit something for the special publication.

April 04, 2012 by Mikael Calner

IGCP 591 Annual Meeting in Lund, Sweden, June 9-19, 2013

The meeting will be organised jointly with the International Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy (ISCS), International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS), International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy (ISSS).

Deadlines for request for support, registration and abstracts: March 2013.

See more details in the First Circular or contact the organisers: mikael.calner@geol.lu.se.

February 16, 2012 by Guillermo Albanesi

3rd ICoS and IGCP 591 regional field meeting in Mendoza, Argentina, July 2013

Website: www.efn.uncor.edu/3icos/

First Circular is available.

July 28, 2011 by Brad Cramer

IGCP 591 – Mid-Summer Report 2011

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IGCP 591 is off to a flying start in Project Year 1! Special thanks go out to the conference organizers of the dual opening meetings of IGCP 591: The 11th International Symposium on the Ordovician System held in Madrid, Spain, and the International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy Meeting (Siluria Revisited) held in Ludlow, England. By all accounts these were both excellent meetings and we sincerely thank all parties involved for their hard work. We will soon pass the 400 participant mark representing more than 37 countries (see participant list) in just this first year alone. We were able to help a total of 17 people attend the Ludlow meeting thanks to IGCP funding, nearly all of which were either students or early-career researchers. It was great to get this project started, and we look forward to getting the Ordovician and Silurian communities together again next year at the IGCP 591 2nd Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA!

ISOS field trip, Spain
ISOS field trip, Spain, May 2011.

Portugal – Spain – Wales – England

The dual opening meetings held field trips to Ordovician and Silurian successions in Portugal, Spain, Wales, and England. See recently held meetings for more details about these field trips to four of the six countries visited in Project Year 1.

Current Events

With the conclusion of the dual opening meetings in Madrid and Ludlow, links to the conference volumes are now available. They contain a wealth of important new information for the Early to Middle Paleozoic communities and we sincerely thank the authors and most importantly the editors of those volumes for producing such excellent works. Papers submitted to the special volume of Bulletin of Geosciences following the Ludlow meeting will be sent out for review in early August.

Two scheduled IGCP 591 events remain for Project Year 1 (PY1). The 8th Baltic Stratigraphic Conference, organized by Ervīns Lukševičs, and the GSA Post-Conference Field Trip on the Ordovician of the Mid-Continent of North America organized by Pat McLaughlin are still to come in August and October, respectively (see upcoming meetings). We have limited funds to cover the registration fee for a few people to attend the GSA Post-Conference Field Trip in the fall running from Minneapolis, so please contact osigcp@gmail.com as soon as possible if you are in need of support.

The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP – A technological component of IGCP 591) is well underway thanks to a grant from the German Research Council (DFG) to Axel Munnecke of Erlangen University, Germany. Eight sections were scanned in Wales and England this July, prior to the Siluria Revisited meeting in Ludlow, and more scanning will continue in PY1 and PY2. The current time-table for the first public demonstration of the DISP is next summer during the pre-conference field trip of the IGCP 591 2nd Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, where we hope to have two stratigraphic sections scanned and loaded and available for a field demonstration of our vision of the DISP. A link to the original announcement of the DISP is available, and David Boon (British Geological Survey) and Ranyah Kharwat (University of Texas at Dallas) are warmly thanked for their technical expertise in the field this summer and helping to launch the Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project. Further details will be provided via the DISP link as they become available.