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2nd Circular


4th Annual Meeting

2st Circular


Within the frame of the 4th Annual Meeting of IGCP 580, we intend to bring together scientists that apply geophysical methods working on different time slices. Knowledge of problems appearing through the entire data-gaining-procedure (from application to interpretation) of Magnetic Susceptibility (MS) & Gamma-Ray Spectrometry (GRS) signals and possible ways how to deal with them is one of the major tasks of this meeting. In addition, we also invite participants of other disciplines in natural sciences to enhance the discussion with contributions regarding progress in environmental sciences and other areas.

On behalf of the IGCP 580 leaders and the on-site organizing committee, we are looking forward to see many of you in Graz!

IGCP-580: Application of Magnetic Susceptibility on Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks

Project leaders

Official website of IGCP 580: http://www2.ulg.ac.be/geolsed/MS/

4th annual meeting of IGCP 580 - conference website: http://erdwissenschaften.uni-graz.at/aktuelles/veranstaltungen/igcp580/


On-site Organization Team


For any questions please contact us via the official email address: igcp@uni-graz.at


Abstracts will be published in the Berichte des Institutes für Erdwissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Volume17) It is available at the time of the meeting with the rest of the registration package.

Oral and Poster Presentation

Oral and poster presentations are arranged within the scientific programme on 25th and 26th June and will take place in the conference room of the Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann (ROOM “Florenz”, 3rd floor). Oral presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and discussions. Keynote lectures are extended to 30 minutes including 5 minutes for open discussion. Please prepare your contribution on CD-Rom or USB-stick. Files are going to be uploaded each day 20 minutes before we start the first morning session. Please note that respective to a recent upgrade of the standard software on our portable computers we are able to accept presentations running with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 (PPT 2010; standard resolution: 1024x768 VGA, analogue).

If you give a poster presentation, please prepare your contribution on format A0, portrait. Participants are encouraged to display their posters for the entire duration of the scientific session on poster-walls which will be prepared in the same conference room of the hotel. Each presenter should prepare a short summary of his/her poster (each poster max. 5 minutes).

The official conference language is English. You can download the logo of IGCP 580 from the official webpage (http://www2.ulg.ac.be/geolsed/MS/).


According to the intension of several participants to submit a manuscript for the Proceedings Volume, further information will be given during the business meeting on the second conference day.

General Program

The Ice Breaker party (24th June) will take place in the lower floor of the Institute for Earth Sciences of the University of Graz (map point 4) and the scientific sessions (25th and 26th June) in the conference room “Florenz”, 3rd floor of the Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann (map point 7). Furthermore, meeting place for the Field Workshop (28th June, morning) is planned at the place in front of the Institute for Earth Sciences of the University of Graz (map point 3). All localities are indicated on the map below!

Scientific Session Topics: Application of Magnetic Susceptibility on ...

Field-Workshop: Carnic Alps

The field trip to the Carnic Alps will take us to the Carboniferous of the Nassfeld area on the first day. At Mount Auernig, we are going to see the Upper Carboniferous sequence yielding calcareous algae and silicified foraminifers (Fusulinoidea), bryozoans and ostracods. After arriving at the accommodation in Lanza, we will have a short geological excursion around Mt. Zermula and visit Ordovician to Carboniferous sections. The second day is regarded as the working day. All participants will work together on the Lower Devonian Rio Malinfier West section sampling the sequence for magnetic susceptibility and applying gamma ray spectrometry.

Carboniferous sequence of Mount Auernig; calcareous algae; silicified foraminifers (fusulinids).

Carboniferous sequence of Mount Auernig; calcareous algae; silicified foraminifers (fusulinids).

The accommodation at Passo del Cason di Lanza is accessible by car and minibus and for participants who plan to come by own cars a quite large parking place is available just in front of the accommodation. The general altitude of accommodation, excursion and working localities lies between 1100 meters and more. Please note that we will move to mountain-pathways for the geological excursion and that beneath outcrops near the road also outcrops in the wood along somewhat inclined slopes will be accessed during the working day. Therefore participants are requested to bring hiking shoes (or equivalent stable outdoor shoes) and a thermal or rain jacket, hence from our experience during the last few years weather conditions during end of June can be cold and rainy. Detailed information on the temperature and general weather conditions in the Central Carnic Alps will be provided short before the meeting.

Accommodation at Passo del Cason di Lanza (left pic), Devonian massive reefal limestone of Mt. Zermula (middle pic.) and silicified tabulate coral from the Middle Devonian in Mt. Zermula (right pic.).

Accommodation at Passo del Cason di Lanza (left pic), Devonian massive reefal limestone of Mt. Zermula (middle pic.) and silicified tabulate coral from the Middle Devonian in Mt. Zermula (right pic.).

Staff in Field

Provisional Programme of the Field Workshop

For all participants of the field trip Hotel Ibis Graz (located nearby Graz Hauptbahnhof, main train station, parking place is included) is booked for Saturday night (30th June), as we plan to return back from Lanza to Graz probably late in the evening. The cost for this accommodation is included in the Field Workshop Fees.

 Hotel Ibis Graz: (http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/hotel-1917-ibis-graz/index.shtml)
Europaplatz 12, 8020 Graz, Austria
Tel. (+43)316/7780; Fax. (+43)316/778300  

Further details on the Field Workshop programme will follow within a separate email for all participants!

Social day and Conference Dinner

In the one day short trip of the social day (27th June) we will visit the Graz Paleozoic and Zotter’s Chocolate factory. The Conference Dinner is planned in the traditional brewery of Puntigam.

Graz Paleozoic

In general the sedimentary sequence of the Graz Paleozoic includes Silurian to Carboniferous strata, of which the Devonian neritic units around Graz are very well developed. We are going to visit the Emsian to Givetian section at Forstweg Attems where coral frame- and rudstones are outcropping. Additionally to a well-known algal flora and coral fauna, chonetid brachiopods, trilobites and a diversified microfauna including ostracods, conodonts and other vertebrate remains like shark teeth or placoderm plates is found.

Lower-Middle Devonian section of Forstweg Attems; coral limestone; microfauna.

Lower-Middle Devonian section of Forstweg Attems; coral limestone; microfauna.

Zotter’s Chocolate Factory

During a tour through the chocolate factory you will see how the famous Zotter chocolate will be brought in shape to tasty chocolate bars. The factory is located southeast of Graz and will be reached via a rented bus.

Zotter chocolate factory: more information and pics are available via the homepage

Zotter chocolate factory: more information and pics are available via the homepage (http://www.zotter.at)

Conference Dinner

The brewery of Puntigam is located in the southern part of Graz and participants will be able to reach there by tram line 5 (get off at “Brauhaus Puntigam”). A menu will be provided at the registration desk where you can choose your dinner.

The brewery of Puntigam

The brewery of Puntigam follows a long tradition of Austrian beer brewers. (More information about the brewery’s history and development can be found at: http://www.brauhaus-puntigam.at)

The city of Graz - and how to get to the conference place

 - If you arrive at the Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien), most comfortable trip to Graz is by using train. First, you have to go to Wien Meidling central railway station. When you arrive there, trains directly to Graz usually depart from platform 6 at each full hour (quality trains; OEC, OIC or IC). It takes approximately 2 hour 30 minutes and cost you 33.70 EUR (price of second class, one way). For e-booking of train tickets: http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp

 - When you arrive at the Airport Graz (Flughafen Graz), you can go to the main train-station (Graz Hauptbahnhof) or city centre (Jakominiplatz) by regional train or bus (see more information: http://www.flughafen-graz.at/home/an_abreise_uebersicht/fahrplan1.php). If you intend to come directly to the Ice Breaker (Heinrichstrasse 26 near bus stop Mozartgasse, University of Graz) from the airport you can use a taxi, which will cost max. 40 to 45 Euro.  

The Institute for Earth Sciences (= Location 1: Ice Breaker) can be reached from any place of the city by bus Line 31 (get off at the “Geidorfplatz”) or Line 58 and 58E (get off at the “Mozartgasse”), or Line 41 and 63 (get off at the “Attemsgasse”), or taxi, or in combination with tram lines if you stay in the periphery of Graz. The scientific session of the conference will be take place at the Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann nearby the main place (Hauptplatz) in Graz.  

Ticket information, timetables as well as maps of bus, tram or regional train lines are accessible via internet (http://www.verbundlinie.at/lang/en/). You can also check “Travel arrangement” in the homepage of Graz University (http://www.uni-graz.at/en/bibwww_wg_reisen.htm).

Images of the City of Graz
Upper pics: main building of Karl-Franzens-University of Graz; building hosting the Institute for Earth Sciences (Geology & Paleontology); view over Graz from the top of the Schlossberg. Lower pics: Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann (scientific session will be held in this hotel); town-hall at the main-place in city centre; clock-tower of Graz at the Schlossberg. 

Weather Information

The weather in Graz is usually hot during June and July; Daytime temperature range between 23 to 25 degree. Even the temperature in evening is favourable with average 12 to 13 degree. Please note that some heavy rain will be expected in the summer of Graz.


At the web-links below you can find hotels in the city of Graz. Please book as early as possible as there are several events in Graz during September.


Map of Graz
Map of the city of Graz. Indicated is the airport at Thalerhof (1), the main train station “Graz Hauptbahnhof” (2), Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann (3), town hall at the main-place in city centre (4) and the Institute for Earth Sciences of the Karl-Franzens-University (5).

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