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IGCP 596
Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Paleozoic (Early Devonian to Late Carboniferous)

Opening Meeting

Graz, Austria; 19-24. .September 2011

2nd Circular


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 intend to discuss 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 are looking forward to see many of you in Graz!

Project Leaders

Königshof, Peter (Germany) Peter.Koenigshof@senckenberg.de
Suttner, Thomas J. (Austria) thomas.suttner@uni-graz.at
Boncheva, Iliana A. (Bulgaria) boncheva2005@yahoo.com
Izokh, Nadezhda G. (Russia) IzokhNG@ipgg.nsc.ru
Ta Hoa, Phuong (Vietnam) tahoaphuong@gmail.com
Charoentitirat, Thasinee (Thailand) thaicat@hotmail.com
Waters, Johnny A. (USA) watersja@appstate.edu
Kiessling, Wolfgang (Germany) wolfgang.kiessling@mfn-berlin.de


This conference is organized by the Institute for Earth Sciences of the University of Graz (Styria, Austria) in cooperation with the Commission for the Paleontological and Stratigraphical Research of Austria (Austrian Academy of Sciences). For any questions please contact us via the official email address: igcp596@uni-graz.at

On-site Organization Team

Suttner, Thomas (Austrian Academy of Sciences (CPSA) c/o University of Graz)
Kido, Erika (Austrian Academy of Sciences (CPSA) c/o University of Graz)
Piller, Werner (University of Graz)
Königshof, Peter (Senckenberg – Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt)  
Latal, Christine (TU Graz)

Bauer, Gertraud (University of Graz)
Gülli, Elisabeth (University of Graz)
Kober, Erwin (University of Graz)
Stegmüller, Georg (University of Graz)


Abstracts will be published in the Berichte des Institutes für Erdwissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Volume 16). It is available at the time of the meeting with the rest of the registration package (e.g. conference bag).

Oral and Poster Presentation

Oral and poster presentations are arranged within the scientific programme from 19-21.September and will take place in the lecture hall “HS 06.03” in the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz.

Oral presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions and discussions). 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 only files compatible to Microsoft Office 2003 can be accepted.

If you give a poster presentation, please prepare your contribution on format A0, portrait. Participants are encouraged to display their posters for the duration of the scientific session on poster-walls near the lecture hall “HS 06.03”. Each presenter should prepare a short summary of his/her poster (each poster max. 3 minutes).

The official conference language is English. You can download the logo of IGCP 596 from the new IGCP 596 webpage (http://www.senckenberg.de/root/index.php?page_id=14711).


A proceedings volume is planned to be submitted to the Bulletin of Geosciences, as ISI-journal, published by the Czech Geological Survey. Current impact factor: 0.98. Manuscripts should be sent either via email (igcp596@uni-graz.at) or on CD-ROM via mail to Erika Kido, University of Graz, Insitute for Earth Sciences (Geology and Paleontology), Heinrichstrasse 26, A-8010 Graz. Please follow the current author guidelines: http://www.geology.cz/bulletin/instructions. According to colour prints, please note that there will be special offer by the journal: Each author has one colour figure for free (additional ones are to be paid). Deadline for submission of manuscripts will be until 30.December 2011. – Please keep in mind that short papers will not be accepted by the editors of the journal!

General Programme

The conference will take place in the lecture hall “HS 06.03” in University of Graz (address: Heinrichstrasse 26, A-8010 Graz, Austria).  

Sessions and topics

Field-Workshop: Devonian & Carboniferous of the Carnic Alps

During the second half of the meeting a field-workshop is planned to Devonian and Carboniferous units of the Carnic Alps. The Carnic Alps across the Austro-Italian border represent an almost continuous fossiliferous sequence of Paleozoic rocks. Comparable sequences are rare and known from only few places globally.  

Guides in Field

Suttner, Thomas & Kido, Erika  

Registered Participants

In case you cannot find your name on the list, or your name appears, but you decided not to accompany for the field workshop, please send us a short email!  

Provisional Programme

More DETAILS on the field-trip programme will follow within a separate email for all participants!

Images for the fieldworkshop 

Upper pics: Ordovician-Devonian sequence of Mount Seekopf; large gastropods of the Seewarte Limestone; rugose corals of the peritidal Lambertenghi Limestone. Lower pics: Carboniferous sequence of Mount Auernig; calcareous algae; silicified foraminifers (fusulinids).

If you want to know more details on accommodation and the Geotrail of the Carnic Alps, please click following links:

Valentinalm Hut: http://www.valentinalm.at
Wolayersee Hut: http://www.wolayerseehuette.at
Geopark Carnic Alps: http://www.geopark-karnische-alpen.at

Only in case there is snow in the Carnic Alps, the schedule for the trip will be changed and we will visit Devonian and Carboniferous of the Graz Paleozoic.

Conference Fees & Payment Details

regular participants: 150 EUR
students: 100 EUR
accompanying persons: 100 EUR
Conference Dinner: 40 EUR
Field-Workshop (Carnic Alps): 150 EUR  
Bank Details
Raiffeisenbank Graz-Mariatrost
Bank account: 6174593
BLZ: 38223
IBAN: AT083822300006174593
Name of the account: PALGES05
Please use IGCP596 in combination with your surname when making payment: IGCP596_surname

The city of Graz - and how to get there

Graz can be reached via the International Airport of Graz (+ regional train or taxi to city centre, which might take about 20-40min) or via the International Airport of Vienna + domestic flight or train connection “Wien Meidling” to “Graz Hauptbahnhof” (a comfortable trip through the country-side which takes you approximately 2h 30min; a direct train connection is available each hour). For e-booking of train tickets please check the homepage (http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp). A detailed map of Graz is also available online (http://www.graztourismus.at/cms/ziel/2865539/EN/).

Images of the City of Graz
Upper pics: main building of Karl-Franzens-University of Graz; direction to the lecture hall “HS 06.03”; building hosting the Institute for Earth Sciences (Geology & Paleontology). Lower pics: clock-tower of Graz at the Schlossberg; town-hall at the main-place in city centre; view over Graz from the top of the Schlossberg.

Weather Information

The weather in Graz is mild during September; temperatures range between min. 9 to max. 20 degree, average rainfall counts about 26 mm/month including approx. 10 days of rain.  

Public Transport

The city of Graz has a very good infrastructure which is due to a well coordinated public transport system. The meeting area can be reached from any place of the city by bus (Line 31, 41, 58, 63) or taxi, or in combination with tram lines if you stay in the periphery of 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).


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), the lecture hall “HS 06.03” (3), the Institute for Earth Sciences (4), the lunch place MENSA (5), a taxi service-point (6), and the main-place at the city centre (7).

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner is planned in the traditional brewery of Puntigam (a district located in the southern part of Graz). A menu will be provided at the registration desk where you can choose your dinner.  

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)  

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