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IGCP 653 (The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event) was accepted in early 2016 by the UNESCO/IGCP and was scheduled for five years (2016 to 2020). Successful IGCP projects usually run for an additional year on an extended term (OET), without financial support from UNESCO. The original plan was therefore to have an additional year, in 2021, with an ‘absolutely final’ meeting of IGCP 653 in September, that will only take place, virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  

This ‘Absolutely final meeting’ of IGCP 653 is now planned to coincide with the first annual meeting of the new IGCP project (IGCP 735 Rocks and the Rise of Ordovician Life) accepted by UNESCO/IGCP in March 2021 and scheduled for five years (2021–2025). The Lille meeting is thus perfect placed for a smooth transition between the two IGCP projects.

The online Lille meeting will take place over four days: Monday 13th to Thursday 16th, September 2021

The main topic of the Lille 2021 meeting is the ‘Ordovician of the World.’

Several online keynote lectures as well as regular talks and short ‘Lightning’ talks will be scheduled, with sessions in different time zones, to cover most parts of the world.

In addition to the abstract volume, we also plan to produce a special issue in an international journal. Please, indicate your interest if you wish to submit a conference paper.

We invite all contributions on all aspects of Ordovician palaeontology and geology!

The registration to the Lille 2021 online meeting is free!

We look forward to your participation.

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