Regular talks will be scheduled with lengths of 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the number of proposals for oral presentations. We plan to organise also ‘Lightning talks’ of short duration (maximum 3 slides in 3 minutes with 2 minutes discussion). These talks can be presented in any language, if English subtitles are provided. They must be recorded and sent to the organizers two weeks before the meeting.
We particularly welcome contributions from female scientists, and from presenters in developing countries, as well as from young researchers (35 years or younger), following the guidelines and objectives of IGCP/UNESCO.
Keynote talks will include the following aspects of Ordovician research :
- Gabriela Mangano & Luis Buatois (Saskatoon, Canada): bioturbation and bioerosion
- Fan Junxuan (Nanjing, China) : the Geobiodiversity Database
- Dan Goldman (Dayton, USA) : the Ordovician Time Scale
- Farid Saleh (Kunming, China) : soft body preservation
- Alexandre Pohl (University of Riverside, USA) : water currents and palaeo-oceanography
- Christopher Scotese (University of Arlington, USA) : geography and climate
- Matthias Sinnesael (Durham, UK) : cyclostratigraphy and astrochronology
Besides general talks on all aspects on Ordovician geology and palaeontology, there will be each day a session on ‘The Ordovician of …’ dedicated to a part of the globe from where Ordovician research activities are less well known.
Keynote talks in the ‘Ordovician of …’ sessions will include the following :
- The Ordovician of the Middle East and Central Asia (by Mansoureh Ghobadi-Pour, Gorgan, Iran)
- The Ordovician of Argentina (by Beatriz Waisfeld, Córdoba, Argentina)
- The Ordovician of Australia (by Ian Percival, Sydney, Australia)
- The Ordovician of Russia (by Andrei Dronov, Moscow, Russia)
Networking sessions will also be scheduled.
We therefore particularly welcome contributions from other, more remote and comparatively less well-known areas. IGCP participants from such regions, who are generally not able to join the regular on-site meetings, could present their papers online to the Lille conference.