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13th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota (MTE13)

You are cordially invited to the "13th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota (MTE13)" to be held at the University of Bonn, Germany, from July 21-23, 2018.

MTE13 follows the highly successful 12th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota held in Shenyang, China, in 2015. This is the second time that MTE is held in Germany, after the MTE3 at the University of Tübingen in 1984.

The Symposium is an international platform to present the most recent progress of research on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems and organisms. Researchers focusing on paleobotany, micropaleontology, invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary processes, paleoclimatology, paleo-ecosystems and related disciplines come together for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and new findings. The Mesozoic marks a crucial time period in earth history, as important evolutionary developments took place, such as upcoming flowering plants or the rise of dinosaurs and mammals. The research of Mesozoic terrestrial systems has a long tradition in Germany. In the early 19th century iconic fossils were described such as the pterosaur Scaphognathus (1831), the ichnotaxon Chirotherium (1835), the prosauropod Plateosaurus (1837), and the earliest bird, Archaeopteryx (1861). Exciting discoveries like the theropod Juravenator (2006) from the Solnhofen limestone or the dwarfed sauropod Europasaurus (2006) from the Harz Mountains continue till today. Both specimens and their localities will be part of the pre-symposium field trip.

Three days (July 21-23, 2018) of scientific program with oral and poster presentations will take place at the University of Bonn, Germany. Session topics include paleozoology, paleobotany, paleoecology, paleoclimate, and taphonomy and exceptional preservation. Program sessions will be compiled by the scientific committee after abstract submission. The pre-symposium field trip (July 16-20, 2018; max. 28 participants) will visit classical and new Mesozoic localities and fossillagerstätten, as well as major museums in Germany. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the icebreaker party scheduled on Friday night (July 20) in the university’s botanical garden with the opportunity to register for the meeting. On Saturday morning (July 21) the Symposium will officially start, with scientific sessions and invited plenary talks on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. On Monday night (July 23), the Symposium will end with a river boat cruise and conference dinner on the beautiful river Rhine.

The official language of the Symposium is English.



Information about registration and abstract submission will be available from this website in fall 2017.