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The participants are invited to submit abstracts on their research regarding all aspects of Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems. All abstracts will be reviewed before acceptance. Accepted abstracts will be available as a free printed abstract volume to the participants (a free pdf-version of the abstract volume will also be provided). A condition of the abstract submission is that, if accepted, the talk or poster will be presented at the Symposium by one of the authors. Each participant is allowed to first-author one oral presentation and one poster presentation. But, you are welcome to co-author as many contributions as you want.

  • Please note: If there are too many oral presentation submissions for the available session time slots, the scientific committee will change some submissions to poster contributions.

Abstracts must not exceed two A4-pages, including the author addresses, figures, and references [please, use text font Times New Roman, main text 11p; 10p for references, figure captions, author addresses; 1.15 line spacing; one MS Word document with standard margins (2.5 cm left, right and top, 2.0 cm bottom); species and genus names must be in italics; do not use any other formatting (e.g., no text justification)]. Send the MS Word document as an attachment to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]. Please rename the abstract word file with the family name of the first author in upper case letters followed by given name (FAMILYNAME_Given_Name.doc).

  • An abstract template file can be downloaded here.


Deadline for abstract submission: April 16, 2018 (23:59 CET) (extended).


 Oral presentation format

All oral presentations have to be a Microsoft PowerPoint file (.ppt/.pptx) and be compatible with MS Office 2007. Each talk is restricted to 15 minutes, preferably 12 minutes talk and 3 minutes questions.

Poster presentation format

The poster format is DIN A0, portrait (1189 mm height x 841 mm width).




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Registration fees

- Registration fees cover icebreaker party, coffee breaks, congress material, program, printed abstract volume

+ optional 35 Euro for the congress dinner on a Rhine river boat cruise (Note: restricted to 300 participants)

+ optional 490 Euro for the pre-conference field trip (Note: restricted to 28 participants)


(before or on
April 16, 2018)


(after April 16 and
before July 1, 2018)


(July 20-23, 2018)

Regular participant

 260 Euro

 360 Euro

 460 Euro

Student participant *

 130 Euro *

 220 Euro *

 310 Euro *

 Accompanying person **

 100 Euro **

 100 Euro **

 100 Euro **

* Student participants must present a valid student ID upon registration.

** Participation on icebreaker party and conference dinner. No congress material.

*** early bird registration extended


Cancellation Policy

- Cancellations received by 31st of March, 2018: 100 % - 25 Euro service fee of the registration fee will be refunded.

- Cancellations received by 31st of May, 2018: 50 % of the registration fee will be refunded.

- No refunds will be available for cancellations made after 31st of May, 2018.



Pre-Conference field trip

The pre-conference field trip will visit important classical and new Mesozoic fossil sites in Germany as well as the Unesco World Heritage Site Messel. The field trip starts at 8 am on Monday morning, July 16, 2018, from Bonn by bus. The field trip will approximately follow the route: Bonn – Hanover – Quedlinburg – Bamberg area – Eichstätt – Holzmaden  – Stuttgart area – Ingelfingen – Messel – Bonn.

Accomodation will be in hotels with double rooms including breakfast. Please let us know, if you have someone to share your room with. Excursion fee includes transportation, hotel accommodation, lunch packages, field guide, and entrance fees. Dinner is not included. The number of participants is limited to 28.


Preliminary field trip program

Monday, July 16, 2018

  • Lower Cretaceous Obernkirchen sandstone with theropod dinosaur tracks near Hanover
  • Lower Cretaceous sandstones with ornithopod, theropod, and sauropod tracks near Münchehagen
  • Europasaurus and other Late Jurassic vertebrates in the collections of the Dinopark Münchehagen


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

  • Langenberg Quarry near Oker, Upper Jurassic type locality of Europasaurus in the northern Harz Mountains
  • Cretaceous sandstones of Hammwarte and Altenburg with flora (e.g., Credneria) near Quedlinburg
  • Upper Triassic (Carnian, Keuper) Coburg sandstones with crustaceans and other fossils near Eltmann on the Main River


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • Jura-Museum Eichstätt with Archaeopteryx (Eichstätt specimen), holotype of Juravenator, and other Late Jurassic lithographic limestone fossils
  • Upper Jurassic plattenkalk quarry Mühlheim near Solnhofen
  • Lower Jurassic Posidonia shale quarry near Holzmaden


Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • Museum Hauff in Holzmaden with spectacular lower Jurassic Posidonia shale fossils
  • Middle Triassic (Lower Keuper) deltaic deposits at Vellberg with vertebrate and plant remains (excavation site of State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart)
  • Muschelkalk-Museum Ingelfingen (Middle Triassic terrestrial and marine fossils)


Friday, July 20, 2018

  • Eocene Messel Pit near Darmstadt, Unesco World Heritage Site




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