lunes, 13 de febrero de 2012

3rd International Conodont Symposium

In the 2nd International Conodont Symposium held in Calgary, Canada, in 2009, Argentina was elected as host for the next international meeting of conodont workers. The scientific sessions will be held in Mendoza, July 15-19, 2013.

Mendoza, the capital city of Mendoza Province, is located in a region of foothills and high plains, on the eastern side of the Andes. The city is a frequent stopover for climbers on their way to the Aconcagua (6,962 m, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere) and for adventure travelers interested in mountaineering, hiking, and other sports. In the winter, skiers come to the city for its easy access to the Andes.

Most of the hotels are concentrated in Mendoza downtown. Mendoza is a land of fine vineyards, olive oil production and gentle people willing to give our visitors a nice Argentine experience. The region around Greater Mendoza is the largest wine producing area in Latin America. As such, Mendoza is one of nine cities worldwide in the network of Great Capitals of Wine.

Mendoza is easily accessible by plain or by road through National Route 7 (Bioceanic Corridor), which crosses Argentina from East to West connecting Buenos Aires with Santiago de Chile.

Mendoza exhibits a mild continental half-dry climate condition, with daytime temperatures ranging from -2 to 20ºC in July (winter), but hotter conditions are possible in the areas of the excursions.

Technical sessions will take place in the Mendoza Convention Center, located in the Civic Center, a wooded park where you may visit administrative buildings and the Wine Museum. Posters will be displayed in the large foyer areas outside the lecture theatres. Tea, coffee and lunch will also be served here.

Provisional Schedule
July 8, 2013 – Reception of participants of the pre-symposium field trip to Precordillera at San Juan city (capital city of the San Juan Province, located 150 km to the north of Mendoza).
July 9-13, 2013 – Pre-symposium field trip to Precordillera (San Juan and Mendoza provinces).
July 14, 2013 – Icebreaker party and opening dinner at Mendoza City.
July 15, 2013 – Scientific sessions
July 16, 2013 – Scientific sessions
July 17, 2013 – Intra-symposium field trip (San Isidro section, Mendoza).
July 18, 2013 – Scientific sessions
July 19, 2013 – Scientific sessions.
July 19 (evening), 2013 – Closure dinner.
July 20, 2013 – Travel from Mendoza City to Salta City.
July 21-25, 2013 – Post-symposium field trip to the Cordillera Oriental (Salta and Jujuy provinces), northwestern Argentina.

Organizing Committee
Honorary Chair: Mario A. Hünicken
Chair: Guillermo L. Albanesi
Secretary: Gustavo G. Voldman
Treasurer: Fernando J. Zeballo
Scientific programme coordinator: Gladys Ortega
Workshop coordinator: Susana E. Heredia
Social events coordinator: Matilde S. Beresi

Scientific committee
(to be announced in the 2nd circular)

Attendees and estimated costs
The registration fee will cover the formal registration, the proceedings, handouts, icebreaker party (food and drinks), all coffee breaks, closure dinner and an intra-symposium field trip.

Preliminary prices:
Professional: US$ 370.- (after deadline US$ 400.-).
Undergraduate student: US$ 50.- (after deadline US$ 70.-, without proceedings volumes).
Accompanying person: US$ 70.- (after deadline US$ 90.-, without proceedings volumes).
The booking form with final prices will be included in the 2nd circular.

Support for attendance
A limited amount of financial support is available to assist students and other participants who would otherwise have difficulty in attending the meeting. If you think you might qualify for support, please contact the organizers ( before registering.

3rd ICOS 2013 Cancellation Policy
A US$ 50.- administration fee will be charged for cancellations received prior to March 1st, 2013. No refunds will be issued after this date. Fees for registration and fieldtrips cancelled after May 30th, 2013 cannot be refunded. In the unlikely event that too few people register for an excursion for it to be viable, participants will be notified of its cancellation on or before July 1st, and refunded in full.

Field Trips
Three field trips are scheduled for the 3rd ICOS (detailed information will be provided in the 2nd circular).

1) Pre-symposium Field Trip – PRECORDILLERA (San Juan and Mendoza provinces) –
July 9-13, 2013.

Estimated price: US$ 500.- includes transportation, guidebook, and lunch and snacks from the morning of the 9th to the night of the 13th (without hotel, to be booked personally in San Juan City).
Leaders: A.L. Banchig (Universidad Nacional de San Juan) - G.G. Voldman (CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba)

The Argentine Precordillera is a unique site to examine a very complex geology throughout the Lower Paleozoic. The Ordovician System of the Precordillera is probably the best well-known in South America, while controversial hypotheses regarding its paleogeographic origin were proposed and debated during the last decades. Driving along the roads from east to west, through the San Juan and Jáchal rivers, it is possible to observe an important Cambrian to Middle Ordovician carbonate platform covered by siliciclastic foreland deposits. Deeper Ordovician environments occur to the west, with slope to ocean floor sedimentary rocks that include pillow lavas and mafic-ultramafic bodies in the westernmost sections. Additionally, an interesting section of the siliciclastic Tambolar Formation (Silurian), at Portezuelo del Tambolar could be visited. Dynamic research on the Precordillera makes all geological sub-disciplines provide updated information. A rich database is available from different paleontological groups, despite much work remains to be done.

2) Intra-symposium Field Trip – San Isidro section, Mendoza –
July 17, 2013.

Price: included in the registration fee.

Leaders: S.E. Heredia (CONICET, Universidad Nacional de San Juan) - M.S. Beresi (CCT-CONICET, Mendoza)

The classical geologic locality of San Isidro is one of the first eastern outcrops of the Mendoza Precordillera. San Isidro is located at the foot-hill of the Precordillera overthrust front, and 17 km west of Mendoza City. The Estancia San Isidro and Empozada formations bear allochthonous rocks, Cambrian-Ordovician in age, within an Ordovician shaly matrix. This locality has been taken as one of the reference sections for the Ordovician System of Argentina.

3) Post-symposium Field Trip - CORDILLERA ORIENTAL (Salta and Jujuy provinces) –
July 21-25, 2013.

Estimated price: US$ 1,000.- includes bus from Mendoza to Salta, and all costs from July 21-25 (transportation, guidebook, hotels and meals (except dinner) - including the nights from the 21st to 25th).
Leaders: C.R. Monaldi (CONICET – Universidad Nacional de Salta) - F.J. Zeballo (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba).

Selected localities within wonderful landscapes of thick tropical rain forest to the east, and dry areas to the west, such as the Humahuaca Creek (unique UNESCO site, where some Inca architectural remains are superbly preserved), will be visited. This field trip is devoted to see some reference sections of the Gondwanan margin of South America. They integrate thick siliciclastic sequences reaching up to 7000 m for the Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian systems. Highly fossiliferous sections will be visited (graptolites, trilobites, brachiopods, echinoderms and ichnofossils, associated with conodonts) offering some biostratigraphical markers for the different subdivisions of the Ordovician System in this continental margin.

IMPORTANT: Please, note that in the post-symposium field trip – Cordillera Oriental and the proposed Puna Geological Province of Northern Argentina - we will be going up to 4000 m above sea level. Health insurance is highly recommended for all participants of both meetings.

Scientific Program
The sessions will be programmed after May, 2013, with the 3rd circular; including oral and posters presentations.

There will be four days of scientific sessions and workshops, and a day-long intra-symposium excursion. Additionally, bench space and microscopes for informal specimen based discussions would be provided should there be demand for this (contact the organizers:
We are interested in any paper that discusses conodonts or uses conodonts within a broader context to solve geologic problems. In addition to the open sessions, thematic sessions would be offered depending on the composition of the papers submitted. The thematic sessions will be included in the 2nd circular:

A short-papers volume for ICOS will be published and given at Mendoza. The contributions should not exceed 3000 words, including references, 2 line drawings and 1 photographic plate. Further information about publications, including editorial board, will be provided in the 2nd circular.

Oral and poster presentations will be accepted. 15 minutes will be given for oral presentation + 5 minutes of discussions. 2nd circular will include further information about special sessions and workshops.
Conference Language: English.

Hotel of different prices will be selected (US$ 50-150+) in Mendoza City. Bookings are to be made by participants directly with hotels (details in 2nd circular).

Accompanying Persons
A social program, with a visit to the Cordillera de los Andes and view to the Aconcagua (the highest mountain of the Americas) will be announced in the 2nd circular.

Letter of Invitation
If an official document is needed to confirm participation or help arrange funds for travel and attendance, please write or contact the secretariat.

Important dates
- Deadline to answer the first circular (just telling provisionally to the secretary, by e-mail, if you are interested in attending the symposium and participating in some field trip): March 15th, 2012.
- Second circular release (with definitive information, prices, formal registration form and detailed instructions for short-papers presentation): December 2012.
- Deadline for answering the 2nd circular with title of your presentation: February 1st, 2013.
- Registration begins: February 1st, 2013.
- Early-bird registration ends: April 1st, 2013 (registration will continue to conference).
- Short-paper deadline: April 1st, 2013.
- Last circular distribution with program and final arrangements: July 1st, 2013.

GUILLERMO L. ALBANESI, CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Casilla de Correo 1598, 5000 Córdoba, ARGENTINA, E-mail:, Tel.: 00 54-351-4694703, Fax: 00 54-351-4216350.

Secretariat e-mail:
The Organizing Committee will contact all interested people between circulars by e-mail.

Asociación Paleontológica Argentina