China Symposium organized at 3rd International Palaeontological Congress in London

Updatetime: 2010-07-09

The 3rd International Palaeontological Congress (IPC3) was successfully held in London during June 28th to July 3rd, at which a special symposium on Recent discoveries and advances in the palaeontology of China was organized by Chinese palaeontologists where some 40 presentations (oral and posters) including 4 keynote speeches were delivered by both Chinese and international experts and students. Twenty six researchers from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (CAS) and over 40 participants from other Chinese research organizations and universities attended the congress. This special session was arranged by IPC3 Organizing Committee in recognition of the remarkable recent progress and discoveries in China. Rong Jiayu (member of IPC3 Scientific Committee) and Yang Qun (member of IPC3 Executive Committee) initiated the organization of the China Symposium.

A total of over 800 scientists working in palaeontology or related field from countries all over the world gathered in London for this special event for palaeontologists. At this congress, about 30 symposia and workshops focused on topics such as "Geological and fossil records and biodiversity", "Macroevolution and the modern synthesis", "Micropalaeontological record of global change", "Microfossils & the tree of life" and "Palaeontological collections" were held and extensive discussions were made. Pre- and post-congress field excursions in UK and nearby countries were also organized for the attendants of IPC3. 

The International Palaeontological Congress is held every four years, representing the most comprehensive and most widely covering global palaeontological event. IPC is a platform to show the latest achievements in paleontological research, to promote international academic exchanges and research collaborations among international research groups organizations. The last IPC was held in Beijing, 2006, jointly organized by NIGPAS, IVPP and Peking University, which also attracted over 800 participants worldwide.