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12th International Symposium on Fossil Algae

Lucknow, India
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The 12th International Symposium on Fossil Algae will be held from 16-24 September 2019 in Lucknow, India.


Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP)
53 University Road, Lucknow 226 007, U.P. India

Important dates

Last date for submission of registration form: 28 February 2019
Last date for submission of abstract: 15 March 2019
Last date for confirmation of participation in the symposium: 28 February 2019
Last date for confirmation of participation in the Post-symposium field trip and payment: 15 March 2019

Major themes

Presentations on any aspect of calcareous algae, calcified microbes, silicified and other groups of algae are desirable:
- Biomineralization and algal- or microbe-induced sedimentation
- Stromatolites
- Taxonomy, Systematics and evolution of calcareous algae
- Silicified marine and fresh water algae (diatoms)
- Marine and fresh water Cyanobacteria
- Morphology vs. molecular evidence in determining algal taxonomy and phylogeny
- Evolutionary history
- Living vs. fossil
- Biostratigraphy
- Biogeography and palaeoclimatology
- Palaeoenvironment/Palaeoecology
- Taphonomy and diagenesis
- Sedimentology: algae and carbonate platforms, facies analysis
- Significance of algae in hydrocarbon and mineral resources formation
- Proposals for additional themes or special sessions are welcome


16 September: Registration and Ice Breaker
17-18 September: Scientific sessions (held at BSIP, Lucknow)
19 September: Local sightseeing
20-24 September: Post-symposium field trip (Andaman and Nicobar Islands for Mio-Pliocene outcrops and underwater Recent marine algae)


- Attending foreign delegates: 100 US$ (~90 €)
- Student foreign delegates: 75 US$ (~70 €)
- Accompanying foreign person: 75 US$ (70 €)
- Attending Indian delegates: INR 2000
- Student Indian delegates: INR 1500
- Accompanying Indian person: INR 1500

Registration fee includes conference materials, abstract volume, ice breaker, lunches, dinners, teas and coffees on conference days.

Registration fee can be paid by demand draft in favour of “Director, BSIP, Lucknow” or in cash on site.

The Registration Fee also can be paid through online NEFT and SWIFT transfers in favour of “Director, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow‟ in SB Account No: 187301000001666, IFS Code: IOBA0001873, Swift Code: IOBAINBB207, Indian Overseas Bank, BSIP Branch, 53 University Road, Lucknow – 226 007, U.P., India.

A copy of the online transaction receipt should be e-mailed to:

Field trip

Fee 850 US$ (about 750 €) per person for foreign participants and INR 60,000/- for Indian participants.

It includes all expenses viz., air fares, transport, accommodation (with single occupancy) and food for 5 days.


There is a wide range of hotels near the conference venue. Approximate hotel tariff per night in Lucknow is 70 US$ (60 €), INR 3000/- to INR 7500/-.

Organizing Committee

- Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, Govt. of India
- Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, MOES, Govt. of India

- Professor Nitin R. Karmalkar, Chairman, Governing Body, BSIP
- Professor L.S. Chamyal, Chairman, Research Advisory Council, BSIP
- Dr. Rajiv Kumar Tayal, Secretary, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)
- Director, BSIP

Organizing Secretary:
- Dr. Amit Kumar Ghosh, BSIP, Lucknow

Scientific Committee:
- Professor Juan Carlos Braga, Universidad de Granada, Spain
- Professor Robert Riding, University of Tennessee, USA
- Professor Bruno R.C. Granier, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), France
- Professor Ioan I. Bucur, Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania
- Professor Daniela Basso, Milano-Bicocca University, Italy
- Dr. John Barron, USGS, USA
- Dr. Andrey Yu. Gladenkov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
- Professor Julio Aguirre, University of Granada, Spain

National Advisory Committee:
- Dr. M.S. Srinivasan, Emeritus Professor, BHU, Varanasi
- Prof. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, IIT-Bombay, Mumbai
- Dr. Rajiv Nigam, Emeritus Scientist, NIO, Goa
- Professor Subir Sarkar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
- Professor Arun Deo Singh, BHU, Varanasi
- Professor Subir Bera, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
- Professor Pradeep Kundal, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur
- Dr. Niloy Khare, MOES, Govt. of India
- Dr. Mukund Sharma, BSIP, Lucknow
- Dr. S. Venu, Pondicherry University, Port Blair Campus, Andamans
- Dr. Vandana Prasad, BSIP, Lucknow
- Dr. Ratan Kar, BSIP, Lucknow


The official language of the symposium is English.

The last IFAA symposium was held in Okinawa, Japan, in 2015.


Send abstract by e-mail to Dr Amit Kumar Ghosh: or

Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations should be sent according to the following guidelines:
- Send no later than 15 March 2019
- The abstract should be informative, typed in 12 point Times New Roman font in double space, mentioning the title, name(s) of the author(s) with their affiliation(s)
- Include an email contact information for all authors.
- Word limit: 300 words or less.
- Extended abstract with relevant maps, figures and references are also welcome.
- Abstract must be written in English.
- Submit as a word document (.doc, .docx or .rtf).
- All references in the text must appear in a reference list.
- All references must follow the following format:

Braga, J.C., Martín, J.M., Riding, R., 1996. Internal structure of segment reefs: Halimeda algal mounds in the Mediterranean Miocene. Geology 24, 35–38.

Orszag-Sperber, F., Poignant, A.F., Poisson, A., 1977. Paleogeographic significance of rhodolites: some examples from the Miocene of France and Turkey. In: Flügel, E. (Ed.), Fossil algae. Recent Results and Developments. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 286–294.

Woelkerling, Wm J., 1988. The Coralline Red Algae: An Analysis of the Genera and Subfamilies of Nongeniculate Corallinaceae. British Museum (Natural History) and Oxford University Press, London and Oxford. xi + 268 pp. Do not worry about formatting. The IFAA 2019 abstract editor will assign uniform formatting to all the abstracts.


Fill in the registration form by 28 February:

Further information

Contact the organizers via email: