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XV International Palynological Congress and XI International Organization of Palaeobotany Congress (XV IPC-XI IOP)

Prague, Czechia
Contact person
Bek Jiří, Kvaček Jiří and local committee
E-Mail address
Working groups


Date: 21–31 May 
Location: Prague, Czechia
Venue: Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Freyova 33, Prague 9


XVth International Palynological Congress and XIth International Organization of Palaeobotany Congress will be held together to provide an opportunity for palynologists and palaeobotanists to see, hear, discuss and meet one another after the pandemic restrictions.

The XVth International Palynological Congress and XIth International Organization of Palaeobotany Congress, Prague, Czech Republic is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Palaeobotany.

Important dates

Pre-early registration: 15 November 2024
Early registration: 20 December 2023
Abstract submission deadline: 24 January 2024
Regular registration: 29 February 2024
Late registration: 31 May 2024


A01 Late Precambrian to early Paleozoic OWM (Organic-Walled Microfossils) and SCF (Small Carbonaceous Fossils)
A02 Advances in Devonian palaeobotany
A03 Permian plant succession and the global climate changes
A04 Glimpses of the evolution of Fungi
A05 Late Palaeozoic continental ecosystems of Gondwana
A06 Palaeozoic palaeobotany: taxonomy, diversity and palaeoecology

B01 From snowball to hyperthermals: Palaeobotanical and palynological signatures of Earth’s extreme climate events
B02 Permo-Carboniferous peat-forming tropical forests buried in situ by volcanic ash in the light of palaeobotanical and palynological research; results from the Czech Republic and China
B03 CIMP sponsored symposium on Palaeozoic palynology
B04 Gymnosperm cones across time and phylogeny
C01 Paleo-evo-devo: reciprocal illumination between the fossil record and evolutionary developmental biology

C02 The Legacy of Plant diversity and environmental background across the critical intervals of the Mesozoic
C03 Vegetation history and evolution of terrestrial ecosystems in Southern Africa, from early land plants to modern vegetation
C04 Mesozoic plant cuticles: implications for evolution and palaeoenvironment
C05 Recent advances in the study of Cretaceous angiosperms
C06 Early Cretaceous and Jurassic floras of Asia

D01 In situ and adhered pollen from fossil flowers and animals and their associated paleofloras
D02 Reproductive organs of fossil plants and their in-situ spores and pollen
D03 Global insights into the evolutionary origin of Mediterranean-type ecosystems: taxonomy, palaeoecology, palaeogeography, and taphonomy

H01 Quantitative reconstruction of Holocene land-use and land-cover change: advances and applications
Jessie Woodbridge, Andria Dawson, Anupama Krishnamurthy, Furong Li & Ralph Fyfe

The world has been significantly transformed by human agency, at least throughout the course of the Holocene, with implications for ecological functioning, climate regulation, etc. Central to furthering understanding of the timing, extent and impact of these transformations is quantification of vegetation cover and land-use at local, regional and continental scales, and at centennial to millennial timescales. This symposium explores recent developments in, and applications of, the quantification of land-cover and land-use from palaeobotanical and palynological data. This session is a contribution to the PAGES LandCover6k working group. The primary goal of LandCover6k is to use global empirical data on past land-use and anthropogenic land-cover change to evaluate and improve Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change scenarios for earth system modellers (e.g. the World Climate Research Programme CMIP and PMIP initiatives). The LandCover6k time-period of focus covers the Holocene to AD 1850. We welcome all contributions on methodological advances, and applications to historic and prehistoric long-term dynamics and drivers of land-use, anthropogenic land-cover and land-system change. These contributions may include pollen and other palaeobotanical approaches to land-use and land-cover change, archaeological and historical records and related palaeoecological data, as well as modelling studies on anthropogenic land-cover change (ALCC) and climate-land use interactions.

H02 Forward to the past-research development on quantifying land cover change and its implication for the biosphere
H03 Application of palynological and palaeoecological information in conservation and restoration
H04 Back to the Future? Sub-boreal vegetation and climate as a reference for future environmental dynamics
H05 Changing Island Ecosystems
H06 Long-term tropical forest dynamics; critical knowledge in a changing world
H07 Mountain Palaeoecology on the move: The future of mountain ecosystems - perspectives through palaeoecology
H08 Big events-Big Impacts. Success and adaptation strategies of ancient populations to climate changes

M01 Modern pollen-vegetation studies for past land-cover reconstructions and calibration of the fossil pollen record
M02 Recent advances in dinoflagellates and their cysts as environmental tracers
M03 Extra microfossils in pollen slides: from environmental indicators to biotic interactions
M04 Fire as an ecological and evolutional driver of terrestrial biota
M05 Molecular proxies in palaeoecology: recent developments and their implications for understanding past environments and ecosystems
M06 Morphological disparity and evolution in the plant fossil record
M07 Applied palynology: methodological innovations
M08 Open symposium on basic (LM, SEM, TEM) and applied palynology (melissopalynology, aeropalynology, forensic palynology)

Q01 Biogeographical history of tree taxa: past trends and modern frameworks
Q02 Exploring ecological concepts in the Quaternary
Q03 Glacial-interglacial cycles as natural experiments

T01 Challenges in studying Cenozoic vegetation history - In memoriam Zlatko Kvaček (1937-2020)
T02 Cenozoic continental climate and vegetation patterns on both sides of the North Pacific-an open NECLIME symposium
T03 Identifying Cenozoic fossil fruits and seeds: challenges and progress
T04 The evolution of plant diversity under palaeoenvironmental changes in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Region
T05 Insights on Southern Hemisphere Cenozoic Paleobotany

Z01 IAWA Fossil Wood Symposium
Z02 Palaeobotany at the forefront of gender equality
Z03 Phylogenetic Palaeobotany
Z04 Palynology and palaeobotany in the digital era
Z05 Plant insect interaction and their co-evolution during deep time

CQ01 Botanical Nomenclature in Palaeobotany and Palaeopalynology, Colloquium

W01 Estimating pollen productivity with R tools/disqover package
W02 Whole-plant functional traits from the fossil record: a consortium for critical assessment and development

Organizing Committee

Chair: Bek Jiří, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic;
Vice-Chair: Kvaček Jiří, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic;

Břízová Eva, Czech Geological Survey, Prague, Czech Republic;
Doláková Nela, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic;
Drábková Jana, Czech Geological Survey, Prague, Czech Republic;
Fatka Oldřich, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic;
Libertín Milan, National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic;
Pšenička Josef, West Bohemian Museum, Pilsen, Czech Republic;
Sakala Jakub, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic;
Svobodová Marcela, Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic;
Šimůnek Zbyněk, Czech Geological Survey, Prague, Czech Republic;
Vodička Jakub, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic;

General Secretary
Jana Votočková Frojdová, Institute of Geology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic;