15th International Palynological Congress and 11th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference

01.05 - 07.05.2021  
Prague, Czech Republic
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The joint 15th International Palynological Congress (IPCXV 2020) and the 11th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC-XI 2020) will now be held from 1-7 May 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic.

This conference was originally scheduled for 12-19 September 2020.

*Update from the organizers, April 2020*

Personal communication among scientists is always useful and fruitful. Since the organizers cannot guarantee the safety of potential participants of the Conference this September in Prague, and after discussions between the organizing committee, representatives of the IFPS and the IOP, we have decided to postpone our conference to 2021.

The newly planned dates for the conference are 1-7 May 2021. All necessary information concerning new terms, deadlines, payments etc. will be announced on the official website in May 2020. Thank you for your support! We are trying as best as we can to prepare the Conference for you, and hope to meet you all in Prague next year.


Information for 2020 event, below


Clarion Congress Hotel Prague
Freyova 33
Prague 9


1820 is considered the starting point for palaeobotanical nomenclature. In that year, Caspar Maria Sternberg published the first volume of his "Flora der Vorwelt". We are delighted to dedicate this meeting in honour of 200 years of Palaeobotany.

It will be an excellent opportunity for the Czech Republic (a country rich in plant fossil finds, palynological sites, and palynological and palaeobotanical history) to host the leading experts in various disciplines, and to promote scientific innovations.

Joint symposia are planned to foster interaction and integration between palynologists and palaeobotanists, as well as plenary sessions of general interest. The meeting is promoted by the collective efforts of the International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS) and the International Organisation of Palaeobotany (IOP).

Scientific program

This will cover all aspects of palaeo- and actuopalynology and palaeobotany including:
- Taphonomy
- Airborne pollen
- Methods in palynology and palaeobotany
- Pollen/Spore morphology
- Pollination ecology
- Forensic palynology
- Melissopalynology
- Quaternary palynology and palaeobotany
- Cenozoic palynology and palaeobotany
- Mesozoic palynology and palaeobotany
- Palaeozoic palynology and palaeobotany
- Proterozoic palynology


The submission deadline is 31 March 2020.

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PAGES working group session

LandCover6k: H01 Quantitative reconstruction of Holocene land-use and land-cover change: advances and applications
Convenors: 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.