Sixth International Symposium of IGCP608 was successfully and fruitfully held in Khon Kaen, Thailand

The Sixth International Meeting of IGCP608 was successfully and fruitfully held in a friendly atmosphere, in Charoen Thani Hotel, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand on 15-16 November 2018 !!

It was kindly hosted with much effort by the Organizing Committee of the 6th IGCP608, consisting of Dr. Adichat Surinkum, Director of CCOP (Co-Chairman), Mr. Naramase Teerarungsigul, Ms. Orn-Uma Summart, and several staff members of Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), Thailand, as well as the director general and deputy director general of DMR as supervisors.

More than 140 participants from 11 nations including Thais, presented 5 keynotes, 27 oral and 14 posters in two days oral sessions and a poster session. Fruitful discussions and information changes were actively done during those sessions as well as also coffee breaks and other opportunity.

The symposium itself was dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the Sirindhorn Museum which is a well-known dinosaur museum situated near dinosaur bone beds bearing a giant sauropod Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae, the firstly found and described dinosaur in Thailand.

During the pre-symposium three-days field excursion, more than 65 persons including guides and staffs took part and observed the Early to Late Cretaceous non-marine sedimentary deposits, Khorat Group in northeastern Thailand, represented by several formations: Sao Khu, Phu Phan, Khok Kruat, Phu Thok formations, some of which include dinosaur bone beds and footprints layers. The two big dinosaur museum, Phu Wiang Fossil Research Center and Dinosaur Museum, and Sirindhorn Museum were the remarkable highlight of the excursion. Especially Sirindhorn Museum constitutes the largest natural history museum in Thailand and outdoor geologic and sightseeing facilities concerned with Cretaceous dinosaur and ecosystems. Especially both museums and regions are in action toward national geoparks related to well-studied Cretaceous non-marine sedimentary successions abundantly with a variety of dinosaur, crocodile, turtles, shark, fish and freshwater molluscs. We could realize that the Thailand Cretaceous scientists have well investigated paleontologically and utilized their results for earth science education and public awareness.

Selected photos will be seen on PHOTOS page mid-December.

If participants have nice photos suitable for our website uploading, please send them to the office: igcp608@ml.ibaraki.ac.jp

The Proceedings (abstracts) and Field Guidebook can be uploaded here.