Scientific program

The meeting will be hosted by the Geozentrum Nordbayern. The first day will be dedicated to a training course which will be focused on 3D-imaging techniques and quantitative tools for the analysis of the biotic record during biological crises and extinction. After the course, a one-day scientific session will take place, followed by a two-day field excursion.

September 2nd: Training course

The TRAINING COURSE will take place in the Paleontology Institute (Loewenichstrasse 28, Erlangen). It will be focused on the macroecological impacts of climate-related stresses.

The first part will be split into two parallel sessions, according to the preferences of the participants:

  1. 3D imaging techniques, from CT-scanning acquisition to Drishti 3D-imaging software, and biometric analysis taught by Dr. Kenneth De Baets and Patrícia Rita
  2. Introduction to biomolecules and molecular fossils taught by Dr. Wolfgang Ruebsam from the Department of Organic and Isotope Geochemistry of the Kiel University

The second part will consist of an R short course on size/extinction/ diversity patterns through time thought by Prof. Dr. Manuel Steinbauer, an expert in quantitative analysis applied to ecology and evolutionary processes.

25 participants maximum.

September 3rd: Scientific session and conference dinner

The SCIENTIFIC SESSION will take place in the Geozentrum Nordbayern (Schlossgarten 5, Erlangen) in the lecture theatre. A keynote focusing on the biological impact of the Pliensbachian-Toarcian crisis will close the scientific session of the conference.

The participants should indicate in the registration platform whether they participate in the conference dinner or not and provide information in case of any diet restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, celiac, etc.). The conference dinner will take place in a Greek restaurant with a buffet style.

September 4th and 5th: Post-meeting Field trip

The TWO-DAYS FIELD TRIP will be focused on three Lower Jurassic outcrops: Buttenheim, Teufelsgraben and Dotternhausen. These three localities offer excellent conditions for a proper analysis of the sedimentary facies, with emphasis on the excellent fossil preservation. Samples can be collected. Both the Pliensbachian-Toarcian transition and the T-OAE are well exposed.

The fieldtrip is limited to 25 participants.

Day 1: Excursion to Dotternhausen Pliensbachian-Toarcian outcrops and Werkforum and Fossil Museum visit. The fieldtrip will start around 07:00 am and be finished around 06:00 pm. More information: The participants will be hosted in a local the hotel.

Day 2: Excursion to Buttenheim clay pit and Teufelsgraben Pliensbachian-Toarcian outcrops. The fieldtrip will start around 07:00 am and be finished around 06:00 pm.


Ammonites with excellent shell preservation from Buttenheim clay pit (credits:

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Toarcian paper shale-like material from Swabian Basin cropping out in the Dotterhausen quarry.