Welcome to the 9th

International Nannoplankton Association Conference

9-12 SEPTEMBER 2002


Following the decision at INA8 earlier this year, I am pleased to announce that the next INA conference will be held in September 2002 at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Parma (Italy), which was founded in 1100 A.D.

The scientific committee expects that many diverse topics will be covered at INA 9, and requests that you kindly send in proposals for discussing what you consider to be at the cutting edge of our science.

Parma is a historical city, the foundations of which date back to the Roman times (about 180 B.C.), and has seen successions of the events that mark the history of Italy. It was the city of the Farnese Family (~1500 A.D.) and in early 1800s became the capital of the Ducate of Maria Luigia of Austria, Napoleon's wife. Art and music flourished then and continue. Now discerning visitors enjoy newer artistic monuments and the old Teatro Regio, where operas by G. Verdi, a local boy, are still performed besides many others. Numerous medieval castles dot the Po River plain and the foothills of the Apennines (only 10 km south of the city) and where modern industrial complexes produce a large variety of goods. This duality of historical memories and modern technology characterises the charm of Parma.

Parma's proximity to the Alps and the Apennines offers the opportunity to visit some of the most famous geological localities of the world. The nearby Plio-Pleistocene Blue Marls as well the Carrara Marble quarries or the Cretaceous Helmithoid Flysch in the Apennines, are just as interesting as the Alpine successions.

Prices are comparable to other European cities of similar size. The average cost for accommodation per person (double occupancy) including breakfast is around US $50. Dining ranges from US $15 to $40 depending on the restaurant, or more depending on the wines you might select. The variety of delicious food is part of the cultural tradition of this region, Emilia, and is world famous.

Whereas the main campus is in the heart of the old city, the new campus (built in 1987) houses the Department of Earth Sciences where research activities focus on micropaleontology, stratigraphy, petrology, water-rock interaction, and marine geosciences.

The organizing committee and I look forward to welcoming you to Parma for the INA 9!

Giuliana Villa


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Updated: September 2nd, 2002

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