International Nannoplankton Association
OF PARMA - ITALY -
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
organizing committee and I look forward to welcoming you to Parma for the INA