From Gondwana to Laurasia
The 6th International Palaeontological Congress
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After Sydney in 2002, Beijing in 2006, London in 2010, Mendoza in 2014 and Paris in 2018, Thailand applies for the organization of the next International Palaeontological Congress in November 2022. Our country is ready and prepared to receive all palaeontologists in Khon Kaen for the conference and in all the kingdom’s territories for the fieldtrips.
Due to its origins as two terranes in Gondwana in the Palaeozoic, their fusion with Laurasia in the Triassic and the development of the Sundaic biota in the Neogene, Thailand is a land of great geological and palaeontological diversity – hence our theme ‘From Gondwana to Laurasia.
Khon Kaen province is near the centre of palaeontological activity in Thailand and is home to important museums and palaeontological sites. Nearby Khon Kaen are flourishing palaeontological schools, museums and sites in Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), Mahasarakham and Kalasin run by the Department of Mineral Resources and by universities.
Events in Khon Kaen and fieldtrips to the far corners of the kingdom will allow participants to enjoy palaeontological journeys combined with unique and exotic gastronomic, artistic and historical adventures. Experienced conference organisers are drawn from staff of the Department of Mineral Resources, universities and museums. The lead organization is the Palaeontological Research and Education Centre at Mahasarakham University in close co-ordination with the following:
• Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham (MSU)
• Royal Thai Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
• Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU)