The 4th International Conference of Geobiology
—— Rocks, life and climate
June 24-26, 2017
1. INVITATION Dear colleagues and friends,
Geobiology is rapidly growing at the interface between geoscience and bioscience. As seen elsewhere in the world, geobiology in China received great attention in recent years by both scientists and administrative officials. Following the geobiology workshop in 2008, we organized three International Geobiology Conferences at Wuhan in 2010, 2012, and 2014. To explore the interaction among rocks, life and climate, we are going to hold the 4th International Conference of Geobiology in 2017 at Wuhan, central China.
The Chinese Organizing Committee, in collaboration with related national/international organizations and research institutes, is delighted to cordially invite you to the 4th International Conference of Geobiology. This meeting offers an important forum in which geologists, paleontologists, biologists, microbiologists, biogeochemists and other scientists with diverse approaches and methodologies can meet, and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics related to the coupling system of the biosphere and geosphere. I hope that such exchange and integration will accelerate the development of geobiology and the earth system sciences as a whole.
I hope that this invitation may help you to apply for visa in local Chinese embassies. I look forward to seeing you at Wuhan in June, 2017.
Nov. 30, 2016
2. SPONSORS AND ORGANIZERS
National Natural Science Foundation of China
National Committee of Stratigraphy of China
Geological Society of China
Paleontological Society of China
Microbiological Society of China
China University of Geosciences
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, CAS
International Commission on Stratigraphy
International Paleontological Association
State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China University of Geosciences (CUG, Wuhan)
State Key Laboratory of Modern Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing
Key Laboratory of Evolutionary Systematics of Vertebrates, CAS, Beijing
3. ACADEMIC AND ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Academic Committee (in alphabetical order)
Chairman: Hongfu YIN, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China
Ariel ANBAR, Arizona State University, USA
Mike BENTON, University of Bristol, UK
David BOTTJER, University of Southern California, USA
Yucheng CHAI, National Natural Science Foundation of China
Xu CHEN, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, CAS, China
Richard EVERSHED, University of Bristol, UK
Stanley FINNEY, California State University at Long Beach, USA
David HARPER, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Nianzhi JIAO, Xiamen University, China
Andrew KNOLL, Harvard University, USA
Kurt KONHAEUSER, University of Alberta, Canada
Lee KUMP, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Timthoy LYONS, University of California, Riverside, USA
Zhanxiang QIU, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), CAS, China
Joachim REITNER, University of G?ttingen, Germany
Jiayu RONG, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, CAS, China
Shuzhong SHEN, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, CAS, China
Degan SHU, Northwest University, China
Roger SUMMONS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Shu SUN, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, China
Chengshan WANG, China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China
Pinxian WANG, Tongji University, China
Paul WIGNALL, University of Leeds, UK
Miman ZHANG, IVPP, CAS, China
Zhonghe ZHOU, IVPP, CAS, China
Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order)
Chairman: Shucheng XIE
Members: Zhongqiang CHEN, Hailiang DONG, Jan-Peter Duda, Qinglai FENG, Hongchen JIANG, Xulong LAI, Chao LI, Yiliang LI, Yu LIU, Yongxin PAN, Liang SHI, Xiaoying SHI, Jinnan TONG, Fengping WANG, Hongmei WANG, Yongbiao WANG, Shuhai XIAO, Jiaxin YAN, Renbin ZHAN
Secretary in general: Genming LUO
4. PRELIMINARY SCHEDULES AND IMPORTANT DATES
June 23, all day-registration
June 24-26, opening session, plenary session and topic sessions
Nov. 30, 2016: 1st circular
February 1, 2017: Proposal of sessions and convenors
March 30, 2017: Early bird registration and 2nd circular
April 1, 2017: Deadline for abstract submission
May 1, 2017: Final circular
5. SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The official language of the conference will be English.
Interaction and co-evolution between organisms and environments at critical periods of the geological history and in modern days will be the subject of this meeting. Tentatively, the following symposia are suggested, and more session proposals are encouraged before February 1, 2016. These symposia may be subdivided into sessions if more than a dozen presentations are included.
(1) Precambrian geobiology
1a. Microbes and the Great Oxidation Event
1b. Co-evolution of Proterozoic oceans, atmospheres and life
1c. Habitability of early earth and other celestial bodies
(2) Phanerozoic geobiology
2a. Cambrian explosion and mass extinction
2b. Radiation and mass extinction in the Ordovician
2c. Mass extinction and recovery through Permian to Triassic
2d. Geobiology of vertebrates
3a. Microbes-mineral interactions and geological consequences
3b. Modern microbialites
3c. Deep biosphere
(4) Geobiology and climate
4a. Molecular and isotopic paleoclimate reconstruction
4b. Biogeochemical cycles and climate change
4c. Geobiology of greenhouse climate and oceanic anoxia
(5) Phylogeny and geobiology events
5a. RNA world, LUCA, and phylogenomic approaches to the origin of life
5b. Genomic approaches to Phanerozoic geobiology
5c. Genomics of microbial functional groups
6. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
All participants are invited to submit abstracts on all the related topics of the sessions listed above. All abstracts received by the committee will be peer-reviewed and linguistically edited. All abstracts are encouraged to submit as an email attachment (MSWord file) to Mr Jun HU (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline of the abstract submission is
April 1, 2017.
Sample (size, one A4 printing page)
Title (Times New Roman, 12 point, bold)
Authors (Times New Roman, 10 point)
Affiliations (Times New Roman, 10 point)
Abstract text (Times New Roman, 10 point)
References (Times New Roman, 8 point, less than 5 references)
Xie S., Pancost R. D., Chen L., Evershed R. P., Yang H., Zhang K., Huang J., Xu D., 2012. Microbial lipid records of highly alkaline deposits and enhanced aridity associated with significant uplift of Tibetan Plateau in late Miocene. Geology, 40，291-294.
7. REGISTRATION FEES AND PAYMENT POLICY
Full payment should be done online at
which will be active for payment after February 10, 2017.
Before March 30, 2017: formal participant 400 US$, student 250 US$, accompany 200 US$.
After March 30, 2017: formal participant 500 US$, student 300 US$, accompany 250 US$.
All payments, including registration fee and accommodation fee, must be paid in Dollar.
A 40 US$ administration fee will be withheld for cancellations received in writing prior to April 1, 2017
No refunds will be issued after this date.
8. WEBSITES AND CONTACT
will be accessible to participants after January 15th, 2017.
Jun HU, Tel, 086-15527725502; Fax, 086-27-67883456; Email, email@example.com
State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China University of Geosciences, No. 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, Postcode 430074
All activities of the conference (lecture, accommodation, and meals, etc.) will take place in the New Beacon Luguang International Hotel (4-star hotel) which is about 25-minute walk from the campus of CUG. The hotel to the shopping center is about 5-minute walk.
The organizer encourages all participants to accommodate in New Beacon Luguang International Hotel (4-star hotel). The cost is 60 US$ per night for a standard double-bed or single-bed room with standard facilities.
The organizer will help to reserve the rooms on the 7th-17th floors for all the invitees and participants who have registered to attend the conference or submitted the abstract.
The hotel address: No. 124 Minyuan Road, East Lake High-tech Development Zone, Wuhan. Tel: 0086-27-59361111, Fax: 0086-27-59254988;
Sale executive manager: Miss Shu, Tel: 13871519549.
Images showing a standard single-bed room (left), and a standard double-bed room (right)
10. CONFERENCE VENUE
The 4th International Conference of Geobiology will be held in the New Beacon Luguang International Hotel (4-star hotel), Wuhan, China.
You may browse the website http://english.wh.gov.cn/ for the information related to Wuhan.
Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province in Central China. The Yangtze River and Hanshui River divide Wuhan into three parts: Hankou, Hanyang and Wuchang, which are generally known as Wuhan's Three Towns. The universities including CUG are located at Wuchang. Wuhan occupies a land of 8494.41km2, most of which is plain and decorated with a great number of lakes. It has a population of about 8 million.
Wuhan belongs to subtropical humid monsoon climate. There are sufficient rainfall and sunshine as well as four distinct seasons. In recent thirty years, the average rainfall in June is 151mm, with 12 rainy days; the temperature in June ranges 22℃~ 30℃, with the mean temperature of 26℃.
Wuhan possesses strong economic and regional advantages. It connects the east with the west, channels the north to the south, and links rivers with seas by means of its developed water, land and air traffic. Some of China's metropolises such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi'an are all within a circle around the center of Wuhan with the radius of 1000km. Wuhan is the important strategic supporting point of Central China.
11. REPLY FORM
Please fill in the attached reply form and send it back to the contact persons listed above (firstname.lastname@example.org) before March 30, 2017.