The International Nannoplankton Association was established in 1977
in order to enhance communication between the widely scattered academic
and industrial scientists working on calcareous nannofossils and living
coccolithophores. From 2010 the INA has been affiliated with The Micropalaeontological Society. We collaborate on web-hosting and newsletter production and support each others meetings where relevant.
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Membership is open to any interested individuals, or libraries. Currently there are about 250 members worldwide. These include algologists, biostratigraphers, geologists, micropalaeontologists and oceanographers, in both universities and industry. Membership costs £30 per year, and £10 for students. See separate page for payment details.
The INA organizes conferences approximately every two years. The
next meeting will be held in Athens in 2017 - convenor Maria Triantaphylou.
Previous conferences have been held in Vienna (1985), London (1987), Florence (1989), Prague (1991), Salamanca (1993) Copenhagen (1995), Puerto Rico (1998) Bremen (2000), Parma (2002), Lisbon (2004), Lincoln, Nebraska (2006), Lyon (2008) and Yamagata (2010), Reston, Virginia (2013) and Bohol the Philippines.
In addition the INA organises occasional workshops and regional meetings, e.g. workshops on Boreal Lower Cretaceous nannofossils (Zurich, 1986), Jurassic nannofossils (London, 1990), terminology (London 1992), extant coccolithophores (Crete 2003 and 2014), Reticulofenestrid coccolith taxonomy (Birmingham 2014, with TMS), regional meetings in Woods Hole, USA (1986), Shanghai, China (1989), Yamagata, Japan (1992), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1994).
Additional European meetings are organised by the nannofossil group of The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS), since virtually all the TMS nanno group members are also INA hacks these have always felt like INA meetings and following our affiliation with TMS they will be co-sponsored by the INA. Recently we have had excellent joint meetings with the TMS foram group in Copenhagen (2004), Southampton (2005), Liverpool (2006), Angers (2007), Tubingen (2008), Zurich (2009, a special meeting to mark retirement of Hans Thierstein), London (2010), as part of the International Palaeontological Congress, Krakow (2011), Edinburgh (2012), Prague (2013), Texel (2014), Plymouth (2015/upcoming) See the TMS website for details.
Abstracts from INA Conferences have been published by INA as special issues of the JNR, and its predecessor the International Nannoplankton Association Newsletter. Published proceedings have also been produced from most of the INA Conferences as special issues or volumes of various publications. These are mostly still in print &/or available for download and together form an extremely useful source of literature on nannofossils. For details see: conference proceedings