Nannotalks 6th-11th July 2020

An online conference


2020 is proving an extraordinary year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and as a result normal scientific meetings and workshops have had to be cancelled or delayed. In particular the INA Summer School on Evolution and Taxonomy planned for the week of 5th-11th July in Lyon has been postponed until next year. To help fill the gap left by this Felipe Vallejo and his colleagues (students from Colombia who attended previous workshops) have organised for INA an online conference - "NannoTalks". They are supported in this by Aurora Science Communications as well.

This conference will feature a series of talks on key topics in nannofossil research by leading experts over the course of the week. There will be two talks a day, each half an hour long, - 20 minutes of talk then 10 minutes of questions. These are timed to take place in the morning in the Americas and in the afternoon in Africa and Europe (so rather late at night in much of Asia and Australasia, apologies for that). They will also be available for viewing online afterwards - with full links from the INA website.

Video trailer

Log in details

Zoom log-in: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2586670089?pwd=ZXc0Z2ZMTUNseExhcEpSK3J3ckhxZz09

Live via You Tube: watch on our channel on You Tube

The Zoom connection should provide optimal quality and will allow interaction with the speakers. However, the total number of live connections via Zoom is limited, so if this does not work please use the You Tube channel instead. Also talk wills be available after the event via the You Tube channel.


It is intended to provide a permanent archive of the talks so they can be accessed by researchers and students. As far as possible this will include both Powerpoint and Video files. It is hoped to have these available within a couple of weeks of the conference. Links will then be added to the table below. Update - editing the presentations to professional standard has taken longer than we had hoped (due to occasional outages in the transmitted versions), it is in progress though and videos will be posted here later this month (August 2020).

Conference organisers


Day EDT Time CEST Time Speaker Talk title Affiliation Archive
Monday 6th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 Giuliana Villa Middle Eocene to Late Oligocene climate variability: a new integrated calcareous nannofossil and magnetostratigraphic record from the Equatorial Indian Ocean University of Parma, Italy
10:30-11:00 16:30-17:00 Claudia Agnini Cenozoic calcareous nannofossils as stratigraphic tools: state of the art, pitfalls and future perspectives University of Padova, Italy
Tuesday 7th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 Jorijntje Henderiks Small is beautiful (and why cell size matters) Uppsala University, Sweden
10:30-11:00 16:30-17:00 Luc Beaufort Orbital cycles, climate, and coccolithophores CEREGE, Aix en Provence, France
Wednesday 8th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 José-Abel Flores Late Miocene calcareous nannofossil succession in the W Mediterranean: the paleoceanographic and biochronological connection University of Salamanca, Spain
10:30-11:00 16:30-17:00 Jeremy R. Young Biomineralisation - how coccoliths form and why this is key to understanding their morphology and taxonomy University College London, UK
Thursday 9th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 Nicolas Thibault Applied biostratigraphy and paleoecology of calcareous nannofossils: take-home messages from Late Cretaceous examples University of Copenhagen, Denmark
10:30-11:00 16:30-17:00 Elisabetta Erba Biosphere resilience to global change: coccolithophorid crisis and benefit in the Early Cretaceous University of Milan, Italy
Friday 10th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 Amos Winter Coccolithophores: the unresolved questions Indiana State University, USA
10:00-10:30 16:30-17:00 Emanuela Mattioli The Early History of Coccolithopohres Lyon 1 University, France
Saturday 11th July 10:00-10:30 16:00-16:30 Marie-Pierre Aubry The photic zone is a garden Rutgers University, USA
10:30-11:00 16:30-17:00 Marcie Phillips Geological problem solving using integrated biostratigraphy: quantitative charts as an essential tool University of Texas at Austin, USA

NB EDT = Eastern Daylight Time, CEST = Central European Summer Time (this includes most of Europe, the UK is one hour earlier).

There is currently an open call for applications from students for the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship grants.

More YouTube videos

The Crystal for Nannos series by Mario Cachao provides a detailed explanation of how the images of coccoliths, as seen in the petrographic microscope, are formed and what they show. Essential information for anyone studying nannofossils.