Compiled by Jackie Burnett on behalf of the INA Committee

INA9! - PARMA 2002 first announcement


Prof. Woody Wise is the new INA President - ladies, isn't it weird to have a man at the helm for the first time?! He took over from Shirley at INA8 and has already started making his mark by putting forward some ambitious plans for the renovation and rejuvenation of the INA, some of which are outlined below. And for anyone wondering about Woody's SPEBSQSA professional affiliation, as listed on his voting form CV, check out this site. And, from the great man himself....

What a great 8th Biennial INA Conference that was in Bremen, so ably organised by Prof. Helmut Willems, Erna Friedel, Tania Hildebrand-Habel, Christine Hll and their enthusiastic staff of 20 or more. The weather was perfect, and the Mayor of Bremen was extraordinarily charming (I wish he could have come here to Tallahassee to help solve our presidential ballot-counting controversy!). But, more important to our mission, the100+ presentations and posters provided a state-of-the-art snap-shot of our rapidly-moving field of calcareous nannoplankton research, ranging from the discovery of new palaeoceanographic and biostratigraphic indicators among ancient assemblages, to a wealth of biological and climate-change information being derived from major international projects such as the European Community-sponsored CODENET project. If you weren't able to attend, you will certainly want a copy of the Program and Abstracts [published as JNR 22(2) and posted to all INA Members registered at the time of the conference] plus the recently-released Proceedings from the previous meeting in Puerto Rico (see below for ordering information). And you will certainly not want to miss the next meeting, which will be in Parma, Italy, two years hence (see the notice by our next convenor, Giuliana Villa, below).

Also at the meeting, after eight years of dedicated and tireless service to the Association, my predecessor, Shirley van Heck, turned over to me the little (but loud) red whistle (with neck chain and matching red carrying-case), which is the symbol of the office bestowed on her by our founding President, Katharina von Salis Perch-Nielsen. Of course, Katharina didn't need a man-made whistle, as many of you will remember, but I'm glad to have it as a reminder of those two selfless individuals who guided our Association from its formative beginnings to the well-established and highly-respected society that it is today. I will do all that I can to continue that tradition, and I am humbled by, and appreciative of, the support given by you, the Members, in selecting me for that role. I'd also like to thank Dave Jutson and Bill Siesser for friendly opposition on the ticket, and for taking on major responsibilities within the Association. Bill will continue as Bibliographer and will also help Laurel Bybell and Jean Self-Trail in developing a comprehensive electronic Bibliography and Index of Calcareous Nannofossils, which will be a major boon for all researchers in our field. Dave is developing a set of by-laws for the Association and, along with Dave Watkins, is looking into the status of the Association's registration.

Also announced at the meeting was the first of several student 'best paper' awards that we will be making in coming years. This award was for the best student paper in the Proceedings from the Puerto Rico meeting (see notice, below). We believe it to be most important to recognise the work of our young people, as they represent the future of our Association. In this vein, we will also select best student oral and poster presentation awards at the Parma meeting. The latter award will be named in memory of the late Ralph Solomon, whose legacy to the Association lives on through his award-winning and stunningly beautiful 'Calcite Palace' of nannofossils, which can be accessed through our INA website.

To support the Solomon Award, as well as to provide special travel funds to the meeting for students and others needing assistance, the INA Foundation is being established, under the directorship of David Watkins, to receive contributions (see notice, below). We hope that all Members and friends of the INA will support, to their fullest, this worthy endeavour. I understand that the first contribution to the Foundation has already been made (see notice, below), and we hope many more will follow.

Our publications are the true legacy of our Association to the world of science. A major goal is to have our publications more widely distributed and visible to the scientific community. One thing that will increase our visibility will be to have the journal carried by more libraries. Our Treasurer, Stacia Spaulding, will be heading up that campaign, which will require the help of all of our members. Please help Stacia by personally talking to your institution's librarian and asking that they add the JNR to their collections.

To keep our Association on a sound financial footing, and to ensure that we can disseminate our work more broadly, we also need to build up an operating fund for the publication of our journal and proceedings. Increasing our journal subscriptions to libraries will help us in this regard, as our institutional rate will be set at a multiple of our ordinary membership rate. Most scientific societies support themselves primarily by marketing their publications, thus this is a goal we have set for ourselves. Other such projects are afoot, and we will keep you informed as these develop. In the meantime, I hope you can all begin planning now to join us in Parma for the next biennial meeting.
Woody Wise

As a result of discussions at the INA8 meeting, we are presently in the process of establishing the INA Foundation. The INA Foundation is designed to promote the goals of the INA through the accumulation, management and distribution of charitable funds. One of the activities of the Foundation will be funding the newly-initiated Student Awards program (see below). The Foundation will also oversee our continuing program of helping students and scientists from as many countries as possible to attend the INA meetings. The Foundation will also fund and sponsor Gift Memberships, where needed, to encourage the distribution and dissemination of the Journal of Nannoplankton Research and the newsletter to teaching and research centres that would not otherwise be able to receive them. The Foundation will also raise funds to help support special publications and functions not provided for by the normal operating budget of the INA.
Contributions by individual members or corporations to the Foundation may be designated for special projects if the donor so desires. Those providing substantial financial support will be recognised as sustaining or corporate members of the Association. Foundation funds will be maintained in a separate account from the operating budget of the Association. Donations may be sent directly to the Secretary/Treasurer (Stacia Spaulding) or to me, Director of the Foundation. We hope all members will help spread the word to help promote the activities of the Foundation.
David K. Watkins (Director, INA Foundation)

Christmas came early to INA, when we discovered we had a much larger stash of back-issues of the INA Newsletter and JNR than we originally thought, and we saw an easy way to get the ball rolling with the new Foundation through selling these to you (and also making some space in Jackie's office and Kevin Cooper's basement)! So, if you would like to complete your set (from 1979 onwards - possibly constituting a collector's item in years to come, and very definitely being an astounding Christmas/New Year present for someone you love!), then please contact Stacia, who will give you a quote (the cost will depend on how many issues you want and the postage).

The INA already has a small number of Members whose dues are met by the INA, and we are happy to continue this and willing to expand that number to include any nannoplankton workers who would benefit from such membership but who cannot afford the dues due to the economic situation in their country. In return, all we ask is that such Members send reprints to the relevant INA Bibliographer, and start to pay for their Membership should their economic situation improve. If you are aware of an individual or an institute who would benefit from this, please can you ask them to contact the Treasurer/Secretary.
From now on, the cost of free memberships will be offset by monies held in the new INA Foundation, which will run off donations and revenue from INA publications, therefore, the number we can offer will depend on our generosity and that of any sponsors, and the success of our publications.

As a result of discussions at the INA Conference in Bremen, it was decided that, for the furtherance of the INA and the protection of the officers, a constitution/set of by-laws be constructed so that the INA could be registered as an international association in the US. Currently, the rules concerning the Association are those that were proposed by the founding members at the first meeting. They were few and simple but as the INA has grown, so have its finances and liabilities. Therefore, I have been putting together a constitution which will suit the particular needs of the INA. With the help of Woody Wise and Dave Watkins, I have compiled a draft version, which is based on the SEPM (Society for Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists) and the AWG (Association of Women Geologists) by-laws. Currently, this is being checked out by Woody Wise but will be available for all Members to comment upon early in the new year.
Dave Jutson (Compiler, INA Constitution)

(NB There is an informal summary of INA organisation on the web site)

Apologies and a huge thanks to those of you who have patiently waited to hear if you had won, and to those of you who voted! Logo B, alias Chris Street, is the winner, with a total of nine first-choice votes (and 13 second-choice votes). In a fit of charity, commensurate with the time of year and the new presidency, Chris has offered to donate half of the prize money to the new INA Foundation. The logo is shown below - the others are still visible on a separate page.
It was decided that, in future, awards should be made at INA conferences for the best presentations by students - this will begin at INA9 (Parma). In addition, it was decided to institute an award for best paper by a student, or resulting from research carried out whilst a student, and published in either the Proceedings of the previous INA conference or in the JNR since the previous conference. It was decided that this award could be instigated directly and a committee was appointed, comprising Jeremy Young, Hans Thierstein and Amos Winter. A significant number of papers were available for consideration, in both the JNR and the Puerto Rico Proceedings, and the committee were impressed by the number of high-quality possibilities. After considerable debate, the committee agreed that the President's Award for Best Publication should be made to Kyoko Hagino for her outstanding article on modern nannoplankton from the Pacific Ocean, in the Puerto Rico conference volume.
Jeremy Young

We are now set on a course to expand the INA's presence in the realm of publishing. Primarily, you will hopefully notice many positive changes in your next issue of the JNR. Firstly, we will be decoupling the science from the news and gossip, and you will be receiving, in future, both a JNR and an INA newsletter twice yearly (except in conference years, in which there will be the additional special JNR volume of abstracts - talk about value for money!). Jean Self-Trail will become editor of the newsletter, whilst I will remain as JNR editor. This move will allow us to apply for inclusion of the JNR in the Science Citation Index (application scheduled for summer 2001), which we have been working towards for some years now by improving the quality and range of articles we publish but, more importantly, the quality and quantity of the plates. Whilst incorporation of the JNR into the SCI is of more relevance to academic Members, whose university departments are subject to research assessment exercises, and who require points on their CVs when applying for promotion/tenure, the improvement in the quality of the JNR, and the recognition of this by the SCI Committee, will be of benefit to all of us by providing us with a larger audience and greater kudos in the micropalaeontological arena, and we are hoping that this will inspire you to submit more articles, of increasingly better quality, to the JNR. The benefits of being included on the SCI are manifold; I will detail these if/when the JNR is accepted.
In case you were unaware, and to remind those of you that are, I will quote our new President, "with ODP going [entirely] electronic, there really are no other hard-copy media for publishing our taxonomic and stratigraphic papers that don't require long lead-times". The JNR is ready and able to fill this niche. In addition to this, as the main journal for taxonomic papers, we will be in a position to benefit from copyright dues.
If you intend to submit an article to the JNR, please read the advice to contributors (inside rear cover).

As you are aware, bibliographies of both nannoplankton and silicoflagellate articles, and up-to-date taxonomic listings, are published in each issue of the JNR. This involves a fair amount of work for Bill Siesser and Kevin McCartney, respectively, who derive their lists from various sources and at some expense to themselves. The most convenient way for them to provide this service is for INA Members to send reprints to them. Please could I urge you, therefore, to get into the habit of sending your reprints to the relevant bibliographer (addresses are inside the front cover). This particularly applies to those colleagues who have free membership, since this is part of the agreement between you and the INA. Bill estimates that, presently, only 5-10% of the papers on his lists are sent to him unsolicited - we can do better than that, can't we?!

The following Members received funding to attend INA8: Marietta de Leon, Philippines (US$1 200), Zhong Shi-lan, China (US$1 200), Fatemah Hadavi, Iran (US$800), Stanislav Shumenko, Ukraine (US$400), Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, Pakistan (US$350), and Claire Findlay, Australia (US$50).
As mentioned above, this fund was entirely drained for INA8, and so new donations (to the INA Foundation via Dave Watkins) are desperately needed. In addition, Woody is thinking of putting in a proposal to NSF to get travel funds to support US participants in future and has suggested that other research groups similarly apply to their own government funding bodies.

I am now able to accept all major credit cards - American Express, Visa and Mastercard - for payment of your INA dues and for purchases of back issues of the JNR/INA Newsletter. All charges will be made in US dollars and will appear as 'INA' (I believe) on your credit card statement. To remind you, we have a three-year in advance discount plan available: $50/_30 for ordinary members, $25/_15 for students. Dues for 1999 and prior years are now overdue, and payable at the late rate of $25/_15 per year for ordinary members and $12.50/_7.50 per year for student members. If you have any questions about the years for which you owe, please do not hesitate to contact me. For details on how to pay, please see my report at the back of this issue.
Stacia A. Spaulding

Ben Walsworth-Bell
- Ben submitted his UCL PhD thesis (Jurassic Calcareous Nannofossils and Environmental Cycles) in October, and a week later(!) arrived at the University of Milan to begin his new life as a PDRA with the C/T-Network (see below). A month in, he's enjoying life in Italy (although his Italian shows room for improvement) and enjoying the challenge of a new project (although what with splitting and sampling a newly-drilled Gubbio core, he still hasn't seen a nannofossil). He is, however, badly in need of a holiday!
The EC-funded C/T-Network represents a multidisciplinary examination of the causes and consequences of the Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (Cenomanian/Turonian boundary). The network consists of seven partner institutions (Dept. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Milan; Dept. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Oxford; Geological Inst., Christian-Albrechts Univ. of Kiel; Inst. of
Chemistry & Biology of the Marine Environment, Univ. of Oldenburg; Max Planck Inst. for Marine Microbiology; Netherlands Inst. for Sea Research; Newcastle Research Group on Fossil Fuels & Environmental Geochemistry, Univ. of Newcastle) with expertise in biostratigraphy/palaeontology, inorganic/isotope geochemistry, and molecular palaeontology/organic facies. Ben is working alongside Elisabetta Erba on the nannos. For more details, see the C/T-Net website.
Ben W-Bell

Patrick Quinn - I am now a PDRA in Zürich, part of the ETH-Z Micropalaeontology Group, supervised by Prof. Hans Thierstein and funded by (CODENET. My work includes, amongst other things, the analysis of Calcidiscus leptoporus cultures, furthering the work of Knappertsbusch (1990, 2000) and others at ETH, and determining whether the different morphotypes which have been identified are species or the result of ecophenotypy, and also the development of, and training in, COGNIS LIGHT (automated light-microscopic coccolith identification system), which is part of an array of techniques currently being pioneered at ETH. It's nice here.
Patrick Quinn

Francesca Lozar - has a new position (mother, to baby Luca), which I have included here because Francesca has assured me that, in 20 years' time, he will be a nanno-specialist!
Francesca Lozar

9th International Nannoplankton Association Conference, Parma, Italy September, 2002
Following 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 1100AD. The scientific committee expects many diverse topics to be covered at INA9, and requests that you kindly send in proposals for discussing what you consider to be at the cutting edge of our science.
Parma is an historical city, the foundations of which date back to Roman times (about 180BC), and has seen the succession of the events that mark the history of Italy. It was the city of the Farnese family (~1500AD), and in the early 1800s became the capital of the Ducate of Maria Luigia of Austria. Art and music flourished then and continue. Now, discerning visitors enjoy newer artistic monuments and the old Teatro Regio, where operas by Verdi, a local boy, are still performed alongside many others. Numerous medieval castles dot the Po River plain and the foothills of the Apennines (only 10km S of the city), where modern industrial complexes produce a large variety of goods. This duality of historical memories and modern technology characterises the charm of Parma.
Parma's 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 as the Carrara Marble quarries or the Cretaceous Helminthoid Flysch in the Apennines, are just as interesting as the Alpine successions.
Prices 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.
Whereas 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 micropalaeontology, stratigraphy, petrology, water-rock interaction, and marine geosciences. The organising committee and I look forward to welcoming you to Parma for INA9!
Giuliana Villa
Giuliana social committee Giuseppe
Parma one of the medieval castles

26th European Geophysical Society (EGS) Conference, Nice, France
March 26th-30th, 2001
At this meeting, we will have a session on The use of coccolithophore-based proxies in palaeoceanography: biomarkers and coccolith carbonate (PC7: see below). The session is part of the new interdisciplinary working group on 'Palaeoclimatology'. This special symposium will bring together oceanographers studying the present day ecology of coccolithophores with those studying the distributions of coccolithophore remains in the sedimentary record in order to derive palaeoceanographic information. The aim is to stimulate exchange of information and ideas among ecologists, geochemists and others who focus on the development of coccolithophore-based organic (e.g. alkenone) and inorganic (coccolith) proxies, and palaeoceanographers who use, or plan to use, these proxies. The session will include both overview papers of the current state-of-the-art and also new results and emerging applications of coccolithophore-based proxies in palaeoceanography.
A special issue of an international journal of the papers presented at the meeting is envisaged. The conveners of the session will be Antoni Rosell-Melé (Univ. of Durham), Maureen Conte (WHOI) and myself. Please contact one of us if you would like to know more about the session.
Dr. Patrizia Ziveri

Palaeoclimatology sessions at EGS26:
PC1: From process studies to reconstruction of the palaeoenvironment: advances in palaeoceanography and -climatology. Convener: L. Beaufort; Co-conveners: G.M. Ganssen, P.J. Valdes, T. von Dobeneck; PC2: Monsoon variability and global climate change. Convener: L. Lourens; Co-conveners: L. Beaufort, F. Gasse; PC3: Northern and Southern Hemisphere climate change and interhemispheric ocean interaction: leads and lags. Convener: A. Kuijpers; Co-conveners: A. Abelmann, E. Jansen; PC4: Foraminifera as proxies in palaeoceanography: geochemical signals, processes and applications. Convener: G.M. Ganssen; Co-conveners: J. Bijma, D. Kroon; PC5: The 1000 year record. Convener: W.-C. Dullo; Co-convener: A. Eisenhauer; PC6: Deep-sea corals; environmental conditions and palaeoceanography. Convener: T.C. van Weering; Co-conveners: W.-C. Dullo, L. Labeyrie; PC7: The use of coccolithophore-based proxies in palaeoceanography: biomarkers and coccolith carbonate. Convener: P. Ziveri; Co-conveners: M. Conte, A. Rosell-Melle.

More information: web site

Paleoceanography sessions are co-ordinated byDr. Gerald Ganssen, Inst. for Earth Sciences, Free University,
De Boelelaan 1085,1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel.: 0031 20 4447369;
fax: 0031 20 6462457;

European Union of Geosciences - EUG11, Strasbourg, France, 8th-12th April, 2001
We (J. Mutterlose (Bochum), E. Erba (Milano), H. Weissert (Zrich)) are organising an interdisciplinary symposium for EUG11 which may be of interest to you: D5 Rapid changes in Mesozoic palaeoceanography: micro-palaeontological, sedimentological and geochemical proxies. Hitherto, the Mesozoic era has been viewed as a stable period, with respect to its palaeoceanography and palaeoclimate. According to this understanding, the Mesozoic was a period of great warmth, without any major ice-caps. Only recently, a much more varied palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic history has been postulated, based on several independent lines of evidence. It is the objective of the symposium to discuss the most recent results of research dealing with rapid changes in Mesozoic palaeoceanography by using micropalaeontological, sedimentological and geochemical methods.

Deadlines: abstract submission - 30th November, 2000; registration (reduced rate): 31st January, 2001
Jrg Mutterlose

Also at EUG11, Alastair Robertson (with H.-C. Larsen, R. Whitmarsh, G Manatschal) will host a session on Rifts and passive margins. The main aim is to discuss recent advances in understanding of the deep structure, volcanism and sedimentary architecture of continental rifts and passive continental margins (from any area), as exemplified by the Volcanic Rifted Margin of E Greenland and the Non-Volcanic Rifted Margin of Iberia, based mainly on ODP and marine geophysical studies. An additional aim is to make comparisons with ancient rift and passive margin units preserved on land within suture belts. To what extent, for example, can modern rifted margin types be recognised in the ancient stratigraphical record, including the Mesozoic Alpine-Mediterranean Tethys and the Palaeozoic Iapetus? The main aim is to bring together geologists, geophysicists and others working both on land and at sea and to make
comparisons which cut across geographic area, orogenic belt and time frameworks.

Geological Association of Canada/Mineralogical Association of Canada, Joint Annual Meeting
May 27th-30th, 2001
More information: web site
Note: there are palaeontology-related sessions and field trips!
Doug Boyce

36th European Marine Biology Symposium, Ma, Menorca, Spain
17th-23rd September, 2001
The general theme for this meeting is A Marine Science Odyssey into the 21st Century, featuring a group of scientific sages transmitting a career's worth of knowledge and wisdom to young sages-to-be!
More information web site
Angels Gonyalons (Organising Secretary),

7th North American Paleontology Convention, University of California, Berkeley, June 26th-July 1st, 2001
More information: web site
Abstracts are now being accepted via the website. You may submit an abstract now, although final housing and registration will be available later on the website. We look forward to welcoming all palaeontologists with an interest in North American palaeontology to this meeting. Travel and meeting grants will be available for students and unemployed palaeontologists (watch the website for announcements).
NAPC-20001 Organising Committee

VI International Symposium on the Jurassic System, Palermo, Sicily, Italy, September 12th-22nd, 2002
Program: September 12th-15th - pre-symposium field-trip; 16th-19th - scientific sessions;
20th-22nd - post-symposium field-trips.
More information : web site

ICP7, Sapporo, Japan
16th-22nd September, 2001
Deadline for abstract submission
: March 15th, 2001
The First Circular and Registration Forms can be downloaded from the conference homepage. Tentative titles of the oral presentations can also be examined on the homepage. At INA8, Patrizia Ziveri and others proposed to have a nannoplankton workshop in Sapporo in conjunction with ICP7. Information updates will be announced on coccoliths.list.
Prof. Hisatake Okada

conference logo Hisa

Just a reminder that BugWare software (BugWin 2K) - the leading palaeontological software for data collection and graphing among academics, consultants, and major oil companies in the US - is completely downloadable from and, while this software is not share- or freeware, Mitch is often happy to provide students with free copies. BugWin 2K has excellent graphic capabilities using MS Excel or, for industrial strength charting, it has a powerful interface with AutoCAD. You can load your BugWin data directly into Excel with a mouse-click and utilise the powerful formula capabilities of Excel for this purpose. Please contact Mitch Covington ( for more information.

Visit the ODP web site for the latest information on current ODP legs.
John Firth,

Marine Micropaleontology Special Issue 'Nannoplankton ecology and palaeoecology'
Proceedings of the INA7 Conference, Puerto Rico, 1998
Edited by J.R. Young, H.R. Thierstein & A. Winter (2000)
The INA7 Proceedings have now been published (June, 2000), as a Marine Micropaleontology volume 39(1-4), Special Issue. It contains 14 substantial papers and three shorter notes, and constitutes a benchmark in the study of coccolithophorid ecology. The INA has bulk-purchased a number of copies and these are available from us at a much lower price than direct from Elsevier.

Orders: Europe (GBP19/EURO33, inc. postage) - Jeremy Young, Palaeontology Dept., The Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD, UK (; USA (US$28, inc. postage) - Stacia Spaulding, 345 Meadowbrook Farm Road, Proctorsville, Vermont 05153, USA ( Please include a label with your address on it with the order and pay by either personal cheque, made out to International Nannoplankton Association, or by credit card (for details on credit card transactions, see the membership page or contact Stacia).

Fossils and the Future. Paleontology in the 21st Century
Senckenberg-Bcher Nr. 74: 1-290pp., 17 Figs, 5 Tabs, ISBN 3-7829-1162-8
Lane, R.H., Steininger, F.F., Kaesler, R.L., Ziegler, W. & Lipps, J. (2000)

In early September,1997,108 palaeontologists and allied individuals from 30 countries met at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany to participate in a Senckenberg World Conference entitled 'Paleontology in the 21st Century'. This body of individuals represented the following: the various organisations that employ palaeontologists; many of the societies that serve the profession and, therefore, the specialties that comprise the science; a fair representation of participants by number of years in palaeontology; and a gender split of 94 males and 14 females.
Participants identified and discussed issues facing the various specialties and components of palaeontology, as well as the science of palaeontology in general. The assembly agreed that the issues identified are among the most important ones facing palaeontology today. Earlier this year, the palaeontology community was engaged in a Paleonet internet dialogue centered around the issues identified in Frankfurt. The ultimate objective of the workshop and internet dialogue was to establish consensual solutions to concerns and directions for action as palaeontology enters the next millennium. In this regard, the participants in Frankfurt agreed that the purpose of the Senckenberg workshop was to initiate and nurture a dialogue concerning the future of palaeontology. It is a call to thoughtful action by all palaeontologists.
The book summarising the results of the Frankfurt workshop is now published. I encourage all of you to order this book and consider putting its suggestions into action. My hope is that it will become a living document that is modified and updated as new issues and opportunities confront the palaeontological world. We are one community with a unique set of overriding needs. In my opinion, we don't always act that way.
The book is a bargain at 55DM (~US$20.00; ~UK_17; ~ FFR42) plus postage. As advanced payment is requested, the fastest way to order would be to send your credit card number and date of expiration via fax: 00-49-69-746238 (011-49-69-746238 in the US). An order form can be found here. Alternatively, you may go to the Pal Soc site and click on What's New.
Harold Lane


Woody Wise's comments

A word from the INA8 Organising Committee
On behalf of the Department of Historical Geology/Palaeontology, the INA8 Organising Committee was happy to welcome nannoplankton researchers from all over the world to the 8th International Nannoplankton Association Conference in Bremen, Germany. 115 participants from 30 countries on five continents attended the conference and visited Bremen. The participants were offered information about the latest scientific research of the nannoplankton community in 50 talks. About 60 posters were presented and, in special sessions, discussed. Not only during poster-sessions and coffee-breaks but also during the evening activities, the participants exchanged and discussed ideas.

The ice-breaker party was a good warm-up to meet well-known and new colleagues and to spend a lively evening. Not only during the evenings, the participants had the time to stroll around the city - one afternoon of the conference was free of the scientific programme. People decided whether to take part in a guided tour through the old city of Bremen, a visit to the famous brewery of BECKs, or to spend the afternoon on their own. Furthermore, the Mayor of the City of Bremen invited the participants of INA8 to a reception in the historical City Hall. In a charming and entertaining way, he showed us the fascinating architecture of a number of halls and rooms inside the City Hall. Obviously, he had so much fun with the nannoplankton researchers that he accompanied us to the Friesenhof, where the conference dinner took place. There, he and the 98 participants of the conference dinner used the chance for conversations, not only about scientific and professional topics.

At the end of the conference week, researchers who work on sediment-trap material came together to exchange ideas and methods. Others, who were interested in learning more about calcareous dinoflagellates, met in a workshop on this topic.

To get an impression, and to see more of the surrounding region of Bremen, 42 participants joined the pre- and post-conference field-trips. In a late Bronze Age settlement excavation site, we were informed about the living and environmental circumstances during this time. Other highlights of this field-trip were the 'floating peat-bog', stories about dike construction, and the fascinating mud-flats.

During the post-conference field-trip, the participants experienced the impressive peat-bog landscape in a small, shaky train and, later on, heard more about the hard life of the inhabitants in former times. Surrounded by a very special, holy, mystical atmosphere were the old burial sites we visited. A special tit-bit for geologists were the rare, but very typical 'Schlatts' (cycle-shaped depressions caused by deflation during glacial times).

Altogether, it was an exciting time for the INA8 Organising Committee. Thanks to the excellent teamwork of our working group, we managed the busy organisational times of the conference with pleasure. We provided the basis for the conference, but only supported by the good mood and atmosphere all participants brought together in Bremen, and so it ended in a satisfactory, successful event.
INA8 Organising Committee:
Helmut Willems, Erna Friedel, Tania Hildebrand-Habel, Christine Höll

here are a few photos (from Shirley van Heck)

coffee break

INA8 organisers

Helmut & the Mayor

INA Committee

And here are some statistics...
Participants: 115
Countries: 30
Talks: 50
Posters: ~60
Field-trip participants: 42
Conference dinner: 98
Countries and number of participants:
Australia - 2
Austria - 1
Brazil - 1
Brunei - 1
Bulgaria - 2
China - 1
Czech Republic - 2
Denmark - 1
Egypt - 1
France - 5
Germany - 24
Ghana - 1
Greece - 1
Hungary - 1
Italy - 18
Iran - 1
Japan - 6
Libya - 1
Mexico - 2
The Netherlands - 3
Philippines - 3
Portugal - 3
Rumania - 1
Slovakia - 1
Spain - 3
Switzerland - 3
UK - 9
Ukraine - 3
USA - 12
Venezuela - 2

Workshop on coccolith carbonate flux quantification
Organisers: Patrizia Ziveri & Karl-Heinz Baumann
Bremen, September 15th, 2000
On Friday September 15th, as part of the INA8 conference in Bremen, Karl-Heinz Baumann and I organised a workshop on coccolith-carbonate flux quantification. This is a timely topic since, over the last 10 years, there has been a major effort to use sediment traps to quantify biogeochemical fluxes and this has included much work on coccolith fluxes. One of the objectives was to get together with people who are planning, or have recently started, to work on coccolith flux from sediment traps or sediments, in order to discuss methodology (which is still not standardised) and possible cooperation.
The outcome of the workshop was: 1) an e-mail list of people interested on this kind of work (gs-g coccolith - special thanks to Laurel Bybell for creating this). This will be used for open discussions/questions on sample preparation and estimations of coccolith carbonate fluxes. In addition, this e-mail list will be used for exchanging information on how to obtain oceanographic data from the web (pigment concentrations, SST, bathimetry maps), and for proposing research projects for students; 2) a webpage on global ocean coccolith fluxes and their ecological and climatic implications was planned (to be coordinated at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as part of the CODENET project). This webpage will include seasonal coccolith export production, main species composition and coccolith carbonate flux contribution. In addition, information about sample preparation will be provided and preliminary results on coccolith carbonate flux will be posted.
If you would like to be included in the e-mail list, coccolith flux, please send an e-mail to me ( or Karl-Heinz ( or Laurel (
Coccolith.flux e-mail list - first people involved:

Name Institution e-address

Andruleit, Harald BGR
Baumann, Karl-Heinz Univ. of Bremen
Alexandra, Broerse Vrije Univ. Amsterdam
Bybell, Laurel USGS
Colmenero Hidalgo, Elena University of Salamanca
Crudeli, Daniela Univ. of Milan
Gil S. Fernando, Alan Univ. of Philippines
Hadani, Fatemeh University of Mashhad-Iran
Jordan, Ric Univ. of Yamagata
Kinkel, Hanno NIOZ
Malinverso, Elisa Univ. of Milano-Bicocca
Peleo-Alampay, Alyssa Univ. of Philippines
Sprengel, Claudia Univ. of Bremen
Stojkova, Kristalina Geological Institute of Bulgaria
Tanaka, Yuichiro Geological Service of Japan
Zeltner, Alexandra Univ. of Tuebingen
Ziveri, Patrizia Vrije Univ. Amsterdam

Patrizia Ziveri,

INA8 - a student's view
The 8th Conference of the International Nannoplankton Association, convened by Helmut Willems, was held in Bremen between the 11th and 15th September. Around 120 nannoplankton enthusiasts descended on the Geoscience building of Bremen University for the week-long series of presentations, posters and socialising, coming, from as far afield as Mexico, Ghana and the Philippines.

The event actually got started a little earlier, with an impeccably organised ice-breaker party on the evening of Sunday 10th. With plenty of food and cold Beck's around the hall, conversation generally extended way beyond just nannoplankton, and most people stayed until well into the night.
The conference began in earnest the following morning, when the Dean of the Geoscience Dept. addressed a surprisingly full lecture-theatre, given the previous night's revelry! From here, the day followed a well-structured programme of talks on Mesozoic nannofossils and a late afternoon poster session.

This pattern was generally continued throughout the week: each day's talks were roughly focused on one aspect of nannoplankton, with ample time to view the impressive array of posters displayed downstairs in the department. Talks were interesting and varied and, although not officially mentioned, the different 'themes' of the various days maintained interest. The quality of presentations was consistently high, while the atmosphere both in and out of the lecture-theatre remained pleasantly informal. Participants were informed of any changes to the published timetable with Teutonic efficiency, so there was never any confusion in the programme.

The social scene was also casual and varied; most nights, groups of participants went out for meals and drinks, but the attendance rate for the 9.00am lectures remained high! The undoubted highlight of the week was the conference dinner on the Wednesday evening. The afternoon was free of lectures, and tours of the city or the Beck's brewery were laid on. The Beck's tour was thoroughly enjoyable; the joy of a bar serving unlimited, freshly-brewed (and free!) beer must be experienced to be believed! The dinner participants met in the stunning Town Hall, where we were addressed by the Mayor of Bremen. Despite getting the name of the INA wrong (International Nannoplasma Association, anyone?), he was very friendly and genuinely interested and interesting. After giving a tour of the Town Hall, he joined us at the Friesenhof restaurant for drinks, before leaving as we sat down for the conference dinner. This was a fine affair, with an excellent buffet line-up and plenty of wine flowing. After the meal, a large group of participants continued to take in some of Bremen's 'liquid culture' in various pubs across the city.

The week wound down with a calcareous dinoflagellate workshop on Friday, and a post-conference field-trip to a peat-bog landscape on Saturday 16th. The conference was an undoubted success: the informal atmosphere belying the superb organisation of the week. Our thanks go to Helmut Willems and his study group for making this a week to remember, and Shirley van Heck, whose tenure as INA President came to an end during the conference, upon receipt of a present from the Members: a glass cube containing a 3D laser-etched E. huxleyi! Our congratulations to her successor, Woody Wise.
Marc Hockfield

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