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The animal-substrate interaction research community has a variety of meetings with different focuses that occur every two to four years. Get updated on when the next iteration of each meeting, read about the history of each meeting, or visit the gallery to see images from past meetings!


The international congress on ichnology


The international bioerosion workshop


The international ichnofabric workshop


Latin American Symposium on Ichnology


The workshop on ichnotaxonomy


The home of bioturbation


Every four years, ichnologists from around the world join in a selected place to discuss the progress of our science, share experiences and ideas, and celebrate One Ichnology! The ICHNIA 2024 will be held in Florianopolis, Brazil. The technical sessions are planned for April 15- 19, 2024, pre-congress field trips for April 9-12, short courses on 13-14, and post-congress field trips from 20-24. Further information about the program, accommodation, field trips, will be available soon. Information is communicated via the Skolithos listserv.

Ichnia 2004

The First International Congress on Ichnology

April 19 to 23, 2004

Trelew (Argentina)

President: Jorge Genise

Ichnia 2008

The Second International Congress on Ichnology,

August 29 to September 8 , 2008

Krakow (Poland)

President: Alfred Uchman.

Watch the soccer game here!

Ichnia 2012

The Third International Congress on Ichnology

St John’s-Newfoundland (Canada), 2012.

President: Duncan McIlroy.

Ichnia 2016

The Fourth International Congress on Ichnology

Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), 2016.

President: Carlos Neto de Carvalho.





The International Workshop on Ichnofabric was originally focused on developing applications of the ichnofabric concept. The meeting has since diversified into all aspects of ichnology, but still attracts more than its share of attendees who work on cores and facies, where the ichnofabric concept has proved to be particularly useful. The IIW meets on a two-year cycle.

The 17th IIW took place in Faxe, Denmark, from Oct. 24th to 26th, 2023.

1st IIW 1993

Stavanger (Norway)

Organizer: Frederick Bockelie

2nd IIW 1995

Salt Lake City (USA)

Organizer: Tony Ekdale

3rd IIW 1995

Bornholm (Denmark)

Organizer: Richard Bromley &

Ulla Asgaard

4th IIW 1997

San Salvador Island (Bahamas)

Organizer: Al Curran

5th IIW 1999

Manchester (England)

Organizer: John Pollard

6th IIW 2001

Puerto La Cruz (Venezuela)

Organizer: Nicolas Muñoz


7th IIW 2003

Basel (Switzerland)

Organizer: Andres Wetzel

8th IIW 2005

Auckland (New Zealand)

Organizer: Murray Gregory

9th IIW 2007

Calgary (Canada)

Organizer: Murray Gingras

10th IIW 2009

Jiaozuo (China)

Organizer: Hu Bin

11th IIW 2011

Colunga (Spain)

Organizers: Jose C. Garcia-Ramos & Francisco Rodriguez-Tovar

12th IIW 2013

Canakkale (Turkey)

Organizer: Huriye Demircan

13th IIW 2015

Kochi (Japan)

Organizer: Masa Nara

14th IIW 2017

Taipei (Taiwan)

Organizer: Ludvig Löwemark

15th IIW 2019

Prague (Czechia)

Organizer: Radek Mikuláš



The Latin American Symposium on Ichnology (SLIC) is for academics who study and interpret the ichnological fossil record in Latin America and other regions of the planet. The previous Simposia were in San Leopoldo, Brazil; Santa Rosa de la Pampa, Argentina; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay; and Santa Marta, Colombia. 

The Universidad del Mar is proud to host the V SLIC in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It hopes to achieve success like its predecessors. The Organizing Committee invites everyone interested in Ichnology to our SLIC 2023 events. You can present your work orally or with a poster.

SLIC 2023

V Simposio Latinoamericano de Icnología

Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

21 - 24 de noviembre 2023

Workshop on


The Workshop on Ichnotaxonomy focuses in ichnotaxonomical principles and their applications. The WIT meets on a four-year cycle.

1st WIT 1998

Bornholm (Denmark)

Organizer: Richard Bromley

2nd WIT 2002

Krakow & Tymbark (Poland)

Organizer: Alfred Uchman

3rd WIT 2006

Prague & Jevicko (Czechia)

Organizer: Radek Mikuláš

4th WIT 2010

Moscow (Russia)

Organizer: Andrei Dronov

5th WIT 2014

Bratislava (Slovakia)

Organizer: Vladimír Šimo

6th WIT 2018

Wilhelmshaven (Germany)

Organizer: Max Wisshak





The International Bioerosion Workshop brings together scientists across a variety of disciplines and countries to discuss all aspects of bioerosion. The IBW meets on a three-year cycle.

1st IBW 1996

Bornholm (Denmark)

Organizer: Richard Bromley

2nd IBW 1998

Fort Pierce (USA)

Organizer: Debra Krumm

3rd IBW 2000

Barcelona (Spain)

Organizers: Jordi Martinell, Rosa Domènech and Jordi de Gibert

4th IBW 2004

Prague (Czechia)

Organizer: Radek Mikuláš

5th IBW 2006

Erlangen (Germany)

Organizers: André Freiwald, Sonja Löffler, Christian Schulbert & Max Wisshak

6th IBW 2008

Salt Lake City (USA)

Organizers: Tony Ekdale & Leif Tapanila

7th IBW 2011

Azores (Portugal)

Organizers: Marina Carreiro-Silva & Sergio Ávila

8th IBW 2014

Eger (Hungary)

Organizer: Arpad David

9th IBW 2017

Rome (Italy)

Organizers: Sandra Ricci, Barbara Davidde Petriaggi, Carlota Perasso & Federica Antonelli


Nereis Park

The purpose of Nereis Park is to regroup and favor the contacts between all the scientists studying the bioturbation processes induced by the King Nereis and other animal or vegetal organisms in sediments and soils.

The 7th Nereis Park Conference – Bioturbation: A consensus of evidence and emerging trends will take place the 18th – 25th August, 2025 – Quebec City -Rimouski in Canada.

1st NPC 2004

Carry-le-Rouet (France)

Bioturbation: The Ever Changing Seafloor 

2nd NPC 2008

Renesse (The Netherlands)

Bioturbation: An update on Darwin’s last idea

3rd NPC 2011

Sven Lovén Center-Kristineberg Marine Research Station (Sweden)

Benthic processes in a globally changing environment

4th NPC 2014

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)

5th NPC 2017

Southampton Campus (Stony Brook University, NY, USA)

Biological modification of the seabed: biogeochemical and ecological processes in a changing world

6th NPC 2022

Logonna-Daoulas (France)

Bioturbation in past and present: from terrestrial to marine ecosystems

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