13.08 - 17.08.2018  
Quebec City, Canada
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The 20th International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) will be held from 13-17 August 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.


ISCs are sponsored by the IAS (International Association of Sedimentologists) every four years. Following previous gatherings in four different continents (Africa, Asia, South America and Europe), the congress comes back to Canada 36 years after Hamilton in 1982. For the first time, the congress will also be sponsored by the sister organization SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).

The five day-long event offers oral and poster presentations in themed sessions and symposiums, mid-conference one-day field trips and short courses. Moreover, a series of pre- and post-meeting field trips will be organized in several places of Canada and the USA.


Québec City Convention Centre
1000 boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Québec QC  G1R 5T8

Congress themes

The title of the congress is: "A sedimentary journey through 3 billions years in the New world". It has 6 main general themes.

General theme 1. The carbonate depositional record
including Bioconstructions &Biosedimentation from modern to Precambrian times

General theme 2. The clastic depositional record
including aeolian, fluvial, lactustrine and marine environments from modern to Precambrian times

General theme 3. Paleo-environments & Paleo-climates

General theme 4. Sedimentary Processes
including numerical and physical modelling, fluids/sediments interactions & diagenesis​

General theme 5. Sources & Sinks
including geosphere evolution, sedimentary budgets, basin evolution & source tracing

General theme 6. Applied sedimentology
including resources, human impacts and hazards

Important deadlines

Call for papers starts: 1 November 2017
Registration starts: 1 December 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 22 March 2018
Paper acceptance notice: 10 April 2018
Early bird and presenting author registration deadline: 13 May 2018

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PAGES-related session

General theme, 6.8: Anthropocene sedimentary systems
Conveners: Jean-Philippe Jenny, Achim Brauer, Blas Valero Garcés & Irene Gregory Eaves

This session invites contributions on the transformation of sediment systems during the Anthropocene and on the general topics related to the analysis of anthropogenic signatures in the sediment records. More specifically, the theme aims to attract studies contributing to the description of the timing, amplitude and spatial extend of the human impacts on the environment and how they may compromise ecosystems. We welcome contributions that discuss the impacts of changes in land cover/uses, hydrological pathways, dam settlements, and use well-established or innovative proxies of human impacts such as DNA. Large-scale syntheses are also warmly welcome.

This session is conducted by the PAGES-endorsed Varves Working Group.