Dear Friends and Colleagues. Next INHIGEO congress, which will take place at Les Eyzies, France, on September 16th to September 26th, 2022.
The Comité français d’Histoire de la Géologie (COFRHIGEO) will organize the 2022 INHIGEO Congress in France, from September 16th to September 26th, 2022, in the Périgord region (southwestern France).
The main venue of the congress will be Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, a picturesque village in the Vézère Valley, otherwise known for its National Museum of Prehistory, its many prehistoric sites and decorated caves (Lascaux, Cro-Magnon, La Madeleine, Font de Gaume, Combarelles, etc.). The village of Les Eyzies de Tayac is in the heart of an active tourist region with many accommodation offers at reasonable prices. The village is also well served by train from the city of Bordeaux.
The 5-day conference will include four days of talks and scientific activities, and one-day excursion in the Vézère Valley (Lascaux IV, Le Grand Roc, Laugerie Haute & Laugerie Basse). Conference talks and poster sessions will take place at the Pôle International de Préhistoire of Les Eyzies, from September 17th to 21st, 2022.
The main scientific themes will be:
1. History of Quaternary geology, prehistory and geology of caves;
2. History of Miocene geology, since the region includes the Burdigalian and Aquitanian stratotypes;
3. Other sessions of the conference will cover all subjects related to the history of geosciences.
In addition, pre- and post-conference excursions, subject to independent pricing and organization, will be planned:
Pre-conference excursion, from Poitiers to Les Eyzies (September 16th): The impact sites of Chassenon-Rochechouart resulted from the fall of an asteroid in Triassic times. Molten and brecciated rocks, observed by Desmaret in 1773, were long taken for volcanic rocks, and remained a geological enigma until the 1960s, when the impact origin was recognized
Post-conference excursion, from Les Eyzies to Bordeaux (September 22st to 26th): The Vézère Valley and other prehistoric sites further south, in Périgord and Quercy (Pech Merle and Cougnac caves), will be visited. The excursion will end with the Miocene sites of the Bordeaux region: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont (studied since 1620); the Saucats and La Brède Natural Geological Reserve (Burdigalian and Aquitanian stratotypes, Montesquieu’s house). Some Bordeaux vineyards and cellars, notably the Bordeaux Wine Museum, will also be on the program.
The Conference program will be supervised by a Scientific committee, chaired by Philippe Taquet, former president of the INHIGEO and current president of the COFRHIGEO. The material organization (registrations, financial management) will be entrusted to an Organizing committee, chaired by Claudine Cohen and Pascal Richet. It will benefit from several sponsorships and the services of the association Naturalia et Biologia.
The abstract and excursion booklets, written in English, will be published in digital formats, and if possible, in hard copy.
After a year of pandemic, we invite you with great pleasure to come to Les Eyzies for a congress which will be the occasion to meet again and to visit interesting sites in a pleasant region.
For more information see the conference website: www.inhigeo.com/france2022
We ask you please to send us the abstract of your conference paper or poster no later than
February 15th, 2022, following the model below, and forward it to the following address:
The presentation of your abstract should include:
your name, surname,
Academic affiliation and title,
postal address, city and country
and e-mail address.
The abstract should have a short and explicit title, should be no longer than 300 words,
with a maximum of 3 bibliographical references.
Please, write it in Arial 12 and line space 1; There is a model in the 2nd circular on the conference website.
If you would like to attend the conference without presenting a paper or as an accompanying
person, please specify, and fill in the first lines of the form (name, function, addresses).
The cost of the conference registration will be around 420 euros, the pre-conference field trip 75 euros and post-conference field trip around 650 euros. For those who would register for all events, the total cost will thus be around 1100 / 1200 euros.
During the 5-day conference, the inaugural reception, all lunches and the final banquet will be covered by the registration fees, and so will be the mid-conference day trip to Lascaux and other local sites. Other evening meals and hotel reservations will be at your charge.
In our end-March circular we will provide, along with the exact amount of registration and field trip fees, a list of local accommodations with a large range of prices (starting from 40 euros), from simple rooms or shared apartments to more fancy hotels.
A program of visits for accompanying persons will be provided every afternoon. The one-day pre-conference field trip will start on September 16th from Poitiers.
The conference will take place between September 17th and 21st at the Pôle international de Préhistoire in Les Eyzies de Tayac. The post-conference field trip will last for five days, from Sept 22nd to Sept 26th. The organization of this field trip will include all meals, accommodation on the basis of shared hotel rooms or apartments, and tickets to all visits, which will be as much as possible led by Englishspeaking guides. The conference will end in Bordeaux.
The conference and excursion programs are given in the conference website (www.inhigeo.com/france2022), which will be adjusted over time.
We hope that September 2022 will be a good time to travel safely. We are aware that the sanitary situation might lead us to change some aspects of this organization. We will observe it with attention, and will let you know. In any case, we will plan a reimbursement program if some of you are unable to attend. For those who will have difficulty to travel, we hope to be able to offer a hybrid format, with online streaming of the talks.
We forward you all our best wishes for the holiday, and among our wishes for a wonderful new year, we include the hope of meeting you in France on September 2022.
For the Organization Committee, Claudine Cohen, Françoise Dreyer, Marie-Françoise Aufrère, Gaston Godard, Philippe Le Vigouroux, Pascal Richet, Philippe Taquet.
For more information including the first two circulars see the conference website: