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IGCP 653 events at the Ghent IGCP 591 meeting


The The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event project co-leaders invite you to attend a short, first business meeting for IGCP 653 on Friday, July 8th from 15.30 to 16.00. We will be meeting in the Sacristy Room at Het Pand during the workshop coffee break.

The following day, Saturday July 9th, there will be an official announcement of the new project IGCP 653 during the session «proposals for follow up projects» in the Refter Room at 17.00.

Co-leaders Servais, Harper, Rasmussen, and Stigall will be attending the meeting. Please feel free to stop and chat with any of us about your ideas for the newly launching project The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversity Event. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Ghent!

Second Circular: Opening Meeting in Durham

2ndCircularHeaderThe second circular provides an update on the arrangements for the Opening Meeting of IGCP 653, which will be held at Van Mildert College, Durham University, UK, as outlined in our first circular

The opening meeting of the new IGCP 653 project is intended to be a discussion-based forum, where we plan to debate and ­fine-tune the key objectives of the new project. Talks and posters are invited to inform and illustrate the following three themes outlined below.

Download the second circular: Click here

Meeting Programme
26 May Registration opens
12 August Abstract Submission Deadline

25 September Arrival Van Mildert College, Durham University
Reception Fork Buffet and Refreshments

26 September Day 1 What is the GOBE?
Oral and poster presentations

27 September Day 2 Geography and Oceanic Setting
Oral and poster presentations

28 September Day 3: Databases and Diversity
Oral and poster presentations
Conference Dinner Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Durham University
(optional, to be booked separately)

29 – 30 September Field Excursion Lake District (optional, to be booked separately)

1 October Return to Durham

*A third circular, containing the full programme for the meeting will be circulated in September, but we ask that you regularly check the project webpages for programme updates and conference


Initial announcement

white_titleDear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that our new International Geoscience Project IGCP 653 “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event” has been accepted for five years from 2016 to 2020.

Following the International Geoscience Projects IGCP 410 “The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event”, GOBE, (1997-2002), IGCP 503 “Ordovician Palaeogeography and Palaeoclimate” (2004-2009), and to some extend IGCP 591 “The Early to Middle Palaeozoic Revolution” (2011-2016), the new project IGCP 653 “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event” focuses on the Ordovician Period, and has as its main objective to search for the triggers of the different biodiversification events that together constitute the GOBE.

All relevant information to the new project can be found on the website:

The website includes a current list of participants, and the announcement of all future meetings, including those scheduled in this first year of the project: in 2016, we will be present at the Closing Meeting of IGCP 591 at Ghent, Belgium, July 6-9, at the Annual Meeting of the Micropalaeontological Societyat Lille, France, November 17-18, and at the Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association at Lyon, France, December 14-17.

Our Opening Meeting will take place at Van Mildert College, Durham University, UK, September 25th-30th, 2016. Information about this opening meeting, that will include dedicated workshops and a field excursion to the Ordovician successions of the Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District, will be circulated soon.

Welcome to IGCP 653 “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event”!

With best wishes,

Thomas Servais
David A.T. Harper
Olga T. Obut
Christian M.Ø. Rasmussen
Alycia L. Stigall
Zhang Yuandong

New IGCP project approved!

The new project IGCP 653 has now been formally accepted by the IGCP Scientific Board. IGCP 653 can be considered to be a direct successor project of IGCP n° 410 The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event and IGCP n°503 Ordovician Palaeogeography and Palaeoclimate and also to some extent IGCP n°591 The Early to Middle Palaeozoic Revolution. As the title indicates, the main objective of our new project is to find the triggers of the different biodiversification events that together constitute the GOBE.

We anticipate a very productive series of meetings, workshops, and interactions over the next four years! If you are not yet a member of the project, fill in the form on the Participants page or on the sidebar to join.