The Micropalaeontological Society

Report on the 16th International Symposium on Ostracoda

(ISO 16): Biostratigraphy and Applied Ecology

The Sixteenth International Symposium on Ostracoda (ISO 16), organized in Brasilia on ‘Biostratigraphy and Applied Ecology ” by Professor Dermeval A Do Carmo University of Brasilia was held from July 26 to 30. This Congress was sponsored by the IRGO (International Research Group on Ostracoda), PETROBRAS and the Brazilian Paleontological Society. About a hundred experts attended the meeting, from 23 countries: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belorussia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great-Britain, India, Italia, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United States.

ISO16 group photo


Presentations and posters, numbering 101, including 4 invited conferences were divided in 8 sessions! Biology, Morphology and Morphogenesis (8), Biogeography and Paleobiogeography (18), Biostratigraphy (7), Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Reconstructions (174), Marine Ecology and Environmental Reconstructions (7), Paleolimnology and Paleoclimates (6), Paleoceanography and Paleoclimates (6), Systematics and Evolution (32).

The 4 invited lectures were presented by K. Martens, Belgium (Zoogeography on non-marine Ostracoda), R. Matzke-Karasz, Germany (Synchrotron holotomography ostracods in research – an assessment of prospects and limits), J.-P. Colin, France (Marine ostracods at the K / T boundary: state of knowledge) and J. Salas, Argentina (Diversity Patterns of Ordovician ostracods from Argentina). The prize for best oral delivery for students (Sylvester-Bradley award) went to Laurent Decrouy Lawrence (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) for his brilliant presentation “Controlling factors valve geochemistry of ostracods: insights from analysis of live species in Lake Geneva (Switzerland). It must however be noted that although the year 2009 be the Year of France in Brazil, only 2 representatives of our countries attended this international event (including one whose travel and subsistence was paid by Brazil ? guess who!,  the other an unemployed enthusiastic post-doc who paid from his own pocket!).

Oral presentations will be published after approval in a special issue of the journal Hydrobiologia In addition to the oral sessions and poster presentations, participants have visited the city of Brasilia, capital of Brazil, the work of architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa, which will turn 50 in 2010. A workshop entitled “Procedures in micropaleontologic curatorship” was also organized by G. Miller the Natural History Museum in London. In replacement of Koen Martens whose term expired, Renate Matzke-Karasz was elected new president until the next Congress IRGO (ISO 17) to be held in Rome in 2013 and is organized by Elsa Gliozzi University of Rome (Italy).

Jean-Paul Colin