Excursions > Mid-congress excursions


The number of participants for field trips is limited and requests will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registrations to the field trips be done when registering to the conference. Trips may be cancelled if under-subscribed.

The Conference organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage of participants, either during or indirectly arising from the IPC5 field trips. Participants are advised to take out their own personal health and travel insurance for their trip.

 E1   Geological strolls: Paris 5th arrondissement          Registration closed

Geological strolls in ParisDuring this geological walk in the 5th of Paris, you will discovered the geological history of the capital through some of the most beautiful and iconic buildings. Your guide will show you beautiful examples of the Lutetian limestone also call “la pierre de Paris”

We will distribute booklet to the participants.

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 E2   Geological strolls: Paris La défense          Registration closed


Geological strolls are made since many years by some geologists in different cities in France. Accompanying these kinds of outings, a collection of booklet supporting by the French Geological Society is edited. We will distribute booklet to the participants. La Défense is a major business district located at the westernmost extremity of the 10- kilometre-long Historical Axis of Paris. The « Grande Arche » ends the alignment Place de la Concorde – Arc de Triomphe - La Défense. During this stroll you will discover sedimentary and magmatic rocks used since 1958 for buildings and works of art.

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 E3   Visit SOLEIL synchrotron and the AST-RX CT Scan‚ Paris Region           Registration closed          

Geological strolls in ParisThis excursion is aimed at a large audience who wish to get an overview of fossil imagery
techniques, especially tomography and surface scans. The visit includes half a day at the
SOLEIL synchrotron for a general visit presenting operations and applications of the
synchrotron, followed by a visit of the 3D imagery facilities at the MNHN. This will consist
of a presentation of the CT scanning equipment and a demonstration of tomographic
acquisition and data processing. Different tools and post-processing applications on fossils
will be shown.The excursion will be completed by a visit to the morphometric platform of the MNHN for a presentation and demonstration of surface scanners. This session is supported by the Domaine d'intérêt majeur "Heritage and ancient materials"  financed  by the Ile-de-France region.

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 E4   Visit at IPANEMA‚ SOLEIL synchrotron‚ Saint Aubin‚ Paris Region          Registration closed

Geological strolls in ParisIPANEMA is a centre for the development of advanced methodologies of material characterization in palaeontology, archaeology, palaeoenvironments, and cultural heritage, and to support synchrotron research through external users hosted on the platform. The visit will consist in detailed explanations of the IPANEMA facilities and of SOLEIL synchrotron beamlines. This session is supported by the Domaine d'intérêt majeur "Heritage and ancient materials" financed by the Ile-de-France region.

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 E5   Field trip to underground quarries at Meudon          Registration closed

Field trip to underground quarries at MeudonThe excursion will visit the underground quarries of Meudon, in the suburbs of Paris, where the Late Cretaceous Chalk started being exploited in the 18th century. The late Campanian Chalk has yielded invertebrate and vertebrate fossils described, among others, by Cuvier and by Hébert. The Chalk beds also show interesting sedimentological (flints), tectonic and karstic features. Also visible in the quarries is the basal Eocene Meudon conglomerate, which has yielded an important vertebrate fauna.

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 E6   Visit of the “Centre de Recherche pour la Conservation des Collections“          Registration closed

Visit of the “Centre de Recherche pour la Conservation des Collections“The CRC is specialized in the study of alteration processes involved on patrimonial objects, including the vast array of natural history items housed at the MNHN, with the aim of improving conservation practices. Different types of material under study (graphic documents, photographs, leather, parchment, fossils, etc.) will be presented, as well as artificial ageing procedures.

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