24 – 26 April 2020

in Satun, southern Thailand

Organised by
Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University


Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Satun Provincial Office

Satun UNESCO Global Geopark

Songkhla Rajabhat University

1. About ICPSD 2020

Fossils are increasingly important not just for their scientific importance and as components of tourist attractions but are major elements in the establishment and recognition of national parks, national geoparks, UNESCO Global Geoparks and even in UNESCO World Heritage Areas such as the Jurassic Coast of England. Fossils are therefore valuable resources for attracting general tourists, ecotourists, geotourists and amateur and professional paleontologists. However, fossils are not a renewable resource and must be safeguarded for science and for future generations and their use as tourist attractions and professionally studied sites in and outside of parks and geoparks must be carefully and sustainably managed. Appropriate laws concerning the collection, export and repatriation of fossil specimens also need consideration, updating and enforcement.

We invite all those interested in paleontology for sustainable development to attend an inaugural international conference to discuss and share data and ideas on this increasingly important subject. Themes to be presented include the role of fossils in national parks, in geopark proposals, in geopark management and in managing fossil sites for education and professional research. The use of modern technologies, ranging from GIS, to drones to NMR will be a special session along with the use of art, videos and interactive museum displays in education and research.

The conference will be held at Songkhla Rajabhat University’s Satun campus which is located in La Ngu District of Satun Province, southern Thailand. Satun was the first UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp) recognized in Thailand which was based mainly on stromatolitic (microbialitic) limestones, abundant Paleozoic fossils, Pleistocene vertebrates found in a sea cave and excellent karst scenery. The recognition of the Satun Global Geopark has led to a significant boost in the area’s tourism, due to local enthusiasm and the establishment of numerous fossil-themed activities and comprehensive signage and educational material.

La Ngu District is an important town in Satun Province and is located close to several geosites of the Satun UGGp. From Pakbara Pier tourists can travel to many beautiful islands such as Tarutao, Adang, and Lipe.. The access to La Ngu is about 1.30 hours drive from Hatyai International Airport and about 1 hour from Trang Airport. Where possible, delegates to the conference will be met at the airport.

Several hotels are in La Ngu District and range from 4 stars to backpacker accommodation. Prices range from 4 stars at 1070 Baht (US $ 35) per room per night to 3 star hotels and guest houses at 400 Baht (US $13). After three days of presentations, discussions and excursion, the additional tourist sites are offered to the Lower Paleozoic of Tarutao Island and to the beautiful granite island of Lipe Island, both of which are in the Satun Global Geopark, and also to the national geopark of Khorat in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, northeastern Thailand, home of Khorat Fossil Museum.

2. Conference Topics

2.1 Paleontology

2.1.1 Invertebrate paleontology

2.1.2 Vertebrate

2.1.3 Applied paleontology (e.g.micropaleontology, paleobotany and ichnology)

2.1.4 Sedimentology and stratigraphy

2.2 Geopark

2.2.1 Sustainable development and education

2.3 Technology and art for paleontology and for geopark development

2.3.1 GIS and and other geographical techniques

2.3.2 High technology techniques

2.3.3 Photography, art, and media

3. Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos Zouros  :  Universiry of the Aegean, Greece   Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest, Greece   Global Geopark Network (GGN) President, Greece

Mr. Surachai Siripongsatian  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Dr. Chuwit Mitrchop : Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), Thailand

Prof. Dr. Wang Shiqi  :  Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, University of Chinese Academy of Science, China

Dr. Yuichiro Nishioka  :  Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, Japan

Dr. Haiyan Tong  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Prof. Dr. Clive Burrett  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Dr. Varavudh Suteethorn  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Dr. Apsorn Sardsud  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

4. Advisory Committee

Dr. Sommai Techawan  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Dr. Tawsaporn Nuchanong  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Adisorn Naowanondha  :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Pratueng Jintasakul  :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

5. Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Wang Shiqi  :  Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, University of Chinese Academy of Science, China

Asst. Prof. Dr. Yuichiro Nishioka  :  Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, Japan

Dr. Eric Buffetaut  : French National Centre for Scientific Research Laboratoire de Géologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris France; Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Dr. Doungrutai Saesaengseerung : Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Prof. Dr. Clive Burrett   Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mongkol Udchachon :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr Komsorn Lauprasert  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Hathaithip Thassanapak  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Pasakorn Bunchalee  :  Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seriwat Saminpunya  :  Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Dr. Paul J. Grote :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Dr. Wilailak Naksri :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Asst. Prof. Tharapong Phetprayoon  :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Dr. Jaroon Duangkrayom  : Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Dr. Anake Srisuwan  :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand

Mr. Suvapak Imsamut  : Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Mr. Naramase Teerarungsigul  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

Mr. San Assavapatchara  :  Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand

6. Secretary of the Conference

Dr. Jaroon Duangkrayom  :  Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Thailand Email: jaroon.d@nrru.ac.th, Mobile: +66 61 0352029

7. Important Date

8. Abstract Submission

The abstracts must be submitted up to 31 March 2020. To submit your abstract please follow the instructions:

8.1 Complete your registration and receiving the confirmation email.

8.2 Follow the details in the abstract guidelines.

8.3 Name of your file (*.doc or *.rtf) as “last name of the first author-type of presentation” (e.g.,“Jintasakul-oral.doc”). In case of more than one author, use the following format: Jintasakul & Songtham-oral.doc or Jintasakul et al-oral.doc for two authors and more than two authors, respectively.

8.4 Submit your abstract to email; icpsd2020@gmail.com

8.5 After abstract submission receiving, we will confirm you by e-mail, then your abstract will be reviewed by the scientific committee.

9. Registration

Registration fee before 20 April 2020 is as shown in table below. On-site registration is open on 23 April 2020 at the conference venue, with USD 20 more for conference, and USD 10 more for excuresion.

* Registration fee including: a conference kit, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome dinner, and access to all scientific sessions.

* Please note that the registration fees do not include accommodation fees, insurance coverage and excursion.

* Excursion fee including: a guide excursion, souvenir, lunches, breaks, dinners and transportation.

10. Call for Abstract

Both poster and oral presentations require a submission of an abstract. In order to be able to publish and distribute this abstract volume on time for the conference, we encourage applicants to submit an abstract by 31 March 2020.

Review process for the abstract volume, each submitted abstract will be reviewed by the scientific committee.

11. Abstract Guidelines

11.1 Written in English.

11.2 Title: using Times New Roman, font size-14 pt, bold, capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, species names (Italicize scientific names of organisms).

11.3 Author’s names: display using full name and last name (e.g. Pratueng Jintasakul, Wickanet Songtham, Rattanaphorn Hanta), font size-12 pt, not bold.

11.4 Address: using font size 10 pt, put after number of order address and follow with e-mail address (e.g.Northeastern Research Institute of Petrified Wood and Mineral Resources, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Mueang, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000, Thailand).

11.5 Corresponding author: (please use * after number of order address) e-mail address (e.g. pratueng.jin@hotmail.com).

11.6 Abstract: Font-Times New Roman, font size-12 pt.

11.7 Keywords: not more than five words – Times New Roman, Font size-12 pt.

11.8 References: (if any) – Times New Roman, font size-10 pt. e.g. Shibata, M., Jintasakul, P., and Azuma, Y. 2011. A new iguanodontian dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Khok Kruat Formation, Nakhon Ratchasima in Northeastern Thailand. Acta Geologica Sinica. 85(5): 969 – 976.

11.9 Words not exceeding 5,000 characters of *.doc or *.rtf files (words counting including title, authors, affiliations, references, space and punctuation).

11.10 Figures and tables are acceptable.

11.11 Abstracts will be published in an abstract volume distributed during the conference; the deadline for abstract submission is on 31 March 2020. Thus, the authors are advised to submit their abstracts in advance.

12. Presentation Guidelines

12.1 Oral Presentations

12.1.1 All presentations must be written and presented in English.

12.1.2 Each presentation should take 20 minutes (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and answers).

12.1.3 A computer will be provided for an oral presentation.

12.1.4 All speakers must bring presentation files in a format compatible with MS Windows and give to staffs before the presentation start according to the presentation schedule.

12.2 Poster Presentations

12.2.1 All posters must be written and presented in English.

12.2.2 The size of the poster should be 90 cm wide and 120 cm high.

12.2.3 The content should be clear and understandable.

12.2.4 We will provide material for hanging posters.

12.2.5 Poster setting: 24 April 2020 at 1.00-4.00 pm.

12.2.6 Poster presentation: 25 April 2020. Recording any oral presentation is prohibited, excepted by the first author authorized. Please feel free to contact us for further information at email; icpsd2020@gmail.com

13. Excursions

The excursion is on 26 April 2020 which separates into two routes in the Satun UNESCO Global Geopark important sites including the Tham Le Stegodon and the Prasat Hin Panyod.

14. Conference Venue

Songkhla Rajabhat University Satun Campus La-ngu, La-ngu District, Satun Province, Thailand

15. Invitation Letter

An invitation letter required for obtaining Thai visa will provide upon request, please send your request to email; icpsd2020@gmail.com.