Welcome to Brazil! Welcome to ICHNIA 2020 – The 5th International Congress on Ichnology!

ICHNIA 2020 will be held on October 26-30, 2020 in Florianópolis Island, Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil, in the Canto da Ilha Hotel and Convention Center.

Every four years, ichnologists from around the world join in a selected place to discuss the progress of our science, share experiences and ideas, and celebrate One Ichnology! With the first edition in 2004 in Trelew, Argentina, ICHNIA – The International Congress on Ichnology took place in Krakow (Poland), St. John, Newfoundland (Canada), and Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal). Brazil had been chosen to house the fifth edition of ICHNIA, and we are proud to be the next hub of Ichnology and to share with you a few of the vast heritage of ancient and modern biogenic structures.

The Canto da Ilha Hotel will be the official house of ICHNIA 2020. To experience the spirit of One Ichnology! philosophy, the ICHNIA 2020 Organizing Team expects that all participants stay accommodated at the hotel during the whole event. The hotel counts with 48 rooms that offer single, double, or triple-based accommodation in single or double beds, with private bathroom, local cable TV, fridge, and a balcony to the garden. Prices include free parking (if you come by car), free wifi and a complimentary breakfast.

Room reservations for ICHNIA 2020 will be made exclusively by the ICHNIA 2020, via registration form. ICHNIA 2020 is a family friend event, children and companions are welcome.


Registration in ICHNIA 2020 will be open on January 15, 2020, and considers three main categories: student (including post-doc), professional, and companion. IIA members will have a 20% discount for two years of membership (2019-2020) and 10% for one year of membership (2020). Members of SEPM, IAS, AGU, The Paleontological Society, the Palaontological Association, and AWG (Association of Women in Geosciences), and SBP (The Brazilian Paleontological Society) will have a 10% discount.

The registration fee includes all ICHNIA 2020 materials, access to the technical sessions and keynote talks, all coffee breaks and lunch meals, access to a co-working area, transportation and meals during the intra-congress field trip, and the ice-break party. The registration fee does not include accommodation, dinner meals, alcoholic drinks during lunch meals, field trips, workshops, and short courses. Companion fees include all coffee breaks and lunch meals, access to a co-working area, transportation and meals during the intra-congress field trip, and the ice-break party.

Workshop and short course fees include access to the activity, coffee breaks, and materials provided by leaders (digital format).

Prices are expressed in Brazilian Real (R$). Brazil does not operate formally with foreign currency, which implies that your payment must be made in Brazilian Real. Click here for Brazilian Real exchange rates.

ICHNIA 2020 registration fees:
CategoryUntil May 31, 2020Until July 31, 2020From August 1, 2020
StudentIIA 2-years membershipR$ 600,00R$ 840,00R$ 960,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 660,00R$ 900,00R$ 1.080,00
IIA non-memberR$ 720,00R$ 960,00R$ 1.200,00
ProfessionalIIA 2-years membershipR$ 1.200,00R$ 1.440,00R$ 1.600,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 1.320,00R$ 1.560,00R$ 1.800,00
IIA non-memberR$ 1.440,00R$ 1.680,00R$ 2.000,00
CompanionR$ 720,00R$ 960,00R$ 1.200,00

ICHNIA 2020 workshops fees:
CategoryUntil May 31, 2020Until July 31, 2020From August 1, 2020
StudentIIA 2-years membershipR$ 80,00R$ 100,00R$ 120,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 90,00R$ 110,00R$ 130,00
IIA non-memberR$ 100,00R$ 120,00R$ 140,00
ProfessionalIIA 2-years membershipR$ 100,00R$ 120,00R$ 140,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 110,00R$ 130,00R$ 150,00
IIA non-memberR$ 130,00R$ 150,00R$ 170,00

ICHNIA 2020 short courses fees:
CategoryUntil May 31, 2020Until July 31, 2020From August 1, 2020
StudentIIA 2-years membershipR$ 40,00R$ 60,00R$ 80,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 50,00R$ 70,00R$ 90,00
IIA non-memberR$ 60,00R$ 80,00R$ 100,00
ProfessionalIIA 2-years membershipR$ 60,00R$ 80,00R$ 100,00
IIA 1-year membershipR$ 80,00R$ 100,00R$ 120,00
IIA non-memberR$ 100,00R$ 120,00R$ 150,00

For registration and payment, please fill the registration form. Brazilians and Brazil's residents that want pay through bank invoice ("boleto") use this link for registration. A copy of membership certification (e.g., member status, payment receipt) is required to validate the discounts and should be sent to

To have access to information in English or Spanish in the credit card payment form (after filling the registration form), select language by flags (top right).

For further assistance regarding payment of ICHNIA 2020, please contact our Treasury team at For any other issue, contact

abstract submission

The Scientific Committee is pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts of original contributions to the field of Ichnology and related areas for oral and poster presentations to be delivered at ICHNIA 2020.

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Opening abstract submissionJanuary 15, 2020
Deadline for student abstract submission (for those planning to apply for sponsored travel grants*)May 31, 2020
Deadline for all abstract submissionJune 30, 2020
Notification regarding abstract acceptationstudents applying for travel grantsJune 30, 2020
general submissionAugust 15, 2020
No-show notificationOctober 10, 2020

* Information about the availability of travel grants will be given as soon as the sponsoring institutions confirm them. Student membership may be required for the sponsoring scientific societies.

Guidelines for the Abstract Structure:

Abstracts must be written in Times New Roman 12 pt and may include figures (maximum 2), tables (maximum 1), and references, considering up to three pages in extension. The text (including figures and tables) should be justified.

1. Title of presentation: Please choose a brief, non-descriptive title that clearly indicates the content of the contribution.
2. Authors: Please include name and surname only; middle names should be indicated by the initials only.
3. Affiliation: Please include only the institution name and e-mail address. Superscript numbers should indicate different affiliations.
4. Text: The text must contain a short introduction highlighting the scientific problem, the objectives of the contribution, and the study novelty. Then, describe how the study was conducted, including a short geological setting. After that, describe the results with discussions, presenting the main conclusions (or final remarks). The citations must be numbered with the format [¹] by order of appearance and listed at the end of the text. Abbreviations may be used in the text if they are defined when first used.
5. Figures and tables: Figures should be presented in colors and might have enough print quality (minimum 300 dpi). It must be inserted in the text, as well as tables. The tables should be formatted as clean as possible. The abstracts will be available on the ICHNIA 2020 website, and tables can lose format when inserted in the webpage.
6. Reference list: Please, follow the form below:
[¹] Silva, J.; Smith, J. 2018. Title of the paper, Journal, v.1. p. 222-233.
[²] Rubber, J.; Mengue, J.S.; Silva, M.P. 2017. Title of the paper, Journal, v.1. p. 222-233.
[³] Soulier, J. 2019. Title of the paper, Journal, v.1. p. 222-233.

For ICHNIA 2020 Abstract Template, click here.

How to Submit your Abstract:

After finishing your abstract, save it in a Word file tagged with the authors' name, as indicated below. If you are submitting more than one contribution, include numbers at the end of the file tag to differentiate the files. Include in the tag the wished type of presentation (oral or poster).


  • Smith_oral.docx - in de case of a unique author
  • Smith&Jones_poster.docx - in the case of two authors
  • Smith_et al_oral_1.docx - in the case of three or more authors
In search to promote the One Ichnology! philosophy, ICHNIA prefers not to offer parallel sessions. Thus, the number of oral presentations are limited to ~80, but poster presentations are unlimited. Authors are free to submit as many abstracts for oral presentation as they desire, but there is no guarantee that they will be accepted in this format. The final decision about oral or poster presentation is taken by the Scientific Committee, based on the following criteria: overall scientific impact, the novelty of the contribution, and data and conclusions robustness. The Scientific Committee may use additional criteria. Be aware of this when preparing your contributions!

Abstract submission must be made through The authors will be notified of file reception in 48-72 hours after submission. If you do not receive a notification, please contact the Secretary people in the Organizing Team.

field trips

Continental Ichnology of the Botucatu Formation

Come to see the spectacular vertebrate and invertebrate trace fossils discovered by Giuseppe Leonardi in Botucatu sandstone slabs while walking by the sidewalks of Araraquara (São Paulo State).

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ICHNIA 2020 Intra-Congress Field Trip

A full-day neoichnological safari in Florianópolis exploring backshore sand dunes, salt marshes, sandy beaches, and beach ponds.

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Invertebrate trace fossils from Southern Brazil

A tour to see invertebrate ichnofossils and ichnofabrics in shallow marine and glacial deposits of the Gondwana Paraná Basin.

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Dinousaur trackways from Sousa Basin

A tour to visit the best preserved dinosaur trackways from Brazil.

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scientific program

Short Courses

Short courses will be held on October 24-25, 2020 in the Canto da Ilha Hotel Convention Center, and will last up to 8 h each one. See below the offered short courses and make your choice!

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Workshops will be held between October 22-25, 2020 and will last up to 16h. Take a look in the workshops list and make your choice!

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Technical Sessions

Technical sessions will be held on October 26-30, 2020 at Hotel Canto da Ilha Convention Center and will include oral and poster presentations.

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Keynote Talks

ICHNIA 2020 selected keynote talks aims to address relevant themes on ichnology that were never been embraced in previous editions and to give voice to talented ichnologists that have been providing amazing contributions to ichnology.

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social and cultural activities

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ICHNIA 2020 wants to provide a real Brazilian experience to you!

As science is not everything in life, a little fun also does well. Thinking on this, the Organizing Committee is planning daily social events for your delighting, such as the ice-break reception (Sunday, Oct 25 evening), daily happy hours at the pool (after technical sessions), the ICHNIA Soccer Game, followed by a Brazilian night (Wednesday, Oct 28 late afternoon-evening), and the conference dinner (Thursday, Oct 29 evening). From the Ice Break Party to the Farewell Dinner, the participants will have a chance to enjoy the typical Brazilian atmosphere and taste the flavors of the most celebrated Brazilian food and drinks, enjoy Brazilian music, and experience the best of Florianópolis culture and heritage. We invite you to take your seat in this experience! Soon we will detail all social and cultural experiences that will be part of ICHNIA 2020 agenda.

In ICHNIA 2020 Soccer Game, Gondwana Team will play against Laurasia Team. Chose your team and start practice! ICHNIA Soccer Game is ageless and accepts male and female players without any distinction!

Touristic assistance will also be offered during the meeting for those interested in exploring Florianópolis and its beautiful beaches or extending the stay to visit other places in Brazil.

organizing team

Daniel Sedorko


Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil

João Henrique Dobler Lima


ICHNOS Research Group, Brazil

Jorge Villegas Martín


itt Fossil, Unisinos University, Brazil

Samuel Henrique Noll


ICHNOS Research Group, Brazil

Heitor Francischini

Field Trip Coordinator

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Paula Dias

Technical Sections Coordinator

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil

Sudipta Dasgupta

Student Affairs

Indian Institute of Technology at Bombai, India

Noelia Carmona

Scientific Committee Coordinator

Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina

Renata G. Netto


Geology Graduate Program, Unisinos University, Brazil

keynote speakers

student grants

IAS Student Grant for ICHNIA 2020

If you are a graduate student and a member of the International Association of Sedimentologists, you can apply for a travel grant to participate in ICHNIA 2020!

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IIA Student Grant for ICHNIA 2020

If you are a graduate student and a member of the International Ichnological Association, you can also apply for a travel grant to participate in ICHNIA 2020!

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ICHNIA 2020 Timeline

ICHNIA 2020 on Facebook

ICHNIA 2020 opens its fan page at Facebook.

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ICHNIA 2020 First Circular

The ICHNIA 2020 First Circular is launched on May 31, 2019, with the initial information about the congress, the venue, field trips, and much other relevant information for the participants.

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ICHNIA 2020 website

ICHNIA 2020 website is available for all participants, including the general information about the congress, the scientific activities and field trips, subscription fees, abstract submission, and other relevant issues.

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The ICHNIA 2020 Abstract Template is now available.

Learn MoreJan 06, 2020

ICHNIA 2020 Second Circular

The ICHNIA 2020 Second Circular is launched with additional and detailed information about subscription, abstract submission, field trips, technical sessions, keynote talks, hotel accommodation, visit visa requirements, and other relevant issues for all the participants.

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News about the Covid-19 outbreak in Brazil

Information about Covid-19 outbreak in Brazil and why it will not impact ICHNIA 2020 schedule.

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Student Grants section is open in ICHNIA 2020 website.

Find the complete information about grants for students to participate on ICHNIA 2020 at

Apr 01, 2020

Discount registration extended!

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ICHNIA 2020 Schedule/Format Poll

Help ICHNIA 2020 Organize Team to make a decision about the future of the congress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ICHNIA 2020 is postponed to 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties, go presential on ICHNIA 2020 looks like impossible right now. Thus, the 5th International Congress on Ichnology was delayed to 2020. Read the letter from The President of ICHNIA 2020 Organizing Team to all ICHNIA participants.

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ICHNIA 2020 countdown