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Convener: JAN URBAN, Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków.

Terms: Optional event not included in the registration fee. Register for it online, via the symposium website, using the Registration link.

Departure from: Kraków, Hotel Studencki Żaczek.
Arrival to: Chęciny, ECEG Venue (25th of June).

Accommodation(23rd/24th and 24/25th of June, 2018):

Address: 3 Maja Street 5, 30-063 Kraków, Phone:+48 12 62 21 200,

500 PLN – accommodation in a shared Twin Room
590 PLN – accommodation in a Single Room

Fees include: Price for room reservation per person per two nights: 23rd/24th and 24/25th of June, 2018; full board (three meals per day), transfer, paid entrances, English-speaking guided tours, refreshments, and VAT.

Participants: 45.

Remarks: The field trip ends 25th of June, 2018 at approx. 17:30. Transfer to Chęciny is provided.

Itinerary: Kraków Upland, the Carpathian Foredeep, and the Miocene Paratethys Basin (Ponidzie region). The itinerary includes:

Salt Mine (UNESCO World Heritage List) – Underground Nature Route, Miocene (Neogene) salt rocks and salt tectonics. Temperature down at the mine corridors is approx. 16°C: We recommend you to take a warm coat.

Ojców National Park – 3 km tour, karst topography, Ojców Museum (optional), Pieskowa Skała Castle and a view point for Maczuga Herculesa (‘Hercules’ club’), a famous limestone crag.

Krakus Mound – viewpoint on Kraków city.

Bonarka Nature Reserve – Cretaceous abrasion surface on the Jurassic limestones.

Kraków: Wawel Hill and Dragon Cave – geological and cultural context (with optional guided English-speaking tour through the Kraków Old Town).

Gacki quarry or Chotel Czerwony – Miocene evaporitic series of the Ponidzie region, unique large gypsum crystals, sedimentary processes and structures.

Skorocicka Valley Nature Reserve – active gypsum karst and caves. We recommend you to take a flashlight.
Convener: STANISŁAW SKOMPSKI, Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw.

Terms: Optional event not included in the registration fee. Register for it online, via the symposium website, using the Registration link.

Departure from: Chęciny, ECEG Venue.
Arrival to: Chęciny, ECEG Venue (30th of June).

29/30th of June, 2018: Zajazd Leśne Kąty (Leśne Kąty Inn), Sudół 3, 27-400 Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, www.
30th June/1st July, 2018: ECEG Venue in Chęciny.

PLN (shared Twin Room is the only available option).

Fee includes: Two overnight stays (29th/30th June and 30th June/1st July); full board (three meals per day); bus transfer; paid entrances; English-speaking guided tour; refreshments, and VAT.
Note that the overnight 28th/29th of June, 2018 is not included in the fee.

Participants: : 45.

Remarks: Participants of the post-symposium field trip should check-out 29th of June, 2018, and take only hand luggage for the trip. Those who want to store their main luggage in the ECEG Venue, can put it in the free luggage room.
The departure for the field trip is 29th of June, 2018 at 8:00, from the ECEG Venue in Chęciny. Participants staying at the BW Grand Hotel in Kielce will be taken directly from their place.
The field trip ends on the 30th of June, 2018, and the arrival to the ECEG Venue in Chęciny is planned for the late afternoon.
Overnight 30th of June / 1st of July, 2018 is in the ECEG Venue guest rooms.
Check-out is on the 1st of July, 2018, 7:00 – 12:00.

The itinerary includes the most outstanding geosites of the Góry Świętokrzyskie area, including the following ones:

Miedzianka Hill – general features of the tectonic structure of the Góry Świętokrzyskie
and post-Variscan hydrothermal mineralization and mining heritage.

Ostrówka quarry – Variscan condensed suc- cession with famous exposures of the Devonian ammonoid-bearing limestone, Mississippian ‘Kulm’ and Carboniferous limestone facies.

Kadzielnia Park of the Geopark Kielce – Devonian coral-stromatoporoid bioherms and neptunian dykes.

Górno quarry – Devonian succession of carbonate turbidites.

Krzemionki Opatowskie – Neolithic underground flint mine and reconstructed mining camps (tourist, or optional archeological route will be available).

Łysa Góra Range – Cambrian quartzitic sandstones with a block scree – relict of frost weathering during the Pleistocene.

Mogiłki quarry– Devonian carbonates of the platform slope and the Variscan overfold.

Zachełmie quarry– Epi-Variscan unconformity and the oldest described trace fossils interpreted as tetrapod footprints in the Middle Devonian dolomites.

Tumlin Gród quarry- Lower Triassic aeolian sandstones.

Jaworznia quarry – Epi-Variscan unconformity and Lower Triassic fluvial deposits.
Conveners: JOÃO ROCHA, Portugal. JOSÉ BRILHA, Portugal.

Terms: Open for all registered participants and accompanying persons.
Two sessions are planned: W-A1 and W-A2.

Meeting place: Lecture Hall in the ECEG Venue

Description: The aim of this workshop is to provide a platform to young researchers to present and discuss novel ideas, approaches and challenges, and the use of specific tools and techniques applied to geoconservation and geoheritage.
The workshop will be based on a ‘co-learning‘ approach, built upon the participants’ experience and knowledge. This will allow all participants to share their visions and opinions, based on their own experience, as well as on their work (e.g. master and PhD thesis). Furthermore, it is expected to raise the awareness of young scientists/researchers awareness about geoconservation and geological heritage, as well as on the role of ProGEO at the national and international levels.
This workshop also intends to facilitate communication and interaction between young and senior geoconservationists.
Convener: MICHAŁ POROS, Center of Geoeducation of Kielce Geopark, Poland.

Terms: Open for all registered participants and accompanying persons.

Meeting place: Centrum Edukacji Geologicznej Geoparku Kielce (Center of Geoeducation of Kielce Geopark), Kielce, Wietrznia district.

Description: Programme contains an opening and sightseeing of temporary exhibition "Geoheritage and geoconservation in the Góry Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross Mountains) region’’ as well as a guided tour of the permanent (educational) exhibition. Temporary exhibition shows large scale photographs of the outstanding geosites of Góry Świętokrzyskie. The exhibition focuses on the development of concepts aiming in protection of the Świętokrzyskie geosites, and highlights a sustainable use of the geosites for science, education and tourism.

The permanent exhibition shows various geological processes leading to mineral and rock formation, and examples of evolution of life. Exhibits contain local rocks and fossils. Attraction for visitors are computer animations and audiovisual effects. Exhibition is formally divided into two parts: the "Devonian Story”, and the "Geological Processes”. Visitors are offered knowledge based on up-to-date geological research. Through dioramas, information panels and multimedia devices visitors can learn about a local geological heritage.
The event is free for all participants and accompanying persons. It is planned for the 25th of June, 2018, at 19:00, at the ECEG Venue in Chęciny, and includes a free catering and a conference shuttle bus from/to Kielce.
Terms: Optional event, not included in the registration fee. Register for it online, via the symposium website, using the Registration link.

Meeting place: Ethnographic Park in Tokarnia (

PLN (includes the transfer to/from the Ethnographic Park in Tokarnia; English-speaking guided tour; Folk group performance; dinner, and VAT).

Description: We will be holding an open-air party and a dinner in an old style wooden granary with traditional Polish cuisine and drinks. The cultural programme will include an English-speaking guided tour through the prettiest sights of the Ethnographic Park and a concert by the local folk group “Wierna Rzeka” (traditional regional music, including original instruments and costumes).
A free event for all participants and accompanying persons (start approx. at 20:00). Itinerary includes sightseeing of Zamkowa Hill with the Chęciny Fortress remnants and a panoramic view from the top of the Fortress Tower. The tour will take approximately 2 hours.
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