The 5-day conference will include four days of talks and scientific activities, and one-day excursion in the Vézère Valley (Lascaux IV, Le Grand Roc, Laugerie Haute & Laugerie Basse).

The main scientific themes will be:

  • · History of Quaternary geology, prehistory and geology of caves;
  • · History of Miocene geology, since the region includes the Burdigalian and Aquitanian stratotypes;
  • · Other sessions of the conference will cover all subjects related to the history of geosciences.

The Conference program will be supervised by a Scientific committee, chaired by Philippe Taquet, former president of the INHIGEO and current president of the COFRHIGEO. The material organization (registrations, financial management) will be entrusted to an Organizing committee, chaired by Claudine Cohen and Pascal Richet. It will benefit from several sponsorships and the services of the association Naturalia et Biologia.

The abstract and excursion booklets, written in English, will be published in digital formats, and if possible, in hard copy.

“The sites, objects and works of art found in the Vézère valley are extremely rare witnesses of long-lost civilizations. This material, which is infinitely valuable for the knowledge of the most remote periods of human history, is of universal interest, as exceptional from a historical as from an ethnological, anthropological or aesthetic point of view.”
UNESCO World Heritage List