The International Association of Sedimentologists (http://www.iasnet.org), the Department of Earth-Sciences of the University of Zaragoza (http://wzar.unizar.es/acad/fac/geolo/) and the Geological Society of Spain (http://www.sociedadgeologica.es/) are happy to invite participants to the 28th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, to be held in Zaragoza (Spain), on 5th – 8th July, 2011. The site of the meeting will be the Conference Centre of the Boston Hotel, located in the centre of the city of Zaragoza (http://www.hotelboston.es).
Zaragoza (http://www.zaragoza.es) is currently the fifth biggest city in Spain and has 650,000 inhabitants. It is the seat of the Government of Aragón (http://www.turismodearagon.com) and is a modern city, which since the sixties has grown considerably. The strategic location of Zaragoza in the centre of northeast Spain makes it an ideal place for conferences, because it lies in the centre of the Madrid-Barcelona and Bilbao-Valencia axes.
Zaragoza can be reached by airplane from several European cities landing at the local airport (http://www.zaragoza-airport.com). There is also a regular connection by high-speed (“AVE”) trains from Barcelona and Madrid (http://www.renfe.es/ave).
Zaragoza was founded in the year 24 BC by the legions that had taken part in the Cantabrian Wars, in Augustus' time. The city took its name from the emperor Caesar Augustus (Caesaraugusta) and was built nearby the Ebro River (the ancient Iber). It fell under Moorish influence in 714: Zaragoza became Saraqusta, also known as Medina Albayda (white city). In 1118 Alfonso I won Zaragoza and it became the new capital of the Aragón kingdom. A few of the city's most important religious monuments from the 14th century are still in good condition, including the churches of mudéjar architecture style, which is characterized by a fusion on Romanic, Gothic and Arabic elements. Founded in 1542, the University of Zaragoza (at present, with 35,000 students) has several campus across the Aragón Community. One of the most attractive points of the conference will be the possibility to join some of the programmed geological fieldtrips. The surroundings of Zaragoza enclose a wide spectrum of sedimentary rocks, superbly exposed in the outcrops of the Pyrenees, Ebro Basin and Iberian Chain. These sedimentary rocks will be visited by a selection of 14 field trips, covering a wide array of topics and geological ages.