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XI Baltic Stratigraphical Conference

Scientific Sessions: August 19–21, 2024 | Tartu, Estonia
Field Trip: August 22–25, 2024 | Estonia

The 10th Baltic Stratigraphical Conference took place in Chęciny, Poland, in 2017. A plan was drafted to hold the next meeting in St. Petersburg in 2021, but this was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and then by Russia's aggression war on Ukraine. However, the need for a regional geological conference – which also covers discussions of regional stratigraphy – has not disappeared in the Baltic region. Estonia, the following country in the sequence of conference locations, will organise the 11th Baltic Stratigraphical Conference in Tartu in August 2024. The conference will be followed by a geological excursion to the main geological sites in central and western Estonia.

Like in the case of previous Baltic stratigraphical conferences, this meeting is not restricted to stratigraphy, but contributions on a broad range of regionally relevant geological topics are welcome. Special sessions and workshops may also be organised depending on the interest of the participants. We try to keep the meeting simple and affordable, especially for students and senior colleagues.

Important dates

May 15, 2024Deadline for registration, payment, abstracts and short papers
August 18, 2024Arrival to Tartu, Ice-breaker
August 19–21, 2024Scientific Sessions, mid-conference field trip, and conference dinner
August 22–25, 2024Field trip to central, western and northern Estonia, with focus on Ordovician-Silurian carbonate deposition;
starts from Tartu, ends in Tallinn
August 25–26, 2024Departures from Tallinn


The registration is open until May 15, 2024, please fill the REGISTRATION FORM as soon as possible.

Payment of the conference fee is due on May 15, 2024.

Fees and payment

The conferences fees are as follows:

Regular participant200 €
Student100 €
Conference Dinner60 €
Post-conference excursion300 €

The conference fee covers conference bag, lunches, coffee breaks, refreshments and the mid-conference field trip. It does not cover conference dinner. Excursion fee covers transport, accommodation (3 nights), breakfasts and lunches, and excursion guidebook.

Cancellation and full refunding of fees is possible until June 15, 2024.

Payment is possible by credit card or direct bank link. Please use the PAYMENT FORM.

NB. If you need a VAT-number, NIP-code or any other specification on your invoice then please write your needs to email as credit card payment form allows only limited options.

Conference venue

The conference will take place in Tartu, the academic capital of Estonia. In 2024, Tartu is also the European Capital of Culture.

The scientific sessions will be hosted in the University of Tartu Omicum Building, Riia 23b, Tartu.


Oral and poster presentations are welcome on diverse topics related to Baltic regional geology and stratigraphy. Scientific sessions are planned to cover the main time slices well represented in the region.

In addition, special sessions / workshops are planned to discuss the state of stratigraphic service in different countries, demonstrate new features of digital geology (such as 3D geological mapping) and geological databases. Other ideas of workshops or demonstrations are welcome, please share your thoughts with the organisers.

Field trips

The conference includes a short mid-conference field trip in southern Estonia (Silurian, Devonian, Quaternary) on August 20, 2023.

The four-days post-conference trip will take participants from Tartu, across central Estonia, to Saaremaa Island and then to North Estonia, ending in Tallinn. The estimated excursion fee is 300€ and it includes accommodation for 3 nights, breakfasts and lunches, transportation and field guide. NB! The number of participants is limited to 20.

Ordovician-Silurian boundary beds in the Reinu quarry
Ordovician-Silurian boundary beds in the Reinu quarry, central Estonia, is among the localities to be visited.

The localities to be visited include (but are not limited to):


One-page abstracts will be published in the conference volume. Download the abstract template and submit your contribution by e-mail to:

In addition, manuscripts of short papers (4-8 printed pages) may be submitted for a thematic volume in the Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences, to be published in the December issue of the journal. The deadline for both abstracts and papers is May 15, 2024.

Social events

Ice-breaker will take place on August 18, 2024, in the conference venue.

Conference Dinner will be on August 20, 2024, in the halls of the Natural History Museum. Note that the dinner will be for an additional fee.

European Capital of Culture 2024

European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 brings over 1000 events to individuals of all ages. The year-long programme in Tartu and Southern Estonia presents the story of the Arts of Survival – the knowledge, skills, and values that will help us lead a good life in the future. As a community, we want to share this information while also learning from others. Inspired by culture, we build a better tomorrow.

There are a number of activites and events going on in Tartu in August, during the time of our conference. Please check the programme and other information on the Tartu 2024 website.

Travel and accommodation

Tartu can be easily reached by car, bus or train. Those arriving by plain to Tallinn or Riga would take a bus to Tartu. For international bus lines check, domestic bus tickets can be booked online at

Booking accommodation in Tartu (and Tallinn if needed) is the responsibility of the participants. Be sure to book accommodation early as the events of the European Capital of Culture in Tartu may increase demand and prices. A selection of hotels in city center:

Budget accommodation is arranged in Tartu Downtown Hostel from August 18-22, 2024. Price per double room (without breakfast): 30€ (single occupancy) / 35€ (double occupancy). Booking at, using the keyword "11BSC". NB! The number of pre-booked rooms is limited.

Studying geological collections

Large collections of fossils and rocks from Estonia and neighbouring countries are kept at the Natural History Museum, University of Tartu, as well as at the Department of Geology, Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian Museum of Natural History (both in Tallinn, 180 km from the conference venue). Participants of the conference are welcome to arrive earlier or leave later, in order to study these collections. Please contact the corresponding curators at your earliest convenience, but no later than June 1, 2024, to ensure the availability of the material. Data on many collection specimens, samples, localities etc have been digitised and made accessible online in the national geoscience data portal: Contact:

Organisers and supporters

Organising Committee