Systematics and Paleobiogeographic Patterns

1 - 7 August 2017
Mahasarakham, THAILAND

The Palaeontological Research and Education Centre in cooperation with the Faculty of Science of Mahasarakham University (Thailand), the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France), and the Natural History Museum of Geneva (Switzerland) are pleased to announce and host the 7th INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON MESOZOIC FISHES. The meeting is dedicated to reflect the progress in Mesozoic fish research that has been accomplished in the past 25 years since the first meeting in 1993, to discuss old and new methodologies, and to present novel information about the evolution, diversification, and the palaeobiogeography of fishes during the Mesozoic.

Registration and Payments

The payment of the registration and fieldtrip will be done in Thai baths (THB) by cash at the registration desk (cash can be withdrawn at any ATM machine and change can be done in bank offices. Please be aware that ฿ 17,000 [Registration + Field trip] cannot be withdrawn of a single time in some ATMs and depending of the type of bank card).

Registration Fees

The registration fees include: Registration, welcome party, morning and afternoon break, lunches and dinners, and souvenir. Accommodation and flight are not included.

The price for field trip includes transportation, accommodation, lunch, and dinner.

General Participant


(Please bring your student card)

Field Trip

(Shared room)

(Single room)


Extended abstracts will be published in Research and Knowledge, a regular scientific journal of the Mahasarakham University.

Please send your extended abstract before 30th of April, at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rk

The text of your extended abstract should not exceed 4 printed pages (5,000 signs per page, 20,000 signs in total if there is no figure). For preparation of your manuscript, please check the guidelines on the website of Research and Knowledge. Please observe all the guideline points, including headings, figures, references, etc., but do not include an abstract. Submit your manuscript before April, 30 at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rk

Preliminary Schedule

Mon, July 31st Arrival of Participant, registration and free visit to PRC, icebreaker party in the evening.
Tue, August 1st Registration, scientific talks, and poster session at the meeting room of Science Building I.
Wed, August 2nd Scientific talks, and poster session at the meeting room of Science Building I.
Thu, August 3rd Scientific talks, poster session, and tour in Mahasarakham University.
Fri, August 4th Scientific talks, poster session, and farewell dinner.

Field Trip

The program of the fieldtrip has changed a little from the first circular (same sites, but in a different sequence). There is no more the opportunity to drop participants at Ubon Ratchathani airport to catch Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. All participants will reach Mahasarakham on the 7th (please don’t forget to book your room at your hotel in Mahasarakham for the night 7-8th). A shuttle will be organized to bring peoples to the Khon Kaen airport. You can also travel by bus from Mahasarakham to Bangkok on the 8th. In August, temperature varies between 25 and 35 °C. Be aware that this period is in the middle of the rainy season. Showers occur regularly but usually don’t last. Please adapt your clothing in consequence.

Sat, August 5th Departure from the campus to Ubon Ratchatani Province (East of Isan) and visit the Khok Pha Suam locality (sharks, ginglymodians, sinamiids); short visit of the local market with fishes from the Mékong River. Night at Kong Chiam.
Sun, August 6th Short visit of the junction of the Mun and Mékong Rivers; visit of the Pha Taem National Park with prehistorical paintings (including the giant catfish of the Mékong River!); travel to Mukdahan Province. Visit of the Phu Din Daeng locality in Nakhorn Phanom province (turtles and sinamiids). Night in Mukdahan.
Mon, August 7th Visit of the Phu Nam Jun (ginglymodians, lungfish) and Phu Noi (Dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, sharks and ginglymodians). Visit of the Sirindhorn Museum (possibility to visit the collection). Return to Mahasarakham.

Social Events

Monday, 31st of July The ice breaker party will be held at the Palaeontological Research and Educational Center located in the Campus of the Mahasarakham University.
Friday, 4th of August The farewell dinner will be held at the Isan Museum (Traditional Isan houses) nearby the Campus of Mahasarakham University.


The easiest way to reach Mahasarakham is to fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport to Khon Kaen with Thai Airways (domestic flight, about 1 hour), where a shuttle will pick up the participants at 12:00 am, 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm on July 31st and at 8:00 am on August 1st and bring them to Mahasarakham.

Shuttle to Khon Kaen Airport will be available at 9:30 am and 3:30 pm on August 5th for those not attending the fieldtrip. Shuttle to Khon Kaen Airport will also be available at 6:30 am and 9:30 am on August 8th.

Khon Kaen - Mahasarakham
shuttle bus schedule

from Khon Kaen Airport to Khon Kaen Airport
July 31st August 1st August 5th August 8th
09.30 09.30


There will be no special symposium hotel but Taksila Hotel and Siam Tara Hotel offers room from 600 to 3,000 bahts per night that can be booked online, other hotels and university's condominium are also available. For participants staying downtown, a shuttle will take them over daily from the hotel to the campus.

Taksila Hotel

Offers room from 600 to 3,000 bahts per night. Online booking available.


Siam Tara Hotel

Offers room from 600 to 3,000 bahts per night. Online booking available.


University's Condominium

10 rooms (up to 20 persons) will be available for 300 baht (single) or 400 baht (shared room).

These will be given in priority to students.

Other hotels

Other hotels are also available downtown but websites and online booking are not available. Please contact the organizers for more information.