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Oct. 8, 2017: Arrival, registration (ice breaker)
Oct. 9, 2017: Oral and poster presentations
Oct. 10, 2017: Oral and poster presentations, workshop
Oct. 11, 2017: Mid-conference field trip
Oct. 12, 2017: Oral and poster presentations, conference banquet
Oct. 13—Oct. 18, 2017: Post-conference field excursion in Hubei and Hunan Provinces.
Mid-conference Field Trip
A one-day mid-conference field trip will be organized to visit the Furongian to Middle Ordovician successions, the GSSPs of Dapingian and Hirnantian stages near the Yichang city (sites 1 and 2 on the index map), and a few historical and scenery sites of Yangtze Gorges.
Post-conference Field Excursion
A six-day post-conference field excursion (Oct. 13 to Oct. 18, 2017) will be arranged to investigate a number of classic sections of the Guzhangian (Series 3, Cambrian) to Upper Ordovician around the Yangtze Gorges area (sites 3 through 9 on the index map). These sections include at least the Gudongkou section (Xingshan, Hubei), Liujiachang section (Songzi, Hubei), Mayang section (Yongshun, Hunan), and the GSSPs of Paibian Stage (Furongian Series, Huanyuan, Hunan) and Guzhangian Stage (Series 3 of Cambrian, Guzhang, Hunan). Participants will be able to find fossils of trilobites, brachiopods, graptolites, bryozoans, nautiloids, echinoderms, etc. During the excursion, visits to the Yangtze Gorges National Geopark and the Zhangjiajie UNESCO Global Geopark, will be arranged optionally if time permits. The excursion will start in Yichang, and end in Changsha City (capital of Hunan Province), where there are many direct international flights to Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, United States (Los Angles), Germany (Frankfurt), and Hong Kong, etc.