Invitation Page



On behalf of the Organising Committee, we cordially invite you to attend the 17th International Sedimentological Congress 2006 in Fukuoka, Japan. First convened in Belgium 58 years ago, in 2006 the ISC will be held for the first time in Eastern Asia, in strong cooperation with the Japanese, Korean and Chinese sedimentological communities.

In Eastern Asia, rising mountain ranges and flat-lying plains with magnificent rivers face the world's largest ocean. Between deep-sea trenches, volcanic island arcs and marginal seas, sediments and sedimentary basins are found in a multitude of geological settings, from stable shelves, rifts and accretionary prisms to ocean basins with an extensive influence of tectonics and volcanic/seismic events. The ancient counterparts of these environments exposed on land will provide ample choice for field trips. Eastern Asia also offers insight into some of the oldest cultures and human societies on Earth, spanning more than 5000 years of history, in addition to the spectacular geology and geography.

Sedimentologists have been instrumental in finding and developing new energy and mineral resources during the last century. However, growing concerns about global climate change and the environmental impact of human activities pose new challenges and require innovative approaches to work for the survival of mankind and the sustainability of Planet Earth. As specialists dealing with the phenomena of the solid Earth, atmosphere and oceans, we are expected and challenged to contribute more for the sustainable future of mankind.

The Organising Committee will make every effort to provide excellent facilities for a comfortable and enjoyable scientific congress. We are honoured to host the 17th International Sedimentological Congress and are looking forward to seeing you in Fukuoka in 2006.

Ryo Matsumoto
Chairman, ISC2006 Organising Committee