We are pleased to invite you to the


in Bohol, Philippines on March 7-16, 2015.

The International Nannoplankton Association (INA) Meeting is a conference held approximately every two years since 1985. This conference gathers together scientists worldwide who have an interest in living or fossil nannoplankton - including coccolithophores, nannoliths, and other mineralizing nannoplankton such as silicoflagellates and calcispheres. Academic scientists and industrial biostratigraphers give talks on various pure and applied fields of nannoplankton studies. Workshops on current issues of interest in the field such as methods, correlation, taxonomy, biostratigraphy, etc. are also part of the conference. INA meetings have most often been held in Europe but three meetings have been hosted in mainland US and Puerto Rico. INA15 will be only the second time that the conference has been held in Asia. It is a friendly meeting with a lot of student participants and for anyone who works on nannoplankton, it is a unique opportunity to exchange experiences with fellow specialists, learn the state of the art and develop professional contacts across the globe.

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Technical sessions and workshops will take place at the South Palms Resort located at the heart of Panglao Island, Bohol. It is one of the newest "go to" places for sun, fun, relaxation, and now INA15! The resort offers airport transfers for guests, tour packages and water sports. Enjoy the fine white sand beach after a day of workshops and technical sessions.

Traveling to the Philippines. We recommend that you fly to Manila first and then to Bohol (Tagbilaran Airport). You can download a Guide to the Philippines [Now Available v2.0]. See travel tips before flying to Philippines.

Visa Check. Most countries do not need a visa for staying in the Philippines for less than 30 days. If your country is not on the list, please look for the nearest Philippine embassy in your area.

INA15 would like to thank the following:

Diamond Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors



To Be Announced

Oral Presentations
Call for Papers

Poster Presentations
Call for Papers


Date Activity
March 7 (Saturday) Pre-Conference Field Trip A
March 8 (Sunday) Pre-Conference Field Trip B;
Ice Breaker + Welcome Remarks
March 9 (Monday) Opening Ceremony (8:30);
Technical Sessions (9:30-4:30pm);
Workshop (12:30-2:00pm);
Poster Viewing (5:00pm)
Monday 10 (Tuesday) Technical Sessions (8:00am-4:30pm); Workshop (12:30-2:00pm)
March 11 (Wednesday) Technical Sessions (8:00am-4:30pm); Workshop (12:30-2:00pm)
March 12 (Thursday) Technical Sessions(8:00am-4:30pm); Workshop (12:30-14:00pm)
March 13 (Friday) Travel to Palawan
March 14 (Saturday) Post-Conference Field Trip Day 1
March 15 (Sunday) Post-Conference Field Trip Day 2
March 16 (Monday) Travel to Manila

Submission and Presentation Requirements


Guidelines for submitting an abstract to INA15:
1. Send no later than December 5, 2014.
2. Have 300 words or less.
3. Include text only, no figures, no tables.
4. Include an email contact information for all authors.
5. Abstract must be written in English.
6. Submit as a word processing document, preferably Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
7. Send abstract to Laurel M. Bybell at lbybell@usgs.gov.
8. All references in the text must appear in a reference list.
9. All references must follow the Journal of Nannoplankton Research style.
10.Use either full references or standard (World List) abbreviations. Here are a few examples:

Burnett, J.A. 1988. North-west European Late Cretaceous calcareous nannofossils: biostratigraphy and selected evolutionary lineages. PhD thesis, University College London, London: 365 pp.

Perch-Nielsen, K. 1985. Cenozoic calcareous nannofossils. In: H.M. Bolli, K. Perch-Nielsen & J.B. Saunders (EDS.).Plankton stratigraphy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 427-554.

Sissingh, W. 1977. Biostratigraphy of Cretaceous calcareous nannoplankton. Geologie en Mijnbouw, 56: 37-65.

Do not worry about formatting. The INA15 editor will assign uniform formatting to all the abstracts. Once the abstract is received, accepted, and edited, it will be posted on the INA15 website.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes in length.

All oral presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint format and be compatible with PowerPoint 2010. We also suggest that you create a backup version in Adobe PDF format.

Poster Session

Each poster should be 3 feet X 4 feet (Orientation:Portrait)




The Bohol Countryside Tour

Tarsier of Bohol

This tour is focused on the geological and cultural treasures of Bohol Island, from the historical limestone churches, endemic tarsiers, to the uplifted coast of Maribojoc formed by the October 2013 7.2M earthquake and the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

Limited to 60 participants.



The Snorkeling Adventure

Snorkle at Bohol

This offers you the chance to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary, where a healthy and diverse marine environment waits to be explored. Don't forget to bring your snorkeling gears.

Limited to 40 participants.


Post-conference Field Trip

The Palawan Experience


We would like to bring you to Palawan, named the best island in the world in the 2014 Condé Nast Readers Choice Award. Palawan is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and is one of the best tourist destinations in the Philippines. The geology of Palawan is unique being a remnant of the Eurasian continent where the oldest rocks in the Philippines (Late Paleozoic) are found.

Limited to 40 people. Email intent to join the post-conference fieldtrip to ina15philippines@gmail.com not later than November 30, 2014. If the target number of participants is not met by this date, the trip will be cancelled and will be replaced.

$350 [included is a 1-way plane ticket from Bohol to Palawan]


Attendee Type Technical Meeting & Workshops Icebreaker Reception &
Poster Session
Field Trip
Field Trip
(Before Jan. 15 2015)
(After Jan. 15 2015)
Field Trip A Field Trip B
INA Full Member $200 $225 included $60 $50 $40 $350
INA Student Member $150 $175 included $60 $50 $40 $350
Non-Member $225 $250 included $60 $50 $40 $350
Accompanying Person * * $20 $60 $50 $40 $350

Step 1: Register Today

Register to complete and submit the INA15 registration form. After you have completed registering, return to this page and proceed to Step 2 (Make Payment).

Step 2: Make Payment.

Would you like to be sponsored?

A limited amount of Financial Assistance is available for INA Student Members to be used for registration fees and lodging at INA15. Funding amounts will be determined based on availability of funds and the number of students requesting aid. Financial assistance is not guaranteed and will not be sufficient to cover all expenses. Any student receiving funding is expected to present a talk or a poster at INA15.
Deadline for application: December 5, 2014.

Simply fill out the Sponsorship Form.


Getting to the Conference Venue

A Manila-Bohol flight is highly recommended but feel free to choose the flight you're most convenient with.

1. Flight to Tagbilaran City, Bohol: The following airlines fly to Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
     Please visit their website for information on flight schedules and air fares.
     Cebu Pacific - Cebu to Bohol & Manila to Bohol
     Philippine Airlines (PAL) - Manila to Bohol
     AirAsia - Manila to Bohol

2. Tagbilaran City, Bohol to Conference Venue: A welcoming committee will be
     at the airport to attend to arriving conference participants. Please be advised that
     the welcoming committee will only be for participants arriving before the start of the
     conference. A free shuttle service will be available provided by South Palms Resort
     for participants arriving on a different date.



The South Palms Resort offers double to quadruple sharing to INA15 guests. To know more about the details of the INA 15 official conference venue and to avail of the conference discounted room rates, contact Dianne Rosario at yannrosario@nigs.upd.edu.ph.

Reduced rates will be available until January 20, 2014.


Buffet Breakfast is included with the accommodation. Morning and afternoon snacks are free as well. The resort offers a variety of local and international cuisines in their Oceanica Restaurant.


Its More Fun In The Philippines

There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines, each with a different adventure to offer. From pristine beaches and breathtaking natural wonders to interesting historic sites, the Philippines packs many exciting things for you to see and do.

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> Explore an Island

If you are planning to do some touring,
here are some guided tours for you.

8 Reasons the Philippines is
the Best
Tropical Destination...

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24 Delicious
Filipino Foods...

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For a summary of tourist destinations in the country, download INA15 Guide to the Philippines v2.0.

Are you a Bird Watcher?..or you just love birds!

Checkout the birds of Bohol and Palawan here.

Discover Coron Island

Listed in Forbes Traveler Magazine’s top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world, your visit in the Philippines is not complete without seeing this absolute beauty. You can opt to visit this from Puerto Princesa after the Post Conference.

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  Check out Cebu.

  Cebu is just right around the
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Organizing Committee

Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay
National Institute of Geological Sciences
University of the Philippines
INA15 Organizer

Allan Gil S. Fernando
National Institute of Geological Sciences
University of the Philippines
INA15 Program Committee Head

Laurel M. Bybell
U.S. Geological Survey
Scientist Emeritus
INA15 Editor

Dorothy Joyce D.Marquez
Clarence Y. Magtoto
Jaan Ruy Conrad P. Nogot
Dianne Jules G. Rosario
Abigael L. Castro
John Warner M. Carag
Jose Dominick Guballa

Scientific Committee

Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay
University of the Philippines
INA15 Organizer

Allan Gil S. Fernando
University of the Philippines
INA15 Program Committee Head

Jeremy Young
University College London
INA President

David K. Watkins
University of Nebraska
INA Past President

Michael Styzen
Noble Energy
INA Foundation Manager

Jean M. Self-Trail
U.S. Geological Survey
INA14 Organizer

Ric Jordan
Yamagata University
INA13 Organizer

Karl-Heinz Baumann
University of Bremen

Mario Cachao
University of Lisbon

Kyoko Hagino
Kochi University

Alicia Kahn
Chevron Oil Company

Jackie Lees
University College London and ALS Ellington

Giuliana Villa
University of Parma

For Inquiries please email us at ina15philippines@gmail.com