Second International Congress on North African Vertebrate Paleontology

April 7, 2014
Second International Congress on North African Vertebrate Paleontology
September 02–09-2014 / Ouarzazate – MOROCCO
Organized by Faculté des Sciences AïnChock, Université Hassan II, Casablanca – Morocco

General Information
The first NAVEP meeting was held in Marrakech in 2009. This event was a great success for all participants and included many important contributions from many different areas. The 2009 NAVEP committee suggested organizing a meeting every four years to assess and discuss our current knowledge of vertebrate paleontology in North Africa and neighboring regions and promote responsible collection, preservation and protection of the paleontological heritage of this region.
The 2014 NAVEP meeting will take place in Morocco in September 2014. The conference will take place in Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the desert, a major tourist destination due to its location south of the Atlas Mountains. Ouarzazate provides a departure point for excursions to the Draa Valley and the desert.
The scientific sessions in Ouarzazate will be followed by a fieldtrip to visit fossil localities in southern Morocco, including outcrops of the Kem Kem sequence near Taouz, Cretaceous vertebrate localities in Goulmima and placoderm localities (Devonian) in the Tafilalt basin.

Host Committee
Samir Zouhri, Department of Geology, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Najia Elboudali, Department of Geology, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Samira Sebti, Department of Geology, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Hiham El Boughabi, Department of Geology, University Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco
Nizar Ibrahim, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, Chicago, United States of America
David Martill, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Portsmouth, UK
El Mostafa Ettachfini, Department of Geology, University Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida, Morocco
Bouziane Khalloufi, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

Zoubida Hilmi, Département de Géologie, Faculté des Sciences Aïn Chock (

These will be presented in the second circular.

Registration Fees
The registration fee for the scientific conference in Ouarzazate is estimated at ca. 250 € ($350), and covers the basic registration, abstract proceedings, a printed field guidebook, conference meals, and coffee breaks.
The fees for the excursion to the Cretaceous and Devonian localities is estimated at ca. 350 € ($482), and includes 4x4 travel, meals and accommodation.
Official fees will be included in the second circular.

Provisional Schedule
Tuesday 2th September – Participants arrive at Ouarzazate Airport. Registration and refreshmentsare available from 6 PM to 8 PM at the hotel. A room will be available to set up posters.
03-05th of September – Oral presentation sessions, poster sessions.
06-09th of September – Fieldtrip: Ouarzazate (departure) – Goulmima– Alnif ending. The fieldtrip ends in Ouarzazate at the hotel.
Wednesday 10th of September – Departure from Ouarzazate airport.

1. Abstract proceedings (title, authors, addresses, text and references – less than 500 words).
Deadline 30th July 2014, to be sent to
2. Thematic short papers focused on North African paleontological aspects will be published in a specialized journal.
3. Field Guide.

Official languages
English & French

Travel and accommodations
There are direct flights to Ouarzazate airport from Paris and Casablanca, the latter serving a number of major airports in the world. Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements. A list of hotels at negotiated price will be provided in the second circular.

Please, paste the following text into an e-mail, indicate “yes” or “no” after each heading, and send it as soon as possible to

I plan to attend the scientific sessions in Ouarzazate: YES / NO
I would like to take part in the conference fieldtrip: YES / NO
I am planning to submit an abstract(s) for the abstract Volume: YES / NO
I would like to submit a conference paper for publication: YES / NO
I will bring a guest: YES / NO

For general questions about the meeting or the scientific sessions – please email Samir Zouhri ( and/or Nizar Ibrahim (

Important deadlines
 1stcircular: December 2013
 2nd circular with official fees: February 2014
 Deadline for registration and fee payment: 30th April, 2014
 Abstract Submission: June 30th, 2014
 3rdand final circular: July 15th, 2014
 Article Submission: November 31st, 2014