The first Indian colloquium on Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy (ICMS) was organized in 1971 at Bangalore University in order to commemorate the 75th birth anniversary of Prof. L Rama Rao. Since then, 26 colloquia have been successfully convened by various organizations, universities and institutes. The ICMS provides a common platform to scientists and students from academia and industries to share diverse ideas and new approaches in Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy and also to identify future directions for the development of micropaleontological research in the country. The discipline of micropaleontology assumed a forefront in Earth Science research because of the unprecedented technological developments, which led to the initiation of several important International research programmes to resolve vital issues of societal relevance such as energy exploration and climate change.
The Department of Geology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) had earlier organized ICMS in 1976 and 2003. Once again, the department is privileged to host the XXVII Colloquium on Micropaleontology and Stratigraphy in 2019. The present colloquium aims to deliberate upon a wide spectrum of current micropaleontological research covering both basic and applied aspects and brings together researchers investigating various microfossil groups for their taxonomic classification, evolution, ecology, biodiversity, biogeography and geochemistry and their applications in paleoenvironmental reconstruction, biostratigraphy, paleoclimate and paleoceanography. A special session on ‘Recent advances in Indian Ocean Cenozoic Paleoceanography and Paleoclimate’, is also planned during the colloquium.
It is hoped that the present colloquium will provide an excellent opportunity for young researchers to interact with specialists from all over the country and beyond, to gain knowledge towards the new frontiers of the subject and to explore potential areas of research.