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    Third Circular (posted on Feb-2013):

    9th International Congress on the Jurassic System - 2014

    January (6th - 9th 2014)

    Invitation

    Dear Colleagues/Jurassic geo-scientists/Friends,

    Greetings from Jaipur, “The Pink City of India”. On behalf of the Organising committee, it gives me immense pleasure and honour to extend invitation for the International Congress on the Jurassic System - 2014, to be held under the auspices of the Department of Geology and University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, from January 6th to 9th 2014.

    In this conference, you will have a wonderful opportunity to discuss important issues, exchange ideas and share knowledge and experiences in the field of the Jurassic System with experienced geo-scientists of international and national reputation. Jaipur, the Pink City of India, will receive you with the warmth of hospitality, art and beauty of historical monuments. Pink City is one of the few planned historical cities in the world. Planned in several rectangular blocks, guarded by fortified walls and accessible through charming gates, the city is painted pink.

    January is a very pleasant time and surely the delegates will not only enjoy the scientific activities of the conference but also the weather and the hospitality. However, keep in mind that the nights are generally cold (often only 5 to 6oC) and mornings and evenings will be cool.  So be pre prepare to bring the right clothes. The day time temperatures range from 20 to 25 oC.

    The visits to the Kachchh and Jaisalmer basins will be geological highlights. We hope that geoscientists working on the Jurassic system and their spouses shall attend the conference in large numbers and also take advantage of the tourism facilities available. Our goal is to provide such a fulfilling experience that each person walks away with satisfactionthat the time could not have been better spent.

    We request you for any specific / unique fossil of your area or of your interest to be displayed in our museum in the Department of Geology, University of Rajasthan.  

    Kindly get yourself registered by sending a demand draft in favour of “Convenor Jurassic 2014 Jaipur” payable at Jaipur or visit our website www.jurassic2014.in for more information to avail early bird registration.

    For registration and mo re information visit the website www.jurassic2014.in

    Kindly circulate this information amongst faculty members and other departments in your college/university/organisation.

    We look forward to your participation in the meeting at Jaipur (January 6-9, 2014) and in the field trips (Kachchh: December 28, 2013 - January 4, 2014; Rajasthan: January 10-15, 2014).

    Please provide us with all the personal details such as name, institution, address for correspondence, email address, and Passport number for administrative purposes.
    Kindly ignore if already provided us with all your details.

    General Information
    When applying for visa, please do not apply for a tourist visa but a conference visa. This is particularly necessary for participants of the field trips.

    At the time of the conference the climate in Jaipur will be cool. Night temperatures may be as low as 4-5°C and daytime highs often do not reach more than 20-22°C. Please bring some warm clothes.

    With warm regards,
    Yours truly,
    (Prof. D.K. Pandey)               
    Convenor
    Department of Geology,
    University of Rajasthan,
    Jaipur - 302055 (Rajasthan) India
    Mobile: +919414085177, +919928369323
    Email: jurassic2014jpr@gmail.com

    Registration Fees

    (including food, conference dinner, local transport and cultural programme)

    Please note that the early bird registration fee has been extended up to March 31, 2103
    For International Delegates

    Category
    Early Bird (up to March 31, 2013)
    Up to
    30th June 2013
    On spot
    Foreign participants
    $ 500
    $ 600
    $ 650
    Foreign PG students
    $ 250
    $ 350
    $ 400
    Accompanying persons
    $ 150
    $ 200
    $ 500

    For National Delegates

    Category
    Early Bird (up to March 31, 2013)
    Up to
    30th June 2013
    On spot
    National participants
    INR 5000
    INR 6000
    INR 7000
    PG students
    INR 2500
    INR 3500
    INR 4000
    Accompanying persons
    INR 2500
    INR 3500
    INR 4000

    Field Trips

    Field trips
    Fee
    Jurassic of Kachchh
    $ 400*
    Jurassic of Jaisalmer
    $ 500**

    Registration for the Field trips must be made until August 31, 2013. This is important for obtaining the necessary administrative permission and for booking accommodation.
    *The fee includes full board and transport by train from Bhuj to Jaipur. Participant preferring to travel from Bhuj to Jaipur by plain (via Mumbai) are requested to make their own travel arrangements.
    ** The fee includes full board and transport by car/bus from Jaipur to Jaisalmer and back.

    Field trip to the Kachchh Basin (28.12.2013 – 04.01.2014)

    Maximum number of participants: 40
    Leaders: Franz T. Fürsich1,  D. K. Pandey2 & M. Alberti1
    1 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg  2 University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

    8.12.2013
    Arrival in Bhuj (district headquarter of Kachchh)latest by the afternoon (flight from Mumbai by Jet Airways or from Ahmedabad by road/train, or from Delhi/Jaipur by train)
    29.12.2013
    Administrative permission (half day), visit to outcrop at Ler & Gangeshwar Dome sections (Callovian-Lower Kimmeridgian), visit to the Shre Swaminarayan Temple and the Palace.
    30.12.2013
    Bajocian - Bathonian  rocks of Sadhara Dome and Kala Dongar (Black Hill)
    31.12.2013
    Bathonian - Oxfordian  rocks of Jhura Dome
    01.01.2014
    Bathonian - Oxfordian rocks of Jumara Dome
    02.01.2014

    Tithonian - Cretaceous rocks of Kateshwar temple and Ghuneri sections
    03.01.2014
    Oxfordian - Kimmeridgian rocks of Bharodia section (Wagad Uplift) and visit to  Dholavira, Khadir Island (Harappan Civilization) /Great Rann of Kachchh (Night halt in Bhachau)
    04.01.2014
    Oxfordian rocks of Tramau River section. Departure for Jaipur by train in late afternoon from Bhachau
    05.01.2014
    Arrival in Jaipur

    General information

    Kachchh is a comparatively remote area with only limited infrastructure. We therefore will stay in a guesthouse just outside the district capital Bhuj. Accommodation will be in simple, but clean rooms with attached bathrooms (hot water provided). Participants are asked to share rooms and should bring a towel and a thin sleeping bag (e.g. youth hostel style sleeping bag; blankets are available). The last night we shall stay most likely in a Jain hotel in Bhachau. As this hotel is situated right next to the train station it is advisable to bring ear plugs for an undisturbed sleep. Gujarat is a so-called dry state where alcohol cannot be purchased and its consumption in public is prohibited. So, please, bring your own supply of alcohol, if needed for “medical” reasons or relaxation.

    Winter is the best time for field work in Kachchh with cool nights and moderately hot days. During the field trip night temperatures around 10°C can be expected. Day temperatures will range from 22 to 28°C, but as there is virtually no shade, the temperature will be felt as quite high in the early afternoon. Rain is very rare at this time of the year and there is no need to bring a raincoat or umbrella but a hat and some sun blocker to protect you from the sun.

    Kachchh is a border area, and because of the precarious relationship between India and Pakistan there are strict security controls. All participants will need permissions to visit the various field localities. In order to obtain these and use a minimum of time for bureaucratic procedures during the fieldtrip, please register as early as possible and supply the necessary documents (electronic copy of passport and home address). In addition, bring three copies of your passport and the visa page.

    When booking your journey, make sure to reach Bhuj either by the afternoon flight of Jet Airways on December 28 or by train from Delhi, leaving the previous day. If you let us know of your way of arrival we shall pick you up at the airport/train station in Bhuj.

    As much of the  countryside we are going to visit is covered with Acacia bushes it is advisable to bring sturdy field boots. The long thorns of these plants easily penetrate the soles of sneakers, etc.

    Health risks: Mosquitoes are not abundant at this time of the year and are only active at dusk and dawn. As a rule, a repellent will be sufficient and malaria prophylaxis is not necessary (the same applies for Jaipur). Typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Please, note that these should not be obtained in the last minute but several weeks before you start the trip. Participants may experience problems with their digestive tract. Please, bring along some medicine such as immodium. We shall provide plenty of mineral water for the participants.

    If you have any further question, please feel free enough to contact us

    Franz T. Fürsich (franz.fuersich@gzn.uni-erlangen.de)
    D. K. Pandey (dhirendrap@hotmail.com)

    Field trip to the Jaisalmer Basin (10.01.2014 – 15.01.2014)

    Maximum number of participants: 40
    Leaders: D. K. Pandey1 & Franz T. Fürsich2
    1University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, 2 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

    10.01.2014
    Journey by car from Jaipur to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur  
    11.01.2014
    Stop 1. Akal National Park (Wood fossil Park), Stop 2. Thaiyat section (Lower Jurassic), Stop 3. Kuri Road outcrops (Bajocian), Stop 4. Fort section (Bathonian)
    12.01.2014
    Stop 5. Badabagh section (Bathonian), Stop 6. Rupsi section (Oxfordian- Tithonian), Stop 7. Badasar cliff-section (Tithonian). Visit to Jain Temple.
    13.01.2014
    Stop 8. Kuldhar section (Callovian), Stop 9.  Jajiya river-section. Visit to Sum
    14.01.2014
    Stop 10.  Kala Dungar Hills (Kimmeridgian). Visit to City/Palace (afternoon/evening)
    15.01.2014
    Return journey to Jaipur via Bikaner

    General information

    The Jaisalmer Basin lies in the westernmost part of Rajasthan, close to the border of Pakistan. We shall stay in a middle class hotel in Jaisalmer, from where the different field localities can be easily accessed. Participants are asked to share a room.

    Nights will be cool (8-12°C) and daytime temperatures might reach 29°C. Rain is very rare at this time of the year and there is no need to bring a raincoat or umbrella but a hat and some sun blocker to protect you from the sun (there will be no shade).

    We shall travel in cars to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur, le aving early in the morning, as the journey will take approximately 12 hours and will return the same way at the end of our trip. Please, remember to book at hotel room for the night following our return.

    Health risks: Mosquitoes are not abundant at this time of the year and are only active at dusk and dawn. As a rule, a repellent will be sufficient and malaria prophylaxis is not necessary (the same applies for Jaipur). The hotel will provide some repellent for the rooms. Typhoid and hepatitis vaccinations are recommended. Please, note that these should not be obtained in the last minute but several weeks before you start the trip. Participants may experience problems with their digestive tract. Please, bring along some medicine such as immodium. We shall provide plenty of mineral water for the participants.

    There will be also the opportunity to visit Jaisalmer, one of the most fascinating cities of India, and one evening we shall go to Sum at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert to enjoy a camel ride and typical Rajasthani dances, music, and food.

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