The 1st International Biopetrological Congress

will be held

in Shijiazhuang, China

on Sept. 23-27, 2023


Sponsored by the International Biopetrological Association (IBA), and organized by 14 universities and research institutions, the 1st International Bioptrological Congress will be held in Shijiazhuang on September 23-27, 2023.

The congress aims to be a platform for global scientists in biopetrology and the related disciplines to demonstrate their research achievements in recent years, to discuss how to promote the development of the disciplines.

Shijiazhuang is selected as the congress venue not only because there are well-exposed Proterozoic and Cambrian microbialite sequences around it, but also because it is not far from Beijing and Jixian of Tianjin, and it is easy to observe the microbialites in the vicinities of Beijing and Jixian, and the strata near the globally famous Great Wall.

In this congress, more than 21 topics involving bioliths and evolution of Earth system will be disussed, and every attendee has a chance to be a session convener or give a plenary presentation. 

The congress will be a milestone event in the development of biopetrology. It is a great chance for you to witness the historical event and present your innovative research results, I, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, am honored to invite you to attend the congress, to give oral presentations or posters, and to examine the wonderful microbialite outcrops.

                                        Chair of IBA and IBC                                           

On January 11, 2023



The sponsor of  the congress is the International Biopetrological Associationan international academic society for biopetrological researchers registered in the United States. Currently, it has more than 300 members from 29 countries.


The congress is organized by 

(1) Hebei GEO University, 

(2) Hebei Key Laboratory of Strategic Critical Mineral Resources, 

  (3) Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Scientific Programs

(1) plenary presentation, (2) session’s presentation, (3) posters, (4) awards to excellent presentations by graduate and undergraduate students, (5) field trips to the Paleoproterozoic, Mesoproterozoic, and Cambrian microbialite sequences near Shijiazhuang, Beijing, and Jixian of Tianjin.


Congress Venue: Shijiazhuang 

Post-congress Field Trips 


(1) The Paleoproterozoic microbialite sequence near Shijiazhuang, ☆2.

  (2) The Mesoproterozoic microbialite sequences near Shijiazhuang, 1, 3.

  (3) The Cambrian microbialite sequences near Shijiazhuang, 4, 5.

 (4) The Mesoproterozoic microbialite sequence in Jixian National Geological Park, ☆6.

  (5) The Great Wall, ☆7

8:The Zhengding airport of Shijiazhuang.
The Great Wall

Some photos of the microbialites you can see in the field trips

Oral Presenation time

  • The time length of each oral presentation is not more than 25 minutes for plenary and not more than 20 minutes for sessions

Academic topics

The scientific topics of the congress include but not limited to the followings:

(12) Bioliths and deep-time paleooceanography ,

(13) Bioliths and deep-time paleogeography,

(14) Bioliths and evolution of Earth system,

(15) Formation mechanism of carbonate micrites,

(16) Advance in research on microbial dolomites,

(17) Advance in research of carbonate sedimentary models,

(18) Microbial evidence in clastic rocks,

(19) Formation mechanism of biolith-related oil and gas reservoirs,

(20) Formation mechanism of large biolith-related metal ores,

(21) New methods or thinking in biopetrology.

(1) Biomineralization,

(2) Modern reef systems and their environments,

(3) Co-evolution of paleo reef systems and their environments,

(4) Progresses in research of paleo reef organisms,

(5) Formation mechanism of bioliths and their spatial and temporal distribution,

(6) Geochemistry of bioliths,

(7) Recognition of extraterrestrial bioliths,

(8) Advances in taxonomy and ecology of microbes,

(9) Advances in paleomicrobiology,

(10) Mass extinctions and microbialites,

(11) Bioliths and oxygenation of Earth,

Call for Abstract

All attendees are encouraged to submit abstracts. No limit to the length and format of abstracts is set. Please send your abstracts to

Abstracts should include title, authors, affiliations and email. 

 High-quality abstracts will be selected for publication in the official journal of IBA, Biopetrology, depending on the review results by the Academic Committees.


Foods and accommodation


The main venue is a five-star hotel with 322 one-bed and two-bed rooms. The special prices for the conference are 350, 380, 400, 450 and 490  CNY, respectively. There are 78, 54, 85, 50 and 55 rooms, respectively. In addition, a four-star hotel 2 km away from the main venue has 50 one-bed and two-bed rooms, priced at 280 CNY, is ready for the conference. Attendees are requested to register and provide room requirements online or by email as early as possible, ​so that the congress reserves rooms for you in advance.

High-quality Chinese food and western food are prepared for attendees during the congress.



(1)  Chengdu University of Technology,

(2)  China University of Geosciences (Wuhan),

(3)  Guangxi University, 

(4) Hefei University of Technology

(5) Henan Polytechnic University,

(6)  National Natural Science Foundation of China,

(7)  Northeastern University, 

(8)  Northwest University,

(9)  Northwest Branch of China Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development,

(10)  Shandong University of Science and Technology,

(11) Southwest Petroleum University.

Call for sessions and plenary presentations


All researchers in biopetrology and related disciplines are welcome to organize a session and give an oral presentations in plenary or session. Except for inviated, all plenary presentations are selected  by the Academic Committees from the submitted applications with abstracts, based on the significance and broadness of the topics and information in the abstracts. The number of plenary presentations shall not exceed 20. All researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts for plenary or session presentations.

Please send your applications for session convener (title, conveners, introduction, number of presentations) and plenary presentation and abstracts to



Excellent Presentation Awards for Students


Excellent Presentation Awards for Students are selected from the oral presentations and posters by graduate and undergraduate students by the Academic Committees. The number of the awards will be 1/10 of the students giving oral presentations and posters. The winners will be awarded a certificates and a bonus of 2000 CNY.

Excellent Presentation Awards


Five to ten Excellent Presentation Awards will be selected by the Academic Committees from the plenary and session’s presentations. The winner will be awarded a certificate and a bonus of 2000 CNY.


Registration and Field trip Fees


Financial Aids


Financial aids are available for a limited number of attendees who submit applications for aid and abstracts for oral presentations and are approved by the Academic committees, based on the review results of their abstracts.


Important dates


Organizing Committee



Bin Wang (Professor, Vice President of Hebei GEO University)

Ya-Sheng Wu (Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences)



An-Jiang Shen, Ao-Ran Liu, Bogusław Kołodziej, En-Pu Gong, Hong Hua, Jian-Gong Wang, Jing-Jie Cao, Ke-Fu Yu, Luisa Falcon, Ming-Cai Hou, Qiang Ji, Su-Ping Ma, Wen-Sheng Wu, Xiu-Cheng Tan, Xiu-Juan Zheng, Ying-Jie Li, Yong-An Qi, Yuan Wang, Yue-Feng Shen, Yue Li, Zhi-Liang Dong,  Zhi-Liang He, Zuo-Zhen Han



Academic Committee

General Academic Director​​​​​​

Shu-Cheng Xie (Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor, China University of Geosciences at Wuhan, China)



Ya-Sheng Wu (President of IBA, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), 

Dominic Papineau (University College London , UK),

Luisa I. Falcón (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico).


Abigail C. Allwood (USA), Achim Wehrmann (Germany), An-Jiang Shen (China), Brian Jones (Canada), Christophe Dupraz (Sweden), Concha Arenas (Spain), Deng Liu (China), Dong-Jie Tang (China), Edoardo Perri (Italy), Fei Li (China), Fumito Shiraishi (Japan), Geraint Wyn Hughes (UK), Hong Hua (China), Hong-Wei Kuang (China), Hong-Xia Jiang (China), Jeong-Hyun Lee (Korea), Ji-Tao Chen (China), Jin-Hua Li (China), Karim Benzerara (France), Emmanuelle Vennin (France), Le Yao (China), Ming-Xiang Mei (China), Pieter T. Visscher (USA), R. P. Reid (USA), Ricardo J. Jahnert (Brazil), Robert Riding (USA), Subir Sarkar (India), Tadeusz Marek Peryt (Poland), Yin-Ye Wu (China), Yong-An Qi (China), Yue-Feng Shen (China), Zhi-Liang He (China), Zuo-Zhen Han (​​China).



Registration and Contact Information


Please complete your registration in the website on your PC computer. Please send abstracts, applications  and all other messages to  

Mobile phone and ​​wechat:

+86-10-13241929326 (Ya-Sheng Wu), +86-10-18618382036 (Hong-Xia Jiang), +86-10-19933071917 Ao-Ran Liu), +86-10-17743699503 (Reng-Yi Pai).

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