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anthraco2015 - 6th International Anthracology Meeting - Freiburg, Germany, 30th August to 6th September 2015


Following the tradition of the past meetings – Montpellier 1991, Paris 2000, Lecce 2004, Bruessels 2008 and Valencia 2011 – four years after the last charcoal congress the anthraco2015 – 6th International Anthracology Meeting – will take place at the University of Freiburg, SW-Germany, from August 30th to September 6th, 2015.

Freiburg is a vibrant student city at the foot of the Black Forest in the heart of Western Central Europe in close vicinity of France and Switzerland, with rich cultural and academic life, and excellent recreational opportunities. Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and now is one of the nation’s leading research and teaching institutions. The Faculty of Biology is renowned worldwide for its excellent research environment in multiple disciplines. Freiburg is the so-called “green city Freiburg”, well-known for its broad initiatives to create high ecological standards in diverse aspects of life while balancing social and economic sustainability.

anthraco2015 will be jointly organized by the Department of Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg and the Tree-ring Lab of the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Office for Cultural Heritage.

Four years after the last meeting many new results have been worked out by anthracologists and charcoal scientists all over the world, with a broad range of scientific contexts and involved disciplines. Consequently the anthraco2015 will focus on

  • the present state of the art, innovative methods and new answers of (old) research questions,
  • promoting charcoal science and experience transfer as well as new interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration,
  • identifying current and future research gaps and questions and initiating the corresponding studies in the close future.

It is intended to bring together scientists of the various fields and approaches dealing with charcoal and its analysis - archaeologists, botanists, (palaeo)ecologists, geologists, geographers, pedologists, historians, etc. ... from all over the world - the world’s charcoal science community. Consequently we invite and strongly request those scientists interested in this field of science from all over the world to participate in the anthraco2015 meeting and submit a scientific contribution about new results (oral or poster) in the conference topics and present them at the University of Freiburg in late summer 2015. The central scientific program will be presented from Monday, 31st August, to Friday, 4th September 2015 with six oral and poster sessions.
Moreover, within the congress week we want to offer some opportunities to get to know the rich cultural landscape and study objects of vegetation history and anthracology in the close surrounding of the congress city, especially of the famous Black Forest holiday landscape by several field activities (pre-, mid- and post-congress excursions).


PD Dr. Thomas Ludemann
University of Freiburg, Faculty of Biology, Department of Geobotany
Schaenzlestrasse 1, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany

PD Dr. Oliver Nelle
Regierungspraesidium Stuttgart
Baden-Wuerttemberg State Office for Cultural Heritage - Tree-ring Lab
Fischersteig 9 , D-78343 Hemmenhofen


Congress program and Key dates

Scientific sessions  

Scientific and Organizing committee

Abstract submission

Proceedings of 6th IAM 2015



Travel information, Congress venue  (>>>pdf)

Accomodation  (>>>pdf)


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