LoessFest 2024

Dear loess friends and colleagues,

200 years after the introduction of the term „loess“ into the scientific literature by Karl Caesar von Leonhard 1823/24, we would like to invite you to celebrate this anniversary in the frame of the LoessFest 2024 in Mainz, Germany sponsored by the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. We look forward to intensive discussions and exchange during one day of presentations and posters and two days of field trips.

Important dates:

January 30, 2024          Opening of registration and abstract submission.

March 15, 2024             Deadline for registration and abstract submission.

June 19, 2024               Coming together and icebreaker.

June 20, 2024               Oral and poster presentations with key notes in the morning and evening.

June 20, 2024               Conference Dinner.

June 21-22, 2024          Field trips to important loess sites (Middle and Upper Rhine, Wetterau).

Please note that the number of participants for field trips is limited. The conference fee will include all catering costs and field trip logistics. Further information including registration forms and costs will be available from January 30, 2024 on this website.

Contact: loessfest2024@geo.uni-mainz.de

Organizers: Peter Fischer, Markus Fuchs, Frank Lehmkuhl, Pierre Antoine.

Deadline for registration and abstract submission is March 15, 2024. Please send the registration form and the abstract to loessfest2024@geo.uni-mainz.de.

The event will take place in the main building of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (building number: 1341).

Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 21
55128 Mainz

The lectures will take place in the Senatssaal, 7th floor. The evening key note will take place in lecture hall N3.

How to get there:

Campus map – Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (uni-mainz.de)

The 2nd circular including the preliminary program can be found here.

June 21-22, 2024

Excursion (120 €) to important loess sites in the Middle Rhine Valley (Schwalbenberg and Ringen), the Wetterau (Münzenberg) and Upper Rhine Graben (Nussloch).

Departure will be at 8 am at the Institute of Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. The fee includes transportation, accommodation, lunch packets and dinner. We will have dinner and stay the night at Münzenberg (Wetterau). After our last stop at Nussloch we will return to Mainz in the evening of June 22.

Please note that the number of participants for the excursion is limited to 55 persons.

June 19, 2024 (Evening) Icebreaker.

The Icebraker-Party will start at 5 pm at the Institute of Geography, JGU Mainz. We will serve local drinks and snacks. Registration at the conference office will be possible from 4 pm. The Icebreaker-Party is included in the conference fee (65 €).

June 20, 2024 (Evening) Conference Dinner (45 €)

The conference dinner will take place at a beautiful winery in Appenheim in the Mainz Basin and includes food and drinks (schiefer-trifft-muschelkalk.de/en/).

Please note that the number of participants for the conference dinner is limited to 55 persons.