30th JUNE - 5th JULY 2008
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Dear Friends and Colleagues!

It is a great honour to invite you to the 6th EAVP Annual Meeting in Slovakia, and introduce you to a part of our beauty-spot in the heart of Europe. In the year 2008, the town of Spišská Nová Ves celebrates the 740th anniversary of the first written reference to our town, and it welcomes many interesting and well-known people from social and cultural life. For the above-mentioned reason, our symposium EAVP is perceived not only as an important meeting of experts - palaeontologists from the whole of Europe - but also as an important social and cultural event and happening. The Museum of Spiš sincerely thanks the Organising Committee for its expression of confidence, and the possibility of undertaking the honoured task of organizing the 6th Annual meeting, and we all cordially look forward to welcoming you.

Zuzana Krempaská, Museum of Spiš, Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia (muzspisa@sisoft.sk or krempaska1@post.sk) Martin Sabol PhD., Department of Geology and Paleontology Faculty of Science, Commenius University - Bratislava, Slovakia, sabol@fns.uniba.sk

In this first circular we provide you with preliminary information about this meeting.

Spišská Nová Ves - General Information

The oldest historical documents of this city are from 1268, but the archaeological finds reveal that civilization in this region date back to at least the 8th century. Spišská Nová Ves is located in the basin of the Hornád River. On the north it is bounded by the Levočské vrchy Mts. and on the south by the Spiš-Gemer rudohorie Mts. The town and its environs are very attractive both with their natural beauties and their culturo-historical heritage. The town's mining tradition is related to the rich occurrence of sites of iron, silver and copper ores and the rights of their exploitation. The ironworks of Konrad Gaal used to be the most famous landmark of the handicrafts. In the 18th century the city became the residency of the Provincial Governor of 16 Spiš cities and remained so until 1876. Not only is the lentil-shaped square in Spišská Nová Ves the longest square of this type in Europe, and the Roman-Catholic church tower the highest in Slovakia at 87 m tall, but the Provincial Governor's house, the Reduta, the building of the City Hall and others count among the real historical jewels of the town. The town offers cultural and sports events all the year round and it is the real gateway to the Slovak Paradise. More information can be found on the website www.mestosnv.sk


The town of Spišská Nová Ves is situated in the eastern part of Slovakia, on the main railway line Bratislava - Košice. The distance from the capital city Bratislava is about 350 km. Two airports are situated within the vicinity of the Spišská Nová Ves: Poprad - www.airportpoprad.sk (around 30 km away) and Košice - www.airportkosice.sk (around 80 km away). The main airport is situated in Bratislava - the capital city of Slovakia. Thus it is possible to reach Spišská Nová Ves by air - www.skyeurope.com, by train - www.zsr.sk, by bus www.sad.sk , or www.cp.sk . It is also possible to combine the above-mentioned transport modes with car-rental www.alimex.sk.

The Venue

The Conference will be held in the Gallery of the Artists of Spiš, in the street Zimná ulica No 46, Spišská Nová Ves, which is situated in the centre of the city square www.gus.sk . We believe that the pleasant ambience of the Gallery, containing spacious conference rooms with capacity for about 80 people, additional space that is suitable for poster presentations and also with an area for coffee breaks, as well as small snacks, will guarantee pleasant proceedings. Close to the Gallery can be found many restaurants and coffee-rooms. The building of the host Museum of Spiš (Provincial house) is situated in the street directly opposite about 150 m from the Gallery - named Letná ulica No 50, www.muzeumspisa.com From the railway station you can reach the centre close to the Gallery by local public transport or by taxi (5 minutes). (In the second circular a map of the area with details of public transport will be attached)

Preliminary Programme

On Monday 30th June: Arrival of Conference participants and free programme. Here it is possible to explore the town and also to visit the Museum of Spiš. Late in the afternoon, from 3 o'clock p.m. up to 6 o'clock p.m., there will be a registration desk in the Museum of Spiš, street Letná ulica 50. Here at 6 o'clock p.m. is scheduled the friendly welcome of colleagues in the host Museum with cheer. On Tuesday 1st July: the Conference starts at 9 o'clock a.m. in the Gallery of the Artists of Spiš (Galéria umelcov Spiša), street Zimná ulica No 46, Spišská Nová Ves, with registration, and at 10 o'clock a.m. there is the official opening. The next Programme: up to 3rd July, Thursday there will be oral presentations, a public lecture and poster sessions. The annual conference dinner is scheduled in the early evening of Wednesday, July 2nd. On Thursday, 3rd July in the afternoon is scheduled an excursion to an open pit named Ďurkovec (Palaeogene - Eocene, rare finds of shark's teeth) and a visit to branches of the Museum of Spiš: the Manor-house and the Dardanely Summer house in the village of Markušovce. Two days are planned for field trips on Friday 4th July and on Saturday 5th July. The date of the Auction will be announced in the Second circular (along with papers and their scheduling).

Technical Information

The preferred technique for giving oral presentations is via Power-point. If other techniques (e.g. a slide projector) are necessary for your presentation, then please put your request on the Registration form. The duration of each presentation is scheduled for 20 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion. Specific instructions for preparation of posters will be given in the Second circular.

Field Trips

Two days are planned for field trips, on Friday 4th July and on Saturday 5th July. The first is planned to the site named Dreveník, which is known through Palaeontological finds of some vertebrates in Travertine Drevenik Site (Pliocene - Pleistocene). We will also visit the National Cultural Sight, which is included in world heritage of UNESCO - Spiš Castle (www.spisskyhrad.sk), Podtatranské Museum Poprad and the Museum of the Tatra National Park in Tatranská Lomnica (www.muzeum.sk)
Participants on the second field day can absorb an unrepeatable experience during a visit of NPP (National natural sight) Medvedia jaskyňa (Bear Cave) in NP (National Park) Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise), which isn't open to the public. The cave is famous for finds of Ursus speleaus and last year an international research project began on this site. This research is undertaken by the Department of Geology and Palaeontology in the Faculty of Science, Commenius University and the Institute of Palaeontology Geo-centre at Vienna University. For this field trip it is necessary to take rough-terrain clothing, and also forehead lamps are necessary. In case of great interest we can arrange to visit this cave in more small groups.


Detailed information concerning the Meeting, and also photo documentation from the terrain will be presented through our website: www.muzeumspisa.com


Normal fee: 60 €
EAVP members: 50 € (see EAVP website: www.eavp.org)
Students: 40 €
Students EAVP members: 30 €

The registration fee covers the participation in the scientific sessions, the abstract volume, the receptions and icebreaker party, the trip to Ďurkovec and Markušovce (Manor-house and Dardanely Summer house). The symposium dinner and the excursions will be charged separately. For payment details, please see the Second circular. (The additional fees are assumed to be as follows: symposium dinner 15 €, the first field trip on July 4th 30 € including lunch, the second field trip on July 5th 20 € including packed lunch.)


The collected abstracts will be published with the cooperation of the SLOVAK GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (www.dionysos.gssr.sk/sgs/) as a special abstracts volume. Abstracts may have a maximum length of 6 pages of A4, including text figures and references. The length of the abstracts for posters is 1 page of A4. Deadline for papers and abstracts is April 30th, 2008 to this e-mail address: eavpsnv@gmail.com.


There are many possibilities for accommodation in the town of Spišská Nová Ves: in hotels, pensions or private accommodation. The price for the accommodation ranges from 10 - 30 €. Detailed offers concerning accommodation in Spišská Nová Ves can be found on the website www.slovenskyraj.sk, where there is a great choice of accommodation both centrally in Spišská Nová Ves and also in the surrounding area (Smižany 3 km, Čingov 6km, Slovenský raj 6km ...).

We can recommend accommodation in the pension called Limba. The price is 10 €, and we can reserve accommodation. (It is situated in town about 500 m from the Gallery of the Artists of Spiš - Galéria umelcov Spiša).
phone: ++421-53-4414203
e-mail: limba@centrum.sk; photo on the website:www.slovenskyraj.sk
address: Markušovská cesta 2, 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves
    Description of the Limba boarding-house (152 beds):
  • possibility of accommodation in two-, three-bed rooms and apartments including bathroom facilities (sink, shower, WC) (2/4, 46/3 3/2)
  • social room with TV-SAT and sitting
  • room for bicycles and skis
  • playground for tennis, volleyball, football and basketball
  • place with grill for barbecue party
  • free parking in closed yard
  • all-season operation
The boarding-house is situated in the quiet part of the town and it is suitable also for families with children and for people looking for a calm and peaceful place. Also interesting accommodation is in the centre in the pension named ELLEN, directly on the square (capacity 22 people), www.ellen.sk


HOTEL METROPOL*** www.hotel-metropol.sk, HOTEL PREVEZA** preveza@spisnet.sk, HOTEL ŠPORT** hotel@stez.sk, HOTEL PARKHOTEL CENTRUM** recepcia@parkhotelcentrum.sk,


We are pleased to meet your every wish during our seminar. The deadline for sending your application – March 15th, 2008 - is very important. The deadline for receipt of papers and abstracts is April 30th, 2008 to the e-mail address: eavpsnv@gmail.com The Second circular, including detailed information and provisional programme, according to received papers and abstracts, will be sent to registered delegates for the 6th Annual Meeting on May 30th, 2008.

We are very truly looking forward to meeting you in Spišská Nová Ves!
Zuzana Krempaská (krempaska1@post.sk)
Múzeum Spiša, Letná 50
052 01 Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
phone: 00421/053/4423757
fax: 00421/053/4426785
e-mail: muzspisa@sisoft.sk; www.muzeumspisa.com