4th International Geoscience Symposium “Precambrian World 2017”

March 3 - 10, 2017      Fukuoka, JAPAN


The mystery and beauty of the evolution of the Earth system through 4.6 billion years’ history, in particular the co-evolution of surface environments and biosphere on the early Earth, has fascinated many scientists of diverse disciplines. Despite significant advances in Earth system science, there remain many unanswered questions. Although not always directly applicable, understanding the evolution of the Earth system in younger (e.g., Phanerozoic) times, as well as the causes and consequences of major, non-uniformitarian events that greatly impacted the Earth system, allow us to advance our knowledge of early Earth’s evolution.

Based on the highly successful “Precambrian World” held in 2009, we aim to convene the symposium again, as “Precambrian World 2” in Fukuoka, March 3 to 9, 2017. The purpose of the symposium is (1) to bring together international experts from diverse disciplines to discuss recent progress related to the evolution of the Earth system throughout its history, and (2) to provide opportunities to participants to exchange ideas, aiming at future collaborations. Although we use the term “Precambrian” in the symposium title, non-Precambrian topics are also well within the scope of the symposium as they help us to understand ancient and future Earth systems.

Second Circular (2017-1-7 upload)

Precambrian World 2017 Program (PDF) <2017-02-24 updated>

Last Update

2017-3-14: photo upload
2017-2-24: Program upload
2017-1-7: 2nd circular upload

2016-9-29: registration and abstract submission

2016-8-4: updated
2016-8-2: web site open


Organizing Committees

Shoichi Kiyokawa    Kyushu University (Precam. geology)

Takashi Ito    Ibaraki University (Resource, geochemistry)

Minoru Ikehara    Kochi University (paleoceanography)

Kosei E. Yamaguchi    Toho University (Precam. geochemistry)

Tsuyoshi Watanabe    Hokkaido University (paleoceanography)

Tsuyoshi Komiya    University of Tokyo (Precam. geology)

Tetsuji Onoue    Kumamoto University (Phanero. geology)

Fukashi Maeno    University of Tokyo (Volcanology)


Shoichi Kiyokawa

Earth and Planetary Science, Kyushu University

744 Motooka Nishiku, Fukuoka, 819-0395, Japan

TEL: +81-92-642-2666

FAX: +81-92-642-2686

kiyokawa at geo.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Symposium Office



sedimentary/structural geology




stable and radiogenic isotopes

hydrothermal activity

volcanic activity

microbial activity



mass extinction

impact events

extra-terrestrial input

modern oceanography

Registration fee

Regular    JPY 20,000

Student   JPY 10,000

Early registration (before Oct. 15, 2016)

Regular    JPY 12,000

Student   JPY 5,000

Field trip expenses

Regular    JPY 70,000 (JPY 50,000 before Oct. 15, 2016)

Student   JPY 30,000 (JPY 15,000 before Oct. 15, 2016)

Host organization

Project A (All History of Earth Research Project Team)

JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)


Kyushu University

Ibaraki University (College of Education)

Kochi University (Center for Advanced Marine Core Research)

Toho University (Faculty of Science)

Kumamoto University (Faculty of Science)

Hokkaido University

University of Tokyo (Earthquake Research Institute)

Geological Society of Japan


University of Tokyo (Komaba)

Mishima village


Thank you for your participation and contribution to the international symposium Precambrian World 2017.