We are pleased to announce the 25th International Symposium on “Amber. Science and Art,” which takes place on 22-23 March 2018 in Gdańsk, Poland, during the 25th AMBERIF International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones (21-24 March 2018).

The International Symposium is organised to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the AMBERIF International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones and the 20th Anniversary of the Museum of Amber Inclusions at the University of Gdańsk. This conference will be a unique opportunity to meet specialists and colleagues from other countries in beautiful Gdańsk—the World Capital of Amber—and discuss the most current topics on Baltic amber and other fascinating fossil resins of the world. Gdańsk has an age-old history of amber extraction and trade in amber products. Scientific investigations of amber have also been performed in Gdańsk for hundreds of years. There is no better place to meet and talk about amber!

Download files:
Symposium First Circular (pdf)
Symposium registration form (pdf)
Accommodation offer (pdf)

Symposium Scope
The main theme of the seminar is Baltic amber, but all interdisciplinary topics connected with other fossil are kindly invited.
The main sections:
  1. Life traces in amber
  2. Stylistics and processing technology of amber products in 3rd-1st millennium BC: local and interregional perspective
  3. Highlights of amber properties investigations and current aspects of amber mining
  4. Myths, collections and conservation of amber

Scientific Committee
Prof. Barbara Kosmowska-Ceranowicz, Ph.D., D.Sc. – Honorary Chair
Dr. Ewa Wagner-Wysiecka, Ph.D., D.Sc., Eng. – Scientific director, contact person for section 3
Prof. Janusz Czebreszuk, Ph.D., D.Sc. – contact person for session 2
Dr. Anna Sobecka, Ph.D. – contact person for session 4
Dr. Jacek Szwedo, Ph.D., D.Sc. – contact person for session 1

International Advisory Committee
Prof. Mitja Guštin, University of Primorska, Slovenia
Rachel King, Ph.D, Curator, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, National Museums Scotland, U.K.
Prof. Joseph B. Lambert - Research Professor of Chemistry, Trinity University Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Northwestern University Department of Chemistry One Trinity Place Trinity University San Antonio, Texas
Prof. Bo Wang, Ph.D., Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy
of Sciences, Nanjing, China
Prof. Edith Stout and Prof. Sarjit Kaur, Co-directors of Amber Research Laboratory (ARL), Chemistry Department, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.

Scientific Partners
Palaeoentomological Section of the Polish Entomological Society
The Museum of The Earth in Warsaw, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

21st/22nd March, 2018. Registration.
22nd March, 2018: Day 1 of lectures – sessions 1 and 2. Poster session.
23rd March, 2018: Day 2 of lectures – sessions 3 and 4. Poster session. Conference photograph.
24th March, 2018. Field-trip (optional, extra).

Organizing Committee
Elżbieta Sontag, Ph.D.; Natalia Łukasik, Ph.D., Eng.; Mateusz Cwaliński, M.A.; Michał Kosior;
Ewa Rachoń – Amberif project director
phone: +48 58 55 49 134
Agnieszka Uklejewska – Secretary of the Organizing Committee
phone: +48 58 55 49 159