"I would like to thank you once again for the invitation and for the excellent organization. I enjoyed the symposium very much and I had the occasion to exchange information and create new contacts for eventual future cooperation."
Dr. Inez Dorothé van der Werf

"I want to express my deep gratitude for inviting me to attend the Amberif exposition and scientific symposium. It provided me a unique opportunity to meet numerous people who were only names in print before, and to revisit Poland, always one of my favorite countries in the world."

Prof. Joseph B. Lambert

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the most important Symposium of amber - Amberif 2018. The organization of the Symposium was excellent! And especially thank you for the support of young scientists and for your attention to their research."
Dr. Lyudmila Kovalevich


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 programme (pdf)
Symposium abstract (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
Dr. Faya Causey, Getty Research Institute, National Gallery of Art, Washington USA
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

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

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