The biannual NCSEE workshops aim at bringing together geologists, paleontologists, sedimentologists and other researchers from the region and from beyond, interested in the environmental, paleoecologic, paleogeographic, sedimentary and tectonic evolution of the Paratethyan basins during Neogene and their correlation to the global scales.
Previous NCSEE workshops have been held in Serbia (2005), Austria (2007), Romania (2009), Slovakia (2011), Bulgaria (2013), Hungary (2015) and Croatia (2017). The upcoming workshop will take place in Poland. For the venue, we selected the European Centre for Geological Education (ECGE) in Chęciny, located in the abandoned quarry, in the very heart of the Holy Cross Mts. In 2015 the ECGE has been recognized by the European Property Awards as the best public building in Europe and was awarded the Gold Medal in the contest of the Holy Cross Building of 2015. In 2017 it was nominated to the EU prize in the Mies van der Rohe contest of modern architecture.
Continuing the tradition of the NCSEE workshops, we will show examples of our cultural heritage. In addition to the Badenian and Sarmatian exposures we intend to show the small town of Szydłów – so-called Polish Carcassonne – topping the hill built of Sarmatian deposits. Szydłów has lost its municipal status in the past but it is still surrounded by complete town walls remembering its times of glory under the reign of King Kazimierz Wielki (1333–1370). We will also visit the smallest Polish town of Wiślica (ca 500 inhabitants) where, in the basement of the Gothic collegiate church, the burial crypt of the 12th-century Romanesque church is preserved. We will see the unique Slab of Orants - a gypsum panel with engravings filled with a black paste mixed with charcoal. This is the only, world-scale relict of the past, made of gypsum paste, which will be particularly interesting for the students of the Badenian gypsum formation. Nearby the town we will admire the natural monument - gypsum domes located inside the medieval embanked settlement. Also, an opportunity will be given to all interested participants to take part in the post-conference trip to the famous salt mine in Wieliczka, included to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The excursion will give unique occasion to visit sections of the salt mine normally closed for tourists.
The workshop will not only allow visiting exposures of the Middle Miocene nearshore deposits of the northern Paratethys but will also provide an ideal forum to share ideas and hypotheses and to discuss them in a critical but friendly environment. Contributions to all aspects of the paleogeographic and paleoecologic evolution of the Paratethyan basins are welcome.