The International Fossil Coral and Reef Society

Fossil corals, sponges, and reef ecosystems in the broadest sense


The International Fossil Coral and Reef Society was founded in the early 1970’s under the name International Association for the Study of Fossil Cnidaria and Sponges. It promotes research on fossil corals, sponges, and reefs in the broadest sense. The main event of the society’s activities is an international symposium held every four years. The last symposium was in Chęciny, Poland in Sept. 2023. The next will be hosted in Toulouse, France in 2027. We also host online annual early career research symposiums with the next organised by our colleagues in Chengdu & Nanjing, China (Nov. 2024).

Pleistocene fossil coral reef from the Red Sea.

Upcoming events

  • Our next Lecture Series speaker is Kun Liang from Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology. He will present “Introduction to Phanerozoic Coral Ecosystems in China” on Thursday 29th February 2024 at 14.00 UTC. Register for an invite link.
  • 3rd IFCRS Early Career Researcher Symposium (Nov. 2023) - More details coming soon!