The International Fossil Coral and Reef Society

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

Call for submissions for the IFCRS 14th Symposium Conference Proceedings (Poland, 2023)


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 Dr. Emanuela Di Martino from the University of Catania. She will present “A bryozoan story of fitness and phenotypes through 2 million years” on Thursday 30th May 2024 at 15:00 UTC.
  • The 13th International Symposium on Fossil Algae will be held in Le Castella, Italy from 2nd to 6th September 2024.
  • 3rd IFCRS Early Career Researcher Symposium (14th Nov. 2024) - More details coming soon!