In various incarnations, the series of thermochronology meetings stretches back to the first gathering in 1978 as a fission-track dating session organized by Chuck Naeser at the ICOG conference Snowmass, Utah. In 1980, the first International Workshop on Fission Track Dating was held in Pisa. By the 2000 conference in Lorne, Australia, the meeting had come to be called the International Fission Track Thermochronology conference, and at the 2008 meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, it was decided that all future conferences would be called simply the International Thermochronology conference. As the series developed over the years, an informal agreement emerged that the conferences would be biennial and would alternate between a location in Europe and on elsewhere in the world.

The last meeting Thermo2018 conference hosted in Quedlinburg (Germany), was the 16th in the series. Future conferences will be held in the southwestern USA (Santa Fé) in 2021, in Italy in 2022, in Japan in 2024, and in Canada in 2026.

Initial meeting bids for out years are presented to the delegates at a Thermo conference for initial discussion and reaction, usually six years in advance. As organizer’s firm up, the standing committee makes the decision as to which bid to confirm four years in advance. This process ensures continuity of the meeting.

One of the most important roles of the ISCT is to maintain the continuity of the wonderful series of meetings that have taken place over decades at locations around the world. We are pleased to announce the location of the next meeting, Thermo2020, propably scheduled for 2021 in Santa Fé (as the conference is delayed because of covid-19), USA. More information could be found: