At the first International Ichnological Meeting, ICHNIA 2004, held in Trelew (Argentina), it was decided by the ichnologists present that the ichnological community would benefit from being brought together in an international ichnological association. A first committee was formed in February 2006 by the vote of more than 70 ichnologists with the purpose of writing  the by-laws  and getting the association formally registered. The objective was achieved in 2009 with the registration of the association in Corporations Canada and the approval of the by-laws in accordance to the rules of this entity. During 2010 agreements were made with Taylor & Francis to have ICHNOS as the official journal of the association and to handle the payment of membership fees. From there, 2011 should be the year for the consolidation of this project leading to the third ICHNIA to take place in Newfoundland in 2012, where a new steering committee will be voted.

The objectives of the International Ichnological Association shall be a) to advance in the understanding of interactions between organism and substrate; b) to integrate scientists of different disciplines in ichnological research; c) to promote this science, through dissemination of information by journal and newsletter publications, and through international conferences.


Current IIA officers are those voted in the IIA business meeting held during ICHNIA 2012 in Newfoundland on August 18th 2012:

PRESIDENT: Dr. Alfred Uchman, Jagiellonian University, Poland

SECRETARY: Dr. Noelia Carmona, CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina

TREASURER: Dr. Jennifer Scott, University of Alberta, Canada

Former IIA Officers:

2006-2012: Dr. Luis A. Buatois (President), Dr. Jordi M. de Gibert (Secretary), Dr. Duncan McIlroy (Treasurer)


By-laws were approved by Corporation Canada in 2009.

They can be downloaded here as a pdf file


Any contact with the association should be directed to one of his officers or by e-mail to