The IGCP 521 2008 conference was held in Romania, Bulgaria as the fourth conference in a series of conferences for IGCP 521.
The presentations focused primarily on either archaeology or coastal geoscience.
During the IGCP 521 2008 conference, a group of scientists from Odessa National University presented their new results concerning the lithology, biochemistry, and micropaleontology of mud volcanoes and high-intensity cold seeps on the bottom of the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
Scientists also reported on fluctuations in the Caspian Sea, palynostratigraphy of the western Black Sea, sedimentary relationships between the Carpathians and the Black Sea basin, and tectonics of the North Anatolian Fault.
A total of 45 oral and 13 poster presentations (including three keynote talks) were delivered.