Dominican Amber & Its Contributions

The International Conference/Congress on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber (abbreviated to Fossils x3) is the main conference for the scientific study of non-marine arthropods and amber and is usually held every three years. During the 7th International Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016, a vote took place to decide on the venue of the next conference and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was chosen.

Santo Domingo’s Colonial City is officially recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Colonial City is a very walkable grid of 16 short streets with jewels of 16th o early 20th century architecture. Cobblestone lanes and iron street lamps lead to the many small museums, shops, hotels, restaurants and bars that are tucked away on every street. In the city, marvel at the lushness of the Botanical Gardens. Walk over to the Malecon and watch the people and the sea views.

Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) are the most popular ports of entry, half an hour, and two hours and half east of the city.

The Congress will take place from April 7th to 11th, 2019, with additional optional field trips on April 12th and 13th. The Organizing Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to attend, and to take the opportunity to learn more about Dominican amber.


The conference also offers many opportunities to explore the cultural and scientific sites in the Dominican Republic, including:

  • Day Trip by boat to the beaches of Isla Saona.
  • Tours of the historical colonial city.
  • Visits to regional amber mines.
  • Explore the Amber World Museum’s Collection.


The International Paleoentomological Society is pleased to announce the formation of the 8th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber! The society’s mission is to promote and advance the understanding of fossil insects and other non-marine arthropods in the academic field. It has brought the conference to the Dominican Republic for the country’s rich contribution to the field.

The Amber World Museum

The Local Host

The amber World Museum is a private museum founded in 1996, the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Santo Domingo in 1496. The museum’s founder, Jorge Caridad, is proud to be hosting the 8th annual fossil x3 conference and to share the museum’s collection with the international academic community.