The Soviet marine geoscience community has for many years held biennial scientific meetings at Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast south of Novorossisk, a few kilometers from the campus of the Southern Division of the Institute of Oceanology, Soviet Academy of Sciences. The ninth AU-Union School of Marine Geology, held October 15–20, 1990, was the first to specifically invite foreign scientists, and the eighteen who participated from nine countries look forward to more meetings of this kind. Total attendance was 203, including scientists from 20 centers in the USSR. Two-thirds of those present held Ph.D or D.Sc. degrees. The opportunity to meet and communicate with young Soviet scientists was mutually beneficial and much appreciated.