Sunday 17th December: Symposium and reception
The meeting will begin with the Annual Symposium in the afternoon of Sunday 17th December in the Sir Alexander Fleming (SAF) Lecture theatre at Imperial College. The theme is ‘Evolutionary Modelling in Palaeontology’:
13.30 – 13.45 Welcome
13.45 – 14.15 Dr Graeme Lloyd (University of Leeds):
Journeys through discrete-character morphospace
14.15 – 14.45 Dr Julia Sigwart (Queen’s University Belfast):
Modelling genus-size distributions using simulated taxonomies
14.45 – 15.15 Dr Mark Puttick (University of Bristol):
Using evolutionary models to assess the accuracy of phylogenies estimated with Bayesian, Maximum-Likelihood, and Parsimony methods
15.15 -15.45 Break
15.45 – 16.15 Dr Russell Garwood (University of Manchester), Dr Chris Knight (University of Manchester) and Dr Mark Sutton (Imperial College)
Simulating evolution in space and time
16.15 – 16.45 Dr Natalie Cooper (Natural History Museum, London) and Dr Thomas Guillerme (Imperial College):
New tools for modelling convergence and disparity in morphological data sets – demonstrated using dinosaur skulls
16.45 – 17.15 Prof. David Polly (Indiana University):
Clade turnover and tectonics: modelling population level processes on palaeontological scales
17.15 – 17.45 Dr Lee Hsiang Liow (University of Oslo):
Modelling biotic interactions using data from the fossil record
18.00 – 20-00 Icebreaker reception in the Queen’s Tower Rooms, Imperial College.
Monday 18th December: Conference, AGM, Annual Address and Dinner
The conference will commence with a full day of talks and posters. The morning will feature parallel sessions held in the Royal School of Mines building; the afternoon will be a single session held in the Sir Alexander Fleming Lecture Theatre, which will also host the AGM and Annual Address
The Association AGM will take place before the Annual Address.
The Annual Address will take place at 17.30. This will be given by Professor Mark Purnell (University of Leicester), and is titled 101 uses for a dead fish. Experimental decay, exceptional preservation, and fossils of soft bodied organism.
Following the address there will be a reception and the Annual Dinner at the Millennium Hotel, Gloucester Road – this is approximately 10-15 minutes walk from Imperial College.
Tuesday 19th December: Conference
A full day of talks in parallel sessions (AM) and joint session (PM). Talks, on both days, will be allocated 15 minutes including questions.
Wednesday 20th December: Field trips
Two field trips will be available. One will be a tour of Darwin’s Downe House, while the other will be a fossil-collecting trip to the Eocene of the Isle of Sheppey. Prices are yet to be determined, but will be in the region of £50 per head. Places will be limited, and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.