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Annual Meeting 2012

Annual Meeting 16th – 18th December 2012

University College Dublin, Ireland

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Three maps have been prepared to assist delegates in navigation in Dublin. They can be downloaded as PDF files using the links below

[Map A] [Map B] [Map C]


All speakers (apart from the symposium speakers) have been allocated 15 min. You should therefore prepare a 12 min talk to allow time for questions and switching between presenters. We are using a limited number of parallel sessions in adjacent theatres so this is especially important. A single A/V projector linked to two screens (i.e. displaying the same image) is available; the system is PC-based and Powerpoint 2010 is installed. We will try to accommodate anyone who requires other platforms/hardware, provided they bring these with them. Your presentation should be submitted and checked the day before it is scheduled. If this not possible, then please contact me.

Poster boards are circa 2m tall and 1m wide; they will not be supplied with power sockets. Each will accommodate an A0-sized poster presented in PORTRAIT format. The board will NOT do so in printed at this size in landscape format.

Definitely NOT. We have been given strict instructions on this point and we will provide all fixing materials.

Of course: ship it to me (allow time for Christmas post) at Dr Patrick Orr UCD School of Geological Sciences, Univ. College Dublin, Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland. Email me using to advise that you have done so. It can be collected upon arrival. (You may wish to bring the poster on a USB stick in case it is lost or damaged in the post)

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association will be held at University College Dublin, Ireland and organised by Patrick Orr, Aoife Braiden and colleagues from UCD School of Geological Sciences.

All events except the Annual Dinner and the ‘post-dinner social’’ will take place on the UCD Belfield campus. The provisional timetable is as follows: further details on each are below.

Sunday 16th December

1.30pm-5.30pm Annual Symposium: ‘Taphonomy and the fidelity of the fossil record

5.30pm-7.00pm a light evening meal is available to delegates

7.30pm -9pm Annual Address: Prof. Chris Stringer ‘New views on the origin of our species’

9pm-10.30pm Icebreaker reception

Monday 17th December

8.45am – 5.30pm oral sessions followed by the Association AGM

from 7.00pm: Annual Dinner preceded by a Drinks Reception, tour and whiskey tasting at the Old Jameson Distillery, Smithfield

circa 10.30pm: post-dinner social in the bar of the Generator Hostel

Tuesday 18th December

8.45am – 10.30am dedicated poster session, accompanied by coffee and pastries

10.30am-6pm oral sessions

circa 6.30pm UCD Earth Institute Lecture: Prof. Andy Knoll ‘Systems Paleobiology: Physiology as the link between biological and environmental history

Sunday 16th : Symposium, Annual Address & Icebreaker reception

The meeting will begin with a symposium on Sunday 16th December followed in the evening by the Annual Address and an Icebreaker reception.

Please note that this scheduling of the Annual Address is different from previous years.

The topic for the Annual Symposium this year is ‘Taphonomy and the fidelity of the fossil record’. The keynote speakers are:

· Prof. Derek Briggs (Dept of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University),

· Dr Alan Channing (Dept of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University)

· Prof. Susan Kidwell (Dept of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago),

· Dr Maria McNamara (Dept of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University and UCD School of Geological Sciences, University College Dublin)

· Dr Rob Sansom (Dept of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath).

· Dr Clive Trueman (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)

The Annual Address ‘New views on the origin of our species’ will be given by Prof. Chris Stringer (Dept of Palaeontology, Natural History Museum, London, England). It will be followed by the Icebreaker reception.

We are extremely grateful to the Palaeontological Association for their sponsorship of this symposium and the Annual Address.

Please note that options to purchase food will be extremely limited on the UCD campus on the Sunday. Those attending for the entire afternoon should avail of the ‘light meal’ option (soup and sandwich, tea/coffee) that will be available between the Symposium and the Annual Address. This must be purchased at the time of registering for the conference.

Monday 17th – Tuesday 18th: Conference &UCD Earth Institute Lecture

The conference itself will commence on Monday 17th December with a full day of talks and posters and the Association AGM. In the evening there will be a drinks reception followed by the Annual Dinner. Tuesday 18th December will comprise a dedicated poster session and talks. The time allocated to each talk will be 15 minutes; parallel sessions, if required, will be organised for part of each day to accommodate as many speakers as possible.

Our meeting will conclude on Tuesday 18th December with an early evening lecture by Prof. Andy Knoll (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University) on ‘Systems Paleobiology: Physiology as the link between biological and environmental history’. We are extremely grateful to the UCD Earth Institute ( for their sponsorship of this lecture.

Please note that Prof. Knoll’s lecture is being held in collaboration with the British Sedimentological Research Group (; their Annual Meeting will also be hosted by UCD School of Geological Sciences and is to be held between 18th and 20th December – so why not come to Dublin for both!

Registration and booking

Registration is now closed (as of 16th November). No refunds are be available after this date.

Accommodation must be booked separately (see below).

Registration costs include sandwich lunches on Monday and Tuesday, the reception on Sunday evening, full registration package and tea/coffee breaks.

The Annual Dinner event costs €60.00 (approximately £50.00; US$75.00). It will be held in the Old Jameson Distillery, Smithfield ( ). The evening’s festivities will include a drinks reception, tour of the distillery, whiskey sampling, followed by a four course meal. The evening will conclude with an after-hours ‘get-together’ hosted for us by the adjacent Generator Hostel, Dublin.

Venue and accommodation

The conference will take place at Belfield, the main University College Dublin campus, which is approximately 4km south of the city centre.

The recommended accommodation is, however, based in the Smithfield area of Dublin city centre, as this is where our evening social activities, including the Annual Dinner, will be based.

Note that it will require a bus or taxi journey in the morning and evening between the campus and the Smithfield area. If you would therefore prefer to stay in the vicinity of the UCD campus there are a number of guesthouses and two (moderately expensive) hotels nearby.

(a) Radisson Blu St Helen’s Hotel, Dublin Stillorgan Road, Blackrock, Dublin 4 (0035312186000)

(b) Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Rd, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Dublin 18 (0035312001800)

We will be happy to offer advice on guesthouse accommodation to any individuals who require it.

Delegates should book their own accommodation unless advised otherwise. Rooms in a variety of hotels, hostels and guesthouses at a range of different prices are available in the Smithfield area and can be reserved through the usual channels.

We have reserved a limited number of rooms at preferential rates at the following two hotels and one hostel; these are available on a first come first served basis. Please note carefully the booking procedure to ensure you avail of the discounted rates.

The Generator Hostel and the Maldron Hotel are each less than two minutes walk from each other and the venue for the annual dinner. The Jury’s Inn, Christchurch is about ten minutes walk from the others.

(a) Maldron Hotel, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

· €65.00 B&B per room per night for a single

· €75.00 B&B for a twin/double

to avail of the discounted rates book directly rather than on-line via the following:

· Telephone No: + 353 (0)1 485 0900

  • Facsimile: + 353 (0)1 485 0910
  • E-mail:

ensure you direct your booking ‘For the attention of Mr Philip Downes Reservations Supervisor.’ and quote ‘PALASS2012’

(b) Generator Hostel Dublin, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.

We have reserved a limited number of each of the following in this recently refurbished and very well appointed ‘hotel-style hostel’:

· twin bedded rooms ensuite @ €40.00 per room per night

· 6 bedded rooms ensuite @ €10.00 per bed per night

· 4 bedded rooms ensuite @ €11.00 per bed per night

To avail of these rates ensure you contact the hostel directly (i.e. do not book on-line) and ensure you use the code: “Palass & BSRG”:

· Tel +353 1901 0222

(c) Jury’s Inn, Christchurch

Saturday 15th December

· €89.00 (bed & breakfast, single)

· €99.00 (bed & breakfast, twin / double)

Sunday 16th –Tuesday 18th December

· €65.00 (bed & breakfast, single)

· €75.00 (bed & breakfast, twin / double)

Breakfast is available in the Innfusion Restaurant from 7am till 10am.The rates are per room, per night and include VAT at 9% (which is subject to change without notice).

To make a booking download and complete this booking form. The form should be faxed (00353 1 8290400) or e-mailed ( to Ms Sherleen Nunkoo.

Ensure you quote the reference PALA161212.

A credit card number is required at the time of booking as a guarantee for room. The final cut-off date for this booking is 29th November 2012. Cancellation of any booking will incur charges, details of which can be found on the booking form.

Getting to Dublin

Comprehensive information on Getting to Dublin was published in the previous Newsletter and is also available as a pdf document.


To contact the local organisers please send an e-mail to:

Please check the Association’s website <> for all details and updates.

Travel grants to student members

The Palaeontological Association runs a programme of travel grants to assist student members (doctoral and earlier) to attend the Annual Meeting in order to present a talk or poster. For the Dublin2012 meeting, grants of less than £100 (or the € equivalent) will be available to student presenters who are travelling from outside Britain and Ireland. The actual amount available will depend on the number of applicants and the distance travelled. Payment of these awards is given as a disbursement at the meeting, not as an advance payment. Students interested in applying for a PalAss travel grant should contact the Executive Officer, Dr Tim Palmer ( once the organisers have confirmed that their presentation is accepted, and before the 1st December 2011. Entitle the E-mail “Travel Grant Request”. No awards can be made to those who have not followed this procedure.

Why not make a stay of it?

Dublin at any time of the year is an excellent destination for a short break; why not come a few days early and see what the city has to offer? Alternatively, if anyone travelling with you is not enthralled by the idea of three days at a PalAss conference there is plenty to do. For further information, try and

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin in December!

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors:

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