The Palaeontological Association was founded in 1957 to promote the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of academic journals (Palaeontology, Special Papers in Palaeontology, and Papers in Palaeontology), newsletters, and field guides; holding regular meetings and field excursions; and funding a program of annual grants and awards.
The Association is based in the UK and is registered as a UK charity, but its members are drawn from all over the world. The interests of members of the Association encompass all aspects of palaeontology, including macropalaeontology, micropalaeontology, palaeobotany, vertebrate palaeontology, palaeoecology, and biostratigraphy. There are currently about 1000 professional, amateur and student members.
The Palaeontological Association is committed to providing equality of opportunity. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in palaeontology and its allied sciences, regardless of colour, ethnic or national origin, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religious or other beliefs, marital status or family circumstance. The only membership requirement is payment of the appropriate annual subscription where applicable. More details of the aims and the nature of the Association are listed below and in the constitution.
The activities of the Association include up to four thematic review seminars each year, the "Progressive Palaeontology" meeting at which early career researchers (mostly postgraduate students) present their work, and the Annual Meeting. For many, this meeting is the high point of the Association calendar. It takes place in mid-December in a city somewhere in Europe (usually the UK two out of every three years, e.g. Lille 2004, Oxford 2005, Sheffield 2006, Uppsala 2007, Glasgow 2008, Birmingham 2009), and brings together palaeontologists from across the world for two or three days of talks, a short field excursion, the Association’s AGM, and a vigorous social programme with an Annual Dinner. Presentations at the meeting cover the latest developments in palaeontology, and the standard of presentation is very high. Many talks are given by early career scientists competing for the prestigious 'Presidents Prize'. The abstracts from the Annual Meetings give an indication of the nature of this meeting, but in addition to the formal content, the meeting also provides a relaxed setting in which a great deal of enthusiastic palaeontological discussion takes place. Invariably this continues late into the night in bars and restaurants.
This site contains details of the Palaeontological Association’s journals, announcements of its meetings, grants and awards, and much more. Please use the navigation bar on the left to get around the site. The Association's Palaeontology Newsletter also includes news and information of palaeontological interest.