The Palaeontological Association was founded in 1957 to promote the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of academic journals (Palaeontology and Special Papers in Palaeontology), Newsletters, a series of field guides, regular meetings and field excursions, and a program of annual 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. Anyone with any sort of interest in fossils is welcome to join the Association, and there are no membership requirements other than the annual subscription. 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, a "Progressive Palaeontology" meeting at which young researchers (mostly PhD students) present their work, and The Annual Meeting. For many, this meeting is the high point of the Association calender. 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 Britain and overseas for two or three days of talks, a short field excursion, 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 young 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 contents Palaeontology, announcements of Palaeontological Association meetings, Association awards, and much more; 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.