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Please find below a list of known meetings from other bodies. Help us to help you! Send announcements of forthcoming meetings to: meetings_editor@palass.org


12th International Symposium on Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera
Muscat, Oman, 8 - 12 February 2015

Planned symposium topics are based on: Biology and Paleontology, Cnidaria and Porifera through time, Cnidaria and Porifera through space, and Phanerozoic bioconstructions.

Please check the conference website for updates www.12sfcp2015.gutech.edu.om/.


15th International Nannoplankton Association Meeting
Bohol Island, Philippines, 7 - 16 March 2015

Pre-conference fieldtrip, 7 - 8 March 2015, Bohol Island. Post-conference fieldtrip, 14 - 16 March 2015, Palawan Island.

Further information is available on the website (http://www.ina15.upd.edu.ph/) or by contacting the organisers (ina15philippines@gmail.com).


Elgin Museum and the Moray Society - Moray Geology: Past, Present, Future
Elgin Museum, Moray, Scotland 21 - 22 March 2015

A conference exploring the history of Elgin Museum (Scotland's oldest independent museum), the Scottish Government 'Recognised Collection' of Devonian fish, Permo-Triassic reptile and trackway fossils that it houses, and the wider geology of the Moray area. Anyone with research focusing on, or relating to, fossils from the Moray area that is suitable for presentation as a poster during the event is invited to submit an abstract to the same email address.

Registration for the talk session (21st) is UKP5 with a fieldtrip (22nd) to local find sites also at UKP5 (numbers limited). For further details or to register contact Dr Sue Beardmore at moraygeology2015@hotmail.com.


Joint Symposium of The Society of General Microbiology (SGM) and the British Society for Parasitology - The Building Blocks of Microbial Evolution
ICC, Birmingham, UK, 30 - 31 March 2015

This joint symposium will be an exploration of the diversity and interconnections behind microbial evolution during the first 3 billion years. The symposium will be in association with the SGM's Annual Conference, which attracts over 1,000 attendees from the UK and further afield and is Europe's largest annual gathering of microbiologists.

Further information is available on the website (http://www.sgm.ac.uk/en/events/conferences/index.cfm/annual-conference-2015) or by contacting the organisers (conferences@sgm.ac.uk).


"Planktic gastropods: biology, ecology and palaeontology" in association with the Malacological Society of London
The Natural History Museum, London, 1 April 2015

To register your interest in presenting a talk, please contact Deborah Wall-Palmer (deborah.wall-palmer@plymouth.ac.uk).


7th International Brachiopod Congress: The Brachiopod World
Nanjing, China, 22 - 25 May 2015

The theme of the congress will be “The Brachiopod World”. Scientists around the world who are interested in fossil and living brachiopods and related topics are invited to attend. The congress venue will be the Nanjing International Conference Hotel in the vicinity of Nanjing City proper on the foot of the beautiful Purple Mountain, where more than 200 heritage and scenic tourist sites are located together with more than 620 species of vascular plants.

The congress will include keynote speeches, scientific sessions, posters, pre- and post-conference field excursions. Within the 4-day in-door meeting, all of our distinguished colleagues will have opportunity to refresh, update, and exchange their knowledge on Brachiopoda and related areas. As always, the congress will bring the internationally known scientists together to share experiences and ideas on the latest developments of the brachiopod study.

For further information, please see the conference website: www.7ibc.org/.


Progress in Echinoderm Palaeobiology
Zaragoza, Spain, 14 - 21 June 2015

This conference will celebrate the career of Dr Andrew Smith, a world-renowned specialist in echinoderms who retired in late 2012.

The conference will be focused on echinoderm palaeobiology. Contributed presentations will review the current state of knowledge for a range of groups, highlighting recent advances and identifying topics of uncertainty and possible future research paths. Other echinoderm-related topics that include data from the fossil record are also welcome. There will be short workshops on Spanish fossil material and new analytical techniques, and a field trip will take place close to Zaragoza (Iberian Chains) and in the north western part of Spain, between the cities of Len and Oviedo (Cantabrian Mountains).

For further information, please see the conference website: http://progressinechinodermpalaeobiology.blogspot.com.es/.


12th International Symposium of Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES)
Goa, India, 13 - 17 July 2015

The International Symposium of Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES) in Goa, India, has several sessions relevant to palaeontologists. In particular, session 20 "Break up of Gondwana and Vertebrate evolution" and session 21 "Key drivers of Antarctic biodiversity through the Cenozoic: the influence of climate, oceanography and tectonics".

For further information, please see the conference program: http://www.isaes2015goa.in/program.php. Guidelines for abstract submission can be found at: http://www.isaes2015goa.in/abstract.php. Abstract deadline is 27 February 2015.


Systematics Association Biennial Meeting
University of Oxford, UK, 26 - 28 August 2015

This three-day meeting will take place in The University Museum of Natural History and the Department of Zoology, with accommodation available in historic Christ Church College.

There is an exciting programme including both plenaries and thematic symposia, as well as contributed sessions. Scheduled symposia include: The value of long term monitoring plots for plant systematics and ecology in the tropics; Comparative approaches to the origin of biodiversity; Accelerating the pace of taxonomy; Rooted in deep time: Palaeontological contributions to systematics.

Please check the Systematics Association website for updates http://systass.org/biennial2015/ for updates. Abstract submission deadline for contributed talks and posters is 1 July 2015.


Flugsaurier 2015, The International Meeting of Pterosaurology
University of Portsmouth, UK, 26 - 28 August 2015

In 2015, Flugsaurier, the International Meeting of Pterosaurology, will be held in the United Kingdom for the very first time. Flugsaurier 2015 will be held at the University of Portsmouth in conjunction with the Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy to be held afterwards in Southampton.

Please see the meeting website for more information: http://flugsaurier2015.com/home.html. Anyone who would like to be included on the mailing list so that they receive the first circular should contact Dr Dave Martill (david.martill@port.ac.uk).


The Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, 31 August - 3 September 2015

The meeting will be preceeded by Flugsaurier 2015 ( to be held in Portsmouth). Pre-conference field trips are planned, in conjunction with Flugsaurier, to visit the famous Jurassic coast in Dorset on 29 - 30 August. A post-conference field trip on 4 September will follow the formal SVPCA sessions.

Please check the website for updates: http://svpca.org/years/2015_southampton/index.php


Climate impacts, ecosystems and evolution - from deep time to the future
Durham University, UK, 3 - 6 September 2015

This multidisciplinary conference will be both inclusive and substantive involving biologists, geologists, geographers and palaeontologists, addressing research questions over different timescales, i.e. decadal, multi-decadal, millennial or tens of millennia to millions of years in deep time. The conference will provide a unique platform to present a range of research cultures and topics linked to the common challenges of understanding the impact of climate change on ecosystems throughout geological time.

The conference is held in association with the Climate Impacts Research Centre and will be hosted at Van Mildert College, Durham University.

To register your interest, please visit www.dur.ac.uk/circ


Advanced Course in Jurassic-Cretaceous-Cenozoic Organic-Walled Dinoflagellate Cysts
Heidelberg, Germany, 13 - 19 September 2015

The course will focus on morphology, stratigraphy and palaeoecology. An excursion will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Lake Messel quarry, an Eocene lake deposit. Following the course there will be a special workshop in which the latest developments on Arctic and Nordic dinocyst biostratigraphy will be presented.

Please see the website for further information: www.lpp-foundation.nl.


RALI 2015: The Rise of Animal Life - Cambrian and Ordovician biodiversification events
Marrakesh, Morocco, 5 - 9 October 2015

More than 500 million years ago the emergence of animals marked a turning point in the evolution of life on Earth, giving rise to present-day biodiversity and ecosystems. This international conference will focus on this crucial event, especially its timing, possible processes and causes with special emphasis on the relationships between the Cambrian Explosion and the subsequent Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event.

The conference will be held in the captivating city of Marrakesh, offering an ideal setting for this scientific gathering. A special symposium dedicated to aspects of promoting geological heritage will be held in conjunction with the conference and will highlight associated educational, cultural and socio-economic issues.

A post-conference fieldtrip offers participants the opportunity to visit fossil localities near Zagora, where the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Biota was discovered.

Conference booking is now open at: www.fstg-marrakech.ac.ma/rali2015/.


5th Polar Marine Diatom Workshop
Salamanca, Spain 2015

Further details to come, please check the website for updates (https://sites.google.com/site/polarmarinediatomworkshop/).


14th International Palynological Congress and the 10th International Organization of Palaeobotanists Congress (IPC XIV/ IOPC X 2016)
Salvador, Brazil, late September - early October 2016

Local organizers are planning the congress to occur after the Olympics in Brazil. Further details to come.


DINO11
EPOC Laboratory, Bordeaux University, Bordeaux, France 2017

Further details to come.



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