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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:

Isotopes in Biogenic Silica (IBiS) Conference
University College London, 5 - 7 May 2015

Isotopes in Biogenic Silica (IBiS) was setup in 2006 to promote the study of all forms of biogenic silica, their isotopic signatures and their role in biogeochemical cycling. As part of this, IBiS conferences have provided an excellent opportunity for students, early career and more established colleagues to share their latest findings, identify areas of future research and solve methodological issues (whether they be analytical or instrumental). We welcome abstracts for both oral and poster presentations at this meeting.

Please register at: Registration deadline 1 May 2015.

Palaeontological and Molecular Approaches to Early Vertebrate Evolution
Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University, Sweden 12 - 13 May 2015

The origin and early evolution of vertebrates was one of the most important episodes in the history of life on Earth. Today, their living descendants number more than sixty thousand species of fishes and tetrapods (land vertebrates), including our own species. In recent decades the study of early vertebrate evolution has undergone a major renaissance and is now one of the most exciting areas within evolutionary biology.

At this meeting, an international group of world-leading researchers on early vertebrate evolution, covering all areas of the subject from fossils to genomes, will gather at Uppsala University to present and discuss their findings. This is a unique opportunity to hear the latest news from the foremost experts on this crucial period in our own evolutionary history.

There is no fee, but please register your attendance at the symposium website:

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:

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:

XIII Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists
Opole, Poland 8 - 12 July 2015

This meeting will follow the general objectives of the association to promote and encourage communication and collaboration, as well as to bring together the vertebrate palaeontology community of Europe through the organisation of such a meeting in a different country every year. Delegates are invited to provide oral and poster presentations that cover all aspects of vertebrate palaeontology.

For further information, please see the conference website: Abstract submission deadline 15 March 2015.

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: Guidelines for abstract submission can be found at: Abstract deadline is 27 February 2015.

STRATI2015 - 2nd International Congress on Stratigraphy
Graz, Austria, 19 - 23 July 2015

The congress is open to all topics in stratigraphy. The technical programme will range from the Archean to the Holocene, cover all techniques and applications of stratigraphy, and discuss discoveries that the stratigraphical record reveals about the Earth system. In addition, it will serve as the primary venue for International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) business, for International Congress on Stratigraphy (ICS) sub-commissions, and for the award of ICS stratigraphy prizes.

There will be a range of pre- and post-conference fieldtrips available and a variety of social activities will be offered. Funds will be available to support travel expenses for students and application information will be posted on the congress website.

Please see the website for more details where registration is now open:

5th Polar Marine Diatom Workshop
Salamanca, Spain, 19 - 24 July 2015

The Polar Marine Diatom Taxonomy and Ecology Workshops represent a community-led initiative to provide international polar diatom researchers with an opportunity to interact and discuss topical issues and new results that bear on recent and future research activities in the polar regions. Workshops have a strong focus on the Neogene to Recent time period and on taxonomic issues toward standardization of terminology and identifications - workshops are interactive with dedicated microscope-based taxonomy sessions. Workshops allow students and early career researchers to interact with, and receive training and advice from, leaders in the field and, as such, researchers at all stages of their careers are encouraged to attend.

Please check the website for updates ( or email Maria Angeles Barcena for more information (

12th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems
Shenyang, China, 16 - 20 August 2015

This symposium will focus on a series of scientific sessions presenting research progress on Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems. Beside the usually fantastic MTE meeting this is a great opportunity to see the field sites for the spectacular Early Cretaceous Jehol biota and Jurassic Yanliao biota. Field trips will go to western Liaoning, including Beipiao (sites of Sinosauripteryx and the earliest known angiosperm Archaefructus) and Jianchang (Anchiornis site).

Please see the First Circular for more information:

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 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: Anyone who would like to be included on the mailing list so that they receive the first circular should contact Dr Dave Martill (

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:

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

21st International Cave Bear Symposium
Leiden, Hellevoetsluis and Rotterdam, The Netherlands 9 - 13 September 2015

The focus of this symposium is on all aspects of Pleistocene carnivores, from anatomy and taxonomy to aDNA and isotopes. The symposium includes a field trip and visits to several important collections.

Please see the website for further information: Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2015. Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 June 2015.

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:

The Interaction of Fire and Mankind - A Royal Society Discussion Meeting
London, UK, 14 - 15 September 2015

The complex interrelationships between fire and mankind transcend international borders and disciplinary boundaries. The spectre of climate change highlights the need to improve our understanding of these relationships across space and time. This meeting will examine historical, evolutionary, and biophysical tensions inherent in the fire-climate-society nexus to advance the international, interdisciplinary science necessary to address contemporary and future fire challenges.

The meeting is free but registration is essential: For any other information, please contact

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:

6th Symposium on Mesozoic and Cenozoic Decapod Crustaceans
Villers-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France, 14 - 18 June 2016

The symposium will be held at the Paleospace-l'Odyssee, Museum of Palaeontology and the cinema, both located in the centre of Villers-Sur-Mer. Poster and oral presentations will be followed by field trips to the Callovian-Oxfordian cliffs of the "Vaches Noirs", Bajocian stratotype and Bathonian Confessionnaux cliffs, parts of the Normandy landings locations, a trip to the Cenomanian hard-grounds of Petreval and the Etretat cliffs which attracted Courbet and Monet. English and French will be the official languages of the conference. Talks will be 30 minutes long including discussion. The area is popular with tourists, so accommodation should be booked early.

Please contact the organiser, Sylvain Charbonnier ( for the First Circular, which includes more details about the venue and symposium. Registration deadline 1 September 2015.

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.

EPOC Laboratory, Bordeaux University, Bordeaux, France 2017

Further details to come.

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