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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:

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

This three-day meeting will take place in Oxford 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:

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 UK for the 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. A pre-conference field-trip is planned for the 25th of August to the Isle of Wight, including the Dinosaur Isle museum.

Please see the meeting website for more information:

The Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation with the Geological Curators' Group (SVPCA and SPPC/GCG)
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK, 31 August - 4 September 2015

Pre-conference field-trips are planned, in conjunction with Flugsaurier, to visit the famous Jurassic Coast in Dorset on the 29th of August. A post-conference field-trip on the 4th September to the Isle of Wight will follow the formal SVPCA sessions, with visits to key Wealden localities including Brook Bay.

Please visit the SVPCA website for ( to register for either, or both, of the symposia. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is Friday 24th of July.

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.

Registration is now open, 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 ancient DNA and isotopes. The symposium includes a field-trip and visits to several important collections.

Please see the website for further information:

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: For pre-registration email your name and affiliation to

The Interaction of Fire and Mankind - A Royal Society Discussion Meeting
The Royal Society, 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 email:

CIMP 2015
Bergen, Norway, 16 - 18 September 2015

This meeting will bring together specialists in Paleozoic palynology. There is a one-day excursion planned to examine the Lower Paleozoic rocks in the Oslo area on Wednesday 16 September.

Please see the website for more details:

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 field-trip offers participants the opportunity to visit fossil localities near Zagora, where the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Biota was discovered.

For more information see the website:

SVP 75th Annual Meeting
Dallas, USA, 14 - 17 October 2015

The 75th anniversary meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA. The conference will cover all areas of vertebrate palaeontology, including fish, tetrapods, amphibians and many more related topics.

Registration is now open, see:

AASP-The Palynological Society Annual Meeting 2015
Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 1 - 4 November 2015

This year's annual meeting is part of the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting. AASP-TPS is the lead sponsor for four sessions, all of which have co-sponsorship from allied organisations. AASP-TPS is also co-sponsor of three additional sessions. These AASP-TPS-supported sessions are on topics including The Role of Paleontology in Geologic Mapping (poster session, the rest listed here are oral), Palynology, Timing of the Origins and Evolution of Unicellular Eukaryotes, Integration of Microfossils and Sedimentology in Stratigraphic Analysis, Global Climate Events and Deposition of Organic Rich Shales through Time, and Paleoecological Patterns, Ecological Processes and Modeled Scenarios. In addition to the technical sessions, AASP-TPS is sponsoring two field trips and two social events.

Conference registration, housing, AASP-TPS business luncheon registration, and abstracts will be handled by GSA through their website, see: Abstract submission deadline 11 August.

The Micropalaeontological Society Annual General Meeting 2015
University of Liverpool, UK, 16 - 17 November 2015

This year's annual meeting in Liverpool has the theme "Rock to Clock: the importance of microfossils". The importance of microfossils in fundamental and applied biostratigraphy, looking into biodiversity, evolution and geological indicators will be discussed by the keynote speakers including Phil Gibbard, Vanessa Bowman, Simonetta Monechi and Mike Simmons. Open session posters and talks are particularly encouraged from students and early career researchers.

For more information see the website:

17th International Bryozoology Conference
Melbourne Museum, Victoria, Australia, 10 - 15 April 2016

There will be a Pre-Conference Excursion (Tasmania) and a Post-Conference Excursion (Great Ocean Road to Adelaide), which will include a lot of geological and fossil sites.

For more information see the website: or email

7th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods and Amber
Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 April - 1 May 2016

Registration is now open for this Conference on the scientific study of non-marine arthropods and amber. The Conference is usually held every three years and this is the first time that it will be held in the UK. It comprises a Reception at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, three days of lectures at the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) and two optional days of field-work to Palaeozoic non-marine arthropod sites.

To be added to the mailing list and receive the 2nd Circular with instructions on how to register, please e-mail Dr Andrew Ross (

4th International Congress on Ichnology (Ichnia 2016)
Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, 6 - 9 May 2016

Ichnia 2016 is jointly organised by the International Ichnological Association, the Geopark Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional, UNESCO Global Geopark, and the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon. Pre-, intra- and post-congress field-trips are proposed to ichnosites throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

Oral and poster presentations are both welcome! Ichnia 2016 call for abstracts opens 15th of August 2015, for details see:

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; 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.

Palaeo Down Under 2 (PDU2)
Adelaide, Australia, 11 - 15 July 2016

Australasian Palaeontologists cordially invites all palaeontologists from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to participate in PDU2 in Adelaide, South Australia, in the first half of July 2016. A full conference programme is proposed, covering all aspects of palaeontology and associated disciplines. Dedicated symposia on the Ediacaran and Cambrian systems will be a highlight of the programme, under the auspices of the respective International Subcommissions on Stratigraphy, focussing on recent rapid advances in our understanding in these areas. The conference will include guest keynote lectures, general and thematic sessions, symposia and posters.

The conference will be preceded by a field excursion to Ediacaran and Cambrian fossil localities in the renowned Flinders Ranges to the north of Adelaide, and will also feature the Emu Bay Shale Konservat-Lagerst?tte on Kangaroo Island, south of Adelaide. A half-day mid-conference field excursion will be arranged to a location of international geological interest in the vicinity of Adelaide. A post-conference camping-style excursion to Mesozoic and/or Cenozoic fossil localities in the arid Lake Eyre Basin is also under consideration, pending number of interested participants.

For further information, please see the conference website:

9th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution
Diamante, Argentina, 1 - 5 August 2016

The meeting will be hosted by and held at the Centro de Investigaciones Cientficas y Transferencia de Tecnologia a la Produccion de Diamante (CICYTTP-CONICET).

The First Circular and the Registration Form will be available in the near future at:

Joint Meeting of the TSOP, AASP and ICCP
Houston, Texas, USA, 18 - 23 September 2016

This is the first joint meeting of these three related geological, geochemical and biological societies: The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP), AASP - The Palynological Society, and the International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP).

The purpose of this joint meeting is to discuss the close relationships between organic petrology and palynology, to foster thoughtful discussion and address issues that may be of benefit to furthering the respective sciences. Key themes to be addressed during joint activities include palynofacies and source rock assessment.

More details will be available in the near future.

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


Further details to come.

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