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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:

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014

The 2014 EGU meeting will have a strong palaeontology section. There are sessions (titles simplified here) on the terrestrial biota and past environments (SSP4.1), early human expansion (SSP4.2), ocean acidification (SSP4.3), Mesozoic and Cenozoic foraminifera (SSSP4.4), Cenozoic biodiversity (SSP4.5), palaeobiology (SSP4.6), mass extinctions in deep time (SSP4.8, co-organised) and an open session on geosciences (SSS4.12, co-organised).

For example, the "Terrestrial biota and environments in deep time“ session is dedicated to the study of terrestrial organisms and their ecology through the ages. Proxy data based on these archives document environmental and climate change on land and may help to understand todays and future system earth.

To register and for further information please check the EGU website.

Fossil Fishes and Fakes - The Sir Arthur Smith Woodward 150th Anniversary Symposium
Natural History Museum, London, 21 May 2014

Smith Woodward built his scientific reputation on detailed and meticulous studies of fossil fish, many of which helped to form the foundations of current research on numerous fish groups. However, he also contributed to our knowledge of other extinct animals and regional geology, and he endured some notoriety for his involvement in the Piltdown Man hoax. Almost no attempt has been made to assess Smith Woodward's wider impact on palaeontology. This one-day symposium aims to rectify this omission, with invited speakers who will present papers on Smith Woodward's life and career, his varied scientific outputs, and his involvement in Piltdown.

To pre-register and receive further information please email the Meeting Coordinator (

150th Anniversary of Homo neanderthalensis King 1864
National University of Ireland, Galway, 23 - 25 May 2014

The study of human evolution began in earnest when William King (1809-1886), Professor of Geology at Queens College Galway, as NUI Galway was then known, proposed the name Homo neanderthalensis, at the 1863 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, for fossil human remains discovered in a cave in the Neander Valley of Germany seven years previously.

We hope this meeting will be a celebration of Neanderthal research in general and also a fitting tribute to a geoscientist who made an important contribution to palaeoanthropology, at a time when it was still very much in its infancy. William King's great grand-daughter will be attending, and is looking forward to meeting the scientists currently investigating and researching Neanderthal people – work which her great grandfather immersed himself in a century and a half ago.

To register and submit abstracts please email For further information please see the meeting website: Abstract submission and registration deadline 15 April 2014.

Pollen Analysis Short Course
University of Maine, Climate Change Institute, Orono, Maine, USA, 1 - 7 June 2014

The Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and PalEON are offering a short course on the science and theory of pollen analysis, including: Modern pollen sample collection & preparation; Sediment coring for paleo‐vegetation reconstruction; Chemical processing, slide preparation & microscopy; Pollen morphology & identification; Data analysis with R, Tilia, & the Neotoma database; Evening mini-­courses on R programming, social media, open science, and related topics.

If interested, please send a letter of intent to bu 15 April 2014. Include your cv and a paragraph stating how this course will help you achieve your research and career goals. To request financial support please include a statement of need.

The Micropalaeontological Society Palynology Group Meeting 2014: Palynology in the Modelling World
School of Geography Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK, 4 June 2014

This year's meeting will include the 1st annual von Post Lecture, which will be delivered by Prof. Alan Haywood (University of Leeds).

Further details, including schedule and travel information, will be announced soon. Please check the TMS palynology group website ( or contact Fabienne Marret-Davies (TMS Group Chair, Abstract deadline 28 February 2014.

The Micropalaeontological Society Foram-Nanofossil Spring Meeting
Texel, The Netherlands, 22 - 25 June 2014

The venue will be on the island of Texel, at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). The meeting has been rescheduled for the 22-25th June (previously, 25-28th June). This is due to accommodation issues caused by the annual regatta on the 28th. The actual symposium will be 23rd and 24th June. The fieldtrip will be Wednesday 25th June.

The theme will be "Foraminifera and nannofossils through time; qualification and quantification". There will also be a satellite Morphometrics Workshop on 22 June 2014.

Please check the The Micropalaeontological Society website, or contact Els Ufkes ( for further information. Registration and Abstract deadline 1 April 2014.

Meeting of Asian Ostracodologists
Hanyang University, Seoul, 23 - 27 June 2014

We would like to invite you to the first Meeting of Asian Ostracodologists at Hanyang University, Seoul campus. Our plan is to have a two-day workshop (23 & 24) and three days for talks and poster sessions.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all who work on the Asian ostracod fauna, living or fossil, to meet this summer in Seoul, exchange ideas and start new collaborations. The workshop will mostly be organized for new researchers who would like to learn the basics of ostracodology, but we also think that this is an ideal time to exchange material and help each other with difficult ostracods.

More details will be announced towards the end of February, but we would like to encourage you to send us an e-mail, expressing your interest in the workshop and/or meeting.

Please contact Prof. Ivana Karanovic (Hanyang University) ( for further information.

Commission Internationale de la Microflore du Paléozoïque International (CIMP) General Meeting 2014: What's trending in palynology?
Ghent-Liège, Belgium, 5 - 11 July 2014

This meeting will consist of 3 parts: chitinozian workshop 5-10th July (University of Liège), CIMP meeting 7-10th July (University of Gent) and a one day field trip 11th July.

For more information check the CIMP website or contact Registration and abstract deadline 31 March 2014.

CXXXIII Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society
Trento, NE Italy, 6 - 10 July 2014

TThe venue of the Meeting will be the MUSE - Museo delle Scienze ( a brand new museum located in the centre of Trento, a small but lively city in the heart of the Alps.

Please go to the official WHS meeting website ( or to the WHS website ( for further information, for registration and abstract submission.

9th European Palaeobotany-Palynology Conference
Padua, Italy, 26 - 31 August 2014

The Italian group of palaeobotanists and palynologists is very glad to be able to invite all of you to Padova in 2014 for the next EPPC.

Padua (Padova in Italian) is a picturesque, historic city in Northern Italy (about 40 km west of Venice), with a dense network of arcaded streets, large communal “piazza” (squares) and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione.

All scientific sessions will be held at the new Department of Geoscience, and the famous Botanical Garden and Museum of Geology and Palaeontology will be involved in this conference. Field-trips are planned in the fascinating landscapes of the Dolomites, Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Latium and Tuscany.

For further information contact the conference secretary or look for updates on the conference website:

9th International Congress “Cephalopods – Present and Past” (ISCPP 9) and the 5th International Coleoid Symposium
University of Zurich, Switzerland, 4 - 14 September 2014

This series of cephalopod meetings was launched in the seventies in York. Thereafter, they were held every three or four years in various cities including Tübingen, Granada, Vienna, Fayetteville, Sapporo and Dijon. It is the only occasion in which cephalopod workers meet from around the world. There are normally three to four days of scientific presentations. The interesting and important aspect of this meeting is that both biologists and palaeontologists meet, although there traditionally have been slightly more palaeontologists. This might change at the 2014 meeting, however, since it will host the International Coleoid Symposium for the first time.

Traditionally, two fieldtrips are offered associated with the meeting. For this meeting, trips are planned to the Fossillagerstätten of southern Germany and fossil localities yielding cephalopod fossils in Switzerland, each of which will last a couple of days. Details of these fieldtrips will be announced in due course.

For further information visit the conference website:

7th International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization
Ferrara, Italy, 10 - 13 September 2014

Taphos 2014 represents the 7th International Meeting on Taphonomy and continues the tradition of taphonomic meetings that have been regularly held in Spain since 1990 and then in Tübingen (2011). This is the first time that the Taphos meeting is held in Italy, and so I have great pleasure in inviting you, on behalf of the University of Ferrara and the City of Ferrara, to Italy in 2014.

Please visit the conference website: for updates.

6th International Symposium on Lithographic Limestone and Plattenkalk
Museo del Desierto, Saltillo, Mexico, 15 - 19 September 2014

The Museo del Desierto invites you to the 6th International Symposium on Lithographic Limestones and Plattenkalk. This multidisciplinary meeting is planned to address aspects of the study of lithographic limestones and plattenkalk deposits across all disciplines, from palaeontology (taxonomy, palaeoecology, taphonomy), to geology (stratigraphy, sedimentology, palaeoenvironments), and also mineralogy and petrology of Plattenkalk deposits and related Fossil-Lagerstätten. The meeting is organized in collaboration with the Institute of Earth Sciences of the University of Heidelberg, Germany. We plan fieldtrips to the famous plattenkalk deposits of Vallecillo, Cuatro Cienegas and possibly Muzquiz.

Please visit the conference website: for updates.

Are there limits to evolution?
St. John's College, Cambridge, 25 - 26 September 2014

What will evolutionary biology look like in 50 years? More of the same or will there be new paradigms, new syntheses? What lies on the horizon?

The impact of evolution is undeniable, but it can be viewed through different lenses. For the scientist it is the investigative discipline, mapping out the history of life, uncovering its intricacies and revealing its mechanisms. For others it might be the grand narrative, and across society it brings different meanings—sometimes to the point of polarization.

This conference is an opportunity to focus on the important research objectives, discuss the best ways to achieve them, and use these to set a considered agenda for the continued study of evolution. This event is part of a larger programme on evolution funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Key note speakers include Margaret McFall-Ngai (University of Wisconsin), Eors Szathmary (The Parmenides Foundation, Munich), Geerat J. Vermeij (University of California at Davis) and Gunter Wagner (Yale University).

Accommodation will be available in College, and the Conference package will include all meals, a wine reception, and a Conference Dinner in John’s medieval Dining Hall. Further information is available by contacting Dr Victoria Ling ( Registration is now open, please visit the Department of Earth Sciences website.

4th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC 2014) to include the 47th AASP-TPS (AASP - The Palynological Society) Annual Meeting
Centro Científico Tecnológico, Mendoza, Argentina, 28 September - 3 October 2014

Local organizers are planning a comprehensive congress with an intellectually motivating scientific program. The congress will create opportunities for participants to present and share experiences, explore new directions and debate topics among specialists from across the globe. The meeting will include the 47th AASP-TPS Annual Meeting.

A varied array of meeting styles with a combination of keynote lectures, special symposia on leading issues, interactive workshops, technical sessions, and short courses promises to hold sessions of interest to all paleontologists.

Delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of conference excursions to rich and well-known Argentinean paleontological sites involving a combination of scientific and touristic attractions. The schedule of field trips covers superbly exposed sedimentary successions, representing a great diversity of marine and continental palaeoenvironments, and encompasses nearly the whole stratigraphic record.

Organisers for the 47th AASP-TPS Annual Meeting are now calling for Symposium topics. If you have any great ideas for palynology-related symposia, please feel free to contact Thomas Demchuk at

Please see the conference website for further conference details. Abstract deadline March 2014.

International Nannoplankton Association Extant Coccolithophores Workshop
Crete, October 2014

Further information is available by contacting the Maria Trianthaphylou at the University of Athens (

Co-evolution of Life and the Planet 2014 Conference: Future perspectives in Earth System Science
The Geological Society of London, Burlington House, 4 - 6 November 2014

The Earth that sustains us today has arisen out of planetary scale co-evolution of the physical and biological worlds. The complexity of these interactions necessitates a multidisciplinary ‘Earth System Science’ approach. Two years on from ‘Life and the Planet 2011’, this two-day meeting will explore advances in our understanding of the coupled evolution of life and the planet.

The four main themes of this meeting are: 1) Precambrian origins of the modern Earth System; 2) Key events in the evolution of marine ecosystems; 3) Geological constraints on biological evolution in the polar regions; 4) Descent into the Icehouse during the Cenozoic Era.

Please check the conference website for updates Abstract deadline 30 June 2014.

Radiation and Extinction - Investigating Clade Dynamics in Deep Time
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK 10 - 11 November 2014

Sponsored by the Linnean Society of London, the Palaeontological Association and University College London's Environment Institute

Determining the causes and drivers of evolutionary dynamics is central to our understanding of life on Earth. What factors shaped the modern biota? Why did some groups go extinct, whilst others survived and radiated? Why are some groups so much more diverse than others? What will happen to organisms as the Earth continues to warm up?

These issues cannot be addressed solely by studying the present day: only by examining evolution on longer, deep-time scales can we hope to understand what controls and drives these processes. Increasingly sophisticated quantitative methods are becoming ever more available to try and answer such questions, allowing us to explore rates and patterns of evolution, test evolutionary models, and examine the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic drivers on biodiversity, using entirely palaeontological, and mixed palaeontological, neontological, and genomic data sets.141110-11 Radiation and Extiction

This two-day meeting will bring together a diverse array of researchers developing and applying methods for reconstructing deep-time macroevolutionary patterns in biodiversity, with a particular focus on analytical approaches that take advantage of the wealth of data available in the fossil record. Dan Rabosky (University of Michigan) will deliver the plenary talk, with additional confirmed presentations from Tracey Aze (University of Oxford), Natalie Cooper (Trinity College Dublin), Mario dos Reis (University College London), John Finarelli (University College Dublin), Matt Friedman (University of Oxford), Melanie Hopkins (American Museum of Natural History), Graeme Lloyd (University of Oxford), Emily Rayfield (University of Bristol), Marcello Ruta (University of Lincoln), Graham Slater (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), Jeroen Smaers (Stony Brook University), Tanja Stadler (ETH Zürich), Gavin Thomas (University of Sheffield), and Chris Venditti (University of Reading). Additional speakers will be added as confirmed. Speakers will detail both methodology and application for a range of taxonomic groups, time intervals, and macroevolutionary themes corresponding to radiation, extinction, and clade dynamics in deep time.

Bookings and more information via

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 Abstract deadline June 2014.

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 by contacting the organisers (

Palaeozoic Echinoderm Conference
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 Palaeozoic echinoderm communities; 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. 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 León and Oviedo (Cantabrian Mountains).

For further details and to be added to the conference mailing list, please contact Samuel Zamora (

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. Sessions will include: Systematics & Ecology, Systematics & Evolution, Systematics & Taxonomy and Systematics & Fossils.

Please check the Systematics Association website for updates

Flugsaurier 2015, The International Meeting of Pterosaurology
University of Portsmouth, UK, either late August or early September 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 with the dates coordinated to fit in with the Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy.

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

5th Polar Marine Diatom Workshop
Salamanca, Spain 2015

Further details to come, please check the website for updates (

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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