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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.

Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy (RCMNS) Interim Colloquium - The Mediterranean Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC): from geology to geobiology
Torino, Italy, 24/25 - 28 September 2014

This interim colloquium will focus on the MSC sedimentary record with emphasis on climate-microbes feedback during evaporite deposition. Contributions from scientists interested in climate, biologic and geologic evolution of terrestrial and marine environments of the Mediterranean and Paratethys during the late Neogene are welcome.

A two-day post-congress fieldtrip, focussed on the Messinian succession of the Piedmont Basin is planned.

A dedicated workshop entitled "Morphology and taxonomy of Lago-Mare dinocysts" will be held in Torino before the colloquium on 24 September. To register for the workshop please email

Please check the colloquium website for further information:

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.

GSA Annual Meeting 2014
Vancouver, Canada, 19 - 22 October 2014

The Canadian Association of Palynologists (CAP) is offering up to 4 early registration waivers to assist students or other young professional members of CAP in attending the upcoming GSA Annual Meeting in Vancouver and presenting either in CAP’s Topical Session 108 "Palynology in Geoarchaeological and Environmental Studies" or in another relevant session.

Please send a copy of your submitted abstract and proof of early registration together with a brief cover letter explaining how this award would assist your career by July 28, 2014 to Francine McCarthy ( for consideration by the CAP Executive. More information about CAP can be found at

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 (

"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 (

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:

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, 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.

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:

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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