Before the main meeting, there will be a special thematic symposium on Wednesday 20th of July from 13.30 – 17.30 “Chemical fossils”. There will be talks from six international invited speakers addressing a broad range of topics spanning the geochemical study of fossils in the broadest sense. The talks will highlight current and emerging applications of biomarkers, isotopes, palaeoproteomics, rare earth elements, electron dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy and vibrational spectroscopy, in the study of various fossil groups.
Speakers include Mike Buckley (The University of Manchester), Farid Saleh (Yunnan University), Christine Strullu-Derrien (Natural History Museum London), Paul Ullmann (Rowan University), Vivi Vajda (Swedish Museum of Natural History) and Jessica Whiteside (University of Southampton). A full list of titles will be posted here in due course.
The Annual Address will be given on Thursday 21st July at 16.00 by Prof. Daniela Schmidt of the University of Bristol, who will speak about her research on past records of climate change and implications for assessment of risks of future climate change in a talk titled: What - if anything - can palaeontology contribute to understanding our climate crisis. An abstract will be posted here in due course.