The Palaeontological Association was founded in 1957 and has become one of the world's leading learned societies in this field. The Association is a registered charity that promotes the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of original research and field guides, sponsorship of meetings and field excursions, provision of web resources and information and a programme of annual awards.
The Palaeontological Association holds regular meetings and events throughout the year. The two flagship meetings are the Annual Meeting, held at a different location each December, and the annual Progressive Palaeontology meeting, run by students for students with the support of the Palaeontological Association. The Association Code of Conduct relates to the behaviour of all participants and attendees at annual events.
It is the expectation of the Palaeontological Association that meeting attendees behave in a courteous, collegial and respectful fashion to each other, volunteers, exhibitors and meeting facility staff. Attendees should respect common sense rules for professional and personal interactions, public behaviour (including behaviour in public electronic communications), common courtesy, respect for private property and respect for intellectual property of presenters. Demeaning, abusive, discriminatory, harassing or threatening behaviour towards other attendees or towards meeting volunteers, exhibitors or facilities staff and security will not be tolerated, either in personal or electronic interactions.
Digital images and social media
Do not photograph a poster or record a talk without the author’s express permission. While the default assumption is to allow open discussion of presentations on social media, attendees are expected to respect any request by an author to not disseminate the contents of their talk or poster.
Reporting unacceptable behaviour
If you are the subject of unacceptable behaviour or have witnessed any such behaviour, please notify the meeting coordinator (email@example.com) and/or a member of the Palaeontological Association Council in a designated leadership position:
- Executive Officer - Jo Hellawell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- President - Charles H. Wellman (email@example.com)
- Diversity Officer - Rachel Warnock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ProgPal Representative - Bethany Allen
Anyone experiencing or witnessing behaviour that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety, or a criminal act is expected to contact the emergency services. Those witnessing a potential criminal act should also take actions necessary to maintain their own personal safety.