This year's meeting is being held to celebrate the contributions made to the field of palaeobotany by Professor Barry Thomas. For well over 50 years, Barry has been one of Britain’s leading palaeobotanists, and has published numerous books and over 100 papers on the subject (this is not counting his many books and papers on living plants and geoconservation). His main specialism is the Palaeozoic lycopsids, especially their taxonomy, floristics and taphonomy, and he was a pioneer in the use of cuticles to study these fossils. He has also been active in promoting a wider public understanding of palaeobotany, especially during his time as Keeper of Botany at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales in Cardiff.
For more information contact Peta Hayes at the Natural History Museum, London.