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Future Meeting: The Rhynie Chert – our earliest terrestrial ecosystem revisited

Meeting Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 to Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Location: The Royal Society, London
Organisers: Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, Professor Liam Dolan FRS and Dr Paul Kenrick
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Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, Professor Liam Dolan FRS and Dr Paul Kenrick

New discoveries in the fields of developmental and functional biology are shedding light on the origins of land plants. We explore how exceptional fossils from our earliest preserved terrestrial ecosystem – the 400 million year old Rhynie Chert – can be integrated into a neobiological understanding of the evolution of plants and their interactions with other organisms and their environment.

The schedule of talks and organiser/speaker biographies are available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date.

Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will also be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions B.

Poster session:

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 6 March 2017. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (max 200 words), author list and affiliations to the events team no later than Monday 9 January 2017.

Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion.

Alongside the posters, there will also be a number of microscopes on display to view relevant, selected slides.

Attending the event:

This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Places are limited so registration is essential
  • An optional lunch may be purchased at the time of registration

An evening poster and microscope session with drinks reception will be held following the close of the meeting on Monday 6 March 2017. Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the drinks reception is ticketed and drinks vouchers must be purchased in advance.

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