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Information on future meetings (excluding the Annual Meetingand Progressive Palaeontology) related to palaeontology.To add a Future Meeting please use our online form: Add Future Meeting

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Future Meeting: Lyell Meeting 2016

Event Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Synthesising palaeontological occurrence data and taxonomy into useable databases and web-systems will be one of the major challenges for palaeontology over the next couple of decades.

Event Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016 to Friday, April 15, 2016

The IBA Conference is a multidisciplinary meeting that includes morphology, phylogeny, geochemistry, taxonomy, palaeontology, ecology and genetics of the Phylum Bryozoa. Keynote speakers will be Prof Tim Flannery 'Australia: an Introduction for Scientists', and Dr Michele Prinsep, 'Current State of Bioprospecting among Bryozoans'. There will be a Pre-Conference Excursion (Tasmania) and a Post-Conference Excursion (Great Ocean Road to Adelaide), which will include a lot of geological and fossil sites.

Event Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 to Saturday, April 16, 2016

For the last 13 years, young researchers in Palaeontology have organized an annual meeting in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). This event has gathered pre-graduate, post-graduate, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, helping to develop their skills in the early-stages of their research career.

Event Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Tenth Annual Address of the Palaeontographical Society is to be given by Dr Tim Littlewood of the Natural History Museum on 'The role of fossils in better understanding parasites and parasitism'.

The talk will be held in the Neil Chalmers Seminar Room of the Natural History Museum. It is free to attend and open to all.

The address follows the Society's AGM. Tea and coffee will be served from 3:30 pm onwards with the AGM commencing at 4 pm and the talk at around 4:30pm.

Event Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016

Registration is now open for this Conference on the scientific study of non-marine arthropods and amber. The Conference is usually held every three years and this is the first time that it will be held in the UK. It comprises a Reception at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, three days of lectures at the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh) and two optional days of field-work to Palaeozoic non-marine arthropod sites.

For more information about the meeting and how to register please e-mail Dr Andrew Ross.

Event Date: Friday, May 6, 2016 to Monday, May 9, 2016

Ichnia 2016 is jointly organised by the International Ichnological Association, the Geopark Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional, UNESCO Global Geopark, and the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon. This congress, under the general theme ?Ichnology for the 21st century: (Palaeo)Biological Traces towards Sustainable Development? will include discussion on traces (fossils) as biological behavior patterns preserved in sediments and rocks. Pre-, intra- and post-congress field-trips are proposed to ichnosites throughout the Iberian Peninsula.

Event Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016

This eighteen-day intensive course is specifically designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity, and Geological History of Benthic and Planktonic Foraminifera. The course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Paleoceanography, Paleoecology, Climate History, Biology, and Environmental and industrial applications.

Event Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 to Friday, June 17, 2016

The symposium will be held at the Paleospace-l'Odyssee, Museum of Palaeontology and the cinema, both located in the centre of Villers-sur-Mer. Poster and oral presentations will be followed by field-trips to the Callovian-Oxfordian cliffs of the "Vaches Noirs", Bajocian stratotype and Bathonian Confessionnaux; parts of the Normandy landings locations, a trip to the Cenomanian hard-grounds of Petreval, and the Etretat cliffs which attracted Courbet and Monet. English and French will be the official languages of the conference. Talks will be 30 minutes long including discussion.

Event Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016 to Friday, June 24, 2016

The TMS is delighted to announce that the next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted by the Laboratory CNRS UMR 6112 LPG-BIAF Recent and Fossil Bio-Indicators, at Angers University, France. The program will encompass oral presentations on selected micropaleontological topics, posters sessions, a conference dinner, a field excursion, and a thematic workshop day. The theme for this year’s event is “From life strategies to the geological record”.

Event Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Join us for an afternoon of talks on the impact of climate change on reptiles, both living and extinct.

Speakers from the UK and USA will be talking about how changing climates affect reptile diversity and distribution and how understanding their past responses to climate change might help us find effective conservation strategies in the future. Speakers include Dr Annette Broderick (University of Exeter), Prof. Patricia Holroyd (University of California, Berkeley) and Dr Richard Pearson (UCL).

Event Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 to Sunday, July 10, 2016

The XIV Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Paleontology will be held in Haarlem, The Netherlands, in the beautiful historical building of Teylers museum. With a confirmed symposium on early hominid evolution, and another on fossil ethics, as well as field trips to either Pleistocene North Sea beds or the Type Maastrichtian, there should be something for everybody.

There will be plenty of social events, so many opportunities for networking, too. Finally, the Teylers collections will be open to visitors on demand.


Future Meeting: Palaeo Down Under 2 (PDU2)

Event Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016 to Thursday, July 14, 2016

A full conference programme is proposed, covering all aspects of palaeontology and associated disciplines. Dedicated symposia on the Ediacaran and Cambrian systems will be a highlight of the programme, under the auspices of the respective International Subcommissions on Stratigraphy, focussing on recent rapid advances in our understanding in these areas. The conference will include guest keynote lectures, general and thematic sessions, symposia and posters.

Event Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016 to Thursday, August 4, 2016

The meeting will be hosted by and held at the Centro de Investigaciones Cientficas y Transferencia de Tecnologia a la Produccion de Diamante (CICYTTP-CONICET). It will be dedicated to Larry Martin (USA), in order to honour his memory and his outstanding paleornithological contributions. The schedule includes a fossil identification session, pre- and post-conference excursions.

Registration deadline 29 February 2016. Abstract deadline 30 June 2016.

Event Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016 to Thursday, August 25, 2016

The SPPC (22nd August) and the SVPCA (22-26th August) will this year be held in Liverpool, UK. The symposia will be held at the Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool. SPPC will include a tour of the geology and zoology collections at the Liverpool World Museum, and SVPCA will include a post-conference trip to Chester Zoo on the 26th August.

Event Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

The forthcoming 7th IRGC is open to all aspects dealing with living or fossil Charophytes (sensu Charales). The two-day pre-congres excursion goes to the Burabay lake district (modern Charophytes). The post-congres excursion (Sept. 2-5) will climb the Aktau Mountains to collect fossil Charophytes (Oligocene to Quaternary) Symposia of the International Research Group on Charophytes are held at a quadriennial rythm on different continents.

Event Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 to Friday, September 16, 2016

The next Silicofossil and Palynology Meeting will be held in Florence (Italy) from 15th September to 16th September 2016 and it is entitled "Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting for Advanced Research in Biostratigraphy, Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimatology". The first day of the conference will be dedicated to silicofossils (radiolarians, diatoms, silicoflagellates, sponges etc.) and the second day to the palynomorphs (pollen, dinoflagellate cysts, spores).

Event Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016 to Monday, September 19, 2016

It is with the greatest pleasure and honour that we invite you officially to participate in the 9th European Conference on Echinoderms (thereafter ECE) in 2016 in Poland. This will be the first echinoderm meeting in Poland and is titled ”Echinoderms: from ossicles to the big picture”.

Event Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016 to Thursday, September 22, 2016

This is the first joint meeting of these three related geological, geochemical and biological societies: The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP), AASP - The Palynological Society, and the International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP).

Event Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016 to Thursday, October 27, 2016

This will be the first time that both the International Palynological Congress (IPC) and the International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC) will gather together in the southern hemisphere. Several field trips are being planned within Bahia State and to the National Monument of fossilized Tocantins trees (Bielndia/Filadlfia, Tocantins State).

Symposium proposals can be submitted until 31 October 2015.

More details will be available in the near future.

Event Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 to Saturday, November 26, 2016

This year's International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy will be held on the last weekend in November in Bonn, from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, November 26, 2016. The date provides terrific opportunities for stimulating discussions over Glühwein at the Bonn Christmas Market, so please mark it on your calendar! The 2016 workshop will feature a keynote lecture from Bob Gastaldo (Colby College, Maine, USA) and a round-table discussion on the taphonomy of leaf cuticle led by Lutz Kunzmann (Senckenberg Research Institute, Dresden, Germany).

Event Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 to Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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.


Future Meeting: Lyell Meeting 2017

Event Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Geological Society, Burlington House Sedimentology and geomorphology have traditionally been seen as fields in which physical, and sometimes chemical, processes dominate completely. Even in settings where biological processes have long been recognised, for example in marine carbonates, focus has been almost entirely on metazoans. This is curious, because microbial communities since the Pre-Cambrian, have suffused all sedimentary environments on Earth, and at least half global biomass is prokaryotic. Are all these microbes simply bystanders?

Event Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

The 14th International Ichnofabric Workshop will take place in Taipei under the auspices of the Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University and the National Taiwan Museum. We cordially invite oral and poster presentations dealing with all aspects of ichnofabric, ichnology, and sediment organism interaction. The workshop will include an intra-workshop field trip to the NE Coast of Taiwan where uplifted Cenozoic sandstones offer exquisite exposure of the trace fossils and their sedimentary context.

Event Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

The International Meeting of Early- Stage Researchers in Palaeontology (IMERP) is held once again this year, in order to bring young palaeontologists together from all over the world.

Event Date: Monday, June 19, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017

The TMS is delighted to announce that the next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on the 19-21st June 2017.The program will encompass oral presentations and extended posters sessions, an icebreaker reception in the Lapworth Museum of Geology, a conference dinner, as well as an optional field excursion and thematic workshops on Monday 19th June.