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Progressive Palaeontology 2017 - Leicester: Overview

Year: 2017
Location: Leicester
Hosted By: University of Leicester
Organised By: Jordan Bestwick, Thomas Hearing, Christopher Nedza, Yasmin Yonan, Michael Morton, Thomas Clements
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We are delighted to announce that Progressive Palaeontology 2017 will be held in Leicester!

Progressive Palaeontology (ProgPal) is an annual conference for postgraduate research students who wish to present their results at at any stage of their research. Undergraduate students in their final year and likely to be starting a postgraduate course later that calendar year are also welcome to attend. All aspects of Palaeontology are welcome.

We look forward to welcoming/hosting you on 1st-3rd June 2017 for another year of fantastic talks and posters, great social events and all things palaeo.

Stay tuned for all the latest #ProgPal17 news here on the PalAss website, on our Facebook page and on Twitter @ProgPal2017!

For those who can't attend, most talks will be live streamed by Palaeocast: 



Registration closed

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted through the Palaeontological Association online submission form, available after registering for the conference. Submissions must include:

  1. Title
  2. Authors
  3. Author affiliations
  4. Abstract text (max. 250 words)
  5. Indication of preference for Full Talk, Lightning Talk or Poster presentation
  6. Whether/when you have presented at ProgPal before
  7. Career stage (e.g. Masters, 1st Year PhD, 2nd Year PhD, etc.)

Full Talks are 12 mins + 3 mins questions. Lightning Talks are 4 mins + 1 min questions. Poster boards will accommodate up to A0 portrait Posters.

Sessions will combine Full and Lightning talks and there will be a dedicated Poster session. Session chairs will ensure that presentation times are strictly observed.

It is anticipated that there will be time for approximately 15-20 of each Full and Lightning talks and space for at least 30 posters, though this is subject to change.

Abstract booklet

Travel grants

There is limited funding available for travel grants to support students who are presenting their work at Progressive Palaeontology. Students based at non-UK institutions and UK-based students with limited funding are eligible to apply for up to £200 and £100 respectively. This can be used to cover travel and accommodation to attend the conference.

If you wish to apply for a travel grant please attach a statement (max. 150 words) justifying your need of it to your delegate registration. This should include estimated costs of travel and accommodation as well as a statement explaining your financial need for the grant.

Travel grant applications will be assessed on the rationale of this statement, the financial need of the applicant and the merit of the accompanying abstract(s). 



Abstract deadline 5:00pm BST Friday 14th April

Travel grant deadline 5:00pm BST Friday 14th April.

Registration closes 5:00pm BST Friday 12th May


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