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Progressive Palaeontology 2019 - Birmingham, UK: Overview

Year: 2019
Location: Birmingham, UK
Hosted By: University of Birmingham
Organised By: Luke Meade, Emma Dunne, Daniel Cashmore, Juan Pablo Castaneda, Emma Hanson, Struan Henderson, Nicola Kirby, Amy Jones, Fion Ma, Marcelo De Lira Mota, Romy Rayner, Lisa Schnetz
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ProgPal 2019 abstract booklet now available to download: 

Welcome to Birmingham!

We are delighted to welcome you to the University of Birmingham for Progressive Palaeontology 2019 from June 6–8th 2019!

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The logo depicts a prehistoric 'Mordor', with the University clock-tower, Old Joe, surveying the landscape; Old Joe is believed to have been the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien's Eye of Sauron. Also featured in the design are fossil footprints (representing current research on tetrapod footprints from the Midlands), a squashed Dudley bug (the trilobite Calymene blumenbachii), and the Lapworth Museum's resident Allosaurus, Roary (who is a cast of Big Al from Wyoming).


  • Thursday June 6th – workshop 1 or 2 (both 12:00-14:30), discussion session (15:00-16:30), and icebreaker (18:00)
  • Friday June 7th – full day of talks and posters followed by the conference dinner and auction
  • Saturday June 8th – “Fieldtrips” - urban palaeontology or Lapworth Museum tours

When registering, please only select a maximum of one workshop and/or one fieldtrip as both workshops and both fieldtrips run concurrently. 


The conference will take place in the Aston Webb building in the centre of the main University of Birmingham campus. Workshops will be held in the Earth Sciences building (R4 on campus maps). The icebreaker will be held at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, on the ground floor of the Earth Sciences building. Talks will take place just outside the main Earth Sciences building on the corridor of the Aston Webb building. Posters will presented in the Lapworth Museum. The conference dinner will be held at Celebrity Indian Restaurant, which is located on Broad Street in the popular Westside district of the city. A full set of maps and instructions on how to reach all of these venues will be provided closer to the conference dates.

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  • Travel grant deadline 5:00pm BST Friday 12th April 2019
  • Abstract deadline 5:00pm BST Friday 12th April 2019
  • Decisions on abstracts and travel grants circulated to delegates by 5:00pm BST Friday 26th April 2019
  • Registration closes 5:00pm BST Friday 3rd May 2019


Registration Closed

Code of Conduct

The Palaeontological Association Code of Conduct relates to the behaviour of all participants and attendees at annual events, including Progressive Palaeontology. Please see:

Visual signs that can be placed on presentations slides or posters to show permission or denial to other delegates for a range of common sharing activities can be accessed here at: 

Environmental Impact

We are endeavouring to make ProgPal 2019 as environmentally friendly and waste-free as possible. To achieve this goal, we will cut down on single-use plastics (e.g. disposable coffee cups), not distribute delegate packs in favour of using digital resources, and serve meat-free lunch options, among other initiatives. We hope you will join us in changing our conference habits for the better!

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