The Micropalaeontological Society

Annual General Meeting 2014

TMS AGM 2014: “Microfossil phylogenies and their applications”

Wednesday 19th – Thursday 20th of November 2014, Oxford, UK

Sponsored by:

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Introduction

The theme for this year’s event is “Microfossil phylogenies and their applications”. The effectively infinite abundance and continuous fossil record of many microfossils means they offer unique possibilities to reconstruct evolutionary patterns from direct observation of the geological record, this symposium will highlight recent achievements in the field and their applicability in both research and industry.

The event will commence on Wednesday 19th afternoon with a symposium of keynote lectures followed by the TMS awards ceremony. It will continue with a drinks reception and then  dinner, in the splendid main hall of the  museum. This is one of the finest Victorian buildings in England and was the site of the famous 1860 debate between Darwin and Bishop Wilberforce – a debate which might have been rather different if they had known about planktonic microfossils.

The second day of the event will include  short talks and dedicated poster sessions. These are open sessions for presentations on any advances in knowledge of micropalaeontology and student contributions are welcomed. Sessions will end early afternoon to allow return travel the same day.

Details regarding the keynote speakers and logistics are provided below and conference schedule information will be added shortly.

Schedule

Information regarding the conference schedule will be finalised and added shortly.

Please note that lunch is not provided as part of the conference package during the two-day event. There is a cafe located within the museum; in addition, there are numerous cafes and pubs located within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the museum, a map highlighting the key venues.

Wednesday 19th November: Conference Symposium and Society AGM
Conference registration opens with tea and coffee from 11.00am-1pm.
The conference itself will begin in the museum lecture theatre at 1pm, with a series of invited lectures focussed on the conference theme of “Microfossil phylogenies and their applications”. Invited talks by Michal Kucera, Helen Coxall, Samantha Gibbs and David Siveter will take place between 1-4pm. This will be followed by brief TMS society business with the presentation of awards and medals. A drinks reception will then take place in the main court of the museum for all delegates, kindly sponsored by Petrostrat. During the drinks reception the first poster session will take place, with posters on display in the upper galleries. After the drinks reception, delegates may head to the upper gallery where dinner will be hosted in the museum. The evening meal is kindly sponsored by Neftex. This is a ticketed event. Further information will be sent direct to delegates who have signed up for the meal.

Thursday 20th November: Open Talks and Poster Session
The second day’s activities will begin at 9am and end at 4pm. The day will consist of a poster breakfast between 9.00-10.30am, followed by talks (c. 15 mins) on any topic related to micropalaeontology. The talks will continue with breaks for coffee and lunch until c. 4pm, after which the meeting will close.

Venue
The conference will take place at The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Keynote lectures, and oral presentations will take place in the museum lecture theatre, whilst all poster presentations will take place in the upper museum galleries. Light refreshments (tea/coffee and evening drinks reception) will also take place in the upper galleries and the main court of the museum.

The museum is located a c. 15 minute walk from the Oxford Train station. Directions to the museum from the station can be found HERE. Upon arrival through the main entrance of the Museum there will be signposts directing you to the conference.

Registration
*** Registration deadline October 20th 2014 ***

Student/
unwaged (TMS Member)
Student/
unwaged
(non-TMS Member)
Regular
(TMS Member)
Regular (non-TMS Member)
Conference£10£20£20£40
Conference dinner£35£35£35£35

To register please fill out this form and return to t.aze@leeds.ac.ukby October 20th 2014. To pay for the conference, please select your registration type from the drop down menu below and click “Add to Cart”. If you would also like to attend the conference dinner, please return to this page using the “continue shopping” option and add this item to you Cart. When you are happy with your selections, please check out via PayPal to complete your registration.

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Abstract submission
***Poster/presentation abstract deadline 17th October 2014***

Please send abstracts for posters and talks to t.aze@leeds.ac.uk by Friday 17 October 2014. Abstracts to be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12pt, with a 250 word limit, and to list all affiliated authors and institutions. Please indicate the speaker with an asterisk. Talks will be in 15 minute slots, including 3 minutes for questions. Posters should be in A0 portrait format.

Student bursaries
With the generous help of our sponsors we are able to offer ten student bursaries of £100 each to students presenting a poster or talk at the meeting. Deadline for bursary applications is the 30th Septeber 2014.

Accommodation
A selection of local hotels/hostels is provided below to assist you with your accommodation requirements. The list is not exhaustive and there is a wide variety of accommodation for all price ranges available in and around Oxford for information please visit www.universityrooms.com or www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/accommodation/
Delegates are encouraged to look into alternative hotel options due to the deals regularly updated/advertised.

Hostels:
YHA Hostel – www.yha.org.uk/hostel/oxford
Oxford backpackers – www.centralbackpackers.co.uk

Hotels:
Cotswold Lodge – www.cotswoldlodgehotel.co.uk
Best Western – www.bestwestern.co.uk

AirBnB – www.airbnb.co.uk/s/Oxford–United-Kingdom

If you have any conference-related questions please contact one of the event convenors, Tracy Aze
(t.aze@leeds.ac.uk).