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Lyell Meeting 2016 “Paleoinformatics: Synthesising data from the past to illuminate the future”, 9th March 2016, London

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The annual Lyell Meeting is jointly organized by the TMS, the Geological Society, the Palaeontological Association and the Palaeontographical Society. It showcases advances in palaeontology and its role in the Earth Sciences.  This years meeting addresses the key issue of how we can use information technology to retrieve, synthesise, compile, communicate and analyse palaeontological data – Palaeoinformatics. This is an ever-more immediate challenge, of importance for palaeobiodiversity study, global change research, and petroleum exploration,  but one to which the answers are by no means clear yet. The timeliness of the meeting is reflected in the participation, with the contributors being leaders in the field from the USA, UK, Germany and China. We hope the meeting will help develop international collaborations as well as providing a unique opportunity for non-specialists to gain a comprehensive understanding of state of the art in the field.

The meeting is co-organised by Jeremy Young (UCL nannofossil specialist) and Ken Johnson (NHM coral specialist) and as you can see from the programme micropalaeontology is well represented with talks by Dave Lazarus (radiolaria and the Neptune fossil occurrence database), Robert Huber, Brian Huber (planktonic foram taxonomic database development), Jeremy Young (the Nannotax database), David Horne (non-marine ostracod environmental occurrence databasing). There will also be significant microfossil content in the talks of Monica Dlubak (Neftex) on synthesing biostratigraphic data and of Robert Huber (Bremen) on integrating palaeontological and biodiversity data.

The meeting is free to TMS members, and will end with a wine reception, so it is good value.  You are asked to register in advance though (see below). If you wish to bring a poster to the meeting please contact Jeremy Young (

View the meeting programme here:

HOW TO REGISTER FOR FREE AS A TMS MEMBERThe meeting website at the GeolSoc does not have an simple option for this but you can:

  1. Download the registration form: 
  2. Fill it in and send it to Naomi Newbold, indicating you are a TMS member.

EGU 2016 Session “The effects of petroleum and mining industry discharge on the marine environment”, 17th–22nd April, Vienna

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Marine discharge of waste associated to the petroleum and mining industry might result in increased pressure on the marine ecosystem and environmental deterioration. This requires detailed knowledge on changes and impact on the physical environment, pollution concentrations, and the possible impact of pollutants and physical disturbances on organisms living in the marine environment.
The purpose of this session is to bring together a wide cross-section of the marine sciences community working to determine the effects of petroleum and mining industry discharge on the marine environment. Special focus is placed on the effect of drill cutting and mine tailing discharge on the marine environment. We are interested in, but not restricted to, studies, which concentrate on examples of changes in the sedimentation rate, sediment grain-size, heavy metal content and bioindicator species.

More info: here

Foram-Nanno 2016, 19th-24th June, Angers

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Registrations and abstract submissions will be opened on March 1st, 2016 and have to be completed before April 15th, 2016. Late registration fee will include a surcharge.




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”. We invite contributions ranging from studies focusing on life strategies, modern-day processes as well as paleontological application of foraminifera and nannofossils. These may include studies on biology, ecology, morphometrics, evolution, genetics- and morphology- based taxonomy, biomineralization, carbonate geochemistry, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography and paleoclimatological applications of carbonate microfossils. Thematic sessions on the first two days of the meeting will include oral and poster contributions, and invited talks. The third day will be dedicated to a field trip and the fourth day will host several workshops.


The conference venue is situated at the Science Faculty of Angers University (2 Boulevard Lavoisier Angers). Angers is a beautiful city in western France, about 300 km southwest of Paris. It is the historical capital of Anjou and was for centuries an important stronghold in northwestern France. Keynote lectures, oral presentations, poster sessions, and workshops will take place at the Faculty of Science, building L (see map below). Light refreshments (coffee/tea) will be served in the Lobby. An icebreaker reception will be hosted on the evening of 19th June in building A (see map below). The third day is reserved for a field trip to the island of Noirmoutier, situated at 170 km from Angers off the Atlantic coast in the Vendée department.

Angers can be reached by a direct train connection from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport (2.5 hours). Upon arrival at the train station (Angers Saint-Laud), the Faculty of Science can be reached by buses numbers 1 and 14, from the stop “Angers – Gares Papin” to the stop “Angers – Restaurant Universitaire”. This journey takes 20 to 25 min. The faculty of science is directly accessible following the plan below.

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Meeting Schedule

Sunday 19th of June (Building A)

17.00-19.00. Registration and icebreaker party


Monday 20th of June (Building L)

08.45-09.00. Welcome


Morning session: Biology and Ecology

09.00-10.30. Keynote lecture + Oral presentations

10.30-11.30. Coffee break & poster sessions

11.30-12.30. Oral presentations

12.30-13.30. Lunch & poster sessions


Afternoon session: Proxy development

13.30-15.00. Keynote lecture + Oral presentations

15.00-16.00. Tea break &poster sessions

16.00-18.00. Oral presentations

19.30. Conference dinner


Tuesday 21st of June (Building L)

 Morning session: Mesozoic-Tertiary paleostudies

09.00-10.30. Keynote lecture + Oral presentations

10.30-11.30. Coffee break & poster sessions

11.30-12.30. Oral presentations

12.30-13.30. Lunch & poster sessions


Afternoon session: Quaternary-Holocene paleostudies

13.30-15.00. Keynote lecture + Oral presentations

15.00-16.00. Tea break & poster sessions

16.00-17.30. Oral presentations

17.30. Closing remarks & decision of venue for next meeting


Wednesday 22nd June

08.00-19.00. Geological fieldtrip on the Island of Noirmoutier. Beautiful Eocene outcrops with various fossiliferous facies can be seen such as the Ypresian sapropel, the Cuisian coastal sandstones with fossil plants, and the Lutetian limestones with nummulites and echinoids. A simple lunch is included.


Thursday 23th June (Building L)
09.00-17.30. Thematic workshops


Morning session 8h30-12h30


Workshop 1A: Beyond Biostratigraphy – information retrieval from coccoliths. For further information contact Clara Bolton ( and Jeremy Young (

Abstract: Coccoliths have an exceptionally complete and well-preserved fossil record that has been widely exploited by biostratigraphers and palaeoceanogrpahers since the 1960s. More recently, research has increasingly focused on coccoliths as a tool that can provide information on past ocean conditions, and on understanding coccolithophore cellular responses to environmental changes. The development of methods to extract coccoliths from sediments, and parallel advances in laboratory culture studies, ocean sampling, and microscopy have paved the way for the application of new geochemical and morphological proxies in coccolith studies. This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on modern and fossil coccolithophores to integrate our understanding of coccolithophore cellular processes, community interactions, and responses to environmental forcing across multiple time scales and how these can be diagnosed in the fossil record. In turn, we aim to identify priority areas for our research community’s on-going work.


Workshop 2: FORCIS: Planktonic foraminiferal response to recent climate stress. For further information contact Hélène Howa ( and Thibault de Garidel-Thoron (

Abstract: This workshop is intended as a pre-kickoff meeting of the FORCIS project (submitted to the FRB-Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité), and to reach out the scientific community, beyond the core consortium of FORCIS, interested in planktonic foraminiferal fauna. FORCIS aims at compiling a comprehensive database of available foraminiferal census data and accompanying hydrographic data from plankton samples collected since the early 1950’s. This new synthesis will increase our understanding of (i) spatial (ii) vertical and (iii) seasonal patterns of planktonic foraminifera over the last decades. These new insights in the ecology of planktonic foraminifera will then be used to improve ecophysiological and population dynamics models for this group.


Workshop 3: FOBIMO (FOraminiferal Bio-Monitoring). For further information contact Silvia Spezzaferi (

Convenors: Silvia Spezzaferri, Elisabeth Alve, Frans Jorissen, Joachim Schönfeld and Sergei Korsun

Abstract: About four years have now passed since the proposition of the standardized protocol for foraminiferal biomonitoring (Schönfeld et al., 2012, Marine Micropaleontology). Time has arrived now for a summary and evaluation of the impact that the protocol has had on the scientific community. This workshop is designed to bring together specialists in the field of foraminiferal biomonitoring to present their on-going projects and to discuss future initiatives. The session will be devoted to short (15 minutes) presentations about current projects in biomonitoring and to discuss potential future common projects. Colleagues interested in participating should register with the organizers of the TMS and send an expression of interest to Silvia Spezzaferri (


Workshop 4: Foraminiferal ultrastructure. For further information contact Emmanuelle Geslin ( and Joan M. Bernhard (

Abstract: Ultrastructural studies of foraminifera allow descriptions of organelles located in the cell as well as an individual’s fitness. Such approaches may help to understand the physiology of the cell and the potential link between foraminifera and other micro-organisms such as bacteria. Relatively few publications have reported descriptions of foraminiferal ultrastructure. Published accounts indicate considerable variability in ultrastructures among species. These diverse organizations may be linked to different metabolisms/physiologies. Ultrastructural approaches will be fundamental to future biological studies on foraminifera. This workshop will allow the participants to share their experiences on such methodologies.


Afternoon session 13h30-17h30

Workshop 1B: Beyond Biostratigraphy – information retrieval from coccoliths. For further information contact Clara Bolton ( and Jeremy Young (


Workshop 5: Bridging Linnaean taxonomy and barcoding of benthic foraminifera. For further information contact Joachim Schönfeld ( and Kate Darling (

Abstract: The last decade saw a change in our use of taxonomic resources. Web-based catalogues and image galleries are considered for species determination rather than printed matter. An insufficient quality control of these archives leads to ambiguous search results making species determination subject to misidentification. Genetic barcoding has been offered as a timely alternative for species identification. However, the discussion about the advantages and pitfalls of barcoding and genetic taxonomy has not been appreciated by the majority of foraminiferal investigators. Only since the “Plea for DNA barcoding of Foraminifera“ by Pawlowski and Holzmann (2014) has the problem been recognised that we lack a comprehensive and diagnostic library of type specimen gene sequences. The other problem of foraminiferal barcoding is the fact that many extant species have been described from fossil assemblages. The aim of our workshop is to outline a scaffold of criteria for paratype or locotype selection, treatment, morphologic description, and documentation before nucleic acid extraction, so that the gene sequence is identified as a reliable morphologically characterised species-specific entry in the reference catalogue for foraminiferal barcoding.


Workshop 6: Biomineralization and trace element incorporation in foraminiferal calcite. For further information contact Lennart J. de Nooijer ( and Christine Barras (

Abstract: The chemical composition of foraminiferal calcium carbonate reflects the environment in which these organisms live. The element and isotope composition of their shells is therefore widely used in paleoceanographic applications. The incorporation of elements and fractionation of isotopes, however, do not only depend on seawater salinity, temperature, pH, etc., but are also regulated by the processes of biomineralization. Although not fully understood, biomineralization in foraminifera may involve uptake and usage of seawater vacuoles, pH regulation, selective ion transport and/ or specific organic templates. Moreover, species may differ in the way they calcify and known differences in element/ isotope composition may thus result from alternative controls on calcium and carbon uptake. This workshop aims at identifying the most important gaps in our knowledge concerning foraminiferal calcite chemistry and biomineralization. A brief overview of our current knowledge will be provided and serve as a starting point for discussion.


Friday 24th June (Building L)

09.00-17.00. Following the TMS foram and nannofossil spring meeting, the LPG-BIAF will host the first FRESCO (Foraminiferal coastal RESearch COnsortium). For further information contact Emmanuelle Geslin and Frans Jorissen.


All the events will take place at the University of Angers: Faculty of Sciences. Registration and icebreaker party of the 19th of June will be held in building A. The rest of the meeting 20-24th of June will be held in building L (See the map).

Registration and Abstract Submission

Attending the conference is possible after registration. Registrations and abstract submissions will be opened on March 1st, 2016.

Please complete the form below, and email it to the organizing committee here.

Fees for participation are as follows:

Foram Nanno 2016 price list

Payments should be made before the 15th of April. Late registration fee will include a surcharge for each category. Conference dinner and fieldtrip is subject to a maximum attendance. Please, register early.

Paying registration fees

To pay online please follow the link (if you register before the 15th of April 2016) and the link (if you register after the 15th of April 2016) and select at the registration options

If necessary, payment can also be made through an international bank transfer (IBAN: FR76 – 1007 – 1490 – 0000 – 0010 – 0018 – 473) precising the name of the participant and the budget line (911umr27-COL16TMS).


A selection of local hotels and hostels is provided below to assist you with your accommodation requirements. The prices are for one night and are given only as indications. They may vary. The list is not exhaustive and there is a wide variety of accommodation for all price ranges available in the city.

  • Best Western Hôtel d’Anjou 1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch 108€
  • Hôtel des Plantes 12 Rue Savary 73 €
  • Le Grand Hôtel de la Gare 5 Place de la Gare 50 €
  • Le Continental 14 Rue Louis de Romain 59 €
  • Hôtel Citotel l’Univers 2 Place de la Gare 69 €
  • Hôtel ibis Angers Centre rue de la poissonnerie 52 €
  • Le Royalty 21 Boulevard Ayrault 62 €
  • Hôtel de l’Europe 3 Rue Chateaugontier 50 €
  • Hôtel de champagne 34 Rue Denis Papin44 €
  • Hôtel Molière 2 Rue de la Roë 76 €
  • Hôtel du Mail 8 Rue des Ursules 85 €
  • Hôtel Mercure Angers Centre Gare 18 Boulevard Foch 71 €
  • Hotel Mercure Angers Lac de Maine 2 Allée du Grand Launay 85€
  • Hôtel Saint Julien 9 Place du Ralliement 64 €
  • Hôtel Le Progrès 26 Rue Denis Papin 108 €
  • Best Western Hôtel d’Anjou 1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch 81 €
  • Hôtel Mercure Angers Centre 1 Place Pierre Mendès France 78 €
  • Hôtel de France 8 place de la gare 70 €
  • Le Royal Hôtel 8 Place de la Visitation 51 €
  • Hotel Des Lices 25 Rue des Lices 51€
  • Ethic Etapes lac de Maine 49 Avenue du Lac de Maine 52€


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Assessing Ecosystem Variability from Paleoceanographic Archives session of Ocean Sciences Meeting, 21st-26th February 2016, New Orleans

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There is a special session at the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans (21-26 February 2016) entitled “Assessing Ecosystem Variability from Paleoceanographic Archives”. This session will be a great opportunity to showcase how paleoecological and paleobiological research can help to constrain ecological processes and benchmark variability at scales not accessible to biological observations. We invite contributions making use of fossil and sub-fossil data irrespective of organismal groups, methods, or time scales, including investigations ranging from studies of the natural magnitude of ecosystem variability, trends, changes of biogeographic range, to processes related to the extinction and emergence of species.

More information on the official meeting website.

TMS AGM 2015, 16-17th November 2015, Liverpool

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Download the final programme and abstracts here:

Proposed schedule

Monday 16th November: Rock to Clock: the importance of microfossils Symposium and Society AGM

The afternoon session will be dedicated to the importance of microfossils in fundamental and applied biostratigraphy, looking into biodiversity, evolution, geological indicators, as presented by the keynote speakers (including Phil Gibbard, Vanessa Bowman, Simonetta Monechi and Mike Simmons). This will be followed by the TMS awards and society business.  A drink reception (sponsored by Petrostrat) and the Annual dinner will conclude the day.

Note: you do not need to register or pay to attend the society business section of this meeting, this is free to attend for any TMS member.

Tuesday 17th November:  Poster session and open talks on micropalaeontology

The day will comprise of talk and poster presentations. Abstracts for posters and short communications (15 min) are invited across all aspects of micropalaeontology. Presentations are particularly encouraged from graduates and early career researchers.

Symposium Venue

 Talk and poster presentations will take place at the Foresight centre, Building #359 on this map:


Registration is now open!

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Pricing and conference fee payment

  • Student/unwaged TMS member
  • £15
  • Student/unwaged TMS non-member
  • £30
  • Regular TMS member
  • £30
  • Regular TMS non-member
  • £40
  • Conference Dinner
  • £35

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We have a range of hotels (see below) that have discounted prices if booked by us. If you wish to use this service, please email us as soon as possible ( with subject TMS Accommodation booking.

Hope street Hotel – £91.50 B&B –

Feathers hotel -£59.95 B&B –

The Liner Hotel – £59.00 B&B –

The Hard Day’s night Hotel B&B –

(Single occupancy- £79.00); (Double occupancy- £89.00)


Otherwise, you could try or

Travel Information

From the M62: at the end of the motorway continue straight ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080 then A5047) and follow signs for Liverpool City Centre and the University.

The University is just a ten-minute walk away from the nearest mainline station at Lime Street. Take the main exit and turn left into Lime Street. Then turn left again at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel and continue up Mount Pleasant towards the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral.

The National Express coach station is in Norton Street, a fifthteen-minute walk from the Campus. From the exit, turn right and cross London Road into Seymour Street then Russell Street followed by Clarence Street. Then turn left into Mount Pleasant and head towards the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral.

Mersey Ferries operates services between Pier Head and Birkenhead/Wallasey on the Wirral. You can also sail between Liverpool and Belfast and the Isle of Man. Once in Liverpool, follow signs for the Catholic Cathedral.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is situated eight miles from the city and is best reached by taxi or the express bus – the Airlink 500, located directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal. Direct trains run from Manchester Airport to Lime Street train station.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport:

Manchester Airport:

For comprehensive local travel information visit:


The university website has detailed maps of campus and the Department of Geography is building 73 on these maps.

Conference Dinner

Conference dinner will take place at the Royal Liver Venue, an emblematic and iconic place of Liverpool on the 16th of November, from 19.30 onwards.


Please indicate if you have any dietary requirement when you register for the dinner (£35 including drinks).

For further information, please contact

Symposium organisers: Fabienne Marret-Davies, Alan Bowden and Kirsty Edgar.


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Strati 2015, 19th – 23rd July, Austria

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The Strati 2015 congress follows the invitation by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) of the International  Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) to be held in Graz (Austria), July 19‐23, 2015. The congress will be open to all topics in stratigraphy. Read more