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5th Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting 2016, 15-16th September, Florence

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The next Joint 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 palynomorphs (dinoflagellate cysts, pollen, spores, etc.). The main purpose of the conference is to bring together micropalaeontologists, biologists, sedimentary geochemists and ecologists to analyze and discuss the role of each group in the different research fields.
The meeting will consist of sessions for oral and poster presentations and will take place at the “Villa Ruspoli”, the University of Florence’s conference facility.

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Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course, 23rd-27th January 2017, London

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The NERC-funded Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC) will be running for its third year and is scheduled for w/c 23rd January 2017 at The Natural History Museum, London.

Reconstructing past environments is a key initiative within current attempts to i) contextualise contemporary environmental change, ii) model the Earth’s climate and iii) predict future climate and associated environmental change. Palaeoenvironmental research is of critical importance due to the relative lack of reliable documented climate records predating the 20th century. This has resulted in the use of biological climate ‘proxies’, often microfossils preserved within sedimentary archives, to provide qualitative and quantitative reconstructions of the past, in terms of climate and environmental conditions. As students are expected to work with complex multi-source palaeoecological datasets, there is a need for palaeoecologists to be suitably trained in the application of a wide range of proxy indicators. This 1 week course is therefore designed to provide an overview of key taxonomic groups often utilised in palaeoecological studies, with a focus on diatoms, pollen, chironomids, beetles and vertebrates.

Each day will be dedicated to a different microfossil/macrofossil group, with morning lectures designed to review taxonomy and environmental gradients in terms of palaeoecological reconstructions. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to the provision of bespoke laboratory microscopy and desk-based activities, with the students being introduced to relevant NHM reference collections and learn the taxonomic skills required to differentiate between species.

The course is fully funded by NERC and there are only 12 places available (the course has been oversubscribed in all previous years). The course is designed for PhD students and ECRs but is of course open to all. NERC funded students get priority but if spaces are left over, non-NERC applicants are considered. All expenses are covered to ensure little/no cost to the course delegates. For further information on the course, its contents and associated learning outcomes, please visit the link below, where you will also find the course application form:

Registration deadline is 26th November. For any enquiries regarding the course, please contact Tom Hill

Joint Meeting (TSOP, AASP, ICCP) 2016, 18th-23rd September, Houston

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An upcoming joint meeting of three geological societies, will be held in Houston early this Fall. The joint meeting will be the annual meetings of The Society for Organic Petrography (TSOP), AASP-The Palynological Society (AASP) and The International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrography (ICCP). I would like to point out that a significant percentage of the AASP-TPS membership resides in the UK and nearby regions of Europe.


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TMS Annual General Meeting 2016, 17-18th November, Lille

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Thursday 17th November: Symposium and Society AGM

Integrating Micropalaeontology to Molecular Biology; Insights into Evolution and Geobiology.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to the importance of integrating micropalaeontological data with those obtained from molecular biology in order to obtain insights into Evolution and Geobiology, as presented by the keynote speakers including Fabrice Not/Roscoff, Kenneth Mertens/Concarneau and Elie Verleyen/Ghent.

This will be followed by the TMS awards and society business. A drink reception (sponsored by Petrostat) and the Annual dinner (in a traditional brewery) will conclude the day.

Friday 18th November: Poster session and open talks on micropalaeontology

Full day of contributed presentations. Abstracts for posters and short communications (15 min) are invited across all aspects of micropalaeontology. Graduates, young researchers and industrial micropalaeontologists are particularly encouraged to participate.
Travel bursaries of up to £100 will be available for students and early career researchers (<5 yrs from PhD ). Full details of application available online at
Registration will be:

£20 for students/unwaged TMS members

£35 for regular TMS members or students/unwaged TMS non-members

£45 for regular TMS non-members.
The deadline for poster/presentation abstracts will be the 18th September 2016. Further information about the symposium venue, travel arrangements, accommodation options etc. will be made available at www. over the coming months.
For further information, please contact 

Symposium organisers: Taniel Danelian, Thomas Servais and Kirsty Edgar


Palynology Group Meeting 2016, 6th July 2016, Nottingham

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The Micropalaeontological Society Palynology Group meeting will take place on the 6th July 2016 at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham.

We would like to invite members of the TMS Palynology Group and the wider community to submit abstracts for the forthcoming one-day meeting at the British Geological Survey. The theme of this meeting is Applying Palynology in all its myriad forms. We welcome abstracts on any topic involving palynology; preference will be given to PhD and MSc students to enable them to present talks in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Further details will be announced after the abstract deadline.

Abstract deadline 13th June 2016.

The 3rd annual von Post Lecture will be given by Dr Patricia Wiltshire (University of Aberdeen) Abstracts and Enquiries to: James Riding ( or Matthew Pound (

17th Biennial Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference, 5th-8th September 2016, Plymouth

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The 17th Biennial Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference will be held in Liverpool, UK from the 5th-8th September 2016. The meeting has a large range of micropalaeontologically relevant sessions including Palaeoceanography: marine environments of the past and the establishment of long baselines, Ocean Circulation and Processes, Beyond the bi-plot: State of the art approaches to using stable isotopes and biomarkers in marine trophic and spatial ecologyOvercoming the temporal and spatial complexities of open ocean nutrient cycling and The impacts of marine climate change and variability in the shelf seas . The closing date for abstract submissions is 12th May.

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Jurassic Calcareous Nannofossil Workshop 2016, 12th-14th May, Lyon

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Jurassic Nannofossil Workshop 2016

The Jurassic Calcareous Nannofossil Workshop under the aegis of the International Nannoplankton Association is designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Biostratigraphy, Ecology and Biodiversity of Jurassic coccoliths and nannoliths. This intensive workshop is intended for academic or industry researchers, as well as for private consultants interested in Biostratigraphy, Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaeoecology, and Environmental applications.

The aim is to provide a primer on the study of Jurassic calcareous nanofossils and examples of how nannofossils can be used in biostratigraphy and biochronology but also as paleoenvironmental and paleooceanographical proxies. We will review the current classification schemes of the calcareous nannofossils, discuss their ecology, review their usefulness for biostratigraphical applications, and use case studies to investigate the geological history of the group with microscope sessions. The entire workshop consists of approximately 8 hours of lectures, 4 hours of round table, and 4 hours of microscope work.

A one-day fieldtrip in the Callovian-Oxfordian near La Voulte (Ardèche, where a Lagestätt also occurs) will be held.

Abstract deadline: 25th March

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Girls into Geoscience, 14th July 2016, Plymouth

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This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth Sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. With seminars from women working in Geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s Girls into Geoscience event isn’t one to miss. Geology isn’t just for the boys!

Taking place on Monday July 4th. This fantastic event is aimed at Year 12 girls interested in finding out more about geoscience and the directions it could take them. The day will give them the opportunity to listen to women working as geoscientists talk about their jobs and how they got there; take part in hands on geology workshops; and have the opportunity to get a flavour of studying Earth Sciences at university with tours of the campus and facilities, and networking with current female students studying Earth Sciences.

There will be four workshops to choose from, including one dedicated to microfossils and climate, run by Dr Jodie Fisher and Dr Debbie Wall-Palmer. Come and explore how microscopic shells are used to reconstruct past environments and changes in climate. Get hands-on experience of examining deep-sea sediments using microscopes and use these amazing microfossils to reconstruct 100,000 years of climate change in just 30 minutes!

Contact or phone (01752) 585975 to book a place on this free event for Year 12 girls.

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