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The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference 2017, 15-16 November 2017, London

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The TMSoc are delighted to announce this year’s annual conference will be hosted by the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London. The conference is open to all aspects of micropalaeontology, providing delegates the opportunity to give either oral or poster presentations on their research.
On the first day, the conference Symposium theme is ‘Microfossils: A Deeper Understanding of Human History ’and will include presentations on the applications of micropalaeontology to various aspects of our understanding of human activity, from palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, geoarchaeology, provenancing of artefacts and forensics. The Symposium will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the presentation of Society Awards, a drinks reception and the day will end with the conference meal.
Day 2 will be an open sessions for which we invite talks related to any area of micropalaeontology. These sessions will consist of short (c. 15 minute) talks and dedicated poster sessions. Further details regarding the conference schedule, keynote speakers and logistics will be added to the website in due course.

Registration and fee payments

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The conference will take place at The Natural History Museum, London. Keynote lectures, and oral presentations will take place in the museum’s Flett Theatre, whilst all poster presentations will take place in the Flett Lobby. Light refreshments (tea/coffee and evening drinks reception) will also take place in the Flett Lobby.

The museum is located a c. 5 minute walk from the South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly/District/Circle lines). Directions to the museum from the underground station can be found here. Upon arrival at the Museum, locate the Exhibition Road side entrance and not the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Once you’ve entered the building from Exhibition Road, there will be signposts directing you to the conference.


A full conference schedule will be available to download shortly.
Please note that lunch is not provided as part of the conference package during the two day event. There are a number cafes and restaurants located within the museum, with further information available here. In addition, there are numerous cafes located within a 5minutes walking distance from the museum, located along Exhibition Road (south) near South Kensington underground station.

Wednesday 15th November: Conference Symposium, AGM, Drinks Reception & Conference Dinner
Conference registration opens with tea and coffee from 11.30am-1pm. During this time, participants will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the micropalaeontology collections housed within the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum. Further details of these tours will be emailed to delegates prior to the event.
The conference itself will begin in the Flett Theatre at 1pm, with be a series of invited lectures focused on the conference theme of ‘Microfossils: A Deeper Understanding of Human History’. Invited talks will take place 1-4pm. This will be followed by brief TMSoc Society business with the presentation of awards and medals. A drinks reception will then take place in the Flett Lobby for all delegates. During the drinks reception the first poster session will take place, with posters on display in the Flett Lobby. After the drinks reception, delegates will depart for the conference dinner (venue TBC). This will be a ticketed event and further information will be sent direct to delegates who have signed up for the meal.
Thursday 16th November: Open Talks and Poster Session
The second day’s activities will begin at 9am and end at 4-5pm (TBC). The day will consist of an open session of short (c. 15 minute) talks on any topic related to micropalaeontology, with a second poster session at 10.30-11.30, during which tea/coffee will be provided. It is estimated that he talks will continue until c. 4-5pm, after which the meeting will close.


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 South Kensington. Therefore delegates are encouraged to look into alternative hotel options due to the deals regularly updated/advertised.
YHA Earls Court
38 Bolton Gardens, Earl’s Court, London, SW5 0AQ
T: 0845 371 9114

EasyHotel South Kensington
14 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 5JE

London Vicarage Hotel
10 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London, W8 4AG

The Villa Kensington Hotel
10-11 Ashburn Gardens, London, SW7 4DG

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

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Download full programme here:


  • Deadline for registration to the TMS meeting : October 25th
  • Deadline for participation to the TMS annual dinner (and beer tasting) : October 15th

Registration is now closed!

Click here to Register


Abstract submission

Abstract Deadline: 7th October 2016


Abstract submission is now closed

Pricing and conference fee payment

  • Deadline for registration to the TMS meeting : October 25th
  • Deadline for participation to the TMS annual dinner (and beer tasting) : October 15th

  • Students/unwaged TMS members,
  • £20
  • Regular TMS members or students/unwaged TMS non-members
  • £35
  • Regular TMS non-members.
  • £45
  • Conference Dinner
  • £40

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Download full programme here:

The conference will take place at “Espace Culture” of the Scientific Campus (Cité Scientifique).
Registration will be opened from Thursday 17th, 12.30 at Espace Culture. We recommend that you set up your poster during the registration period.

Travel bursaries

Multiple TMS travel grants of up to £100 are available to support postgraduate students and early career researchers (those who have completed their PhD within the last 5 yrs) to attend the TMS Annual Conference. This grant can only be used to contribute towards travel and accommodation costs. Successful grant candidates must be presenting at the conference (oral or poster presentation). Please complete the application form below and return to the Events Secretary ( before the 30th September 2016. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application in in early October.


Venue and travel

The Annual General Meeting 2016 of the TMS will take place at the University of Lille.

The meeting venue is located on the Campus of the University Lille1 Sciences and Technologies, at Villeneuve d’Ascq, in the building «Espace Culture».

The campus can easily be reached by metro (about 15 minutes from the city centre of Lille): yellow metro line 1 towards «Quatre Cantons»

The « Espace Culture », located in the heart of the campus next to the new Learning Center Innovation, is in short walking distance (less than 5 minutes) from the metro station «Cité Scientifique».

A map of the campus is available here:

Lille can easily reached by Eurostar (London), Thalys (Brussels) or TGV (Paris). Trains arrive either at Lille Europe (new railway station) or at Lille Flandres (historical railway station). Both stations are in the city centre of Lille and have direct access to the metro.

From the United Kingdom, you can reach Lille-Europe in 1 hr 20 mins from St Pancras Int’l or in 56 mins from Ashford Int’l.

Eurostar proposes city break deals that can be interesting in combining the Eurostar train with hotels at Lille:


Accommodation is difficult on or near the campus.

Among a large range of hotels, we advice you to choose a place near a metro station in the city centre.

You can find hotels at low prices below 50 Euros (Mister Bed, Première Classe, Kyriad, etc.) up to outstanding places like the 5 star Hermitage Gantois, that you may book through a Eurostar deal.

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


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!

Click here to Register

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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TMS AGM 2014: “Microfossil phylogenies and their applications”

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

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Abstract book is available here:

Keep up to date with conference news by following @MicropalaeoSocand on twitter, and use #TMS2014 for updates during the event! Alternatively join the TMSoc Facebook page

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TMS AGM 2012 and Warm Worlds Symposium

Sunday 11th – Tuesday 13th November 2012
The British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham


Update (25th October 2012):
The third meeting circular is now available to download (pdf 4.2Mb), including an update talks programme, poster sizes, talk times and general logistics. Please note that the registration/abstract submission deadlines have been extended until the end of October.

A report of this meeting is available in TMS newsletter 87.

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Microfossil Palaeobiogeography and Plate Tectonics – a tribute to Alfred Wegener

The meeting was held at UCL, London on Wednesday 16th November 2011. A report of the meeting is available for download (34kb .doc) and full asbtracts of the talks presented may be found in TMS newsletter 84.

Quaternary to Recent Records of Environmental Change

The 40th Anniversary AGM of TMS

Wednesday 17th November 2010, 13.30
Pearson Lecture Theatre – University College London

A report of this meeting is available for download here (MS Word document, 40kb).

Microfossils and Evolution

18th November, 2009
Room 1.06, Roberts Engineering Building, University College London

Following the conclusion of Society business, Michal Kucera and David Lazarus introduced an excellent series of talks on the topic of Microfossils and Evolution, celebrating the Darwin Bicentenary.

The first speaker was David Bass from the Natural History Museum, London, whose title had evolved from his original one into ‘The Nth eukaryotic ‘supergroup’ and the evolutionary and ecological complexity of the Rhizaria’.  David entertained us with comparisons between the eukaryote ‘bush of life’ and ‘tree of life’ and presented some interesting new data from 454 sequencing of DNA libraries.

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Microfossils and Extinction

19th November, 2008, 1.15pm
J. Z. Young Lecture Theatre, University College London

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Nils Chr. Stenseth & Lee Hsiang Liow – Macroecological and macroevolutionary dynamics of marine plankton inferred through microfossils

Guy Harrington – Paratropical floral extinction in the Late Palaeocene-Early Eocene

Paul Bown – The roller-coaster ride of Paleogene coccolithophore evolution: from mass extinction to peak diversity and back!

Helen Coxall – Forams and extinction: forces and feedbacks in marine ecosystems

Alan Lord & Ian Boomer – The extinction of the Metacopina – a major event in ostracod history

Sabrina Renaud & Catherine Girard – Conodont strategies facing environmental perturbations leading to mass extinction

Presentation of TMS Brady Medal to Professor Katharina von Salis. Presented by Professor Michal Kucera.

Presentation of Charles Downie Award 2008 to Dr Kirsty M. Edgar

Following the lectures, members of the Society were invited to a wine reception in the North Cloister, generously sponsored by PetroStrat Ltd