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Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

Maxence Delaine, Lille 1 University, France won the competition with this beautiful image of two testate amoebae:  Difflugia pyriformis (L), Difflugia viscidula (R). These testate amoebae on display typically have a length of between 150-300 µm and are built by the organism using recycled mineral grains. The specimens were sampled in a small river of Brittany (Rau de l’étang du Loc’h, Peumerit-Quintin, France). The winning image is a composition of 2 pictures obtained with the SEM of the Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (UMR 8187) at Lille 1 University. The 2 pictures were subsequently combined into a single one, which was then processed in order to obtain this final colour enhanced SEM picture. Read more

Microfossil Image Competition 2016 – View album on Flickr

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All of the fantastic entries into the Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2017 can be viewed here, and are also available on Flickr.

Please do not use these images without the authors permission. If you are interested in obtaining high resolution versions of any image please contact the Secretary, who will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.

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Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking Together: microbes and their role in forming sediments, 7th March 2017, London

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Sedimentology and geomorphology have traditionally been seen as fields in which physical, and sometimes chemical, processes dominate completely. Even in settings where biological processes have long been recognised, for example in marine carbonates, focus has been almost entirely on metazoans. This is curious, because microbial communities since the Pre-Cambrian, have suffused all sedimentary environments on Earth, and at least half global biomass is prokaryotic. Are all these microbes simply bystanders? Recent research has hinted that they are key agents in controlling an impressive range of processes and products in sedimentology, bringing the fields of microbe palaeontology and bio-sedimentology into intimate alignment. The implications are fundamental, and pose the question “are large-scale sedimentological features actually microbial trace fossils?”. Read more

Joint Meeting of TSOP-AASP- ICCP, 14 September 2016, Houston

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DATES:

Saturday, September 17 through Saturday, September 14, 2016

LOCATION:

The Magnolia Hotel, Houston TX, USA

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Joint Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrography, AASP-The Palynological Society and The

International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrography. The purpose of this joint meeting is to bring

together a diverse group of scientists to discuss the close relationships between organic petrology and

palynology, to foster thoughtful discussion and address issues that may be of benefit to furthering the

respective sciences. Key themes to be addressed during joint activities include source rock/source-rock

reservoir resource assessment, microscope methods of characterizing microporosity, coal

characterization, and palynofacies/kerogen.

MEETING URL:

http://palynology.org/home-page- 2016-joint- meeting-tsop- aasp-iccp/

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Dr. Thomas D. Demchuk, tdemchuk@swbell.net

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Microfossil Image Competition 2016

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2016 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015 and 2016 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

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: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/courses-and-students/short-course-quaternary-palaeoecology.html

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.

 

For more info, visit: http://palynology.org/home-page-2016-joint-meeting-tsop-aasp-iccp/

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

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Registration

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

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Abstract submission

Abstract Deadline: 7th October 2016

 

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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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Schedule

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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 (events@tmsoc.org) before the 30th September 2016. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application in in early October.

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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: http://www.univ-lille1.fr/digitalAssets/48/48448_UL1_PlanCampus_A4_06.2016.pdf

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:

http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/city-breaks/france/lille

Accommodation

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.

https://www.short-breaks.com/city-breaks/France/Lille

Further information about the symposium venue, travel arrangements, accommodation options etc. will be made available at www. tmsoc.org over the coming months.
For further information, please contact TMS2016AGM@gmail.com

Symposium organisers: Taniel Danelian, Thomas Servais and Kirsty Edgar