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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

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.

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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

Foram Nanno 2017 – Conference Fee Payment

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Foram Nanno 2017, 19th-21st June 2017, Birmingham

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The TMS is delighted to announce that the next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on the 19-21st June 2017.The program will encompass oral presentations and extended posters sessions, an icebreaker reception in the Lapworth Museum of Geology, a conference dinner, as well as an optional field excursion and thematic workshops on Monday 19th June.

The theme for this year’s event is “Life in a Changing Ocean”. We strongly encourage submissions that address the vulnerability and resilience of foraminifera and coccolithophores to environmental change, past and present, as well as the interaction between changing marine environments and evolutionary processes and patterns over long timescales.

Keynote Speakers:

Heather Stoll, ETH Zurich

Willem Renema, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Paul Pearson, Cardiff University

Confirmed Workshops:

UK IODP Sponsored workshop: Evolution and Future Sensitivity of the Indo-Pacific Region; Unlocking archives of climate, tectonic and biotic change from International Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions

TMS Sponsored workshop: Developing Digital Chronostratigraphic Frameworks for Palaeoclimate, Palaeobiological and Biostratigraphic Data Management

As always we will place a high value on the contributions made by early career researchers. This year we include:

  • Two extended afternoon poster sessions with refreshments (3.30pm – 6pm).
  • Dedicated elevator pitch to the whole conference for all early career poster presentation (PhD / post-doc) – 1 slide, 2 minutes.
  • Oral presentation sessions with a mix of career stages.
  • Prizes for best PhD and best post-doc oral and poster presentations.

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1st International Summer School on Benthic Foraminifera, July 2nd-7th 2017, Angers

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The LPG-BIAF is delighted to announce that the first FRESCO Summer school will be held on July 2nd to 7th, 2017 at Angers University (France).

The course is intended for students/researchers interested in Living benthic foraminifera in coastal environments

If you want to apply to the summer school, please complete the form and email it to before the 3rd of March, 2017. Read more

Foram-Nanno 2017, 19th-21st June, Birmingham

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SAVE THE DATE – TMS Foram & Nanno meeting 19th-21st June 2017 at the University of Birmingham, UK

We are delighted that we are able to welcome you all to the University of Birmingham from the 19th – 21st June 2017 for the Foraminiferal and Calcareous Nannofossil meeting. The proposed schedule is below
  • Sunday 18th and Monday 19th June – Workshops (Saturday if necessary)
  • Evening of Monday 19th June – Meeting Icebreaker
  • Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June – Main Meeting
  • Thursday 22nd June – Field-trip
If you would like to run a workshop prior to this meeting then please get in touch with Kirsty for foram related queries ( or Tom Dunkley Jones for nanno queries ( to discuss arrangements. Please note that we have >20 each of stereo light microscopes and transmitted light microscopes available for use if you would like to run a practical workshop.
More details to follow later this year.
Best wishes, Kirsty and Tom
Your 2017 TMS F&N conference organisers