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.
Confirmed Symposium Keynote Speakers include Anson Mackay (UCL), Tony Brown (Southampton), John Whittaker (NHM) and Ilaria Mazzini (IGAG, Rome)
Day 2 will include open sessions of short (c. 15 minute) talks and dedicated poster sessions. These sessions are open to any topic related to micropalaeontology. Further details regarding the conference schedule, keynote speakers and logistics will be added to the website in due course.
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 http://www.easyhotel.com/hotels/london_south_kensington.html
London Vicarage Hotel
10 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London, W8 4AG
The Villa Kensington Hotel
10-11 Ashburn Gardens, London, SW7 4DG