The Micropalaeontological Society

2011 Silicofossil and Palynology groups joint spring meeting

31st March, 2011, University of Tromsø, Norway

We are pleased to announce the 4th Joint Meeting of the TMS Silicofossil and Palynology specialist groups. The meeting will take place on 31st March 2011 at the University of Tromsø, Norway, and will be locally coordinated by Catherine Stickley.

Please note that there is no registration fee for the event. Non-members of TMS are welcome to attend.

As with previous joint meetings (UEA 1992, Cardiff 2004, Utrecht 2006), this conference will take advantage of the shared interests and expertise of these groups’ members, and will bring together exciting new developments in silicofossil and palynological research. The meeting will include a day of talks and discussions followed by a wine reception. We also invite you to join us for dinner in the city of Tromsø at a popular traditional restaurant.

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations of 20–‐30 minutes duration including questions. Submissions can be on any aspect of siliceous micropalaeontology or palynology. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, and should also include the presentation title, names of authors and their affiliations.  Please use the abstract template (32KB .docx file) when preparing abstract submissions. Abstracts should be submitted by thedeadline of14 March 2011 to Phil Jardine (Palynology Group Secretary).

On Friday April 1st there will be an optional afternoon/evening tourist excursion (cost: 600 Norwegian Kroner (NOK), per person; 370 NOK for seniors and children). The landscape in northern Norway is spectacular! For those interested, we will arrange travel on a round trip bus/boat excursion from Tromsø starting at 14.10. We will first take a bus out to Skjervøy through Lyngen. At 19.45 we board the Hurtigruten boat back to Tromsø, arriving there at 23:45**. An optional three-course dinner is available in the restaurant onboard the Hurtigruten (cost ~380 Kr). Cafes and bars also serve light meals and snacks onboard. Please send an email by Monday March 7 to Catherine Stickley, if you would like to join us, stating if you also want to book the 3-course dinner. Payments for the optional excursion (with or without dinner) can be made in cash on the day.

**Please note if you choose to come on the excursion, it also means one extra nights stay in Tromsø (April 1).

A range of accommodation choices is listed here. Don’t miss this opportunity to take in some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway, and hopefully catch the Northern Lights. Bring a camera!

Tromso

Beautiful Tromsø

Tromsø is a vibrant, picturesque city nestled between stunning mountains and fjords more than 300 km inside the Arctic Circle. Known as the ‘Paris of the North’, it is a popular tourist destination as well as the first, or last, mainland port of call for scientists carrying out research in the Arctic. Further popular information can be found here.

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