Annual General Meeting 2012

TMS AGM 2012 and Warm Worlds Symposium

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

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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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The TMS are delighted to announce that, in a change from the traditional one day AGM meeting, we will be holding a two day conference at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham. There will also be additional optional activities such as a pre-meeting field excursion and conference meal during our time in Nottingham.

The event will include guest lectures from both academia and industry. In addition, open sessions are scheduled for short (c. 10 minute) talks as well as a poster session on any topic related to micropalaeontology. We therefore encourage participants wishing to attend to also submit abstracts for the oral and/or poster sessions. Further details are provided in the relevant sections below. Alternatively, please download our Event Poster (pdf 3MB) and/or Event Flyer (pdf 3MB). If you have any questions relating to the conference please contact one of the event convenors, Jim Riding or Sev Kender.

The 2012 TMS AGM is sponsored by the British Geological Survey and will be held at their Keyworth headquarters in Nottingham, NG12 5GG, United Kingdom. Further details regarding the location of the venue, including transport options, can be found here. Accommodation details are provided below.


Sunday 11th November ? Field trip to Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest (optional)
An optional pre-meeting field excursion is to run on Sunday 11th November and will be led by Dr Jim Riding to Bradgate Park in Charnwood Forest. The trip will provide participants with the opportunity to examine Late Precambrian metasediments with an Ediacara biota (Charnia etc.), intrusive igneous rocks and Quaternary glaciogenic sediments. Minibuses will depart from central Nottingham at 09.30 and return at around 18.00 h. A packed lunch will be provided and the cost of this field trip will be £15.00 to cover travel and catering

Monday 12th November ? Warm Worlds Symposium and Society AGM
In the morning, participants will have the opportunity to take a tour of the recently refurbished BGS Environmental Science Centre, including the ?Geological Walk? and a visit to the BGS core store commencing at 10.30 h. The start of the conference itself will take place at 12.30 h with a buffet lunch in the foyer of the reception building of the BGS. There will then be a series of guest lectures on the conference theme of ?Warm Worlds? from Alan Haywood, Emanuela Mattioli, Jennifer Pike, Jörg Pross and Andy Purvis (further details to follow). This will be followed by brief society business comprising officers reports and presentation of awards and medals. After a drinks reception (17.30 h and 18.45 h), a coach will transport participants to the Petit Paris restaurant in central Nottingham for the conference dinner. The cost for the conference dinner is £15 per person (and must be paid in advance).

Tuesday 13th November ? Keynote Industrial Lecture, Open Talks and Poster Session
The final day?s activities will begin at 09.30 h (a coach will be available to collect participants from Nottingham City Centre at 08.30 h). The morning will begin with a keynote lecture by a speaker from the hydrocarbon industry, followed by an open session of short (c. 10 minute) talks on any topic related to micropalaeontology. There will also be a dedicated poster session. We welcome abstracts from across the discipline, including (but not limited to) biostratigraphy, palaeoecology, palaeobiology, palaeoceanography, palaeolimnology, palaeoclimatology, molecular evolution and systematics. We particularly encourage talks and posters from doctoral students and early career scientists. There will be a buffet lunch in the foyer of the reception building (13.00 h), after which the meeting will close.

Nottingham has a wide variety of accommodation options available to choose from. The conference organisers have however reserved a number of rooms (at a discounted rate) at the Rutland Square Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG9 7BA (tel. (+44)115 941 1114). Further accommodation options will be provided in the near future.

Registration and Abstract Submission:
Attendance to the conference is free for TMS members and only costs £20 for non-members. You must register to ensure your place on this conference as there is a 150 person limit on participant numbers. There are additional costs for the optional field trip and conference dinner (£15 each). These must be paid in advance during registration to ensure your place is reserved for the respective events. If you wish to register, please fill out the registration form (.doc 50kB), which contains the payment options, and then send it by standard post or email to Dr Jim Riding or Dr Sev Kender. Please note that if you choose to pay by credit/debit card and submit the registration form by email, it must contain an electronic signature. The deadline for registration is 31st October 2012.

If you wish to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster, please also complete the abstract submission form (.doc 30kB) and send it to either Jim or Sev. The abstract submission form contains information on the abstract formatting requirements.