Annual General Meeting 2013

TMS Conference 2013 – Micropalaeontology and the IODP: Past, Present and Future Applications

Monday 18th – Tuesday 19th November 2013
The Natural History Museum, London

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The TMS are delighted to announce this year’s AGM conference will be hosted by the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London. In addition to an IODP-related theme on day 1, and open talks on micropalaeontology on day 2, there will be posters sessions, tours of the NHM’s micropalaeontology collections, and a conference meal.

The theme for this year’s event is “Micropalaeontology and the IODP: past, present and future applications”. The IODP is the most important multinational interdisciplinary project in the earth sciences and micropalaeontology has always played a key role within it. Invited talks will look at the range of micropalaeontology carried out within the IODP, how this contributes to the project and some of the future challenges. Day 1 of the event will include keynote lectures on IODP micropalaeontology-related research and the future IODP 10-year science plan, and an awards ceremony followed by drinks reception. 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 is provided below.

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 (see link for map information), 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.


Please download the conference schedule here.

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.

Monday 18th November: IODP Symposium and Society AGM

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 focussed on the conference theme of “Micropalaeontology and the IODP: Past, Present and Future applications”. Invited talks by Xavier Crosta, Anne de Vernal, Tom Dunkley-Jones, Heiko Pälike and Bridget Wade will take place 1-4pm. This will be followed by brief TMS society business with the presentation of awards and medals. A drinks reception will then take place in the Flett Lobby for all delegates, kindly sponsored by Petrostrat. 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 head towards Gloucester Road for the conference dinner, being held at Med Kitchen. The evening meal is kindly sponsored by Neftex. This is a ticketed event. Further information will be sent direct to delegates who have signed up for the meal.

Tuesday 19th November: Open Talks and Poster Session
The second day’s activities will begin at 9am and end at 3pm. 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.  The talks will continue until c. 3pm, after which the meeting will close.
Please note that the conference is now scheduled to finish at 3pm on Tuesday 19th November, rather than 1pm as originally planned. This is a confirmed extension to the conference schedule

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
Dormitory beds from £17, rooms from £70
EasyHotel South Kensington
14 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 5JE
Rooms from £49 (per person per night)
London Vicarage Hotel
10 Vicarage Gate, Kensington, London, W8 4AG
Rooms from £65 (per room, per night)
The Villa Kensington Hotel
10-11 Ashburn Gardens, London, SW7 4DG
Rooms from £81 (per person per night)


If you have any conference-related questions please contact one of the event convenors, Tom Hill, Stephen Stukins or Giles Miller (