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17th Biennial Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference, 5th-8th September 2016, Plymouth

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The 17th Biennial Challenger Society for Marine Science Conference will be held in Liverpool, UK from the 5th-8th September 2016. The meeting has a large range of micropalaeontologically relevant sessions including Palaeoceanography: marine environments of the past and the establishment of long baselines, Ocean Circulation and Processes, Beyond the bi-plot: State of the art approaches to using stable isotopes and biomarkers in marine trophic and spatial ecologyOvercoming the temporal and spatial complexities of open ocean nutrient cycling and The impacts of marine climate change and variability in the shelf seas . The closing date for abstract submissions is 12th May.

Further details can be found at https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/challenger-conference-2016//

Jurassic Calcareous Nannofossil Workshop 2016, 12th-14th May, Lyon

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The Jurassic Calcareous Nannofossil Workshop under the aegis of the International Nannoplankton Association is designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Biostratigraphy, Ecology and Biodiversity of Jurassic coccoliths and nannoliths. This intensive workshop is intended for academic or industry researchers, as well as for private consultants interested in Biostratigraphy, Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaeoecology, and Environmental applications.

The aim is to provide a primer on the study of Jurassic calcareous nanofossils and examples of how nannofossils can be used in biostratigraphy and biochronology but also as paleoenvironmental and paleooceanographical proxies. We will review the current classification schemes of the calcareous nannofossils, discuss their ecology, review their usefulness for biostratigraphical applications, and use case studies to investigate the geological history of the group with microscope sessions. The entire workshop consists of approximately 8 hours of lectures, 4 hours of round table, and 4 hours of microscope work.

A one-day fieldtrip in the Callovian-Oxfordian near La Voulte (Ardèche, where a Lagestätt also occurs) will be held.

Abstract deadline: 25th March

Please email emanuela.mattioli@univ-lyon1.fr to register for this workshop, or for more information.

For full information, abstracts and programme visit: http://jurassicnannofossils.univ-lyon1.fr/

 

Girls into Geoscience, 14th July 2016, Plymouth

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This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth Sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. With seminars from women working in Geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s Girls into Geoscience event isn’t one to miss. Geology isn’t just for the boys!

Taking place on Monday July 4th. This fantastic event is aimed at Year 12 girls interested in finding out more about geoscience and the directions it could take them. The day will give them the opportunity to listen to women working as geoscientists talk about their jobs and how they got there; take part in hands on geology workshops; and have the opportunity to get a flavour of studying Earth Sciences at university with tours of the campus and facilities, and networking with current female students studying Earth Sciences.

There will be four workshops to choose from, including one dedicated to microfossils and climate, run by Dr Jodie Fisher and Dr Debbie Wall-Palmer. Come and explore how microscopic shells are used to reconstruct past environments and changes in climate. Get hands-on experience of examining deep-sea sediments using microscopes and use these amazing microfossils to reconstruct 100,000 years of climate change in just 30 minutes!

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/girls-into-geoscience

Contact girlsintogeoscience@plymouth.ac.uk or phone (01752) 585975 to book a place on this free event for Year 12 girls.

Lyell Meeting 2016 “Paleoinformatics: Synthesising data from the past to illuminate the future”, 9th March 2016, London

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The annual Lyell Meeting is jointly organized by the TMS, the Geological Society, the Palaeontological Association and the Palaeontographical Society. It showcases advances in palaeontology and its role in the Earth Sciences.  This years meeting addresses the key issue of how we can use information technology to retrieve, synthesise, compile, communicate and analyse palaeontological data – Palaeoinformatics. This is an ever-more immediate challenge, of importance for palaeobiodiversity study, global change research, and petroleum exploration,  but one to which the answers are by no means clear yet. The timeliness of the meeting is reflected in the participation, with the contributors being leaders in the field from the USA, UK, Germany and China. We hope the meeting will help develop international collaborations as well as providing a unique opportunity for non-specialists to gain a comprehensive understanding of state of the art in the field. Read more

EGU 2016 Session “The effects of petroleum and mining industry discharge on the marine environment”, 17th–22nd April, Vienna

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Marine discharge of waste associated to the petroleum and mining industry might result in increased pressure on the marine ecosystem and environmental deterioration. This requires detailed knowledge on changes and impact on the physical environment, pollution concentrations, and the possible impact of pollutants and physical disturbances on organisms living in the marine environment.
The purpose of this session is to bring together a wide cross-section of the marine sciences community working to determine the effects of petroleum and mining industry discharge on the marine environment. Special focus is placed on the effect of drill cutting and mine tailing discharge on the marine environment. We are interested in, but not restricted to, studies, which concentrate on examples of changes in the sedimentation rate, sediment grain-size, heavy metal content and bioindicator species.

More info: here

Foram-Nanno 2016, 19th-24th June, Angers

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Registrations and abstract submissions will be opened on March 1st, 2016 and have to be completed before April 15th, 2016. Late registration fee will include a surcharge.

 

 


Introduction

The TMS is delighted to announce that the next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted by the Laboratory CNRS UMR 6112 LPG-BIAF Recent and Fossil Bio-Indicators, at Angers University, France. The program will encompass oral presentations on selected micropaleontological topics, posters sessions, a conference dinner, a field excursion, and a thematic workshop day.

The theme for this year’s event is “From life strategies to the geological record”. We invite contributions ranging from studies focusing on life strategies, modern-day processes as well as paleontological application of foraminifera and nannofossils. These may include studies on biology, ecology, morphometrics, evolution, genetics- and morphology- based taxonomy, biomineralization, carbonate geochemistry, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography and paleoclimatological applications of carbonate microfossils. Thematic sessions on the first two days of the meeting will include oral and poster contributions, and invited talks. The third day will be dedicated to a field trip and the fourth day will host several workshops.


Venue

The conference venue is situated at the Science Faculty of Angers University (2 Boulevard Lavoisier Angers). Angers is a beautiful city in western France, about 300 km southwest of Paris. It is the historical capital of Anjou and was for centuries an important stronghold in northwestern France. Keynote lectures, oral presentations, poster sessions, and workshops will take place at the Faculty of Science, building L (see map below). Light refreshments (coffee/tea) will be served in the Lobby. An icebreaker reception will be hosted on the evening of 19th June in building A (see map below). The third day is reserved for a field trip to the island of Noirmoutier, situated at 170 km from Angers off the Atlantic coast in the Vendée department.

Angers can be reached by a direct train connection from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport (2.5 hours). Upon arrival at the train station (Angers Saint-Laud), the Faculty of Science can be reached by buses numbers 1 and 14, from the stop “Angers – Gares Papin” to the stop “Angers – Restaurant Universitaire”. This journey takes 20 to 25 min. The faculty of science is directly accessible following the plan below.

Foram Nanno 2016 Map


Meeting Schedule

Download the full meeting program here:

Sunday 19th of June (Building A)

17.00-19.00. Registration and icebreaker party

 

Monday 20th of June (Building L)

08.45-09.00. Welcome (Hall Building L)

Morning: Session 1: Biology and Ecology

09.00-10.30. Keynote lecture (1) + Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

10.30-11.30. Coffee break & Poster sessions 1, 2 (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

11.30-12.30. Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

12.30-13.30. Lunch (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

Afternoon I: Session 2: Geochemical proxies based on calcareous microfossils

13.30-15.00. Keynote lecture (1) + Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

15.00-16.00. Coffee break & Poster sessions 1, 2 (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

16.00-17.00. Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

Afternoon II: Session 3: Odds and Ends

17.00-18.00. Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

 

19.30. Conference dinner (Restaurant La Salamandre 1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch, 49100 Angers) (see important locations page 2)

 

Tuesday 21th of June (Building L; Amphi L006)

Morning: Session 4: Microfossils from Shallow water environments

09.00-10.30. Keynote lecture (1) + Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

10.30-11.30. Coffee break & Poster sessions 4, 5, 6 (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

11.30-12.30. Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

12.30-13.30. Lunch (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

Afternoon I: Session 5: Paleoceanography Part I (Mesozoic-Tertiary)

13.30-15.00. Keynote lecture (1) + Oral presentations (3) (Building L; Amphi L006)

15.00-16.00. Coffee break & Poster sessions 4, 5, 6 (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

Afternoon II: Session 6: Paleoceanography Part II (Quaternary)

16.00-18.00. Oral presentations (6) (Building L; Amphi L006)

18.00-18.45. Closure ceremony, election venue for 2017 (Building L; Amphi L006)

 

Wednesday 22nd June

08.00-20.00. Geological fieldtrip on the Island of Noirmoutier (Departure from the main entrance of the Science Faculty in front of Building A). Lunch packages will be provided.

 

Thursday 23th June (Buildings L and A)

09.00-17.30. Thematic workshops

Morning session 8.30-12.30

Workshop 1A: Beyond Biostratigraphy – information retrieval from coccoliths (Building L; Room L101)

Workshop 2: FORCIS: Planktonic foraminiferal response to recent climate stress (Building L; Room L102)

Workshop 3: FOBIMO (FOraminiferal Bio-Monitoring) (Building L; Room L103)

Workshop 4: Foraminiferal ultrastructure (Building A; Room A018)

12.30-13.30. Lunch (Building L; Room Rez-de-Jardin)

Afternoon session 13.30-17.30

Workshop 1B: Beyond Biostratigraphy – information retrieval from coccoliths (Building L; Room L101)

Workshop 5: Bridging Linnaean taxonomy and barcoding of benthic foraminifera (Building L, Room L102)

Workshop 6: Biomineralization and trace element incorporation in foraminiferal calcite (Building L; Room L103)

 

All the events will take place at the University of Angers: Faculty of Sciences. Registration and icebreaker party of the 19th of June will be held in building A. The rest of the meeting 20-24th of June will be held in building L (See the map).


Registration and Abstract Submission

Attending the conference is possible after registration. Registrations and abstract submissions will be opened on March 1st, 2016.

Please complete the form below, and email it to the organizing committee here.

Fees for participation are as follows:

Foram Nanno 2016 price list

Payments should be made before the 15th of April. Late registration fee will include a surcharge for each category. Conference dinner and fieldtrip is subject to a maximum attendance. Please, register early.

Paying registration fees

To pay online please follow the link (if you register before the 15th of April 2016) and the link (if you register after the 15th of April 2016) and select at the registration options

If necessary, payment can also be made through an international bank transfer (IBAN: FR76 – 1007 – 1490 – 0000 – 0010 – 0018 – 473; BIC: TRPUFRP1) precising the name of the participant and the budget line (911umr27-COL16TMS).


Accommodation

A selection of local hotels and hostels is provided below to assist you with your accommodation requirements. The prices are for one night and are given only as indications. They may vary. The list is not exhaustive and there is a wide variety of accommodation for all price ranges available in the city.

  • Best Western Hôtel d’Anjou 1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch 108€
  • Hôtel des Plantes 12 Rue Savary 73 €
  • Le Grand Hôtel de la Gare 5 Place de la Gare 50 €
  • Le Continental 14 Rue Louis de Romain 59 €
  • Hôtel Citotel l’Univers 2 Place de la Gare 69 €
  • Hôtel ibis Angers Centre rue de la poissonnerie 52 €
  • Le Royalty 21 Boulevard Ayrault 62 €
  • Hôtel de l’Europe 3 Rue Chateaugontier 50 €
  • Hôtel de champagne 34 Rue Denis Papin44 €
  • Hôtel Molière 2 Rue de la Roë 76 €
  • Hôtel du Mail 8 Rue des Ursules 85 €
  • Hôtel Mercure Angers Centre Gare 18 Boulevard Foch 71 €
  • Hotel Mercure Angers Lac de Maine 2 Allée du Grand Launay 85€
  • Hôtel Saint Julien 9 Place du Ralliement 64 €
  • Hôtel Le Progrès 26 Rue Denis Papin 108 €
  • Best Western Hôtel d’Anjou 1 Boulevard du Maréchal Foch 81 €
  • Hôtel Mercure Angers Centre 1 Place Pierre Mendès France 78 €
  • Hôtel de France 8 place de la gare 70 €
  • Le Royal Hôtel 8 Place de la Visitation 51 €
  • Hotel Des Lices 25 Rue des Lices 51€
  • Ethic Etapes lac de Maine 49 Avenue du Lac de Maine 52€


 

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Assessing Ecosystem Variability from Paleoceanographic Archives session of Ocean Sciences Meeting, 21st-26th February 2016, New Orleans

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There is a special session at the upcoming Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans (21-26 February 2016) entitled “Assessing Ecosystem Variability from Paleoceanographic Archives”. This session will be a great opportunity to showcase how paleoecological and paleobiological research can help to constrain ecological processes and benchmark variability at scales not accessible to biological observations. We invite contributions making use of fossil and sub-fossil data irrespective of organismal groups, methods, or time scales, including investigations ranging from studies of the natural magnitude of ecosystem variability, trends, changes of biogeographic range, to processes related to the extinction and emergence of species.

More information on the official meeting website.

TMS AGM 2015, 16-17th November 2015, Liverpool

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Download the final programme and abstracts here:


Proposed schedule

Monday 16th November: Rock to Clock: the importance of microfossils Symposium and Society AGM

The afternoon session will be dedicated to the importance of microfossils in fundamental and applied biostratigraphy, looking into biodiversity, evolution, geological indicators, as presented by the keynote speakers (including Phil Gibbard, Vanessa Bowman, Simonetta Monechi and Mike Simmons). This will be followed by the TMS awards and society business.  A drink reception (sponsored by Petrostrat) and the Annual dinner will conclude the day.

Note: you do not need to register or pay to attend the society business section of this meeting, this is free to attend for any TMS member.

Tuesday 17th November:  Poster session and open talks on micropalaeontology

The day will comprise of talk and poster presentations. Abstracts for posters and short communications (15 min) are invited across all aspects of micropalaeontology. Presentations are particularly encouraged from graduates and early career researchers.

Symposium Venue

 Talk and poster presentations will take place at the Foresight centre, Building #359 on this map: http://www.liv.ac.uk/files/docs/maps/liverpool-university-campus-map.pdf

Registration

Registration is now open!

Click here to Register

Pricing and conference fee payment

  • Student/unwaged TMS member
  • £15
  • Student/unwaged TMS non-member
  • £30
  • Regular TMS member
  • £30
  • Regular TMS non-member
  • £40
  • Conference Dinner
  • £35


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Accommodation

We have a range of hotels (see below) that have discounted prices if booked by us. If you wish to use this service, please email us as soon as possible (tmsagm2015@gmail.com) with subject TMS Accommodation booking.

Hope street Hotel – £91.50 B&B – http://www.hopestreethotel.co.uk/

Feathers hotel -£59.95 B&B – http://www.feathers.uk.com/feathers-hotel/

The Liner Hotel – £59.00 B&B – http://www.theliner.co.uk/

The Hard Day’s night Hotel B&B – http://www.harddaysnighthotel.com/

(Single occupancy- £79.00); (Double occupancy- £89.00)

 

Otherwise, you could try http://www.booking.com or http://www.visitliverpool.com/accommodation

Travel Information

Road
From the M62: at the end of the motorway continue straight ahead onto Edge Lane (A5080 then A5047) and follow signs for Liverpool City Centre and the University.

Rail
The University is just a ten-minute walk away from the nearest mainline station at Lime Street. Take the main exit and turn left into Lime Street. Then turn left again at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel and continue up Mount Pleasant towards the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Coach
The National Express coach station is in Norton Street, a fifthteen-minute walk from the Campus. From the exit, turn right and cross London Road into Seymour Street then Russell Street followed by Clarence Street. Then turn left into Mount Pleasant and head towards the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral.

www.nationalexpress.com

Ferry
Mersey Ferries operates services between Pier Head and Birkenhead/Wallasey on the Wirral. You can also sail between Liverpool and Belfast and the Isle of Man. Once in Liverpool, follow signs for the Catholic Cathedral.

Air
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is situated eight miles from the city and is best reached by taxi or the express bus – the Airlink 500, located directly outside the entrance to the airport terminal. Direct trains run from Manchester Airport to Lime Street train station.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport:
http://www.liverpoolairport.com/

Manchester Airport:
www.manchesterairport.co.uk

Local
For comprehensive local travel information visit: www.merseytravel.gov.uk

Campus

The university website has detailed maps of campus and the Department of Geography is building 73 on these maps. http://www.liv.ac.uk/maps/

Conference Dinner

Conference dinner will take place at the Royal Liver Venue, an emblematic and iconic place of Liverpool on the 16th of November, from 19.30 onwards.

 

Please indicate if you have any dietary requirement when you register for the dinner (£35 including drinks).

For further information, please contact TMSAGM2015@gmail.com

Symposium organisers: Fabienne Marret-Davies, Alan Bowden and Kirsty Edgar.

 


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