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Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course, 23rd-27th January 2017, London

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The NERC-funded Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC) will be running for its third year and is scheduled for w/c 23rd January 2017 at The Natural History Museum, London.

Reconstructing past environments is a key initiative within current attempts to i) contextualise contemporary environmental change, ii) model the Earth’s climate and iii) predict future climate and associated environmental change. Palaeoenvironmental research is of critical importance due to the relative lack of reliable documented climate records predating the 20th century. This has resulted in the use of biological climate ‘proxies’, often microfossils preserved within sedimentary archives, to provide qualitative and quantitative reconstructions of the past, in terms of climate and environmental conditions. As students are expected to work with complex multi-source palaeoecological datasets, there is a need for palaeoecologists to be suitably trained in the application of a wide range of proxy indicators. This 1 week course is therefore designed to provide an overview of key taxonomic groups often utilised in palaeoecological studies, with a focus on diatoms, pollen, chironomids, beetles and vertebrates.

Each day will be dedicated to a different microfossil/macrofossil group, with morning lectures designed to review taxonomy and environmental gradients in terms of palaeoecological reconstructions. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to the provision of bespoke laboratory microscopy and desk-based activities, with the students being introduced to relevant NHM reference collections and learn the taxonomic skills required to differentiate between species.

The course is fully funded by NERC and there are only 12 places available (the course has been oversubscribed in all previous years). The course is designed for PhD students and ECRs but is of course open to all. NERC funded students get priority but if spaces are left over, non-NERC applicants are considered. All expenses are covered to ensure little/no cost to the course delegates. For further information on the course, its contents and associated learning outcomes, please visit the link below, where you will also find the course application form:

Registration deadline is 26th November. For any enquiries regarding the course, please contact Tom Hill

TMS Annual General Meeting 2016, 17-18th November, Lille

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Download full programme here:


  • Deadline for registration to the TMS meeting : October 25th
  • Deadline for participation to the TMS annual dinner (and beer tasting) : October 15th

Registration is now closed!

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Abstract submission

Abstract Deadline: 7th October 2016


Abstract submission is now closed

Pricing and conference fee payment

  • Deadline for registration to the TMS meeting : October 25th
  • Deadline for participation to the TMS annual dinner (and beer tasting) : October 15th

  • Students/unwaged TMS members,
  • £20
  • Regular TMS members or students/unwaged TMS non-members
  • £35
  • Regular TMS non-members.
  • £45
  • Conference Dinner
  • £40


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The conference will take place at “Espace Culture” of the Scientific Campus (Cité Scientifique).
Registration will be opened from Thursday 17th, 12.30 at Espace Culture. We recommend that you set up your poster during the registration period.

Travel bursaries

Multiple TMS travel grants of up to £100 are available to support postgraduate students and early career researchers (those who have completed their PhD within the last 5 yrs) to attend the TMS Annual Conference. This grant can only be used to contribute towards travel and accommodation costs. Successful grant candidates must be presenting at the conference (oral or poster presentation). Please complete the application form below and return to the Events Secretary ( before the 30th September 2016. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application in in early October.


Venue and travel

The Annual General Meeting 2016 of the TMS will take place at the University of Lille.

The meeting venue is located on the Campus of the University Lille1 Sciences and Technologies, at Villeneuve d’Ascq, in the building «Espace Culture».

The campus can easily be reached by metro (about 15 minutes from the city centre of Lille): yellow metro line 1 towards «Quatre Cantons»

The « Espace Culture », located in the heart of the campus next to the new Learning Center Innovation, is in short walking distance (less than 5 minutes) from the metro station «Cité Scientifique».

A map of the campus is available here:

Lille can easily reached by Eurostar (London), Thalys (Brussels) or TGV (Paris). Trains arrive either at Lille Europe (new railway station) or at Lille Flandres (historical railway station). Both stations are in the city centre of Lille and have direct access to the metro.

From the United Kingdom, you can reach Lille-Europe in 1 hr 20 mins from St Pancras Int’l or in 56 mins from Ashford Int’l.

Eurostar proposes city break deals that can be interesting in combining the Eurostar train with hotels at Lille:


Accommodation is difficult on or near the campus.

Among a large range of hotels, we advice you to choose a place near a metro station in the city centre.

You can find hotels at low prices below 50 Euros (Mister Bed, Première Classe, Kyriad, etc.) up to outstanding places like the 5 star Hermitage Gantois, that you may book through a Eurostar deal.

Further information about the symposium venue, travel arrangements, accommodation options etc. will be made available at www. over the coming months.
For further information, please contact

Symposium organisers: Taniel Danelian, Thomas Servais and Kirsty Edgar





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

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!

Contact 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

Microfossil Image Competition 2016 – View album on Flickr

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2016 Calendar May

All of the fantastic entries into the Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016 can be viewed here, and are also available on Flickr.

Please do not use these images without the authors permission. If you are interested in obtaining high resolution versions of any image please contact the Secretary, who will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.

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Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016

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2016 Calendar Cover
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Thank you all for supporting the TMS Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2016.

Calenders are no longer on general sale, as we only have a very limited supply remaining. If you would like to enquire about availability please contact Tom Hill. Read more

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.

Microfossil Image Competition 2015

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In 2014 The Micropalaeontological Society launched their first Microfossil Image Competition. Its outstanding success was reflected by the submission of over 120 images and the creation of a 2015 Micropalaeontology Calendar. The calendar had two print runs and sold out both times. A summary of the winning images can be found here, whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

We would like to build on the success of our first year and The Micropalaeontological Society is therefore pleased to announce the start of the 2015 Image Competition. All TMS members are invited to submit images of microfossils. Non-members are also encouraged to take part. An overall winning image will be selected and eleven joint runner-up images will be chosen for use in a TMS calendar for 2016.

We will be accepting images until 30st September 2015. This will provide the competition panel sufficient time to select the best 12 images for the calendar, get the calendar designed and subsequently printed in time for distribution towards the end of the year. Image submissions should be of micropalaeontology-related material. The subject can be an individual specimen or an assemblage. and it can be a fossil or a living organism from a microfossil producing group. The type of image is also entirely open, and can include microscope photographs (reflected light, compound), SEM images or other innovative visual techniques, or more traditional artwork.

Twelve winning images will be selected for the calendar, with one image being chosen as the overall winner of the 2015 Image Competition. The winner will receive €200. All twelve winners will of course receive free copies of the calendar in addition to a certificate!
The society will print a fixed number of these calendars in the first instance, with additional print runs possible depending on demand. The society will charge a small fee for the purchase of a calendar – the price is to be confirmed but will be kept low, enough to cover printing and postage costs rather than to make a profit, and will likely be around £10.

Images should be submitted as high resolution JPEG or TIFF files (less than 20mb) and should be accompanied by your name, basic technical details and a short caption. If you have any problems please contact us.

Legal stuff; by submitting your image, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

TMSoc can only accept images from the copyright holders for the images being submitted. Please DO NOT submit images which are not your work. By submitting your image(s) to the Calendar Competition, you agree to assign TMSoc a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty free, irrevocable license to use any chosen images (I.e. if selected, these images may be used for the Society’s calendar and also on the TMS website or for other publicity purposes – but you retain full copyright for any other use). You also grant the TMS permission to make minor editorial changes to your image(s) including but not limited to cropping, resizing, contrast/brightness adjustments and/or framing.

Submit an entry (by clicking here you agree to the terms outlined above)

I agree to the above terms and conditions, and would like to submit my image:

Please include the following in your email:
1. A short caption (include details of the fossil, and its gelogical age)
2. Your name and address and affiliation (e.g. a University), if relevant.


Click here to submit an image

If the above button does not work, simply send your photo to with the subject”Microfossil Image Competition 2015 Entry”.