Foram Nanno 2017, 19th-21st June 2017, Birmingham

The TMS is delighted to announce that the next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham on the 19-21st June 2017.The program will encompass oral presentations and extended posters sessions, an icebreaker reception in the Lapworth Museum of Geology, a conference dinner, as well as an optional field excursion and thematic workshops on Monday 19th June.

The theme for this year’s event is “Life in a Changing Ocean”. We strongly encourage submissions that address the vulnerability and resilience of foraminifera and coccolithophores to environmental change, past and present, as well as the interaction between changing marine environments and evolutionary processes and patterns over long timescales.

Keynote Speakers:

Heather Stoll, ETH Zurich

Willem Renema, Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Paul Pearson, Cardiff University

Confirmed Workshops:

UK IODP Sponsored workshop: Evolution and Future Sensitivity of the Indo-Pacific Region; Unlocking archives of climate, tectonic and biotic change from International Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions

TMS Sponsored workshop: Developing Digital Chronostratigraphic Frameworks for Palaeoclimate, Palaeobiological and Biostratigraphic Data Management

As always we will place a high value on the contributions made by early career researchers. This year we include:

  • Two extended afternoon poster sessions with refreshments (3.30pm – 6pm).
  • Dedicated elevator pitch to the whole conference for all early career poster presentation (PhD / post-doc) – 1 slide, 2 minutes.
  • Oral presentation sessions with a mix of career stages.
  • Prizes for best PhD and best post-doc oral and poster presentations.

Registration and Abstract Submission

[infopane color=”1″ icon=”0101.png”]Registrations and abstract submission will open on March 1st, 2017 and have to be completed before midnight on 31st May, 2017. Late registration will not be possible.[/infopane]

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Please register and pay for conference fees here:

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If you would like to submit an abstract to the meeting please fill in the attached template before 31st May 2017 and send to Text, excluding titles, authors and addresses, must not exceed 250 words. Please note, that only abstracts received before this date and for which conference fees have been paid will be included in the abstract booklet.

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 The conference will be held at the main campus of the University of Birmingham ( Th University, situated to the south of Birmingham city centre, has its own train station (“University”) which is ~7 minutes journey time from Birmingham New St in the city centre.
Oral presentations will be held in the Avon Room (R23 on map);  poster sessions will be held in the Bioscience Building “Undercroft” (R27); and the icebreaker reception in the Lapworth Museum of Geology (R4). Workshops on the 19th will take place within the School of Geography (R26).
After the conference, there will be an optional field trip to the west of Birmingham, including visits to the Wenlock Limestone and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and will finish with a visit to Ironbridge World Heritage site.

Conference Information

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By Air

Birmingham Airport has 140 direct flights and an additional 280 possible connections worldwide (

From the airport you can take the free ‘Air-Rail Link’ monorail system to Birmingham International Station (~3 minute journey). From Birmingham International there are at least 6 trains per hour (from Virgin Trains and Cross Country operators) to Birmingham New Street Station (in the city centre) and the journey takes ~ 10 mins and costs ~£4-7 for an open return depending on the time of day (See As an alternative, there are taxis available and the cost (from the airport to the city centre) will vary between £20 and £50.

Birmingham is accessible from all London airports and other local airports. From London Heathrow, we recommend using the rail-air bus link to Reading Railway station, and then direct trains from Reading to Birmingham New St.

By train

Birmingham University has its own train station on campus called simply “University”.
Trains run every ~ 10 minutes from the cite centre Birmingham New Street Station to University. This takes about seven minutes and costs ~£3 for an open return ticket. It is then a five minute walk from University station to the main conference venues.
Birmingham New Street is connected with direct rail services to most major UK cities. Please check for services and tickets.
It is always much cheaper to book advance tickets for off peak trains. NOTE it is also often cheaper to buy city-to-city advance tickets than to book journeys all the way through to University station: e.g. buy tickets between major cities – Manchester to Birmingham; London to Birmingham; Bristol to Birmingham etc, rather than Manchester to University etc.
Trains from London to Birmingham are available with three routes and operators:
London Euston – Birmingham New St; Virgin Trains. Quickest (~1h 20 mins) but most expensive, especially early at peak times (>£80 single). Advance off peak tickets can be <£20.
London Euston – Birmingham New St; London Midland. Slowest (>2 hrs) but cheapest.
London Marylebone – Birmingham Moor St; Chiltern Railways (~1h 40 mins), free wifi; nice trains, mid-price. ~10 minutes walk from Moor St to New St for connecting trains to University.
All are cheaper booked in advance.
Eurostar: the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras is 10 minutes walk to London Euston and direct trains to Birmingham.
By Coach
National Express ( and Megabus ( offer services from many UK cities to Birmingham Coach Station, in the city centre. Then recommend the train from Birmingham New St to University.
By car

Parking on campus can be very busy and standard pay and display car parks are expensive. Available ones are;

– North East Car Park Multi Storey (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA – North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SB

– Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU – Pritchatts Park (next car park along after Pritchatts Rd car park)Visitor charges in all locations are: Up to 1 hour £2.00; 1-3 hours £3.00; 3-5 hours £4.00; 5-8 hours £6.00. More information on:

You can park “on the street” in Selly Oak / Selly Park (south of the Bristol Road / A38) for free and then walk ~10 minutes to campus. Again, finding spaces depend on the time of day.

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19th June: Icebreaker meeting and earlybird registration at the Lapworth Museum of Geology

19th June: Optional workshops on
  • TMS Sponsored workshop: Developing Digital Chronostratigraphic Frameworks for Palaeoclimate, Palaeobiological and Biostratigraphic Data Management
  •  IODP-TMS Sponsored workshop: Evolution and Future Sensitivity of the Indo-Pacific Region; Unlocking archives of climate, tectonic and biotic change from International Ocean Discovery Program Expeditions

20th June: Registration & Oral Presentations (AM & early PM); Poster Presentations (PM)

Conference dinner (EVENING): Celebrity Indian Restaurant (

21st June: Oral Presentations (AM & early PM); Poster Presentations (PM)

22nd June: Silurian of Shropshire and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( Closing with a guided visit to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site:

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Registration and abstract submissions will open 1st March and close on 31st May 2017.

Meeting Registration – included icebreaker reception, lunches and tea/coffee breaks:
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[price comment=”per month”]£40[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£80[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£50[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£15[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£10[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£25[/price]
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[price comment=”per month”]£15[/price]
Conference Dinner:

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[price comment=”per month”]£35[/price]
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Conference Field Trip:
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[toggle title=”Accommodation”] Birmingham offers a diverse range of hotels, youth hostels, and Airbnb options. Further details of options will be provided in later circulars and on the website. Although accommodation is available near the UoB campus, we recommend staying in the city centre (close to New Street Station), where there is a greater variety of restaurants, pubs and nightlife. The UoB campus has its own train station (University station), and regular trains connect it to Birmingham New Street (two stops, seven minutes travel time) in the city centre, and Five Ways (one stop, three minutes travel time), which is conveniently located for many hotels. Regular buses also connect the University campus to the city.


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