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ICP14

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Dear Paleoceanography community and friends,

We are excited to announce that registration and abstract submission for ICP14 are now open! Please visit the ICP14 homepage for registration and lots more information about the conference.

We remain hopeful that we can arrange ICP14 as the vibrant conference it always is and only need to use the virtual component to broaden participation and opportunities for interaction. However, we keep monitoring the pandemic situation closely and will send further updates in case changes need to be made.

Important deadlines:

  • Early Bird registration: Feb 28, 2022
  • Travel /virtual participation grant application, including abstract submission for those applying: Feb 28, 2022
    • (Note: those applying for travel/virtual participation grants can register until April 20, 2022 at the early bird rate)
  • Abstract submission: April 3, 2022
  • All Presenters must register by April 20, 2022
  • Changes to participation mode (virtual/on-site) until April 20, 2022

The Scientific Committee is in the final stages of completing an exciting plenary program and we have ample space in the program for extended poster sessions. A range of field trips are planned to allow you to experience the fantastic glacially formed landscape surrounding Bergen.

You can also find an updated weather prediction on the website!

If you would like to organize a pre- or post-conference meeting or workshop in Bergen and need help with logistics, let us know at sec.icp14@uib.no. (please write “ICP14 workshops” in the subject line).

For the musicians among you, please sign up in the registration form to join the stage at the Paleomusicology concert. And finally, following tradition we are looking for hosts for ICP15, so please get in touch with us at sec.icp14@uib.no if you are interested in giving a pitch for hosting ICP in 2025.

Best regards,

The ICP14 local organizing committee

Cocco catch-up

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There will be a pre-christmas Cocco Catch-up on the 14th December on Zoom. More details can be found on the event page.

Obituary for Professor John Murray

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We were very sorry to hear of the death of Professor John Murray in late October 2021. John had a long and distinguished academic career at Imperial College London, The Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, Bristol University, Exeter University and finally Southampton, carrying out research on numerous topics related to benthic foraminifera. He was outstanding as both a teacher and researcher and will be greatly missed in both the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and in the world of foraminiferal research. He will also be sorely missed in our society. John was a member of the society from its foundation in 1970, as the British Micropalaeontological Group. He was secretary of the Foraminifera specialist group in 1972-1973,  and Chairman of the society from 1978 to 1980. He edited the Journal of Micropaleontology from 1994 to 1997. In each of the roles he was supremely efficient and made major contributions to development of the society, in recognition of this he was made an Honorary Member of the Society in 2005. The Society also recognised his outstanding scientific contributions to Micropalaeontology, awarding him the Brady Medal, the highest honour of the society, in 2007. His achievements to that date are summarised in the commendation for the award – although since he continued a high-level of scientific output that summary is in need of updating. 

Our knowledge of microfossils and their role in global ecology has been built by the work of numerous micropalaeontologists and John was one of the best, and one of the kindest.  

Written by Dr Jeremy Young, on behalf of the Micropalaeontological Society committee

Latest papers

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Two new papers have been published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology:

Late Eocene–early Miocene evolution of the southern Australian subtropical front: a marine palynological approach

Frida S. Hoem, Isabel Sauermilch, Suning Hou, Henk Brinkhuis, Francesca Sangiorgi, and Peter K. Bijl

Semantic segmentation of vertebrate microfossils from computed tomography data using a deep learning approach

Yemao Hou, Mario Canul-Ku, Xindong Cui, Rogelio Hasimoto-Beltran, and Min Zhu

New papers

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The latest papers published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology are now available online:

Revised taxonomy and early evolution of fasciculiths at the Danian–Selandian transition

Francesco Miniati, Carlotta Cappelli, and Simonetta Monechi

Upper Eocene planktonic foraminifera from northern Saudi Arabia: implications for stratigraphic ranges

Bridget S. Wade, Mohammed H. Aljahdali, Yahya A. Mufrreh, Abdullah M. Memesh, Salih A. AlSoubhi, and Iyad S. Zalmout