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TMS Nanno Journal Club

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SEM image of Scyphosphaera porosa, a rare deep-photic coccolithophore

We are excited to announce the initiation of the TMS Nanno Journal Club! This is designed to promote research findings and initiatives on nannoplankton within our group, with the aim to bring our community closer. We intend to distribute a termly email promoting and publicising papers/blogs/etc., that have recently been published by TMS Nanno members in the form of an online Newsletter with the intention of distributing amongst the TMS Nanno mailing list. If you have recently published a paper in an academic peer-reviewed journal, or written a blog on your science and want to advertise it within our group, please consider filling in the following form (it will only take ~5 minutes to complete). With your (and/or the authors permission), we would also be proud to promote your submissions on our TMS Nanno twitter page.

6th Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting 2022

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The Micropalaeontological Society Silicofossil and Palynology Joint meeting will take place on the 30th of June to the 1st of July 2022 at Northumbria University, UK. Virtual attendance through Microsoft Teams will also be an option.

Abstracts on any aspect of palynology or silicofossil research are welcome. Presentations will be either full talks (12 minutes presenting, 3 minutes for questions), or lightening talks (4 minutes presenting, 1 minute for questions). Preference will be given to PhD and MSc students to enable them to present talks in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days of the conference for in-person attendees. A social event on the evening of the 30th June is planned for in-person attendees, with further details to follow (cost likely to be between £20-35 pp).

Abstract submission and registration are open from the 8th of April to the 27th of May and can be accessed on the following link: https://forms.gle/K8oUkJixpbzKNaVz7

Once you have filled in the registration form, please pay the registration fee using the options below

Registration fee is £40 for non-TMS members, £25 for TMS full members and £15 for students, retired TMS members and participants from lower income countries.

Please select your category

Any question can be asked to: tmspaly@gmail.com or tmsocsilico@gmail.com

TMS Newsletter

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We are pleased to announce that the TMS Newsletter for March 2022 is now available to download here.

ISO 19

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The French Ostracodologists’ Group and the International Research Group on Ostracoda are pleased to invite you to attend the 19th International Symposium on Ostracoda that will be held in Lyon at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 from July 18th-22nd 2022.

Hopefully the pandemic situation in France will be better in July than it is at the moment (France accounted for about 10% of the World covid cases this week…). The ISO meetings are rare occasions for ostracodologists of different countries, disciplines, generations to meet and discuss so we’ll do anything we can to maintain the meeting in person.

We would like to strongly encourage the younger generation (MScs, PhDs, Postdocs) to come and present their work in front of our welcoming community. The IRGO will provide at least two travel grants (up to 1000€) to students that have no other source of funds for attending the conference. The two best student abstracts will be selected by the advisory board of SF*IRGO (https://www.support-irgo.net/advisory-board/) for the attribution of these grants and the laureates will be notified on April 30th the latest.

We also know that not every one of you will be able to attend the meeting. Those participants that know, or expect, that they will be unable to attend in person because of travel, health or mobility restrictions will still be able to present their work and follow the conference online. If their abstracts are accepted, they will be invited to submit pre-recorded talks ahead of the meeting and to attend a live virtual Q&A session after their talks. Oral sessions during the meeting will therefore be a mix of predominantly live, in-person presentations and some pre-recorded presentations, presented to both the in-person and virtual audience. The symposium will thus be fully streamed for virtual attendees but social events taking place in Lyon will be for in-person attendees only.

To find out more, visit http://iso2022.univ-lyon1.fr/en

JM Special Issue: submissions call

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We are pleased to announce the following Special Issue of the Journal of Micropalaeontology is now open for submissions.

Advances in Antarctic chronology, paleoenvironment, and paleoclimate using microfossils: Results from recent and legacy coring campaigns

Guest editors: David Harwood, Masao Iwai, Denise K. Kulhanek, R. Mark Leckie, and Francesca Sangiorgi

There have been several International Ocean Discovery Program expeditions to the Antarctic in recent years, including 374 (Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History), 379 (Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History), 382 (Iceberg Alley), and 383 (Dynamics of Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current [DYNAPACC]), as well as numerous national campaigns on oceanographic vessels. These cruises have resulted in an abundance of new studies using microfossils as biostratigraphic and paleoceanographic indicators, identification of new taxa, and advances in geochemical techniques utilizing microfossils or the biomarker they produce. In addition, work on legacy core collections continues to produce new and important Cenozoic records. This special volume provides an opportunity to publish important new studies that will greatly improve our knowledge of Antarctic micropalaeontology and climate evolution in a single special volume.

As of 1 March 2022, authors can submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the JM website: https://editor.copernicus.org/jm/manuscript_registration. The deadline for submission is 31 December 2022. During the registration process it is important that the correct special issue is selected. 

ICP14

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ICP14 logo

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.