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TMS Annual Conference 2020

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Micropalaeontology in the 21st Century

Registration is now open

This year’s Annual Conference, will take place online, 11th to 13th November 2020. The three days will consist of a combination of keynote speakers, open talks and posters. For more information, click here.

As part of the conference we are also holding a one day workshop on Tuesday 10th November to discuss Microfossil Geochemistry.

TMS newsletter

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The September edition of the TMS newsletter has now been published and is available for download here (along with all the previous editions).

First circular for INA18

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The 18th International Nannoplankton Association Meeting will be held at the Palais des Papes Conference Centre, Avignon, France between 29th August and 2th September 2021. We hope that everyone will be able to travel safely a year from now, and we are looking forward to a large turnout from the entire calcareous nannoplankton community, especially from those within Europe.

As is the tradition, we plan to organize a 1-day fieldtrip on the Sunday 29th August (followed by the Icebreaker Party), and a 2-day fieldtrip after the conference (3-4th September). Both will be in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Region.

In the autumn, there will be a call for session and workshop proposals, so please start thinking about anything you are interested in proposing. Further information can be found at the conference website: https://ina18.sciencesconf.org/, which we will update as the conference dates approach with registration details etc. We expect to open early-bird registration in early 2021.

We look forward to hosting you in Avignon,
Sincerely,
The INA18 organisers: L. Beaufort, C. Bolton & B. Suchéras-Marx
CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France
ina18 (at) cerege.fr

TMS statement on Black Lives Matter

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As a society which has members globally, TMS denounces racism in all its forms and stands in firm support and solidarity with our Black & Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) Community Members, colleagues and friends – wherever in the world you might be. We stand with you, we thank you, we see you, we hear you.

TMS welcomes all comments and feedback about our initiatives & events, to create a more equitable, diverse, accessible and inclusive TMS (more soon) and to start and continue conversations about how we can best support everybody in the community, ongoing action is needed.

If you are interested to learn more, and about how you can support the Black and BIPOC community, The Paleontological Society has compiled a great list of resources, which we encourage you to look at: https://www.paleosoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Paleontological-Society-How-to-Be-an-Anti-Racism-Ally.pdf .

#BlackLivesMatter

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2020

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2020 Calendar

Following another successful year, our 2020 calendars are now sold out.

Prices are the same as last year (£10 (UK), £12 (EU) and £14 (international)). Payment is via Paypal, and prices include postage

The society will print a fixed number of these calendars in the first instance, with additional print runs possible depending on demand. All proceeds will contribute towards supporting TMSoc activities.

Details of the winners can be found on the TMSoc twitter page!


Pricing Table

  • Post to UK
  • £10
  • Post to EU
  • £12
  • Post to outside EU
  • £14

Microfossil Image Competition 2020

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2019 will be the fifth year The Micropalaeontological Society will be running the Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last four years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017, 2018) whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

We would like to continue this success and The Micropalaeontological Society is therefore pleased to announce the start of the 2019/20 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 2020.

We will be accepting images until 30th September 2019 at 2359 Pacific Standard Time. 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.

All images are judged by the TMS committee (mix of early career and senior scientists from a variety of institutions), however not all committee members take part – only those who are able to. We give committee members a choice to participate, as it is recognised that competition judging is external to their main committee role. Thus this activity is made fully inclusive i.e. personal and caring responsibilities are taken into account. Images are all anonymised to ensure the judging process is fair and free from bias. The judging process in general will be double blind (the panel is never announced publicly)

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. Micropalaeo-geochem hybrid scientists are most welcome to send in images.

Twelve winning images will be selected for the calendar, with one image being chosen as the overall winner of the 2019/20 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, with all proceeds contributing towards supporting TMSoc activities. Prices will be around £10 (UK), £12 (EU) and £14 (International). Prices include postage.

Images should be submitted via this form https://forms.gle/ZjpLLqMpK4pMsMzM6 OR via email (Download Form Here). Please put TMS Calendar Competition Submission as the subject title.

Submissions should be high-resolution (300dpi) JPEG or TIFF files (less than 20mb).  If you have any problems please contact us.

– Your image blurb should be easily understood by a member of the public (test out your blurb on a family member if you aren’t sure!)

– Do not include anything within the blurb which might identify you, for example an sample site, or laboratory location that your image was taken in. If you are selected as a winner you will be able to refine your blurb, this is just a precaution we are taking to make sure the judging process is fully anonymised.

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.