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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.

The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference 2019 – Conference Fee Payment

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Thank you for submitting your registration (if you haven’t done this already, please return to The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference 2019 to register before paying).

Please select your “Conference registration” below, and “Add to Cart”.

If you are also attending the conference dinner/field trips/workshops: please use the “continue shopping” button on the PayPal Cart to return to this page, and continue to add items until your PayPal Cart matches your selections indicated during registration.

1 – Conference Registration

Please select your catagory

2 – Conference Dinner Registration

Please select your catagory

Foram-Nanno 2019, 1st-4th July 2019, Switzerland

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The Conference and Workshops will occur over 3 days scheduled in July 2019 and will be held in Fribourg located at the feet of the Pre-Alps, in the heart of Switzerland. The old town, founded in 1157, with its narrow streets, its old wooden bridges, museums, restaurants and very picturesque views is one of the most attractive mediaeval city in Europe. Not too big, not too small, Fribourg represents a typical example of the Swiss life style (http://www.fr.ch/ville-fribourg/).

The Department of Geosciences (Chemin du Musée, 6) will host the Workshops. The TMS Conference will be in the Perolles 2, Building PER22, Auditoire Joseph Deiss.

The University Campus Pérolles is at walking distance from all Hotels (about 10-15 minutes). From the station, following the Boulevard de Pérolles until a yellow tower-like building, this is Campus Pérolles.

A map will be provided in the second circular.

An Excursion taking place after the meeting will explore both the geology and the suggestive Swiss Pre-Alps landscape, with a unique chocolate experience.

For full conference information including scientific programme and important advice, please download this flyer:


Conference registration steps:

Registration deadline: 30th April 2019

1 – Register for conference using online form

2 – Pay registration fees

Please transfer the corresponding amount corresponding to your requirement (e.g. Registration, plus Conference Dinner, plus Field Trip for TMS Member = 170 CHF) to the bank account here below.

Banque Cantonale de Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg

Beneficiary: Université de Fribourg, Administration, 1700 Fribourg

Account : 01.10.040176-00

Clearing : 768

IBAN : CH56 0076 8011 0040 1760 0

SWIFT : BEFRCH22

Payment reference : TE-758 Micropaléontologie

Please check that your transfer correspond to the exact sum and does include also the bank fees.

Payment is also possible on-site as Late Registration.

3 – Submit abstract (if applicable)

Download and construct your abstract, and email back to
silvia.spezzaferri@unifr.ch to complete your submission

BSRG workshop: palynological applications to sedimentology, 17th-19th February 2019, Scotland

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We are pleased to announce our 2019 BSRG palynology workshop led by Dr. Adam  McArthur and Dr. Alena Ebinghaus from the universities of Leeds and Aberdeen and Dr. Manuel Vieira from Shell. This two day workshop is aimed at postgraduate students and early career geoscientists interested in gaining an introductory overview into palynology and its wide-reaching applications. This trip will also include a core workshop based on sediments from an impact crater lake fill sequence and a team exercise showcasing the power of integrating palynological data into environmental models, particularly applicable to hydrocarbon exploration.

More Info:

Microfossil Image Competition 2019

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2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three 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), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

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