The Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Joint Meeting 2012

Interdisciplinary advances in foraminiferal and nannofossil research

21-22 June 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland


The co-convenors welcome you all to take part in our annual TMS joint Foram/Nannofossil Group meeting to be held at the The University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls on 21 – 22 June 2012.

Edinburgh Skyline
The city of Edinburgh skyline
University of Edinburgh Logo
The meeting is hosted at the University of Edinburgh

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The theme of this years meeting is Interdisciplinary advances in foraminiferal and nannofossil research. We hope that this open theme will attract submissions from the whole breadth of our science. The meeting will consist of short oral presentations and extended poster sessions on both days. As always for the Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups joint meetings, our priority will be to maximise opportunities for students to present and discuss their research. We also invite you to join us for a one-day field excursion on the 23 June to view Hutton’s ‘unconformity’ at Siccar Point and the Lower Carboniferous reefs of the Lower Limestone Group, which have well preserved microfauna.

Prof. Kate Darling, Dr. Kath Evans, Dr. Magali Schweizer and Dr. Tom Russon

Meeting Scientific Committee
Prof. Kate Darling (Foram group), Dr. Phil Sexton (Foram group), Dr. Karl-Heinz Baumann (Nannofossil group) and Dr. Tom Dunkley-Jones (Nannofossil group)

Registration and conference fees

Meeting fees, including lunch & coffee/tea on both days, are as follows:
TMS member £60
TMS member (student) £40
TMS non-member £65
TMS non-member (student) £45

The early registration deadline has now passed. Attendance at the meeting may still be possible, although a mandatory additional fee of £10 will be added to registration costs. If you wish to apply to attend, please download and complete the registration form and submit it as soon as possible by email to Dr Kath Evans, who will then confirm whether attendance is possible and if so, how the conference fees will be collected. Please use one registration form per person.

Presentations and abstracts

The deadline for abstract submission has now passed. Please note that no abstract will be considered for inclusion in the final programme unless it has been accompanied by a completed registration form with payment. Late registrees to the meeting wishing to submit an abstract should contact Dr. Kate Darling with message subject: “TMS FG & NG Abstract” to enquire as to whether this is possible.

Oral presentations: the allocated time for oral presentations will be 15 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion.

Posters: should be prepared in English as A0 (118.9 cm x 84.2 cm) in portrait format.

Conference BBQ

This will be held in the South Hall Meeting Room and Garden. Participation at the BBQ will cost £25 (including drinks) per person. Menu will include a vegetarian option.

Field Excursion

The meeting will be followed by a field trip to the East Lothian coast on Saturday 23rd June. Participation will cost £15 per person. The bus will leave from the Pollock Halls at 09.00, returning around 18:45. Bring hammer, sample bags and camera!! We will have a lunch stop for a picnic (to bring with you in the morning). We will visit Hutton’s world-famous geological ‘unconformity’ at Siccar Point and the Catcraig section of the Dinantian Calciferous Sandstone Measures and reefs of the Lower Limestone Group, which have well preserved microfauna. If there is time we hope to visit the North Berwick sea bird centre which overlooks the Bass Rock, a volcanic plug of phonolitic trachyte rock of Carboniferous (Dinantian) age. This is the largest single rock gannetry in the world and together with the other Forth River estuary islands constitutes a mega sea bird colony extravaganza. These can be view from remote cameras from the sea bird centre. There is a charge for this but it is very worthwhile.

Preliminary Program and Deadlines

30th April
Deadline for early registration and abstract submission

20th June
18:00-22:00 Welcome reception and registration Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Neftex Logo Reception kindly sponsored by Shell. Neftex Logo Drinks reception kindly sponsored by Neftex.

21st June South Hall Conference Centre, Pollock Halls
08:30 On-site registration
09:00 – 18:00 Scientific programme South Hall
19:00 – 23:00 BBQ South Hall Meeting Room

22nd June South Hall Conference Centre, Pollock Halls
09:00-18:00 Scientific programme South Hall
Free evening

23rd June Field trip.
09:00 Meet Pollock Halls
18:45 Return Pollock Halls


There is a range of Edinburgh University accommodation available on the Pollock Halls site and across the city. Please consult the Edinburgh University First website. Early booking is highly recommended to obtain accommodation at the best possible prices. Edinburgh is a very popular place and accommodation can become scarce!