News from the Sector – February

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News from the Sector is a monthly blog series featuring the latest geological and palaeontological news, jobs, exhibitions, and conferences. If you or your institution has anything they would like to add, or advertise on GCG’s News from the Sector, please get in touch at

Conferences and Workshops

The Museums Association is running a one day conference Moving on Up: Making an Impact with your Career on the 27th February at Nottingham Contemporary. ‘The event aims to help you increase your confidence, meet new contacts and find out about innovative and creative ways of getting ahead rather than just relying on traditional career paths’. Booking is through their website.

Registration is now open for the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, due to take place from the 27th to the 30th August, 2019. Deadline for abstracts is the 11th March. Early Bird registration and field trip registration closes on the 15th May.

The third of The Geological Society’s Career and Industry Days is being held in London, at the Royal School of Mines on Exhibition Road, on the 20th March. Attendance is free but you do need to register via Eventbrite.

On the 22nd March the Linnean Society is holding a conference Diversity within Natural History. ‘This meeting aims to celebrate the known and hidden contributions of ethnic minorities to natural history, while also trying to address issues ethnic minorities currently face. Talks will cover the unsung heroes of the past, current experiences within natural history research and also the future and what initiatives are underway to counteract this narrative’. The conference is just £15 to all.

Registration is open for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) annual conference, due to take place at the Field Museum in Chicago, from the 25th to the 31st May. The theme will be Making the Case for Natural History.

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Exhibitions and Events

On the 18th February, come to the London Jewellery Showroom for Jewels from the Land Down Under– ‘A chance to learn about and see some of Australia’s beautiful coloured gemstones, brought to London by gemstone dealer and expert Ian Bone of Jewels of Queensland, who works with miners in Queensland to mine and polish opals, sapphires, chrysoprase and natural zircons from the area. Many of the miners live and work on their own out in the bush, mining for gemstones buried deep in the ancient landscapes of the outback. It’s addictive stuff, searching for hidden treasures. Find out what makes these stones unique and the history and fascinating geology behind them’. Tickets are £5 and booking is through Eventbrite.

Supported by The Geological Society (and many others) the show Dinomania opens on the 19th February and runs until the 23rd March, at the New Diorama Theatre, London. The description is enticing- ‘165 million years ago, an Iguanodon is killed in the heart of a rainforest. Time passes, the rainforest becomes the South Downs, and every part of the Iguanodon degrades and disappears – except one tooth’. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m definitely going to go!

The Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group runs a lecture series and the next event will be on the 20th February. The lecture ‘Swimming Plesiosaurs and Flying Dinosaurs; Palaeontology at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham’ will be given by Dr Adam Smith (he will also be talking a little about Chinese dinosaur discoveries). Due to take place at 7.30pm in St Francis Church Hall, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, doors open from 7pm. Please check the venue before you travel as they can change.

For family activities then- also on the 20th February– the now pretty famous Lapworth Museum of Geology will be hosting the Jurassic Marine Monsters – Family Fun Day. Open between 10am and 5pm.

The Essex Gem and Mineral Show, hosted by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society, will take place in Romford on Saturday 23rd February. To quote one ERMS member; ‘It is one of only a handful of ‘proper’ collectors’ fairs around Britain’, so clearly you won’t want to miss it.

The Cheltenham Trust‘s exhibition Enduring Eye: the Antarctic legacy of Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley closes soon, on the 24th February.

The Cambridge Geological Society lecture series continues on the 11th March with Matthew Gleeson, who will be presenting The Explosive History of the Galapagos Archipelago. Unless stated otherwise, lectures are held at 91 – 93 Hartington Grove, Cambridge.

Also in Cheltenham, on the 18th March, is an evening talk by Dr Sarah Evans- Hidden Histories of Women and Exploration. Booking is via email, please see the link for details.

On the 21st March, the Geological Society of Norfolk lecture series brings you The Paul Whittlesea Lecture, to be delivered by Mark Woods from the British Geological Survey. (Title to be announced). Talks begin at 7.30pm, at the University of East Anglia.

Simon Pirani of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, is giving a lecture on the past, present and future of fossil fuels called Seeking a Future Free of Fossil Fuels: Why the Past Matters on the 21st March. Due to take place at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London. It will be hosted by the Energy Futures Lab and the Sustainable Gas Institute. Registration is free, via Eventbrite.

The exhibition Jurassic Skies – When Dinosaurs Took to the Air– ‘An exhibition exploring how dinosaurs took to the air and the origin of birds. In collaboration with National Museum Wales’ closes next month on the 24th March.

The Royal Veterinary College in London is hosting a spectacular sounding event called Night at the Vet College: DawnDinos, for National Biomechanics Day. DawnDinos is a five year project ‘Testing the locomotor superiority hypothesis for early dinosaurs’. The event will take place on the 10th April from 5.30pm to 10pm and is free, but you need to book a place via EventBrite.

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Job Vacancies

The Natural History Museum London is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in palaeobiology/evolutionary biology, as part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Molecules meet Fossils. Deadline for applications is 9am on the 4th March 2019.

The Royal College of Surgeons is recruiting for an Assistant Curator. The deadline for applications is the 4th March 2019.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is advertising for an Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology. The deadline for applications seems to be the 1st April 2019, double check that before applying!


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News from the Sector is compiled by Dr Emma Nicholls, Deputy Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

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