News from the Sector – March

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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

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.

Registration is also now open for the annual NatSCA conference and AGM, this year titled Dead Interesting: Secrets of Collections Success. Early Bird Registration closes on the 21st March 2019 (it says ‘by 22nd March’ and you pay more ‘from 22nd’ so I’d err on the side of caution and assume Early Bird Registration closes on the 21st March). Registration is done via Eventbrite.

NatSCA is offering two Conference Bursaries of up to £250 each, to help you attend the conference in May. The deadline for bursary applications is this coming Monday, 11th March.

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, members or not.

It’s all about registering this month… Registration for the joint meeting of the Society for the History of Natural History and us, the Geological Curators’ Group called Trading Nature, is now open. There is an entire session on geosciences, chaired by the GCG. Registration can be done via our website.

The Museums Association is holding an event called Future of Museums: Learning and Engagement, on 27th March 2019. This one-day conference will look at the latest understanding of how adults and children learn, examine historical perspectives on museum learning and engagement, and assess how that might work in the future.

Again with the registrations… You can also now register 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.

The Dickinson Museum Centre in North Dakota, is hosting a two day symposium with multiple field trip options either side, focusing on Cretaceous and Paleogene Vertebrate Paleontology of the Western Interior. The deadline for abstracts is 2nd May.

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Exhibitions and Events

TOMORROW the 6th March, is the next PubSci, held every month at the Old Kings Head in London. This month Dr Simon Hayley will be talking on How Behavioural Economics Shapes Your Choices. ‘Simon will examine how the comparatively new field of behavioural economics is used to shape the choices we make, often without our knowledge’.

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. The talk, titled Unlocking the Story of the Chalk of East Anglia, will 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.

Supported by a large number of institutions, including the Geological Society the show Dinomania CLOSES ON THE 23rd March. It is being shown at the New Diorama Theatre, in central London. The description refers to Gideon Mantell and the finding of THAT Iguanodon tooth- ‘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. 197 years ago, in safe, affluent 1820s Sussex, a country doctor finds the tooth. But where does it fit in the story of an earth created by God just 6,000 years ago? Dinomania is a story of scientific endeavour, bitter rivalry and terrible lizards’.

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’ also closes this 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.

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is set for 3rd to the 5th May. There will be exhibitions, performances, stalls, talks, and walks, and is an absolutely wonderful weekend. Plus if you haven’t been to Lyme Regis before, there is a Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, and the Lyme Regis Museum which also houses geoscience collections.

Just opened at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is a research showcase called ‘Illuminating the Start of Early Animal Life‘. It focuses on the 560 million year old Ediacaran faunas and will run until the 15th February 2020, so you have a year to get there!

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Job Vacancies

National Museum of Ireland is looking for a Head of Collections. The deadline is 5pm on the 8th March 2019.

Glasgow Life is advertising for an Assistant Curator of Natural History with Glasgow Museums. The deadline is 10th March 2019.

UCL Culture at University College London is advertising for a Curator (Collections – Science). The deadline is 24th 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 before leaving it until the last minute!

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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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