News from the Sector – June

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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

Mammoths and CITES

This doesn’t fit into any of the below categories, but we felt it was worth sharing with you so I’ve popped it here. NatSCA (the Natural Sciences Collections Association) has published an article on the possible impact Brexit may have on natural sciences collections in the UK called Brexit and the Customs Union: The Practical Impact on Museums. It is a very interesting article, worth a read, particularly as (for example) there is a current proposal to list mammoth ivory under CITES Appendix II.

Conferences and Workshops

The 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, is due to take place from the 27th to the 30th August, 2019 at The University of Glasgow, Scotland. For more information or to register, please follow the link above.

The 8th Symposium about Dinosaur Palaeontology and their Environment, due to be held 5th-7th September 2019, will be the 20th anniversary of this triennial symposium. The venue is the Teatro Auditorio Gran Casino of Salas de los Infantes, in Burgos, Spain. The deadline for abstracts and early bird registration is 12th July. Further details, including the first three circulars, are available at the above link.

The 28th meeting of the Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation (SPPC), and the 67th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) will be held from the 10th to the 14th September 2019, at the fantastic museum Dinosaur Isle, on the Isle of Wight. “Two field excursions will accompany the meetings; the first will run part in parallel with a workshop session on the 10th September, as part of SPPC. The second will be a fieldtrip, currently scheduled for the 14th September, either to the Late Eocene or to the west coast to look in more detail at the Wessex Formation”. For more information as it becomes available, please see their website.

The Museums Association Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Brighton this year, from the 3rd to the 5th October. The theme is ‘Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World’, and will explore current social and political upheaval, demographic changes, rising inequalities and climate change. Early Bird Registration closes on the 31st July.

Here at the Geological Curators’ Group we have planned an event on geological fakery called the Fakes Workshop, from the 9th to the 10th October 2019 at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. For more information as it becomes available, please see our events page.

Also a GCG event, our Annual Conference and AGM are due to take place from the 10th to the 11th December 2019. The theme is yet to be announced, but we’re sure you’ll want to Save the Date nevertheless! The conference will take place at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. We will announce more information on our events page, as soon as we have it.

It seems to be all about Spain this year, as the annual conference and AGM of PalAss (the Palaeontological Association) will also be there in 2019, from the 18th to the 20th December. It will be hosted by the University of Valencia. There are two field trips planned, one pre-conference from 15th – 17th December, and one post-conference on the 21st December. More information can be found on the PalAss website.

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Exhibitions and Events

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is currently on at the Natural History Museum, London. If you would like to see it there, you only have three weeks left as it closes on the 30th June 2019.

A new exhibition at the (relatively) recently re-opened University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, is called Evolution as Inspiration. The exhibition runs from 17th May until 15th September 2019. Sir David Attenborough said of the exhibition; “There is a new dimension to the Museum’s exhibits… in this amazing, unprecedented, unique and unforgettable exhibition. It’s a joy.” Well, there you go!

I’m enjoying tracing the journey of the Natural History Museum London’s Dippy the Diplodocus in order to give you updates so, here is the latest! Dippy is now at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, where it features in an exhibition called Dippy on Tour; A Natural History Adventure. The exhibition runs from the 18th May 2019, until the 6th October 2019.

A new exhibition called British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers just opened last week at Tring Natural History Museum. ‘Explore the surprising diversity of British dinosaur species and find out about the dinosaurs that still live among us in our gardens and parks’. Open until the 11th October 2019.

The Linnean Society of London is holding an afternoon event called The Impostor Syndrome: Why successful people often feel like frauds. It will be held at the Linnean Society in Burlington House, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, on the 9th November 2019. Relevant to many fields, no doubt including our own.

The Fossil Swamp is a new exhibition at National Museum Cardiff, part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. It opened last week and is due to run for a year, until the 17th May 2020. “This new exhibition reveals a snapshot in time from 300 million years ago – when a vast tropical swamp covered what is now Wales. The Fossil Swamp had monster plants, giant insects, thunderstorms and floods.”

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Job Vacancies

Birmingham Museums are looking for a Research Assistant (Science and Industry)Deadline 1st July 2019.

Although not curatorial, there is a whole host of geoscience jobs on this site: Geoscience Research and Technical Jobs.

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Send us Your Stuff

If you would like to contribute content to our monthly blog series News from the Sector (and get some free advertising!), please get in touch with Emma Nicholls, email

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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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Please note, events listed above are not necessarily endorsed by the Geological Curators’ Group. If you have any concerns about a listing, please get in touch with Blog Editor, Emma Nicholls, at

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