News from the Sector- August

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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 sixth Popularizing Palaeontology Workshop will take place on 2nd and 3rd September this year at King’s College London, with the ever popular palaeoart evening event accompanying the workshop scheduled for the 2nd September. You can book this event; Palaeontology in Popular Culture: Discussion Event and Pop-Up Exhibition, for free via Eventbrite.

Registration is still open for the 8th Symposium about Dinosaur Palaeontology and their Environment. It will be held from the 5th-7th September 2019 at the Teatro Auditorio Gran Casino in Salas de los Infantes, near Burgos, in Spain. Further details 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. Abstract submission has now closed, but you can still book to attend. For more information, 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.

The super Geological Curators’ Group (is that biased?) is holding a workshop on geological fakery. Learn how to identify the fakes amongst the fossils, and learn your meteorites from your meteorwrongs (hah!) The Fakes Workshop will take place at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh, on the 9th October 2019. For more information please see our events page.

Another amazing GCG event will be our Annual Conference and AGM. Due to take place from the 10th to the 11th December 2019, the theme is yet to be announced but we can tell you it will be at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge. We will put further details on our events page, as soon as we have it.

The annual conference and AGM of the Palaeontological Association will take place in Spain this year, from the 18th to the 20th December, at 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

Not really an ‘exhibition’ as such, but the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences recently collaborated with artist Emily Manning on making a model of the plesiosaur Cryptoclidus eurymerus. You can read all about it on our blog Nessie’s New Look, and even vote for it in the Museums in Cambridgeshire’s Object of the Year Awards.

The art exhibition Evolution as Inspiration at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is closing next month on the 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”. Blimey.

The Natural History Museum London’s Dippy the Diplodocus is now at the Great North Museum: Hancock, in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is starring in an exhibition called Dippy on Tour; A Natural History Adventure, which will run until the 6th October 2019.

The palaeontological exhibition British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers at Tring Natural History Museum will also close in October, on the 11th. ‘Explore the surprising diversity of British dinosaur species and find out about the dinosaurs that still live among us in our gardens and parks’.

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.

A new photographic exhibition called Earth Photo, exploring the diversity of our earth through imagery, will open on the 19th November at Grizedale Visitors Centre, Grizedale, Ambleside. It will run until the 20th April 2020 and covers four categories: People, nature, place, and changing forests.

The Fossil Swamp exhibition is now open at National Museum Cardiff, part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and will run 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

The Natural History Museum London has a vacancy for a Computational BiologistThe deadline is 9am on Tuesday 20 August 2019.

The Natural History Museum in Tring is looking for a Museum and Housekeeping Assistant. The deadline is 9am on the 26th August 2019.

A bit off piste, but Dorset County Museum is advertising for a Thomas Hardy Exhibition Project Curator. The deadline is 12pm on the 29th August 2019.

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is advertising for three Collections Assistants. The deadline for all is 12pm on the 2nd September 2019.

The University of Glasgow has three geology-related positions available: Lecturer in Geospatial Data Science, Lecturer in Planetary Geoscience, and Lecturer in Biogeoscience. The deadline for all is the 2nd September 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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