News from the Sector- September

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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 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 Cowes Yacht Haven, in the port town of Cowes, on the Isle of Wight. You can follow the action on Twitter if you aren’t able to attend.

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.

Here at the Geological Curators’ Group we have an event coming up called the Fakes Workshop, on the 9th October 2019 at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. Learn your fakes from your fossils, and your meteorites from your meteorwrongs! Booking is now open and tickets are selling fast!

The Pest Odyssey Network and Care of Collections Group Open Meeting will be on the 16th October 2019 at the Museum Collection Centre, Birmingham Museums Trust. Booking is through EventBrite, just follow the link above.

The Palaeobotany and Palynology Specialist Groups are holding a joint meeting on the 23rd and 24th October 2019, hosted by The Linnean Society of London. You don’t need to book in advance, and the event is free.

Geo-East is holding a one day conference on the 23rd November at the British Antarctic Survey’s Aurora Centre in Cambridge, called Jurassic East. ‘Subjects covered during the day will include our region’s fascinating Jurassic geology and palaeontology, our legacy landscapes and the Jurassic collections of the Sedgwick Museum.’

Our (that is, the Geological Curators’ Group) 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 meeting will take place at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, and is set to include a drinks reception and conference dinner. We will announce more information on our events page, as soon as we have it.

The annual conference and AGM of the Palaeontological Association will be hosted by the University of Valencia, from the 18th to the 20th December. 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 exhibition Evolution as Inspiration at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, is closing NEXT WEEK, 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.”

A new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology called ‘Displays of Power: A Natural History of Empire‘ opens on the 19th September 2019. The description makes it sound well worth a visit: ‘Once you’ve seen how Empire shaped the Grant Museum collection, you’ll never look at natural history museums in the same way again.  When the practice of collecting animals for science was at its height, so was the British Empire. This free exhibition connects the specimens in the Grant Museum to a wider history of science and Empire, by asking one simple question: “How did all these things come to be here in the first place?” ‘.

The Natural History Museum London’s famous Diplodocus- Dippy, is currently 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.

The British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers exhibition at Tring Natural History Museum, closes on the 11th October 2019. ‘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 explores the diversity of our earth through imagery. It opens on the 19th November at Grizedale Visitors Centre, Grizedale, Ambleside, and runs until the 20th April 2020. The photographs cover four categories: People, nature, place and changing forests.

An exhibition dedicated to our moon has opened at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. “Reconnect with the wonders of the Moon through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, and discover how it has captivated and inspired us throughout history.” The Moon is open from now until the 5th January 2020.

The Fossil Swamp is on at National Museum Cardiff, part of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and is due to 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 few peripheral posts to geosciences, but could be of interest to some: Vacancy for Early Stage Researcher on coral growth and bioerosion rates, in order to document the ecosystem functioning of fossil and modern reefs in Coral Triangle, closing date 11th September 2019; Vacancy for Early Stage Researcher on gastropod faunas and their taxonomic and functional diversity, in order to document the ecosystem functioning of fossil and modern reefs in the Coral Triangle, closing date 11th September 2019; and Head of Life Sciences, closing date 30th September 2019.

Although not a geological sort of a role, a collections role has come up at Kew Gardens; Collections Manager – Economic Botany. The deadline is 25th 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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