News from the Sector – June

As you can imagine, due to the weird world in which we are now (temporarily) living, the original list of events and exhibitions that we would update each month has been impacted by a great many cancellations and closures. However, there are some fantastic events are being held online.

Much like the rest of you no doubt, we hope normal service will resume very soon, but in the meantime- GCG sends its best wishes to you all.  Our thoughts are with everyone, and particularly those especially struggling at this time. Stay safe, stay connected, and look after your physical and mental well being as best you can.

Images in banner © Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Online Events

Starting today (Monday 23rd June 2020) and running all of this week are two social media events to support and celebrate black astronomers and black hikers. The @BlackAFinSTEM Twitter feed has lots of information and is a great place to start in looking for those joining in with these fantastic and important events. #BlackInAstro is the hashtag for Black Astronomers and, although not specifically geological, there is also the #BlackHikersWeek hashtag to follow for lots of photos and chatter about the great outdoors!

The Envisioning Collections Management for the Evolving Biodiversity Data Lifecycle symposium, originally scheduled as part of the SPNHC & ICOMNATHIST 2020 Conference, is taking place on 23rd June 2020 from 8am to 10am EDT (1pm-3pm BST).

The Pal(a)eo PERCS seminar series is “designed to showcase the research of Early Career Researchers in paleo- (ntology, ecology, ceanography, climate, etc). This is intended as a venue to share research and strengthen our global community.” Upcoming talks include The Seawater Carbon Inventory at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum by Laura Haynes on the 23rd June 2020; and Size and shape variation in the calcareous nannoplankton genus Braarudosphaera following the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction: Clues as to its evolutionary success by Heather Jones on 30th June 2020.

The Geological Society London are holding their June Public Lecture online: Strategies in times of crisis – lessons from past marine ecosystems. The lecture will take place on the 23rd June 2020, from 6pm – 7pm BST. You can register via the above link on Eventbrite.

The GeolSoc also has an event on the 24th June 2020: Geology Student Enrolment Summit– “If you wish to take part/attend as an individual or as the representative of your organisation, please email us at and explain (in no more than 250 words) how you plan on positively contributing. Please note that, due to limited numbers/capacity, only one representative from a particular organisation/institution will be permitted, in order to ensure that the group is small enough to effectively advance our goals.Virtual meeting details will be sent to those selected to participate.”

The Early Career Network of the Geological Society of London is holding an online panel discussion on The effects of COVID-19 on the geosciences and related industries on the 24th June 2020, from 11:30am-1pm BST. Registration is via Eventbrite.

The Natural History Museum London has moved their monthly Lates online. The theme for the June event, on 26th June 2020, is Space. The evening will comprise two live events: Space Panel Discussion 7.30-8.15pm BST; and Quiz: The Final Frontier 8.30-9.15pm BST.

The Virtual Pest Odyssey Annual IPM meeting will take place on 8th July 2020, from 12.45-3.45pm. The theme of the meeting is Pest Off with Covid and other stories. It costs £3 to register in order to cover administration costs, and you can register via Eventbrite.

The West Midlands Regional Group: Chartership Evening is taking place on the 14th July 2020 with speaker Shaun Richardson. “Registration is required to attend the meeting. To reserve a place, please email the committee via We will respond in advance of the meeting with the relevant access details.”

A few networks and institutions have set up weekly events to keep us informed, entertained and connected. Here are a couple, but please let us know ( of any others that should be added to this list:

SedsOnline is an online webinar series sponsored by the International Association of Sedimentologists. They have a webinar every Wednesday at 4pm BST, as well as regular communal Coffee Breaks!

The Natural History Museum, London is hosting Nature Live Online every Tuesday at 12pm BST and Friday at 10.30am BST. Recent titles include; Volcanoes, Rivers of Mars, and Termites.

The following events are currently still scheduled to take place. However, please check the websites of the specific events for the most up to date information.

The Symposium on Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation (SPPC) will take place on 16th September 2020 at the Natural History Museum London. The SPPC is intended as a forum in which professionals, amateurs and researchers alike, interested in all aspects of preparation, conservation, model-making and related subjects, can participate. Recent years have seen a drop in attendance at SPPC and the future of this symposium has subsequently come into question. SPPC 2020 will be pivotal in determining the future existence of the symposium, and we hope that you will support the conference this year if you would like to see it continue.

As stated, the SPPC (above) will be immediately followed by the Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), due to run from the 16th to the 19th September 2020. A loose programme is already available on the website, including the location of the field trip which will take place at Crystal Palace Park, to be led by the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.

The Marine Reptile Conference will take place at the Etches Collection: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Kimmeridge, Dorset from the 29th September to the 1st October 2020. ‘The primary focus will be on the fossil record, covering both marine reptiles and other organisms which formed part of their ecosystems, however a session will also take place on modern marine reptiles, and abstracts from researchers studying all aspects of this field are welcomed. Please note- In the event that by the end of July social distancing still looks like it will prevent the conference from taking place at the Etches Collection, the conference will still go ahead on these dates, but in a virtual format.’

The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The meeting will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center from the 14th to the 17th October 2020.

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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.

Images throughout © Horniman Museum and Gardens

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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