News from the Sector – September

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Online Events

Taking the Pulse of Natural History Collections During COVID-19 Series: Where are we now?, part of the iDigBio webinar series – Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World, will take place 15th – 17th September 2020. “Join iDigBio, NSCA, BCON, NSF, and SPNHC for a mini-series to discuss the climate of natural history collections during COVID. What is the community experiencing? How are they coping? How do we persevere?”

The Linnean Society of London is hosting the webinar – Key Land Plant Innovations in Bryophytes on the 24th September 2020. “Dr Silvia Pressel FLS will discuss how current hypotheses on the origin and evolution of key land plant innovations fit into emerging evolutionary scenarios, focusing on bryophyte mycorrhizal-like associations and the stomatal apparatus.”

The Geological Curators’ Group is proud to be hosting the Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation (#SPPC2020) during Earth Science Week October 11th-17th 2020. The programme of presentations, all in poster format, cover the preparation and conservation of geological and palaeontological material for research, teaching, storage and display. All poster presentations will be available to view online as pdfs from 11th October 2020. A Discussion Day will take place on Friday 16th October 2020 comprising:
• Q&A with presenters throughout the day via Twitter (@Original_GCG)
• Dedicated videoconferencing sessions to “meet the presenters” and for informal networking
Registration is free and closes on 12th October 2020. Registration is required to keep apprised of #SPPC2020 news and to receive links ahead of the videoconferencing sessions on Friday 16th October. For more information or to register,  please see our Events Page.

The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place online from the 12th to the 16th October 2020. Virtual content will be accessible only until 18th October 2020.

The Geological Society of America is hosting their annual conference virtually this year… “GSA has held an Annual Meeting every year since 1888, despite pandemics, the Great Depression, and both World Wars”. GSA Connects Online will take place 26th-30th October 2020.

Virtual Project Management, Tips and Tools, part of the iDigBio webinar series – Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World, will take place on the 27th October 2020.

On the 16th November 2020 The Linnean Society of London will host the webinar Evolution of Passerine Birds by Professor Jon Fjeldså from 6.30pm BST. This is a special lecture in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club. See the “Autumn-Winter Events Programme” via the above link.

Engaging Public Participation in Collections Digitization, part of the iDigBio webinar series – Adapting to COVID-19: Resources for Natural History Collections in a New Virtual World, will take place on the 18th November 2020.

The Linnean Society of London is hosting the webinar – Climate Change, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services by Dr Nathalie Pettorelli at 6pm BST on the 26th November 2020. See the “Autumn-Winter Events Programme” via the above link.

The Palaeontological Association is holding their annual meeting online this year, 16th – 18th December 2020. “This year’s virtual Annual Meeting offers the opportunity for attendees from around the world to watch presentations live, and interact, discuss, and debate palaeontology in real-time. As well as three exciting styles of presentations, the meeting will also feature a Symposium, Annual Address, the Annual General Meeting and a number of interactive and engaging social events.” For further details, please see their website.

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 (blog@geocurator.org) 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 geoscience-themed titles include; Dinosaurs!, The weird world of dinosaur hands, and Down the mines.

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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 blog@geocurator.org.

News from the Sector is compiled by the GCG Blog and Newsletter Editor 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 blog@geocurator.org.

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