News from the Sector – November

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Online Events

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.

Booking is now open for NatSCA’s on-line conference Decolonising Natural Science Collections, due to take place on 19th November. “It is free to members with the opportunity to participate in a live question and answer session with the speakers”. For more information please see their website.
Professor Steve Brusatte will be giving a public lecture on his book ‘The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs’ as part of the Geological Society’s 2020 Year of Life. Due to take place online at 6pm on Tuesday 24th November, it is supported by the Palaeontological Association and free to attend. Registration is via Eventbrite.
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 47th Annual General Meeting of the Geological Curators Group will be hosted online, on Monday 30th November 2020. The virtual format is necessary due to the ongoing uncertainty over mass gatherings, caused by the global pandemic. But in good news, registration is open – hoorah!

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.

NatSCA is holding a Conservation twitter conference in January 2021. Submissions “can be as diverse as the field of natural history itself, from storage projects, preventative work, treatments, new innovations, or to how recent world health events are shaping the way we work with collections. Join us for this great opportunity to explore conservation work relating to the range of natural materials including bone, taxidermy, fluid preserved collections, geology, botany and entomology. For more information and to access the abstract submission form, please see the NatSCA website. The deadline for submissions is 30th November.

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 geoscience-themed titles include; Life Under the Ice, Ancient Trees and Can Mining Make the World a Greener Place?

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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 If you would like to submit an article to our journal Geological Curator, please note the next submission deadline will be in March 2021.

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.

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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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