News from the Sector – December

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Online Events

11th December 2020 at 1.40pm Vancouver time (9.40pm GMT), ankylosaur specialist and Curator of Paleontology at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria Arbour, will be discussing looking for dinosaurs in the mountains of northern British Columbia as part of International Mountain Day. There is a link to join the webinar halfway down this page, otherwise the talk will be made available to view post-event here.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Geoscience Conference is due to take place online 14th-16th December 2020. Registration is free and via Eventbrite at the above link.

The Palaeontological Association annual meeting will take place between the 15th and 18th December 2020. Although registration is now closed, there are a couple of public events that you can still attend:

The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures will be aired on television over three nights between Christmas and New Year: “About: Planet Earth: A user’s guide – In three lectures Chris, Helen and Tara reveal the hidden wonders of Earth that keep us all alive and explore the impact of human activity on our planet”.

The Yorkshire Geological Society is holding a lecture on The Geology of Islay on the 21st January 2020 between 4pm and 5pm GMT. Registration opens on the 15th December 2020.

NatSCA is holding a “Conservation Twitter Conference” in January 2021. Further details will be posted here as they become available.

The 2021 virtual Digital Data in Biodiversity Research conference will be held 7th-9th June 2021. It is due to be hosted by the Florida Museum of Natural History in co-sponsorship with iDigBio and the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA). Registration open on the 1st February 2021.

The London Natural History Society is hosting a series of talks in 2021. On the 22nd July 2021, there is a palaeontology themed talk titled “Microworld: How Microfossils Unravel Ancient Natural Histories by Anke Marsh, which will no doubt be of interest to many.

The Geographical Society is planning their 2021 Annual International Conference for 31st August to 3rd September 2021. They are currently hoping to have some in-person elements where possible, due to be confirmed in April 2021.

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‘s Nature Live Online series is taking a break for the winter, and will return in 2021. However, the great news is that all past events can still be accessed and viewed via their YouTube channel.

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News from the Sector is compiled by the GCG Blog 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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