News from the Sector – April

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Conferences and Events

The 5th International Meeting of Early-stage Researchers in Palaeontology (IMERP) will take place online 18th – 21st May 2021. Registration closes on the 16th March 2021.

The Triassic Vertebrate Paleontology Meetup will take place 2pm – 10pm 28th May 2021. A “one-day mini conference designed to be fun and informal, so you can catch up with colleagues you’ve not seen in a while!” Registration for presenters closes 7th May 2021. Registration for non-presenters closes 26th May 2021.

The American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) are holding a Joint Virtual Annual Meeting this year 10th May – 24th June 2021, with a week of pre-sessions and workshops 3rd – 7th May. Registration is via an online form.

The Museums Association is hosting All Inclusive: Championing Accessible Museums, to take place online 11am – 4pm 20th May 2021.

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). The abstract deadline is 23rd April 2021.

The 35th Meeting of the International Association of Sedimentologists will take place 21st – 25th June 2021, online. Early Bird Registration closes on the 14th April 2021.

The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists will take place online 6th – 9th July 2021. The deadline for abstracts is the 15th May 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 hosting their 2021 Annual International Conference online 31st August – 3rd September 2021. They are currently hoping to have some in-person elements where possible, due to be confirmed in April 2021.

The Marine Reptile Conference will now take place in May 2022 (exact dates TBC). The decision to postpone for another year is due to the strong desire from polled delegates to have an “in-person” meeting.

The 12th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates has also been postponed for another year, and will now take place from 4th – 8th July 2022.


The Geological Society of London is hosting “2021: The Year of Space!” A series of talks on our solar system are taking place throughout the year:

  • Venus
    22nd April 2021. Virtual event
  • Mars
    12th May 2021. Virtual event
  • Asteroids and Comets
    30th June 2021. Virtual event
  • The Moon and Early Earth
    29th – 30th November 2021
    Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

Popularizing Palaeontology is a “series of workshops and public engagement events, we will bring together an international group of humanities and social sciences scholars, scientists, museum professionals, artists, and participants from the cultural sector to reflect on these trends and build future collaborations. Mixing theoretical and practical discussions on the public circulation of scientific ideas, we will investigate the importance of palaeontological concepts in the modern world, while also developing new understandings and methods for science communication more generally.” The last in the current series is Art, Anatomy, and the Stars: Russell and Séguin’s Dinosauroid by Dr Darren Naish, on 21 April 2021. Please see their website for more information.

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‘s Nature Live Online is continuing with its lunchtime webinars, frequently on geological topics, every Tuesday and Thursday.

Women Advancing River Research Seminar Series. All seminars begin at 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern time (New York). The next three in the series are:

  • 24th March 2021 Petra Döll, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
  • 28th April 2021 Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines, US
  • 18th May 2021 Michele Koppes, University of British Columbia, Canada

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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 February 2021.

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.

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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