News from the Sector – June

Conferences and Events

The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists will take place online 6th – 9th July 2021.

The Museum Galleries History Group is hosting their biennial conference “Museum Networks and Museum History” online 14-16th July 2021. See their website for more information.

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 36th International Geological Congress will take place at the India Expo Centre, Delhi, India, between 16th and 21st August 2021. Please see their website for more information.

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.

The Geological Society of London is also hosting a conference called Geosciences and the Energy Transition: Resources on a Finite Planet, due to be held online 6th – 7th September 2021. Deadline for abstracts is 26th July 2021.

The Symposium on Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation, held each year in conjunction with SVPCA (the next listing!), will take place online, on 6th September 2021. The deadline for abstracts is midnight on 31st July 2021.

The Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy will be hosted online by the University of Oxford, 7th – 9th September 2021, with workshops and virtual field trips on the afternoon of the last day. Registration opens on 15th July and closes on 12th August 2021.

The Palaeontological Association is holding their annual conference at the University of Manchester 18th – 20th December 2021. The deadline for abstracts will be September (exact date TBC), followed by registration closing in November (exact date TBC). Please see their website for further information.

The Geological Society of London is also hosting The Moon and Early Earth conference. To be held in person at the Geological Society, Burlington House, London, 29th – 30th November 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 will take place 4th – 8th July 2022.

Webinar Series’

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:

  • The Geology of the Moon, by Dr Katie Joy, University of Manchester. Online at 5pm BST, 14th July 2021
  • The Geology of Titan, by Ralph Lorenz, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Maryland. Online at 5pm BST, 9th September 2021
  • The Geology of Pluto, by Dr Veronica Bray, University of Arizona. Online 5pm BST, 10th November 2021.

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.

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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.

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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