News from the Sector – August

Conferences and Events

The Royal Geographical Society is hosting their 2021 Annual International Conference online 31st August – 3rd September 2021. Much of the conference will be virtual, but some elements are intended to be in person at the RGS, in London. “The annual conference provides a great opportunity to find out about the latest geographical research while networking with over 2000 delegates from around the world”.

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.

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. Registration is FREE but must be done in advance and closes midnight 31st August.

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 closes on 12th August 2021.

The Geological Society is hosting William Smith Virtual Meeting 2021: Geological Mapping – of Our World and Others 19th – 21st October 2021. Various rates are available depending on any (or no) affiliation/s.

The annual conference of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place online again this year, 1st – 5th November 2021. The abstract deadline has passed but general registration will open soon.

The Geological Society 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 3rd Palaeontological Virtual Congress will take place 1st – 15th December 2021. Deadline for abstracts is 20th September 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).

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 11th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference will be held as a physical meeting in Stockholm, 19 – 22 June 2022.

The 12th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates will take place 4th – 8th July 2022.

In CASE you hadn’t seen it all over social media… a Tyrannosaurus rex has come to Wollaton Hall! The exhibition Titus: T. rex is King is open now, and runs until the 31st August 2022. More information can be found here.

The 6th International Palaeontological Congress is due to take place as a a physical event in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand, 7th – 11th November 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 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.

Special Information

Elgin Museum is now open at weekends with tickets bookable online!

Having closed to the public at the end of October 2019, The Moray Society is delighted that Elgin Museum has now reopened, with additional measures in place to ensure the safety of both visitors and volunteers. The Museum is open 11 am – 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and tickets can be booked online.

The highlight of the 2021 season is the new exhibition, At the Water’s Edge, which brings together fossils of the early tetrapod Elginerpeton pancheni, the crawler from Elgin, for the first time in 375 million years! Loans from National Museums Scotland, the British Geological Survey, and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History form the core of the exhibition, which has been made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. More information is available here.

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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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