News from the Sector – December

Conferences and Events

The 3rd Palaeontological Virtual Congress will run until 15th December 2021.

The Palaeontological Association is holding their Annual Conference at the University of Manchester 18th – 20th December 2021. Registration closes 10th December, and there are both ‘in person’ and ‘virtual’ registration options.

The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group Annual Conference will take place 10th – 12th January 2022. “The virtual meeting is being organised by the University of Manchester, and hosted online by the Geological Society of London”. Please see their website for more information.

The Cynhadledd Rithiol Cadwraeth yng Nghymru 2021 / Conservation Matters Wales 2021 Virtual Conference will take place 22nd December 2021, between 2pm and 5pm. The theme of the conference is “focused on breaking the isolation. We are going to celebrate the small wins that you may have had whilst we have been apart and hear about unexpected opportunities for collaboration and new discoveries. Conservators are resilient and innovative, and we want to hear about things you have learnt and spaces for reflection”. Registration is free, please follow the link above for more information.

The Marine Reptile Conference will take place in 3rd – 5th May 2022. A decision on whether the meeting will be physical or hybrid will be made in January 2022. Please check their webpage for announcements.

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

A Call for Papers has been issued for the Western Society of Malacologists 55th Annual Meeting – Fossil Molluscan Papers in Memory of Louella R. Saul, due to take place at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California, between 23rd and 26th June 2022. Updates will be via the above link, as and when they become available.

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

The exhibition Titus: T. rex is King is open at Wollaton Hall 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:

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 currently taking a break but promises to return with its lunchtime webinars, frequently on geological topics, and in the meantime you can catch up on past episodes via the link above.

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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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