News from the Sector – April

The Museums Association online conference Getting to Know You: Understanding Museum Audiences is due to take place on 28th April 2022. “Prices start at £30”.

Whilst we (eagerly) await the in-person Marine Reptile Conference, due to take place at The Etches Collection in May 2023, the MRC committee and GCG are hosting a mini Marine Reptile Conference online to keep us going – hoorah! The programme can be found here. It will take place in the afternoon (BST) of the 4th May 2022, and will comprise posters and platform presentations. Registration is just £5 and closes 29th April 2022. You can book your place here.

The London Geodiversity Partnership and London Natural History Society are holding the Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common Geotrail to “discover and and understand the different geological strata that underlie Wimbledon Common and the adjacent Putney Heath. Due to take place 7th May 2022. Booking is free but must be done in advance.

The Natural History Museum in London will be hosting Fossils, Phylogenies, Genomes, Embryos and the Evolution of the Deuterostomes in-person, on the 12th May 2022. Deadline for registration is the 12th April.

The Visitor Studies Group Conference 2022 will be Evaluation Challenges: From Troubles to Triumphs and Everything in Between. Due to take place 12th – 13th May 2022 both in-person (in London) and online.

A joint meeting of Geological Association of Canada (GAC), Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC), the International Association of Hydrogeologists – Canadian National Committee (IAH-CNC), and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) will take place in Halifax, Canada, hosted by Atlantic Geoscience Society, May 15 – 18 2022. “A large Canadian geoscience conference that offers robust technical sessions, popular field trips to internationally significant geology locations and the safe and welcoming Maritimes culture of Atlantic Canada.” Abstract submission closes 1st March 2022. “While visiting Nova Scotia for Halifax 2022 members of the Geological Curators Group would also want to make time to visit: 

The Open University Geological Society is hosting an online lecture Geology of London Underground, by Jon Gammon, May 19th 2022.

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections are hosting this year’s conference in collaboration with Biodiversity Heritage Library and Natural Sciences Collections Association. It will take place in-person, in Edinburgh, 5th – 10th June 2022. SPNHC’s 2022 tagline is: “Through the door and through the web: releasing the power of natural history collections onsite and online“. The deadline for abstracts is 28th January 2022. Early Bird Registration is open until the 8th April 2022.

Two bodies – TAPHOS and the Taphonomy Working Group (TWG) of the ICAZ – are holding a joint meeting to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Efremov’s Taphonomy proposal as a scientific discipline. “Given Efremov’s ingenious facet of a Science Fiction writer (as Cervantes!), this congress celebration is also surnamed Science Fiction of Taphonomy.” Due to take place in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain, between 5th – 12th June 2022.

The 11th European Palaeobotany and Palynology Conference will be held as an in-person meeting in Stockholm, 19th – 22nd June 2022. Deadline for registration, abstract submission, and fieldtrip bookings is 1st April, 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 19th European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontology conference will take place in Benevento, Italy, as well as online, between 27th June and 1st July 2022. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th April 2022. Early bird registration closes 30th May 2022.

The 22nd International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference: Surveying, Geology and Mining, Ecology and Management conference (SGEM 2022) will take place 2nd 11th July 2022 at the SPA Albena Complex, near Varna city, Bulgaria.

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

The annual meeting of the Palaeontological Association has moved from the regular winter slot to 21st – 22nd July 2022, with pre-conference workshops and tours from 18th – 20th July and post-conference field trips on the 23rd and 24th July. Final deadline for registration is 16th May 2022.

The Open University Geological Society is hosting a symposium The Weald and Beyond 5th – 7th August 2022.

The European Geosciences Union‘s Galileo Conference The Warm Pliocene: Bridging the Geological Data and Modelling Communities is taking place in Leeds between 23rd and 26th August 2022. The organisers are aiming to host the conference in-person, with virtual options.

The exhibition Titus: T. rex is King is open at Wollaton Hall until the 31st August 2022. More information can be found here.

NatSCA, the University of Cambridge Museums, Manchester Museum, and the British Society for the History of Science have launched a project called Environment and Empire Workshop – in the Museum. “Are you a natural scientist, historian or museum professional working with natural history collections? Are you interested in understanding how legacies of enslavement and empire have affected, and continue to affect, environmental science?” If so, there are several videos already available via their website to interest you and a workshop scheduled for 1st September 2022.

The Bridges 2022 conference will be Bridges Between Disciplines: Gender in STEM and Social Sciences. It will be both online and in-person (Gandía – Valencia, Spain) 12th – 16th September 2022.

The Open University Geological Society is hosting an online lecture Mary Anning, by Tom Sharpe, September 15th 2022.

The 47th International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences Symposium will take place at Les Eyzies, in southwestern France, 16th 26th September 2022.

The 6th International Palaeontological Congress is due to take place as an in-person event in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand, 7th – 11th November 2022.

The Marine Reptile Conference 2023 is due to be hosted by the Etches Collection: Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in early May next year. Further details will be posted on the MRC website, as they become available.

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the Geological Society are launching a new major conference series entitled the Energy Geoscience Conference (EGC). “The series will disseminate high-quality, energy-related geoscience to a UK and global audience via a physical and virtual conference every six years, with the proceedings published by the Society’s Publishing House. The first conference – EGC1 – is scheduled for 16 – 18 May 2023 in Aberdeen, UK”.

Webinar Series’

The Geological Society of London is hosting 2022: The Year of Sustainability. It will be the last of their themed years, and currently the programme is full of more events than you can shake a stick at. Check out their website for details.

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, Senior Curator of Natural Sciences 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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