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Annual Meeting 2023 - Cambridge, UK: Overview

Number: 67th Annual Meeting
Year: 2023
Location: Cambridge, UK
Hosted By: University of Cambridge
Organised By: Organising committee chaired by Dr Alex Liu
General Contact Email: annualmeeting2023@palass.org

Overview

We aim to hold the 67th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association at the University of Cambridge, one of the oldest universities in the world. The organizing committee is chaired by Dr Alex Liu, with help from other members of the University of Cambridge Departments of Earth Sciences, Zoology, and Archaeology; the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences; the Zoology Museum; the British Antarctic Survey; and CASP. The e-mail address for all matters relating to the meeting is annualmeeting2023@palass.org.

Outline conference programme

The 67th Annual Meeting will be held from 11th to 15th September 2023. We will be inviting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. Scientific sessions will take place in the West Road Concert Hall and the adjacent Faculty of Law lecture theatres. The meeting will begin with an Early Career Researcher event on the afternoon of Monday 11th September. Workshops and museum collection visits, allowing delegates to view fossil material housed at the partner institutions listed above, will be available on the morning of Tuesday 12th September, while the symposium topic that afternoon will be “Ecosystem Engineering through Deep Time”*. An icebreaker reception will be held in the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences on Tuesday 12th September. The Annual Address on Wednesday 13th September will be followed by the Annual Dinner, which will be held in the beautiful setting of Girton College, the U.K.’s oldest residential institution to offer higher education to women. A post-conference field trip on Friday 15th September will visit the Pliocene Red Crag and Eocene London Clay of Bawdsey in Suffolk. We look forward to providing more information in future announcements.

Registration, booking and abstract submission should commence in April 2023. Abstract submission will close in June (date to be confirmed) and abstracts submitted after the closing date will not be considered. Registration after that date will incur an additional administration charge, with the final deadline for registration in late August 2023. We will circulate information to members as more details are known via e-mail, in the newsletter, and via the association website.

*Please make note of the new Symposium format, and opportunities to contribute. Rather than limiting presentations solely to invited speakers, the ‘Ecosystem Engineering through Deep Time’ Symposium will include two different categories of contribution:  on the one hand four keynote lectures outlining the concepts, applications and current state-of-the-art research; and on the other, up to eight 15-minute presentations reporting on active developments in the field.  Importantly, this latter category will be open to anyone interested in taking their research in the ‘ecosystem engineering’ direction.  Applications will be through self-nomination during the usual call for abstracts.  The reason for this early notification is to allow time for the development of ideas and possibilities.  Each abstract selected for the symposium will receive a monetary contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation, as well as covering the registration costs for the full meeting. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a thematic issue in Volume 67 of Palaeontology.  

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