Skip to content Skip to navigation

Progressive Palaeontology 2018 - Manchester, UK: Overview

Year: 2018
Location: Manchester, UK
Hosted By: University of Manchester and CEEB, Manchester Metropolitan University
Organised By: ProgPal Committee
General Contact Email:


This year, Progressive Palaeontology will be held in Manchester.  In a first for Progressive Palaeontology (ProgPal), the conference will be hosted jointly between the University of Manchester (Williamson Building) and Manchester Metropolitan University (Sandra Burslem Building).

ProgPal is an annual conference for postgraduate research students and final year undergraduate students who are likely to start a postgraduate palaeontology course later that calendar year. We welcome presentations on all areas of palaeontology and results at any stage of research.

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester on 7th-9th June 2018 for another year of fantastic talks and posters, great social events and all things palaeo.

All the latest ProgPal 2018 updates can be found here on the PalAss website, and also on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

For those who can't attend, most talks will be live streamed by Palaeocast. 


Abstract deadline 23:59 BST Friday 13th April - *extended to Sunday 22nd April*

Travel grant deadline 23:59 BST Friday 13th April - *extended to Sunday 22nd April*

Registration closes 23:59 BST Friday 25th May

Apply to Host ProgPal 2019!

Thinking of hosting Progressive Palaeontology next year? Please see the attached information below on how to apply.

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted through the Palaeontological Association online submission form. This is available via the link on your registration confirmation email. Submissions must include:

  1. Title
  2. Authors
  3. Author affiliations
  4. Abstract text (max. 250 words)
  5. Indication of preference for Full Talk, Lightning Talk or Poster presentation
  6. Whether/when you have presented at ProgPal before
  7. Career stage (e.g. Masters, 1st Year PhD, 2nd Year PhD, etc.)

Full Talks are 12 mins + 3 mins questions. Lightning Talks are 4 mins + 1 min questions.

Sessions will be composed of full and/or lightning talks and there will be a dedicated Poster session. Session chairs will ensure that presentation times are strictly observed.

Abstract booklet



Travel grants

Limited funding is available to support travel grants for students who are presenting their work at Progressive Palaeontology. All attendees (UK and non-UK based) are welcome to apply, however, due to limited funds, we will prioritise travel grants for those presenting at the meeting.

Travel grants can be used to cover both travel and accommodation to attend the conference. UK students are eligible to apply for guideline amount of £100, non-UK students may apply for £200.

Travel grant applications should be attached to your delegate registration.  They should include (max. 150 words):

  1. A brief statement of financial need
  2. as well as include a budget statement.

Applications will be assessed on these statements and the merit of the accompanying abstract(s).

Brief Conference Schedule

7th June - Afternoon: 12pm Workshop 1 (Drishti), 2pm Workshop 2 (Biomechanics). 4pm Panel Discussion. (SEES, University of Manchester) , Evening: Icebreaker at the University of Manchester Museum

8th June - All day: Conference (talks and posters, Sandra Burslem Building, Manchester Metropolitan University), Evening: Conference Dinner at Lal Qila

9th June - All day: Fieldtrip to the Peak District

More information:

PalAss Go! URL: | Twitter: Share on Twitter | Facebook: Share on Facebook | Google+: Share on Google+