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Progressive Palaeontology 2022 - Lincoln, UK: Overview

Year: 2022
Location: Lincoln, UK
Hosted By: University of Lincoln (UoL)
Organised By: Sean Smart (co-chair), Emily Green (co-chair), Shane Wheatley (co-chair), Lucy Incles, Josh Tucker, and Meghan Jenkinson
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The Progressive Palaeontology (ProgPal) is an accessible and free conference organised by students, for students. We are honoured to be hosting the conference at the University of Lincoln this year, from 14th-16th June. Previous iterations of the event have made excellent strides towards making the experience as open as possible to all scientists and creating a positive atmosphere to share knowledge and build lasting connections. We aim to maintain this at ProgPal 2022 and are making particular efforts towards neurodivergent accessibility. 

To keep up with all the latest news, keep an eye on our social media accounts:

Twitter: @ProgPal2022, using #ProgPal22
Instagram: Progpal_2022

The logo depicts our beautiful cathedral (the tallest building in the world from 1311 to 1548) atop our infamous steep hill. Resting beneath are the fossilised remains of an unspecified plesiosaur and abstracted ammonites and belemnites.


Delegates are able to deliver presentations as well as posters, both of which will be available online as well as in person. Talks (excluding the keynote speaker) come in two varieties full talks (10 mins + 3 mins Q&A) and lightning talks (5 mins + 2 mins Q&A). Posters will be available to view in drop-ins for sizeable portions of conference duration, including a dedicated poster discussion session which will include Q&A.

The first day will mostly feature workshops covering specific knowledge areas, a panel discussion, and the Icebreaker event. The talks, including the keynote speaker, are concentrated on the second day. The final day is dedicated to the fieldtrip taking place in Whitby.


Registration and abstract submission open: 27th April 
Abstract submission closes: Midnight on 13th May
Speakers and Posters announced: 17th May
Registration closes: Midnight 12th June


ProgPal is open to any postgraduate student (yet to have completed PhD by the conference date) studying any aspect of palaeontology, as well as undergraduate students starting a postgraduate course later in the year. Registration is free of charge, but there will be an additional charge for delegates wishing to attend the conference dinner and fieldtrip. 

Palaeoart competition

As part of the ProgPal 2022 icebreaker event, we are inviting attendants to submit palaeoart under the theme ‘A Linc(oln) to the Past’ to be showcased on the evening of the opening day of the conference. As long as the art is in some way related to the Lincoln of millions of years ago we will accept it! The artist of the best piece (as decided by committee vote) will receive a £40 Amazon Gift Voucher. All art should be emailed to with the artists name and a sentence or two describing the piece and how it fits into the theme. Please note that only art entered by conference delegates will be eligible for the prize.


Prior to the conference dinner on the second day, we will be hosting an auction featuring palaeo-goodies     that have been kindly donated by members, and friends of the PalAss. This is a great chance to nab some     truly unique pieces at great value, whilst supporting future iterations of ProgPal.

Code of Conduct

The Palaeontological Association Code of Conduct relates to the behaviour of all participants and attendees at annual events, including Progressive Palaeontology. Please see our Code of Conduct for Palaeontological Association Meetings


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