Symposium on Toarcian Palaeobiology
17th – 20th June 2024
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming conference dedicated to all aspects of Toarcian palaeobiology, to be held from 17th – 20th June 2024 at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (UK).
The Symposium on Toarcian Palaeobiology is an opportunity to platform the diversity of global Toarcian palaeontological research by spotlighting underrepresented fields such as the marine benthos, the terrestrial realm, and the ecological impacts of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event, alongside popular fields including ammonites and marine reptiles. We have a range of keynote speakers covering topics including exceptional preservation of Strawberry Bank material, crocodylomorphs, insects, and foraminifera extinction.
Our primary aim is to host an open and relaxed meeting where international palaeontologists can unite and form lasting collaborations between researchers who may not have considered working together before. Additionally, we strive to uplift underrepresented minorities and early career researchers in a welcoming environment which is accessible to all. Curators and preparators of Toarcian age material, in addition to researchers, are encouraged to register.
The event will consist of two days of single session talks and posters, with a lunchtime workshop on the second day, and a full day workshop on the final day offering the opportunity to explore the Charles Moore collection of specimens from Strawberry Bank. This will be an in-person live event only, with the option to submit a pre-recorded talk in the case of absence. With permission, talks may be recorded and made available online after the event for those unable to attend.
An opening reception will be held in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution on the evening of the 17th June. The conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 19th June. Details of the dinner venue will be provided at a later date. We expect registration fees to be in the range of £40 - £50 (students/unemployed/concessions £20). The conference dinner will be additional.
Full details of registration and abstract submissions will be available in early 2024. We expect registration and abstract submission to open early spring 2024. There will be a maximum of 100 delegates. Final registration will be in early May 2024, unless maximum delegate capacity is reached in which case registration will close early. As a result, if you wish to attend you are advised to register early to avoid disappointment. Abstract submission will close late May 2024.