#SPPC2021 will be held online on Monday 6th September 2021.

This event will be held online as part of the virtual meeting of the SVPCA (Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy). SPPC2021 will be a 'posters only' meeting, with no ‘platform presentation’ talks, but there will be an opportunity for informal Q&A sessions with authors of poster.

We will consider abstracts for posters on any topic of palaeontology or geology that relate to the conservation or preparation of material in the broadest sense and includes all physical work undertaken on or with any fossil or geological material to prepare it for research, teaching, storage or display etc. Preference will be given to presentations describing techniques considered to be new or unusual. We welcome abstracts from professionals, volunteers and/or enthusiasts and particularly from anyone not normally able to attend the meeting for reasons such as distance or cost.


Timetable of deadlines (all times are in GMT/UTC):

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: Midnight on Saturday 31st July 2021.
  • Deadline for decisions made for acceptance of proposed posters: Friday 6th August.
  • The deadline for submitting the completed poster: midnight on Tuesday 31st August 2021.

Abstract submission guidelines for SPPC 2021:

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted as the body text of an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstracts must conform to the following guidelines:

Title of up to 150 characters including spaces
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Author list, formatted as follows:Authora AB*1, Authorb CD2, Authorc EF3 [asterisk denotes presenting author, numbers denote institutions; 'AB', 'CD', etc are author initials]
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Presenter email address as follows: "*This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."
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Institutions as follows: 1, Department name, Institution name, City, Country; 2, Department name, Institution name, City, Country; 3, Department name, Institution name, City, Country
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Text of abstract, maximum 200 words, including background, what was done, and what the main findings were.


Background to SPPC: The SPPC is intended as a forum in which professionals, amateurs and researchers alike, interested in all aspects of preparation, conservation, model-making and related subjects, can participate. The SPPC offers a unique opportunity to meet friends and colleagues and to discuss recent developments, ongoing research, and other, often museum related, projects. Although the SPPC generally precedes the SVPCA conference, contributions are not limited to the field of vertebrate palaeontology. SPPC Conferences have been run since 1992, either before or after the SVPCA, and many participants attend both conferences.

Abstracts of previous talks and posters can be found here: https://www.geocurator.org/events/102-sppc/previous-years-of-sppc/520-sppc-previous-years


This section contains a listing of talks and posters delivered at SPPC in previous years. If you are wondering what SPPC is all about, or if it is for you, then this is a good place to start. The abstracts are organised by year - if you are looking for a specific abstract, then please try using the search function in the right hand menu of the website.

We particularly encourage you to check out the posters and video from our 2020 virtual event.