SPPC and SVPCA platform and poster sessions will take place at the campus of the University of Birmingham (UoB), in Edgbaston, south of Birmingham city centre. Workshops will be held on the morning of Tuesday 12th September in the Earth Sciences department on the UoB campus. That same evening an icebreaker event will be held at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, also on the UoB campus. On Wednesday 13th September, talks and the poster session will take place in the Avon Room, followed in the evening by the annual auction in the theatre of The Old Joint Stock pub, in the city centre close to New Street station. Following a second day of talks and posters on Thursday 14th, the annual dinner will be held at Celebrity Indian Restaurant, located on Broad Street in the popular Westside district of the city where a number of accommodation options and transport links are located.


For the open SVPCA sessions (Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th), there will be three options for those who wish to present original scientific research: (1) Platform presentations, of 15 minutes length; (2) Posters; (3) Lightning talks, of five minutes length. We will be awarding prizes to the best student talk (for which platform presentations and lightning talks are both eligible) and best student poster.

The afternoon of Tuesday 12th will feature a special symposium on ‘Macroevolution and the Vertebrate Fossil Record’, with invited speakers from the UK and overseas giving extended length (30 minute) talks that highlight the cutting edge of research in this area. Speakers will include Daniel Field (Bath), Anjali Goswami (UCL), Jason Head (Cambridge), Tom Kemp (Oxford), Graeme Lloyd (Leeds), Catalina Pimiento (Berlin), and Lauren Sallan (Penn).


SPPC will take place on the morning of Tuesday 12th. Platform presentations will take place in the Avon Room at the University of Birmingham. These will be followed by guided tours of the recently redeveloped exhibitions, collections and archives of the Lapworth Museum.