The International Organisation of Palaeobotany promotes international co-operation in the study of all types of plant fossils. We achieved this through the publication of an informative newsletter and organisation of international conferences considering all aspects of palaeobotany. Organisational activities also include collaboration with numerous other international bodies to ensure the continued scientific development of palaeobotany and its further integration within related fields.
9th EPPC 2014 (August 26-31, 2014, University of Padua)
Italian palaeobotanists and palynologists are enthusiastically preparing the next EPPC in Padua, or Padova as the Italian name is. We hope to meet all our European colleagues at this conference. The present day problems of climate and floristic changes, ecosystem and landscape transformations caused by human activities, force the palaeobotanical and palynological world to study these subjects also in the past, and in this way reinforce the bridge between past and present. These subjects will be among the topics of the 9th EPPC meeting in Padua. Padova is a charming historic city, located at about 40 km west of Venice, in Northern Italy, with a dense network of arcaded streets, large "piazze" (squares) and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione river. The almost 800 years old University of Padova is famous for having had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers as well as important 19th century palaeobotanists such as Abramo Massalongo and Barone Achille de Zigno.
All scientific sessions will be held at the new Department of Geoscience. However also the famous Botanical Garden and the Museum of Palaeontology will be involved in this conference. In order to favor the attendance of young scientists, we hope to offer University residences and special grants. Field-trips are planned in the fascinating landscapes of the Dolomites, Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Latium and Tuscany.
Hoping to see you all in Padova, The EPPC 2014 organizing group
More information will be available at the homepage of the congress: http://geo.geoscienze.unipd.it/eppc2014/index.html
4th International Palaeontological Congress
On behalf of the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to attend the 4th International Palaeontological Congress, to be held in Mendoza, Argentina, from September 28 to October 3, 2014, hosted by the Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET Mendoza and partner organizations.
The International Palaeontological Congress (IPC) is a global meeting devoted to Palaeontology throughout the world. It convenes every four years under the aegis of the International Palaeontological Association. Following three previous editions in Sydney (2002), Beijing (2006) and London (2010), it will now come to the American continent for the first time. The 4th IPC will explore the courses Palaeontology may take as the 21st century ushers in profound and long lasting technological changes.
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Online Cuticle Database
Researchers at Northwestern University, The Field Museum, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Pennsylvania State University have just released a publicly available version of The Cuticle Database, and they would like to announce this to the greater palaeobotanical community. This database is a collection of images (with metadata) taken of the epidermal surface of modern plants, prepared from vouchered herbarium specimens. As such, The Cuticle Database represents a unique resource for palaeobotany, and it it hope of great use. URL: http://cuticledb.eesi.psu.edu/