Other Palaeobotany and Palynology Meetings

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Darwin and the Evolution of Flowers

11-12th May 2009 (Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG)

This meeting will highlight the influence of Darwin on our understanding of the evolution of flowers, presenting new and emerging evidence from seed plant phylogenetics, palaeobotany and morphology. It will review how recent research in these and related fields has brought us closer to resolving the origin of flowers and flowering plants (Darwin's so-called "abominable mystery"). The recent clarification of angiosperm phylogeny at many taxonomic levels, coupled with evidence from the fossil record has given new opportunities for understanding patterns in the evolution of floral structure and biology. This meeting will also explore how the vast range of floral form seen in the angiosperms has been generated by developmental genetics, and the impacts of contemporary environmental change on the pollination of flowers.

The meeting is organised by By Sir Peter Crane FRS, Professor Else Marie Friis and Professor William Chaloner FRS

Provisional Speakers are:

Spencer C. H. Barrett, Sarah Mathews, Charlie P. Scutt, Paula J Rudall, Peter K. Endress, Susanne Renner, Juerg Schoenenberger, Elena Kramer, Scott Hodges, Sandra Knapp, Cris Kuhlemeier, Raymond L. Tremblay, Steven D. Johnson, Kingsley Dixon

For further indformation and registration information, see the meeting website.



2009 Lyell Meeting of the Geological Society of London and the Palaeontological Association.

Meeting Title: Late Palaeozoic terrestrial habitats and biotas: the effect of changing climates

Date: 21st May 2009 Burlington House, Piccadilly, London)

The 2009 Lyell meeting will look at the Carboniferous and Permian periods, which were a critical time in Earth history, when terrestrial biotas first had a significant impact on global climates. In particular, the development of extensive wetland forests in tropical latitudes coincided with relatively cold global climates and an expansion of the polar ice sheet. It was also the first time that biogeographical provincialism among the terrestrial biotas became strongly developed. Speakers from Europe and North America will examine the current state of knowledge of the distribution of these terrestrial biotas and of the changes that were taking place in the physical environment at the time. The programme is now available and includes a great range of speakers with keynote presentations from Martin Gibling (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Bill DiMichele (Smithsonian Institution); full details of speakers and titles are available in the draft programme. The day has ample time for discussion and scientific interaction.

The 2009 Lyell meeting is co-organised by Jason Hilton (University of Birmingham) and Christopher J. Cleal (National Museum Cardiff).

Meeting homepage: Home Page

Daft Programme: Draft Programme

Meeting Registration: The Registration for the meeting costs £50 but is free to members of the Geological Society of London and the Palaentontological Association. Registraion forms are available from this link.



16th International O.F.P. Meeting

(Present and Future of the Paleobotany in SW Europe in honour of Robert H. Wagner)

9-11th September 2009 (Aguilar de Campoo)

Present and future of Palaeobotany in Southwest Europe is an international congress focussing on a wide spectrum of palaeobotanical and palynological topics related to the Southwest European region, with collaboration and support of the OFP (Organization of French-speaking Palaeobotanists). The occasion marks the celebration of the research career of Dr. R.H. Wagner who has contributed a lifetimes research to the Upper Carboniferous of the Northern of Spain. The symposium will run for a period of three days at the Monastery of Santa María la Real in Aguilar de Campoo (NE Spain) including a fieldtrip to Carboniferous fossil sites.

Contributions (talks and poster presentations) to all aspects of the study of Paleobotany of all geological periods are welcome.

For further information and for registration details, see the meeting website or contact the meeting organiser José Bienvenido Diez.

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