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The past is a foreign country: how much can the fossil record actually inform conservation?

Discussion meeting


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Scientific discussion meeting organised by Dr Samuel Turvey and Associate Professor Erin Saupe.

The Pinecrest beds, Tamiami Formation from the Quality Aggregates Quarry, 1369. Credit: Roger Portell, Florida Museum of Natural History

This meeting aims to bring together researchers from the fields of deep-time paleontology, Quaternary science, historical ecology, and conservation biology to provide expert-based interdisciplinary assessment of the potential opportunities for using different long-term biodiversity archives to inform conservation and environmental management, and critical evaluation of the potential limitations of using past data to understand the present and predict the future.

Call for posters

Participants of the meeting will be able to present a poster. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (not more than 200 words in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 26 October 2018. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster/talk abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending the event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration
  • An evening poster session and drinks reception will be held following the close of the meeting on Monday 28 January 2018. Whilst the posters are free to view for all registered participants, the corresponding optional drinks reception is ticketed. Drinks reception tickets can be purchased in advance during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team.

The past is a foreign country: how much can the fossil record actually inform conservation?

28 - 29 January 2019

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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