The 65th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy and the 26th meeting of the Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation with the Geological Curators' Group will be held in Birmingham in 2017

SVPCA 2017 - Birmingham

SVPCA 2017 will be held in Birmingham.

Dates: 12th - 15th September 2017


The Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy has been held in the UK, France or Ireland every year since 1953.

It is open to anyone with an interest in vertebrate palaeontology or comparative anatomy and has carried on from year to year because of the willingness of members of the community to volunteer to host meetings.

Steering Group

Because of the changing nature of academia, it was decided in 2015 that a minimal level of organisational structure was needed to maintain the continuity and scientific merit of the meeting in future years. Following an election involving delegates who have attended over the past five years, a steering group of eight people was set up. This consists of three non-elected and five elected members.


Organisers from the previous, current and next years (non-elected)

Southampton 2105
Gareth Dyke
Liverpool 2016
Peter Falkingham
Birmingham 2017
Richard Butler


Elected by ballot held in November 2015

Liz Martin
Susannah Maidment
Established academic
Paul Upchurch
Non-professional community
Richard Forrest
Cindy Howells

Previous Years

Details of previous years can be found here. This site was set up for the 2000 symposium in Portsmouth in 2000. I have collected material from previous years, going back as far as 1960. I'd like like to add more so that this site becomes an archive for previous years as well as giving information on future symposia.

Email List

This site maintains an email list used for mailcasting to the wider palaeontological community details of the meeting. If you want to be included on the list, click on the 'Email List' link on the menu bar above. Your email address will only be used for matters connected to the meeting or of interest to the community in general, and never be used for marketting purposes.


Over recent years, organisers have created Facebook pages for meetings which have proved to be valuable in communicating with delegates and potential delegates.

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