51st Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy
12th Symposium for Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation
17th September - 19th September 2003
University Museum of Natural History
Accommodation and registration
St John's College is on the east side of St Giles, about fifteen minutes walk from the railway station, and less than ten minutes from the Central Bus Station, where coaches from London, and Heathrow and Gatwick airports arrive. Please note there is absolutely no possibility of car parking within the College, or in any of the surrounding streets. (The same restrictions apply to the University Museum.) Participants who have booked accommodation in St. John's College should report to the Porter's Lodge on arrival. The porter will hand out keys and be able to give you directions within the College. Please remember to leave your keys with the porter when you check out on departure. A registration desk will be set up in St. John's College on Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Thereafter, the registration desk will move to the Museum where it will remain staffed during meeting hours. For those who have ordered it, breakfast is served in the College Hall from 8:15-9:00 am and dinner is served in the same venue at 6:30 pm (with the exception of the Conference Dinner on Friday evening). The College and Museum are both only a short distance from the town centre, with its abundant pubs, cafes and restaurants. Further information on St. John's College can be found at: http://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/. Visitor maps of Oxford can be downloaded from http://www.ox.ac.uk/aboutoxford/maps/.
Standard facilities will be available for speakers, including dual slide projection, data projection for PowerPoint presentations, OHP and microphones (if needed). Please make sure that you get your slides/disk/laptop to the session organisers well before your session is due to start. Speaker slots will last for 20 minutes, including time for questions. The final programme for the SVPCA will be available upon registration, as will be the abstract volume.
Poster boards will be erected on the First Floor Gallery of the Museum, adjacent to the tea/coffee area. There is no formal poster session as such, but ample time will be available to view the posters during the breaks in the programme and at the Evening Reception to be held in the Museum on 18th September. Posters can be left on continuous display for the duration of the meeting.
There will be an informal Welcome Event in the College Bar on the evening of Tuesday 16th, commencing at 7:30 pm. If there are any volunteers who would like to present a talk on what you did in your summer holidays (within reason!) please contact the organisers as soon as possible. Talks about exciting/exotic fieldwork and trips particularly welcome!
During the symposium, two informal after-dinner receptions will be held. The first is at 7:30 pm on Wednesday in the Ashmolean Museum. The second is on Thursday in the University Museum and this will be held in conjunction with the Annual Auction in support of the Jones-Fenleigh Fund. Please remember to bring along your books, reprints, casts etc. and, most importantly, your cheque books! Items for the auction should be given to one of the organisers during the meeting. The Symposium Dinner, to be held in the Hall of St. John's College on Friday 19th' will be a more formal occasion. The College Bar will be open to participants in the evenings for the duration of the meeting.
Tea and coffee will be provided in the Museum during the morning and afternoon breaks. Suggestions of suitable venues or sources of sandwiches for lunch in the vicinity of the Museum will be available at the Symposium.
The fieldtrip will include a visit to the Ardley Quarry dinosaur trackway site and Cassington Quarry. Both localities reveal some classic Middle Jurassic sequences and provide the opportunity for some collecting. In addition, Cassington also boasts Pleistocene deposits. The trip will run on Saturday 20th September and will be under the leadership of Phil Powell. We hope to spend the morning at one site, stop off at an appropriate watering hole for lunch and then continue to the other site in the afternoon, returning to Oxford in the early evening. Cost will depend on the number of people attending: please could you inform Paul Barrett (P.Barrett@nhm.ac.uk) of your intention to attend (even if provisional) as soon as possible. It is envisioned that the trip will cost in the region of < #163;10 per person (excluding lunch). Exact details will be available upon registration at the meeting.
We look forward to a fun and stimulating meeting and to seeing you all in Oxford.