Liverpool 2016
64th Symposium for Vertbrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy
25 Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation with the Geological Curators' Group

22nd - 26th August

Second Circular

Announcing opening of registration, preliminary programme, and other matters


Registration for SPPC/GCG and SVPCA will open inLate April/Early May 2016. Please visit the SVPCAwebsite ( in order to register forSPPC, SVPCA, or both. Once registered, you willreceive a confirmation email with a link to LiverpoolUniversity’s secure payment website.

The deadline for registration is Sunday 17th July 2016.


Registration costs have been kept as low as possible, butultimately reflect the cost of booking lecture theatresand associated facilities. Students are remindedto apply for the Jones-Fenleigh Memorial Fund ifeligible (see below). We are awaiting confirmation onadditional funding, but prices are expected to be:

 Full RateStudent Rate
Both conferences£60£30
Conference Dinner£38
Conference T-shirt£12
Field Trip (Chester Zoo)£25


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations can besubmitted after registration via the SVPCA website.Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in lengthand will be evaluated double-blind by an abstractcommittee. Oral presentations will be 15 minutesin length (including question time). There will be adedicated poster session again this year and postersubmissions are therefore encouraged (note thatposter presenters will be able to give a lightening talk– see below). Your preference for an oral or posterpresentation will be taken into account as far aspossible, but number of oral presentations is limited.Submitted abstracts will be collated into a symposiumabstracts volume which will be made available in PDFformat on the SVPCA website.The abstract deadline is Sunday 17th July 2016, as forregistration.


Conference T-shirts will be available featuring theSVPCA 2016 logo. The logo features two Liver birds;semi-mythical birds associated with Liverpool, andwhich adorn the Liver Building by the waterfront –one looking out to sea, the other staring back over thecity. You can read more about the logo by clickinghere.

The T-shirts will be available at £12 each, and should beordered during registration as only limited quantitieswill be available to purchase during the conference.

Field Trips

SPPC Field Trip, 22nd August

The SPPC/GCG meeting will include a visit tothe Liverpool World Museum, and a tour of thecollections.

SVPCA Field Trip, 26th August

This year, the SVPCA fieldtrip will eschew the moretraditional fossil hunting trip in favour of the ‘CA’part of SVPCA. To that end, the fieldtrip will be a daytrip to Chester Zoo. A bus will transport participantsto and from Chester Zoo. There is no specific tourplanned for the day, rather it is a chance for delegatesto explore at their own pace.

Lightening Poster Presentations

This year, there will be a short session devoted tolightening talks given by delegates presenting a poster.Each author will be given 3 minutes and up to 5 slidesto introduce their poster. Unless requested otherwise,all poster presenters will be given a lightening slot.


Monday 22nd August - Ice Breaker Event

The evening of Monday 22nd will see an Ice Breakerevent at the Liverpool World Museum. This event is freeto attend, and delegates will receive a complimentarydrink.

Wednesday 24th August – Annual Auction

There will be a drinks reception and Annual Auctionin the Chapel at the Foresight centre. As always, theauction will be in aid of the Jones-Fenleigh fund.

Thursday 25th August - Annual Dinner

The annual dinner will be held at the Victoria Galleryand Museum. The VG&M was built to act as the mainbuilding for the University of Liverpool from 1892until 1938. Constructed from ordinary bricks andterracotta dressings, this building was the origin ofthe term ‘red-brick university.’ The beautiful interiorwill host the three course annual dinner.

Jones-Fenleigh Award

The Jones-Fenleigh fund awards grants coveringregistration fees, accommodation costs, and basicsubsistence in order to help delegates with noinstitutional financial support attend the conference.Applications to the fund should be sent to PeterFalkingham ([email protected]) beforeJune 30th. Applications should include an abstract,covering letter explaining your circumstances, and aletter of support from your employer/institution thatalso confirms you will not be financially supportedby them. Selection of successful candidates will bemade on the basis of the relevance, originality and thegeneral quality of the abstract. For more informationclick on the Jones-Fenleigh tab on the SVPCA website.

Social Media

There is an active Facebook group, ‘SVPCA 2016Liverpool’ where notices will be posted (in additionto the mailing lists. Note that there is also a groupfor the SVPCA more generally: ‘Symposiumon Vertebrate Palaeontology and ComparativeAnatomy.

What conference would be complete without ahashtag? SVPCA 2016 will use the imaginativehashtag #SVPCA2016.However, given issues in previous years (both atSVPCA and elsewhere), with presentations beingtweeted without the author’s permission, the policyfor SVPCA 2016 will be that unless a presenter hasexplicitly given permission, delegates are asked torefrain from posting any details or photographs onsocial media. If permission is not explicit, pleasekeep posts vague (e.g. “great talk by ”).This applies to both talks and posters.

Abstracts Volume

This year, in an effort to save trees, the printedversion of the abstracts volume will be optional.Many people find the abstracts volume unnecessary,preferring instead to use digital versions on phones/tablets/laptops, and so it seems wasteful to provideprinted abstracts books for everyone. Delegateswill all receive a PDF version of the abstracts book,but will be able to request a printed book duringregistration at no extra cost. Limited hard copies willalso be available at the meeting for a small fee.


The conference venue will be the Foresight Centre(Brownlow Street), University of Liverpool..


Accommodation will be available through theUniversity of Liverpool – a link will be added to theSVPCA webpage. Delegates should of course alsofeel free to source their own accommodation.

Getting to Liverpool

By Plane:

Liverpool does have its own airport – LiverpoolJohn Lennon airport, and this airport is connectedto the city via the MerseyRail metro link. However,Liverpool John Lennon is a small regional airport,and delegates travelling by plane may find it cheaperand easier to fly into Manchester airport, and thentake a direct train to Liverpool Lime Street (~1hr).

By Train:

Liverpool is easily accessible by rail into LiverpoolLime Street, which is a major train station, and islocated in the centre of the city. If you come by train,note the stunning rock-cuttings as you pull into thestation – An excellent example of cross bedding isvisible in the red sandstone.

By Car:

Parking is difficult in any major city, and specificparking will not be provided. Delegates wishing totravel to Liverpool by car will need to make theirown arrangements.


This year, we are hoping to have a Windows 10/Windows phone app available that will work onlaptops/tablets/phones running Windows 10.


Space will be available within the Foresight centrefor exhibits and displays. If you would like to takeadvantage of this, please contact Peter Falkingham([email protected]).

Things to see and do in Liverpool

Tuesday 23rd August – Guided walking tour of theAlbert Dock/Waterfront

Visit Liverpool will be arranging a guided tour of theWaterfront area and Albert on the evening of the 23rd.The tour will be led by a fully qualified Blue-BadgeGuide, and will cost approximately £10, ending atthe waterfront/Albert Dock which are excellentplaces to eat and drink. You can book a place on thiswalk by clicking this link.

St George’s Quarter

Historic St George’s Quarter is located near thecity centre and near to Liverpool Lime Street. Thearea forms part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site,and boasts one of the finest collections of Victorianarchitecture in the UK, including the World Museum(where the SPPC fieldtrip and SVPCA Ice Breakerevent will take place), the Central Library, and theWalker Art Gallery. The area is also home to St John’sGardens and the Empire Theatre.

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is a truly stunning piece ofarchitecture built on St James’s Mount, overlookingthe city. The imposing building is 189 m long, makingit the longest cathedral in the world, also ranking fifthin the world in terms of volume.


We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship from thePalaeontological Association.

Further Details

A future cicular will be sent out confirming all details,and providing an outline programme. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact mePeter Falkingham at [email protected] look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool inAugust!


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