Birmingham 2017
12th - 15th September 2017

We are delighted to invite you to join us in Birmingham in September 2017 for the 65th SVPCA and 26th SPPC. This will be the first time in its long history that SVPCA has visited Birmingham. This circular provides initial information on dates, venues and other practicalities: more information, including details and dates for registration, abstract submission and bookings will follow in subsequent circulars in early 2017.


Platform and poster sessions will take place at the campus of the University of Birmingham (UoB), in Edgbaston, south Birmingham. Evening events will include an evening icebreaker event at the Lapworth Museum of Geology at UoB, and the annual auction and annual dinner, both of which are provisionally planned to take place in central Birmingham. As is traditional, a fieldtrip will be offered for the day following the meeting, although the destination is still to be confirmed.

Conference Dinner

The annual dinner on Thursday 14th will take place at the popular Celebrity Indian Restaurant on Broad Street, in the centre of Birmingham, near to many bars, pubs and nightclubs. The cost of the dinner (£38) will include a banquet meal with a variety of different dishes, as well as initial alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Please contact us directly with any special dietary requirements. Please note that as this will be an Indian meal, many dishes will be spicy.

Field Trip

Due to the limited number of suitable field sites near to Birmingham, the ‘field’ trip this year will visit the ‘Dinosaurs of China’ exhibition at Wollaton Hall, in Nottingham. Dr Adam Smith, curator at Wollaton Hall, has offered to lead a guided tour of this unique and exciting exhibition. The cost of the field trip (£28) will cover coach travel to and from Nottingham, as well as admission to the exhibition. Field trip attendees will need to cover their own lunch costs, but there are several suitable pubs and other restaurants close to Wollaton Hall. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

Host Committee

Richard Butler (chair), Ivan Sansom, Jon Clatworthy, Susannah Thorpe, Stephan Lautenschlager, Luanne Meehitiya, Roger Close, Plamen Andreev, Daniel Cashmore, Emma Dunne, Pedro Godoy, Andy Jones, Juan Benito Moreno.

The SPPC meeting is organised in collaboration with the Geological Curators’ Group.

Birmingham 2017