Southampton 2024
11th - 14th September 2024
The 70th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA) and the 29th meeting of the Symposium of Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation (SPPC) will take place from the 11th to 14th of September 2024 at the University of Southampton.

Abstract submission closes on the 5th of August. 

We are thrilled to have the keynote speech given by Professor Mike Benton. From pioneering methods to determine the colors of dinosaurs to delving into the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction, his work has not only reshaped our understanding of ancient ecosystems but also inspired countless researchers to explore the wonders of the prehistoric world. As we reflect on his remarkable journey, we honor Michael's unwavering dedication, boundless curiosity, and profound impact on the field.
Venue
Situated along the scenic south coast, Southampton is a captivating blend of maritime history and modern charm, offering a welcoming environment with its safe streets and lively atmosphere.


The University of Southampton is ranked 12th in the UK and 81st globally, our research-intensive institution is committed to pioneering discoveries and shaping the future of knowledge. We look forward to exploring the wonders of vertebrate palaeontology and comparative anatomy with you.
Conference Dinner
The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday 12th of September at the beautiful Dancing Man Brewery in Southampton. They have been voted, for the 2nd year running, Best Pub in Southampton and you'll also find them in the Good Food Guide.
Field Trip
The field trip on the 14th of September will be to the Isle of Wight, renowned for its abundant fossil deposits and rich geological history. Delegates will travel by ferry and then on to a waiting coach to Compton Bay and an Eocene deposit, where they will engage in a structured fossil-hunting expedition guided by expert palaeontologists. Following this immersive experience, participants will have the privilege of visiting the renowned Dinosaur Isle museum. This excursion promises to provide a unique blend of academic enrichment and hands-on exploration, offering delegates a memorable and professionally rewarding experience.
Host Committee
Neil Gostling

Alison Cribb

Davis Laundon

Abi Crane

Kate Cooley
Southampton 2024