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Pterosaur Meeting 2nd Circular
Dave Hone asked me to forward the second circular for the pterosaur meeeting
scheduled for September 2007 in Munich to the vrtpaleo list. So, here it is:
My apologies for the delay in the second circular. I had intended that
this go out a month ago, but various deadlines etc. have got in the way
and held things up. This circular is designed to bring everyone up to
date with the developments of the meeting and to invite those who have
expressed an interest in confirming their attendance and to ask for
For those who missed the original announcement the meeting will be held
in the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
(Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geologie) in Munich,
Germany. It will be held from the 10th to the 14th of September, 2007.
This will include 2 days of talks (in English), a day of open
discussions and a field trip to the famous Jura Museum in Eichstätt.
1. Exhibition. Each year the museum arranges a small special exhibition
on some aspect of palaeontology. With the plans for our meeting in full
swing, naturally the pterosaurs have been selected and thus there will
be a small bonus to your attendance as you will have an opportunity to
see the display. In practical terms this is of course a nightmare as I
can expect 50 experts to come in and criticise what I have written!
2. Peter. I was able to catch Peter Wellnhofer at our Christmas party
and he confirmed to me that he is coming to the meeting (which is
good). He was delighted to hear that many of his old friends and
colleagues will be coming and said he looks forward to seeing you all.
As far as I can tell he is still not aware that it is being done in his
honour. For those of you who know him, please feel free to contact him
and mention that you hope to see him at the 'pterosaur meeting' but
hopefully we can keep this a secret until he arrives!
3. Abstracts. Many of you have confirmed you will be speaking, but I
have had few talk title or abstracts. Please do send them in as soon as
possible. The closing date for submission is the 31st of May. This is a
hard deadline and will not be extended. We are operating on
first-come-first-served so if you wait until the end of May we are
likely to have no more speaking slots left.
We are taking abstracts and title for both talks and posters. The
latter is effectively unlimited (we have space for about 60 at a push)
but we are limited in our numbers of talks.
Although the meeting is focused on pterosurs, the meeting is also to
celebrate Peter's work so talks and posters on Archaeopteryx, the
Solhnofen or other areas of his research are also welcome.
4. Special volume of Zitteliana. As stated, this is scheduled for mid
2008 and will be edited by Eric Buffetaut and myself. We are willing to
entertain any papers on pterosaurs whether the authors attend the
meeting or not, however, priority will be given to attendees. Please
let us know if you wish to contribute to this volume. We expect to
receive funding for its publication, meaning that we are able to keep
the registration fees to a minimum (see below).
5. Meeting structure. The meeting will take place from the 10th to the
14th of September 2007. Monday (the 10th) will just be registration and
an 'icebreaker' party. The 11th and 12th will be dedicated to talks
with the conference dinner on the evening of the 12th. The 13th is
dedicated to open forum discussions in the morning with the afternoon
left for an extended poster session and a chance for people to examine
many of the museum pterosaur collections and other specimens. The 14th
is reserved for the optional 'field trip' to Eichstätt.
6. Registration fees. Sadly we are still waiting to hear the costs of
the field trip transport and the conference diner so we are unable to
fix the registration fees at this time. However, we *hope* that this
will come to less than 50-60 Euros and this will include the field trip
and dinner as well as registration. We will announce the price as soon
as possible, though obviously we expect it to be cheap compared to many
7. The website. http://flugsaurier.blogspot.com
<http://flugsaurier.blogspot.com/> is still running. I
shall put this circular on it today. All major announcements will come
by e-mail but quick updates and various bits are on the site and is a
good source of reference.
8. I will be away from the office on holiday and at a meeting from the
20th of February until the 19th of March. I will therefore be unable to
respond to e-mails sent at that time. If you are desperate to contact
me then I can be contacted on email@example.com
but please be patient
for replies as I am on holiday and away from the office.
9. Accommodation. Many of you have asked about accommodation. A large
number of hotels and hostels are listed online. You can make
significant savings my booking double rooms. For those who wish to
share, please let me know and i can put your names and contact details
on the website so that you can get together to make arrangements for
10. Attendees. In an effort to drum up a little more interest I would
like to mention that so far we have confirmations from the likes of
Chris Bennett, Dave Unwin, Dino Frey, Eric Buffetaut, Alex Kellner,
Dave Martill, Helmut Tichlinger and around 20 more. For those with any
interest in pterosaurs (as well as flight mechanics, cladistics,
evolution and palaeoecology) this promises to be a very interesting
Thanks again to those who have assisted in the preparation and planning
of this meeting, I look forward to seeing you all in September.
PS My apologies. Due to some e-mail difficulties some of you may
receive this twice, sorry. Again, if there are people missing from this
list, do please circulate the e-mail to them.
Dr David W.E. Hone
Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
Tel: +49 / (0)89 / 2180 6613
Fax: +49 / (0)89 / 2180 6601