Programme for the PMNHS 2017 conference announced

You can download now the confirmed programme for our annual conference 2017

Plymouth 2017 conf programme

Don’t forget to register soon, it looks to be a great conference!

Registration information here:

http://pmnhs.co.uk/registration-for-the-pmnhs-annual-conference-2017-now-open

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Registration for the PMNHS Annual Conference 2017 now open!

We are delighted to announce that the registration for the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2017 is now open.

This year we are moving with the times and making use of EVENTBRITE for the management of tickets and registrations.  You can find the registration site information here:

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Our annual conference takes place over the weekend of 11th to 13th March 2017, with a 2-day conference of talks and posters on the Saturday / Sunday at Plymouth University, followed by a field meeting nearby in Wembury on Monday 13th [low tide 0.7m @ 12:30]. The conference dinner will be held at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) on the Saturday evening.

The central theme for talks and posters is Marine Species Biology. See confirmed speakers list.

Tickets are available for members, non-members, students, the conference dinner and the field trip.  We also have a daily rate available.

FAQs

What is included in the conference price?

The conference fee includes refreshments and lunches on both days and all delegate materials. The conference dinner is an optional extra.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For information on transport and parking in Plymouth please see here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/visit/getting-here. Conference delegates can park at the MBA on Saturday and Sunday if they wish. The MBA is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the University. Delegates will need to give their registration number to MBA security. The car park will be open between 8.30 am to 11 pm on Saturday after the conference dinner and 8.30am to 5 pm on Sunday.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

To offer a talk, poster or observation, please contact Jon Moore on jon@ticara.co.uk or 07879 497004.

For questions about registration please contact Tammy Horton on tammy.horton@noc.ac.uk

This conference is sponsored by the Plymouth University Marine Institute and the Marine Biological Association of the UK.

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Confirmed Speakers at the PMNHS 2017 conference

Download your PMNHS 2017 Conference poster here!

PMNHS 2017 conference line-up (so far)

Paul Naylor – the lives and times of tompot blennies, and other intriguing tales

Matt Doggett – the black bream project – studying breeding behaviour using remote cameras

Cathy Lucas – Are jellyfish blooms born of the elusive polyp?

Dave Conway – Parasites in the plankton – life cycles and adaptations

Bernard Picton – new species of nudibranchs and their food

Anne Bunker – Cladophora species and their biology

Gordon Watson – Polychaete reproductive biology

Nick Higgs – whale fall experiments and bone worms

Emma Sheehan – Lyme Bay scallops – impacts of dredging ban & storms

Francis Bunker – new species of maerl

Martin Openshaw – undulate ray project update

Mark Ward – educational advances using ICT

Porcupine field meeting to the Hebridean islands in the Staffa Archipelago

Peter Barfield – marine species biology: your recent observations

Mike Kent -Where’s Onchi? A look at the occurrence of Onchidella celtica and its role as a climate change indicator species

Andy Mackie – Hermit worms – Neanthes fucata

Doug Herdson – Anchovies and Bonitos in the English Channel

Becky Hitchin – Arctica islandica – assessing potential impacts to this slow growing bivalve

Charlotte Bolton & Paul Kay – Seasearch discoveries 2016

Emily Priestley – Porcupine field meeting to the Staffa archipelago in 2016

Nick Owen – photographing Maxmuelleria lankesteri

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Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2017

Porcupine Marine Natural History Society
Annual conference & AGM
Central theme: Marine Species Biology

Plymouth
Sat 11th – Mon 13th March 2017

Porcupine’s annual conference will take place over the weekend of 11th to 13th March 2017, with a 2 day conference of talks and posters on the Saturday / Sunday at Plymouth University, followed by a field meeting in Plymouth Sound on Monday 13th [low tide 0.7m @ 12:30].

The central theme for talks and posters is Marine Species Biology and the programme organiser, Jon Moore, invites talks and posters on this theme. Talks on other topics will also be considered, so please do not hesitate to make offers. Talk lengths can vary from 30 minutes to 5 minutes and the organiser will agree these with speakers in advance.

Biological Observations – a related feature of the conference will highlight interesting / unexplained / new observations of species biology and ecology, with a display board and a session of short presentations. Observations for the dedicated display board will consist of brief descriptive text and up to two photographs or diagrams. The available display space for each observation will be one sheet of A4. Observations (pre-printed or hand written) may be sent in advance or brought on the day. A selection of observations (chosen by the organisers after day 1) will then be presented in a dedicated session on the Sunday where each observer will have up to 5 minutes to describe what they have seen (remember to bring electronic versions of images or video for projection) and discuss with the audience. [For example – why would several (10+) baby starfish (Asterias rubens) position themselves upside down, mouth held outwards into water column, arms bent downwards so that tips held onto rock, on lower shore rock? Photographed 17 Oct, two sites, South Pembrokeshire].

The conference dinner will be held at the MBA on the Saturday evening.

More details and a list of talks so far will be sent out in December.
Please note that speakers and other contributors to the conference will be also encouraged to publish their papers and observations in the Society’s Bulletin.

To offer a talk, poster or observation, please contact Jon Moore on jon@ticara.co.uk or 07879 497004.

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