Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2018 – UPDATE

We are delighted to announce that the  Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2018 will be held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th 2018. The central theme is “Marine Biology of the NE Atlantic”. There will also be a coastal field trip to a shore in the area of St Abbs on the Monday (19th). Registration is now open and bookings can be made via eventbrite. The conference fee, whilst higher than last year, is excellent value for this wonderful venue. The cost has been calculated to cover venue hire costs and includes refreshments (coffee, tea, biscuits etc) but does not cover lunch. There is a public café, brasserie and restaurant within the museum and plenty of restaurants/cafés outside nearby. A limited number of reduced fee places are available for students. Please contact Fiona Ware (f.ware@nms.ac.uk) directly for information on student fees.

The conference dinner (a three-course meal) will be held in Vittoria’s restaurant http://www.vittoriagroup.co.uk/vittoriabridge/groups-and-celebrations/private-dining/ on the Saturday March 17th evening. This must be booked and paid for at the time of registration. The cost does not include drinks. Menu choices will be emailed later to those who sign up.

For information on transport and parking in Edinburgh please see here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/plan-your-visit/.

The conference will take place in the Auditorium Complex at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF. Please use the private entrance to the Auditorium Complex which is on Lothian Street (just east of Brighton Street – brass plaque with ‘Learning Centre’ to RHS of the door). [public doors do not open until 10am & the auditorium complex will be screened off from public areas of the museum]. There will be signage to direct delegates on the day.

Field trip details will be posted ASAP. Whilst there is no fee, a small contribution at the time may be requested to cover possible hire of a base at which to look at specimens.

Non-members are always welcome to attend the conference, but please consider joining PMNHS before you book. Try it for a year which will give you  access to papers from the conference that will be published in the subsequent Bulletin.

Offers to present a paper or poster are welcome and can be sent to: conference@pmnhs.co.uk   

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