The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists

Before he decided to run off and start his own blog, Dino Frey asked me to do a post about the EAVP (an organisation with which he is heavily involved) and I am happy to oblige as I am a member and I like both the society and it’s meetings a lot. The society is really quite small with just a few hundred members and has only been going for six years, but is growing slowly, and while I doubt I have few readers who would even be interested (I know most of you are in the US and UK and thus already have SVP and SVPCA readily available), if this generates just one more member or gets a few people to link to them, it will be a good thing.

The society was started to encourage European palaeontology, especially in Eastern Europe and sprang out of the long running European Workshop on vertebrate palaeontology to form a full society with better organisation. There is not much to say beyond this really, small, European, palaeontology, good. They do (occasionally) produce the journal Oryctos which is also worth a read if you can get hold of it (sadly distribution is rather limited).

Anyway, this post is rather timely as the arrangements for the 2009 meeting in Berlin were released not too long ago, so I would suggest you give it serious consideration. As I say the meetings are typically very good (and all the talks are in English for any language phobes) and enjoyable, not to mention quite cheap. It seems to be that the British can be a bit isolationist with these kinds of thing and it would be excellent if more people made the trip onto the continent and certainly more Europeans are starting to come to SVPCA. A joint meeting has been mooted in the future but yet to reach fruition, but I personally have high hopes for more ‘all in’ European meetings and societies in the future. (Oh, and they do have bursaries for students to attend to if you are short of funds).

If you want to learn more or join up, there are all kinds of information on their website here , as indeed are details for the 2009 if you want to attend.

2 Responses to “The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists”


  1. 1 Andrea Cau 10/02/2009 at 6:20 pm

    Unfortunately, the link doesn’t open…

  2. 2 David Hone 10/02/2009 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for that Andrea, it is fixed now. For soem reason it only works if it has the ‘htt://’ in fornt of it, the adress was right but it wouldn’t connect.


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