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60th Annual Meeting PalAss 2016

60th Annual Meeting PalAss 2016
Date : 14/12/2016
Date de fin : 17/12/2016
Heure : 00:00 à 00:00
Manifestation où la SGF sera présente
60th Annual Meeting PalAss 2016



The Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association will be held at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, organized by Gilles Cuny, Bertrand Lefebvre, Vincent Perrier and Jean Vannier, with the help of the “Cellule Congrès” of the University.



The meeting will begin with a symposium in the afternoon of Wednesday 14th December at the Laënnec building, Domaine de la Buire, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, followed by an evening reception at the Villeurbanne City Hall.

The topic for the Annual Symposium this year is ‘Assessing palaeoenvironments and palaeobiology through geochemistry’.


Conference and Annual Address

The conference will be held at the Laënnec building and will begin on Thursday 15th December with a full day of talks and posters. The Annual Address will be given by Prof. Manolo Gouy (University Claude Bernard Lyon 1) on the topic: “Molecular thermometers: reconstructing the evolutional history of the adaptation to environmental temperature along the tree of life”. In the evening there will be a nocturnal visit of the new museum “Musée des Confluences” followed by the Annual Dinner on the banks of the river Rhône

Friday 16th December will be a full day of posters and talks in parallel sessions (depending on demand). Talks for both days will be allocated 15 minutes including time for questions.

The Association AGM will take place after lunch and a wine and local products tasting session will be organized at the end of the day.



A field-trip to the city of Autun, approximately 190 km North of Lyon, is planned for Saturday 17th December. We shall visit the Natural History Museum in Autun as well as the type localities for the Autunian in the area, which have yielded among many other things the temnospondyl Onchiodon (Actinodon) frossardi. Access to the collections of the Museum, which host the fossils from the lagerstätte of Montceau-les-Mines, could be arranged rather than to go in the field for those interested. We shall be back in Lyon around 8:00 pm.


Getting to Lyon


By Train

The centre of Lyon is connected to all major French cities by the high-speed TGV trains via the 3 stations of Perrache, Part Dieu and Lyon-Saint Exupéry. Lyon Part-Dieu railway station is just two hours from Roissy CDG airport by TGV and there is also a direct connection from London St Pancras to Lyon Part-Dieu, but only on Saturdays during December. For the rest of the week, you’ll need to change train either in Lille or in Paris. It is easier to do so in Lille, as in Paris you need to change stations (from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon). For information see <http://www.eurostar.com/>


By Coach

Lyon is served by a few regular coach services from towns and cities across France; these are often cheaper than trains. For information see Starshipper Bus (<http://www.starshipper.com/en/starshipper-bus_p191>) and Flixbus (<http://www.flixbus.com>).


By Car

There is limited parking around the University, and almost none on campus, so driving to the meeting venue is not the best option. Lyon is two hours away from the Alps. Distances from other cities by road :

  • Paris-Lyon: 465km (A6);
  • Marseille-Lyon: 315km (A7);
  • Genève-Lyon: 149km (A40);
  • Montpellier-Lyon: 303km (A7-A9).


By Plane

Lyon Saint Exupéry International Airport offers more than 115 direct connections, including regular flights to 68 international destinations, daily flights to 29 destinations in France and low-cost airline companies connected to several European destinations. There are direct connections to Lyon for participants arriving at Paris CDG Airport by plane or by train.

An express tramway, Rhônexpress, links the Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to the central Lyon Part-Dieu railway station in 25 minutes, with departures every 15 minutes guaranteeing safe swift access to the heart of the city. Note that it is cheaper to buy the tickets in advance on the internet or at the station than inside the trams.Website: <http://www.rhonexpress.fr/>


Public Transportation in Lyon

The network of metros, trams and buses of the T.C.L. (Transports en Commun Lyonnais – Lyon Public Transportation) enables rapid and easy transport from one place to another in the city and its suburbs through four metro lines, five tram system lines, two cabin transport lines and more than 130 urban bus lines.

The Domaine de la Buire is served by metro D, two tram lines (T2 and T5), and 6 bus lines (C8, C13, C16, C22, C26 and 24), stations “Laënnec” or “Grange Blanche”. Website: <www.tcl.fr>  



Registration and booking

Registration, booking and abstract submission will commence in June 2016. Abstract submission will close in September (date to be confirmed) and abstracts submitted after that date will not be considered. Registration after that date will incur an additional administration charge of approximately 50€, with the final deadline for registration in November 2016. Registration and bookings will be taken on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. No refunds will be available after the final deadline.

Registration, abstract submission, booking and payment (by credit card) will be available online via the Palaeontological Association website () from June 2016.



Accommodation is available within walking distance of the University and should be booked separately.  Lyon has an accommodation capacity of more than 17,000 rooms in hotels and apartment hotels, which can be booked through the usual online resources (see for example www.booking.com/lyon-hotels).

Greater Lyon offers a choice between the charm and elegance of châteaux hotels and the dependable comfort of major international chains (Accor-Sofitel, Mercure-, Best Western, Boscolo, Crowne Plaza, Hilton International, Holiday Inn, Louvre Hotels, Relais & Châteaux, Radisson BLU, Warwick).

The conference organizers will book a block of rooms and studios (up to four persons) at the Appart’hôtel Odalys Bioparc, just behind the Rockefeller Conference Centre. Prices will range from approximatively £22 GBP in a shared studio to £89 GBP per person per night. To make your reservation e-mail bioparc@odalys-vacances.com, using the code ‘UCBL1’.  Please mention the name of the Meeting.  The deadline for reservations is 13th November 2016.  After this date, reservations will still be possible with the code ‘UCBL1’ depending on availability.


Travel grants to student members

The Palaeontological Association runs a programme of travel grants to assist student members (doctoral and earlier) to attend the Annual Meeting, in order to present a talk or poster. For the Lyon 2016 meeting, grants of up to £100 (or the euro equivalent) will be available to student presenters who are travelling to Lyon. The actual amount available will depend on the number of applicants and the distance travelled. Payment of these awards is given as a disbursement at the Meeting, not as an advance payment. Students interested in applying for a PalAss travel grant should contact the Executive Officer, Dr Jo Hellawell (e-mail jo.hellawell@palass.org) once the organizers have confirmed that their presentation is accepted, and before 1st December 2016. Entitle the e-mail “Travel Grant Request”. No awards can be made to those who have not followed this procedure.



Attendees who would like to take this opportunity to visit the palaeontological collection of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the largest French university collection, or the palaeontological collection at the Musée des Confluences Centre de Conservation et d’études des Collections need to contact Emmanuel Robert (e-mail emmanuel.robert@univ-lyon1.fr) for the former and Didier Berthet (e-mail didier.berthet@museedesconfluences.fr) for the latter, well in advance of the Annual Meeting, to arrange their visit.



Lyon (www.onlylyon.com/en/visit-lyon.html), Capital of Gaul, is an ancient Roman city and a UNESCO world heritage site.  It is also a world capital of gastronomy with, among many others, Paul Bocuse restaurants.  It is situated in the middle of famous vineyards (Beaujolais – Côtes du Rhône).  The “festival of lights” will take place a few days before the Conference.


Logo and slogan

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) is the most famous of the novels by French writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This poetic tale is named after its main character, a young boy represented in our logo. The Little Prince is the fourth most-translated book in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.  Because Saint-Exupéry was born in Lyon (29th June 1900) and gave his name to the Lyon Airport, we thought it relevant to use the Little Prince as the ambassador for the Annual Meeting in Lyon. The Little Prince logo is used with kind permission of the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “Draw me a sheep” is a famous catch phrase of the Little Prince and inspired our slogan “Draw me a trilobite”, inviting colleagues to present their work in Lyon.

We look forward to seeing you in Lyon in December