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Annual Meeting of the Paleontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft) 2019

15 –18 September 2019 in Munich

llag_germany_50 Link to the German Website

We are happy to announce the Annual conference of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft (PalGes) in Munich. We aim to organize an international meeting at which cutting-edge research in the fields of palaeontology, geobiology and palaeobiology is presented. PalGes is one of the oldest and largest palaeontogical societies of the world and it is the fifth time that this conference is held in Munich (1950, 1960, 1985, 2010, 2019).

Munich is Bavaria’s beautiful capital situated at the foot of the Alps and surrounded by several picturesque lakes. It has been ranked among the top cities in terms of life quality, is famous for its museums and beer gardens. Munich is also a top place for natural sciences.


Conference organizers


Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences and
Paläontologisches Museum

Richard Wagner Str. 10 and Luisenstr. 37
80333 München

Organizing committee

  • Alexander Nützel
  • Carolin Haug
  • Joachim Haug
  • Michael Krings
  • Oliver Rauhut
  • Mike Reich
  • Bettina Reichenbacher
  • Gertrud Rössner
  • Gert Wörheide


Office: Ella Schönhofer, 0049-089/2180 6630
Alexander Nützel 0049-089/2180 6611

Call for symposia and workshops

We are asking all colleagues who would like to organize a symposium or a workshop to submit proposals latest on January 31, 2019:

The following symposia have been proposed to date

  • Physiology in Deep Time (Organizers: Uwe Balthasar, Kenneth De Baets, Carl Reddin, Nussaïbah Raja Schoob)
    more details
  • Fossil fishes in the context of evolution, environments and biogeography (Organizers: Bettina Reichenbacher, Tomas Přikryl & Gloria Arratia)
    more details
  • Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic Plants and Floras (Organizers: Michael Krings, Benjamin Bomfleur & Christian Pott)
  • Evolving ecosystems (Organizers: Alexander Nützel & Joachim Haug)
  • Mikropaläontologie (Organizer: Anna Pint)


Open data analysis and publication: from morphology to evolutionary patterns (Conveners: Emilia Jarochowska and Kenneth De Baets; Guest speakers: Melanie Hopkins & Stephan Lautenschlager) more details

Field trips

Pre-conference, 15th September 2019

  • Vertebrate excavation Hammerschmiede, Miocene Molasse Basin; organizer: Madelaine Böhme
  • Upper Jurassic Plattenkalke (lithographic limestones) of Solnhofen and Eichstätt (includes visit of the Solnhofen Museums); organizer: Martin Röper

Post-conference, 19th September 2019

  • Palaeontology und geology of the Miocene Ries meteor crater, Nördlingen (includes visit of the Rieskrater-Museum); organizer: Stefan Hölzl

Preliminary program

Talks are in English and in exceptional cases in German.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

Work group/Section meetings, board meetings,
Pre-conference field trip
From 4 pm Registration
6 pm Icebreaker – until late in the night

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

8 am Registration
9 am–6 pm Welcome addresses, plenary-talks, symposia, poster session
6 pm Business meeting paläontolopgische Gesellschaft

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

8 am –4 pm Talks

lesch_80px6 -7:15 pm Public evening lecture "Planet Earth and its very first inhabitants" (talk in German), to be delivered by the popular astrophysicist and science journalist Harald Lesch



7:30 pm until late in the night Conference Dinner at Munich’s beautiful botanical garden

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

8 am –4 pm Talks, Closing ceremony with a plenary lecture, awards

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Post-conference field trip, Work group/Section meetings

Plenary Talks, preliminary

  • Per Ahlberg, Uppsala: New light on the origin of tetrapods
  • Gloria Arratia, Lawrence: Fishes in a temporal dimension: Origins, radiations, and extinctions
  • Donald E. Canfield, Odense: Life at Low Oxygen
  • William A. DiMichele: Washington, DC 20560: Late Paleozoic xeromorphic floral elements as upland, extrabasinal, and/or paleoclimatic indicators, and why it is important to clarify the confusion surrounding these concepts
  • Olga Otero, Poitiers: Fish fossils and the reconstruction of continental paleoenvironments
  • Jakob Vinther, Bristol: The evolution of Spiralia using genomes and fossils

Important: Conference participants are independently responsible for their transportation to and from the venue, as well as for hotel or accomodation in Munich, and are recommended to make arrangements as early as possible. Munich in fall is peak tourist season, and last-minute affordable accomodation is limited.
Hotel information


  • Symposium or workshop proposals: January 31, 2019
  • Abstract submission and Early Bird-Registration: June 15, 2019

Conference fees & registration

Conference fees will be announced in the Second Circular and registration forms will be posted on the homepage.

Biomin XV: 15th International Symposium on Biomineralization

Before our PalGes-meeting this very interesting symposium will also be held in Munich (9–13 September 2019) and participants may consider to attend both meetings:

Additional information on symposia and workshops


Physiology in Deep Time: from proxies to evolutionary trends

Organizers: Uwe Balthasar, Kenneth De Baets, Carl Reddin, Nussaïbah Raja Schoob

Organisms with different physiologies are expected to respond differently to global environmental changes. Future environments may resemble conditions that have not existed for millions of years. To assess strategies and conditions tolerated by particular organisms, it is necessary to understand how biomineralization, body size, environmental tolerance, metabolic rates, and physiological responses relate with the paleoenvironmental changes in the deep past. To address these questions, relevant proxies from modern organisms need to be combined with the fossil record. We welcome contributions focusing on individual groups, time-intervals, or large-scale temporal or organismal patterns across the geological record.


Fossil fishes in the context of evolution, environments and biogeography

Organizers: Bettina Reichenbacher, Tomas Přikryl & Gloria Arratia

The total number of living fish species is approximately 33,600, which accounts for about 50% of all living vertebrate species. Exploring the evolutionary history of this unique diversity is not only a current issue for palaeontologists, but also provides key information for a general understanding of present-day aquatic ecosystems. Our primary goal in organizing this symposium is to exchange results of current studies and how these contribute to our understanding of the evolutionary history of fishes. We welcome oral or poster contributions dealing with the evolution, environments and biogeography of fossil fishes from all Periods and from all over the world. The more we know about the fossil record of fishes, the more engaging the questions will be. Our second aim is to gather the paleo-ichthyological community to increase communication and collaboration among colleagues.


Open Data aand Analysis: from morphology to evolutionary patterns

Organizers: Kenneth De Baets & Emilia Jarochowska

Guest speakers: Melanie Hopkins (AMNH; part of PCI Palaeontology and PBDB), Stephan Lautenschlager (best practices for big data and 3D pdfs)

A key aspect of scientific research is reproducibility. This is also the case for paleontological research focusing on evolutionary or morphological patterns in deep time. Particularly relevant meta-data including sample size, qualitative and quantitative morphological information, stratigraphic and taphonomic context as well age constraints can be crucial to verify scientific studies and make them reusable for further scientific research. There is an increasing number of possibilities to make data and research available, ranging from large-scale database and novel publication opportunities to platforms which allow storing large data volumes. In cases where competition might be an issue, such platforms also allow embargoed access during initial research or peer review with a code of conduct. There are additional opportunities allowing publication of preprints (before peer-review). Among other advantages, preprints may be a way to preserve valid scientific data which led to negative or inconclusive results that would not get published otherwise. The focus of this workshop is to highlight importance of new methods to improve scientific reproducibility and discuss best practices to share research. We invite contributions concerning the methods and tools fostering data sharing and reproducibility, positive and negative case studies, and all voices and opinions concerning the current obstacles and potential solutions in palaeontology. We plan to close our workshop with a joint discussion on future of Open Data and Analysis in our field.