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Annual Meeting of the Paleontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft) 2019

logo_palges_201915 –18 September 2019 in Munich

The final program (pdf) can be downloaded HERE.

The Abstract volume (pdf) can be downlowaded HERE.

llag_germany_50 Link to the German Website

poster_200pxWe 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 paleontology, geobiology and paleobiology is presented. PalGes is one of the oldest and largest paleontogical 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.


Many thanks to all participants and the Munich organisation team for a very nice and successful conference!


Photo: M. Schellenberger (SNSB-BSPG).

A high-resolution image of the group photo is available HERE.

Organizers and sponsors


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
  • Mike Reich
  • Bettina Reichenbacher
  • Gert Wörheide


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

Conference fees

Early Bird
(until 15. July)
(until 15. August)
Regular, member of PalGes or GfbS 210 € 240 €
Regular, non-member 270 € 300 €
Student, member of PalGes or GfbS 80 € 110 €
Student, non-member 125 € 155 €
Field trip 40 € 40 €

Conference fees include Conference Dinner and Icebreaker
Students and PhD students pay reduced fees
Members of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft (PalGes) and the Gesellschaft für biologische Systematik (GfbS) receive a discount. Become a member, receive a discount and support Paleontology!

Young Scientist Award

Early career scientists may apply for the Young Scientist Award (YSA) for the best oral presentation (1.: 500€, 2: 300€, 3.: 200€). According to EGU an early career scientist (ECS) is an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or a scientist who has received his or her highest degree (BSc, MSc, or PhD) within the past seven years (parental leave may be considered).
If you apply, click “Young Scientist Award” when submitting your abstract!

PeerJ Award-open data

More Information

For inququiries please contact Kenneth de Baets

Symposia and workshops


  • Evolving ecosystems (Organizers: Alexander Nützel & Joachim Haug) 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)
  • Micropaleontology (Organizer: Anna Pint) more details
  • Molecular Geobiology and Paleobiology (Organisation: Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck, Sebastian Höhna, William Orsi) more details
  • Physiology in Deep Time (Organizers: Uwe Balthasar, Kenneth De Baets, Carl Reddin, Nussaïbah Raja Schoob)
    more details


  • Total-evidence divergence time estimation from extinct and extant taxa (Convener: Sebastian Höhna) more details
  • Open data analysis and publication: from morphology to evolutionary patterns (Conveners: Emilia Jarochowska and Kenneth De Baets; Guest speakers: Melanie Hopkins & Stephan Lautenschlager)

    The focus of this workshop is to highlight importance of new methods to improve scientific reproducibility and discuss best practices to share research in Paleontology. 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

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


Talks are in English and in exceptional cases in German.

Click HERE to download the final program and schedule.

Click HERE to download the abstract volume.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019

Work group/Section meetings, board meetings,
Pre-conference field trip
From 4 pm Registration
5 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
6:30 pm Business meeting paläontolopgische Gesellschaft

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

8 am –4:30 pm Talks



6 -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, at Botanische Staatssammlung, Menzinger Str. 67, Main lecture hall (theatre)

(Foto: Gerald v. Foris)


Horsehead Nebula (Photo: Christian Schulbert, Erlangen)

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

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

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

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

Post-conference field trip, Work group/Section meetings

Additional information on symposia and workshops


Evolving ecosystems

Organizers: Alexander Nützel & Joachim Haug

It is clear that ecosystems change over time. The possible reasons for that are manifold. First, environmental conditions such as climate or paleogeography changed over time. At the same time the players i. e., the organisms evolved and new adaptations and ecological niches formed. Mass extinctions may have acted as game changers during this complex process. Our symposium aims to describe and interpret such changes. Case studies from all realms, both terrestrial and marine, and from all time intervals would be welcome as well as analytical big picture contributions.

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 paleontologists, 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 togather the paleo-ichthyological community to increase communication and collaboration among colleagues.


(Organizer: Anna Pint)

Microfossils are important tools in Quaternary Geology, Physical Geography, paleooceanography, paleoclimatology and geoarchaeology. Their assemblage composition, environmental induced morphological reactions and shell chemistry signatures enable reconstructing a wide range of environmental factors in aquatic or terrestrial ecosystems.
The small size of microfossils and their high diversity enable studying large associations, often with well preserved and complete individuals even from small samples as typical from sediment cores. Ecological preferences and tolerances of taxa are used for reconstruction of paleoenvironments, their biostratigraphical ranges for bringing strata into a chronological order. The great value of microfossils for geoscience is their application but as past organisms they are excellent paleontological study objects in their own as well. The session presents geological applications of microfossils as well as paleobiological studies.

Molecular Geobiology and Paleobiology

Organizers: Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck, Sebastian Höhna, William Orsi

Molecular geobiology and paleobiology uses molecular biological methods on extant organisms to address geoscience-relevant questions. Applications include reconstructing the metabolic capabilities of microbes in extreme environments, such as the deep biosphere, resolving animal evolution, including molecular clocks that integrate the fossil record with molecular phylogenies to estimate clade ages, as well as reconstructing molecular mechanisms and the evolution of microbial and animal biomineralization. This symposium will showcase recent advances in these areas that are central to geobiological and paleontological research and evolutionary (paleo)biology in general.

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.


Open Data and Analysis: from morphology to evolutionary patterns

Organizers: Kenneth De Baets & Emilia Jarochowska

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

opendata_logoA 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 in ground-truthing scientific studies and making them reusable for further 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. Two of them, Morphobank and Paleobiology Database, will be presented in the keynote by Dr. Melanie Hopkins. 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 and after peer-review) and one of them, PCI Paleo, will be presented in detail. 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. Stephen Lautenschlager has been invited to present on the best way to make tomographic virtually available. The focus of this workshop is to highlight importance of new methods to improve scientific reproducibility and discuss best practices in sharing 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 paleontology. We plan to close our workshop with a joint discussion on future of Open Data and Analysis in our field.

Award for Open Data Analysis and Publication in Paleontology: Early career research presenting on a topic related to Open Data and Analysis: from morphology to evolutionary patterns during the Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft 2019 qualify for an award. The winner of the best presentation pertaining to Open Data and Analysis will be selected by an independent committee from among Early Career (up to 7 years after the PhD) conference presenters who applied for the award. The award will be sponsored by the PeerJ Awards Program of the PeerJ journal and will be followed by an interview for the PeerJ blog on the research of the winner as well as the opportunity of publishing an open access article free of charge (pending its gets through normal peer review).

The criteria for the award will be: the use of Open Access journals or preprint servers to make the presented research available, the use of Open Access archiving tools (such as Morphobank, PBDB and others) to make the data and/or code available to the community, the presenter’s demonstrated commitment to Open Access.

Total-evidence divergence time estimation from extinct and extant taxa

Organizer: Sebastian Höhna

1) Introduction to RevBayes, Bayesian inference, phylogenetics, etc
2) Estimating divergence times from molecular data only
3) Estimating divergence times from molecular data and fossil occurrences using the fossilized-birth-death process
4) Estimating divergence times from molecular and morphological data using the fossilized-birth-death process