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15th Annual Meeting of the Association of European Vertebrate Palaeontologists

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The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists was founded in 2003. Its annual meetings provide an international forum for information on novel and ongoing research as well as existing work groups across all subfields of Vertebrate Palaeontology (systematics, morphology, evolutionary development, biostratigraphy, inter- and transdisciplinary research, methodology, fossil conservation). A major focus is international collaboration with great attention on encouragement and assistance for students to become part in projects and a source of future vertebrate palaeontologists.

On behalf of the host committee you are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP), which will take place from 1st – 3rd August 2017 at the Palaeontological Museum Munich, Germany.

The meeting will be hosted by the GeoBio-CenterLMU


Please find further instructions below.

Proposed Schedule 


Invited Speakers

  • Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Yale University, New Haven (CT), USA
  • Daniel DeMiguel, Institut Català de Paleontologia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Anjali Goswami, University College London, London, UK
  • Alexandra Houssaye, Musée Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle / CNRS, Paris, France
  • Walter Joyce, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Serdar Mayda, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
  • Maria McNamara, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland


Ecomorphology and functional anatomy in vertebrate palaeontology

Convenors: Josep Fortuny, Paris, France & Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain;
Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Hamburg, Deutschland & Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain
This symposium intends to be the meeting point for all functional anatomists and evolutionary ecologists interested in vertebrate palaeontology. It aims to offer an occasion for positive research interactions and to discuss the state of the art of ecomorphology, functional anatomy and its perspectives (computational biomechanics, geometric morphometrics, functional approaches, paleobiology, paleoecology). All these topics provide new insights into the tissues that make up the musculo-skeletal system in vertebrates, their functional properties and their function. Moreover, constant methodological improvements and novelties are particularly important in ecomorphology and functional anatomy, implying the use of new and challenging methodologies in vertebrate palaeontology.

European Fossil Fish Symposium

Convenors: Adriana López-Arbarello, Munich, Germany & Bettina Reichenbacher, Munich, Germany
The European Fossil Fish Symposium is aimed to get together and enhance networking between palaeoichthyologists working in Europe or dealing with European fossil fishes. It welcomes any oral or poster contribution dealing with the evolution of European living and fossil chondrichthyan and osteichthyan fishes (systematics, diversity, biogeography, palaeoecology, taphonomy, etc.). Accordingly, besides any work on European fossil fishes, research on living taxa would be suitable if related to the evolution of European fossil taxa. Similarly, research on fossil taxa outside Europe would be suitable if related to the evolution of living or fossil European taxa.

Recent advances on the palaeoecology, evolution and extinction of the cave bear

Convenors: Anneke H. van Heteren, Munich, Germany & Borja Figueirido, Málaga, Spain
Forty years after the publication of ‘The cave bear story’ by the vertebrate palaeontologist Björn Kurtén, several aspects concerning the palaeobiology of this Quaternary icon are poorly understood. These aspects are mainly related to its ecological habits such as dietary behaviour, competition with humans, and hybridisation with coeval brown bears.
For the symposium, our aims are (i) to bring together all authorities on cave bear biology in order to create an update encompassing the most recent advances in the field, which has been lacking since the publication of Kurtén’s book in 1976; (ii) to join efforts among specialists in order to reach a consensus on specific aspects concerning cave bear biology that are still controversial, such as feeding behaviour or extinction, and to define future avenues of promising research; (iii) to discuss this exciting Quaternary subject face-to-face; and (iv) to have an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Björn Kurtén to the field of Quaternary Palaeontology.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Deadline for symposia proposals: 28 February 2017
  • Start of registration & call for abstracts: 1 March 2017
  • Symposia decisions announced & second circular available: 31 March 2017
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2017
  • Abstract decisions announced: 1 June 2017
  • Deadline early bird registration: 15 June 2017
  • Deadline regular registration: 1 July 2017
  • Third circular available: 15 July 2017

Pre-Meeting Events

Photogrammetry basics for palaeontologists: A workshop on how to take pictures and create a 3D model

Monday, 31st July 2017, 9am to 5pm (including lunch break)

Instructors: Matteo Belvedere, Porrentruy, Switzerland & Heinrich Mallison, Pöttmes, Germany
Photogrammetry as a method to create 3D visualizations has become an integral part of palaeontological research. In this workshop we will teach the basics of data capture, data handling (model creation) in the two most commonly used programs (Reality Capture and Photoscan Pro), and of basic file editing (cleanup, print-readying) in various freely available programs.
Participants should bring their own laptop computers, cameras (DSLR, compact, cellphone), (LED ring-)lights, and tripods. Scale bars will be provided. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (workshop sponsored by Transmitting Science)

Monday, 31st July 2017, 9am to 1pm (including break)

Instructor: Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Hamburg, Germany
The workshop will introduce vertebrate paleontologists to Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which is a great tool to approach problems in biomechanics of living and extinct organisms using digital models. Key questions in FEA models such as mesh size, boundary conditions, applied forces, scaling, numerical singularities, and, especially, how these models can be used and interpreted in a biological context will be thoroughly addressed using problem-based learning methods by discussing current published papers. The articles referred to in the workshop will be sent in advance to the participants. Voluntary reading prior to the workshop is recommended. Participants do not need to bring a computer. The duration is 4 hours including break.

Neutron Imaging - Information beyond X-rays

Introduction to the ANTARES (Advanced Neutron Tomography And Radiography Experimental System) – facility at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz center of TU München

Monday, 31st July 2017, 2pm to 4pm

Referee: Burkhard Schillinger, Garching, Germany
Thermal and fast neutrons can penetrate most metals while delivering high contrast for many light elements, which is often the opposite behavior of X-rays. Hydrogen, i.e. organic materials, can be detected even in lead enclosures. Neighboring elements, even isotopes of the same element, may deliver a very different contrast. X-ray methods are always the first choice for ease of application and availability, but neutron methods are great tools where X-rays fail, not only in cultural heritage.
Neutron Imaging has been used with great success for fossils embedded in red beds, i.e. iron containing materials that are impenetrable for X-rays. Fossilized teeth can be classified according to the interface between enamel and dentine, but only some specimens can be examined with X-rays or synchrotron radiation, while others deliver no contrast at all, because some – as yet undetermined – mineral exchange happened in the sediment embedding the fossil. Neutron imaging still delivers large contrast. Fossilized bones in chalk rock or conglomerates like breccia deliver very little contrast to the surrounding material for X-rays, while they can be easily distinguished using neutrons.
This information event will show several examples of neutron imaging in palaeontology as well as describe the ANTARES and NECTAR facilities for neutron imaging at the FRM II reactor of Technische Universität München and the free and easy access by short scientific proposals. Enquiries from the audience on suitability of neutron imaging for particular specimens / preservation are especially encouraged and will be discussed.

Women in palaeontology and ways to address gender disparity in career progression in STEM
Roundtable Discussion

Monday, 31st July 2017, 4pm, to 6pm

Convenor: Femke Holwerda, Munich, Germany; Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain & Edina Prondvai, Ghent, Belgium
The event will start with a short introduction on gender disparity in STEM, backed by data from scientific studies. After this, experiences and challenges as women in science will be addressed, and propositions and objectives for the future will be discussed. The women’s spokesperson of the Faculty of Geosciences of LMU München, Dr. Roswitha Stolz, will moderate the roundtable discussion.
Women AND men are welcome! The icebreaker starts right after, so talking can be continued over drinks.

Social Events

On Monday, 31st July 2017, we are expecting you at 6pm for the Ice Breaker Reception in the Palaeontological Museum and the adjacent yard. On Wednesday evening, 2nd August 2017 , the General Assembly (or AGM) of the EAVP, at 7pm, is followed by the Auction in a large lecture hall besides the Palaeontological Museum. The Conference Dinner and succeeding Farewell Party will take place in the restaurant in the Botanical Garden Munich ( on Thursday, 3rd August 2017, that is reserved until the early morning of 4th August.

The Auction is a key event in order to raise funds to assist attendance by those without institutional financial support at future EAVP meetings. We rely on the proceeds from this event more heavily than ever, so please remember to bring items to donate to the auction, and your Euros to support our grant recipients!

Field Trip

A two-day field trip is scheduled on 4th to 5th August 2017 visiting Neogene and Jurassic sites as well as adjacent museums and exhibitions. We will start early on the 4th, spend a night on tour, and return in the evening on the 5th. Costs are not yet calculated, but will be dependent on participant numbers. Hence, please help us in planning and tick the field trip box in the registration form (without obligation) in case you are interested.

Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract submission and meeting registration is facilitated via our web-based event management system. As a first step, please visit the site and register as user. Once done you can work on your abstract and submit. Modifications are possible until the deadline on 30th April 2017. Registration is possible at any time, but with graded fees (see above). Via the system you will be able to view the detailed meeting schedule once set up, well in advance of the EAVP 2017 meeting.

Registration fees (Euro)

member non-member member non-member
early bird 40 60 80 100
standard 60 80 120 140
late 80 100 160 180

Registration fees include ice-breaker reception, auction, and coffee breaks.

For your information, becoming an EAVP member and enjoying discounts on the meeting fees is easy, please see here.

Ecological Conference Management

EAVP 2017 is dedicated to the promotion of ecological conference management. A major objective is to avoid products exclusively produced for EAVP 2017. Hence, we are asking for understanding that we will abstain from merchandising articles with the meeting logo, including conference bags. Moreover, we anticipate opting out of distribution of USB-sticks, providing an abstract book printed on recycled paper, for catering and the conference dinner regional food and beverages will be preferred, as well as a focus on quality vegetarian food, for providing tap water instead of bottled water, and for avoiding plastic cutlery and tableware.
As the meeting venue is closely located to the Munich main station (10 minutes walk) and well-connected to public transport, we encourage attendees to consider train journeys instead of airplane or car/coach journeys as far as possible. For those arriving at Munich Airport, public transportation to the Munich main station is scheduled every 10 minutes for most of the day.


Palaeontological Museum Munich
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München
More information about the location, accommodation and travel


More constantly updated information on EAVP 2017 is being provided via the brand-new EAVP web site ( and social media (


Gertrud Rössner
SNSB – Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 2180 6609 | Fax: +49 (0)89 2180 6601

Local Organising Committee

  • Gertrud Rössner (BSPG)
  • Oliver Rauhut (BSPG)
  • Ella Schönhofer (BSPG)
  • Diego Castanera (BSPG)
  • Martine Focke (BSPG)
  • Lydia Geißler (LMU)
  • Zeinab Gholami (LMU)
  • Anneke van Heteren (ZSM)
  • Michael Hiermeier (ZSM)
  • Femke Holwerda (BSPG)

Student Committee

  • Mario Bronzati (Munich)
  • Maria Camila Calderon Capote (Munich)
  • YiYin Chang (Munich)
  • Jonathan Guzmán (Munich)
  • Charalampos Kevrekidis (Munich)
  • Melanie Lex (Munich)
  • Volkan Özen (Munich)
  • Lilly-Sophie Rettenbacher (Munich)
  • Ann-Marie Schilling (Munich)
  • Mart Smeets (Utrecht)
  • Tom Trapman (Utrecht)
  • Lukardis Wencker (Munich)

Scientific Committee

  • Gertrud Rössner (Munich)
  • Oliver Rauhut (Munich)
  • Matteo Belvedere (Porrentruy)
  • Diego Castanera (Munich)
  • Dino Frey (Karlsruhe)
  • Anneke van Heteren (Munich)
  • Jeff Liston (Munich)
  • James Neenan (Oxford)
  • Edina Prondvai (Ghent)
  • Bettina Reichenbacher (Munich)
  • Koen Stein (Brussels)

logo tagung_50 About the logo

The conference logo is a composite of the Munich cathedral, Archaeopteryx and the gomphothere skeleton at the Palaeontological Museum Munich. The cathedral is one of the landmarks of Munich in the very centre of the city. From 1468 to 1488 the gothic clinker building was completed in a relatively short time span, except for the helmet roofs, which lack a gothic design. Those were installed in 1525 and copied from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Our logo displays in the background the outline of the towers from a side view, making them look unequally high.

In the front, Gomphotherium and Archaeopteryx, two Munich related vertebrate fossils, greet themselves. Munich palaeontological institutions, university Chair of Palaeontology and the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology (BSPG) always were involved in disputes around Archaeopteryx findings. This is due to the fact that the Jurassic sites they come from are Bavarian (ca. 100 km north of Munich). However, besides one of the two limestone plates preserving the original Archaeopteryx feather from 1860, it took until 1999 before the BSPG was able to secure an Archaeopteryx skeleton, the 7th specimen, in its own collections.

In 1971/1972, the 5 m long and 3 m high Gomphotherium skeleton was unearthed by staff members of both Munich palaeontological institutions from Miocene sediments 70 km east of Munich. After preservation of the bones, cast preparation and mounting, the skeleton was put on display in 1978. Since then, it has become the centrepiece and landmark of the Palaeontological Museum Munich. In the 1990's, scientific investigation followed and so far it still is the only scientifically described Gomphotherium skeleton.

The logo was designed by Gertrud Rössner & Lydia Geissler and graphically elaborated by Lydia Geissler.

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