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Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking Together

07 - 07 March 2017
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1. Geological Society Events, The Micropalaeontological Society, The Palaeontographical Society, The Palaeontological Association
Burlington House, London
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Sticking Together - microbes and their role in forming sediments 

Sedimentology and geomorphology have traditionally been seen as fields in which physical, and sometimes chemical, processes dominate completely. Even in settings where biological processes have long been recognised, for example in marine carbonates, focus has been almost entirely on metazoans.

This is curious, because microbial communities since the Pre-Cambrian, have suffused all sedimentary environments on Earth, and at least half global biomass is prokaryotic. Are all these microbes simply bystanders? Recent research has hinted that they are key agents in controlling an impressive range of processes and products in sedimentology, bringing the fields of microbe palaeontology and bio-sedimentology into intimate alignment.

The implications are fundamental, and pose the question “are large-scale sedimentological features actually microbial trace fossils?”.

This meeting will put the majority of life on earth back into its proper place within the sedimentary geosciences. It will shed new light on the important roles that microbial life plays in controlling how sediments erode, transport, precipitate, deposit and cement. We will explore whether microbial processes can leave signatures in sedimentary deposits that prove life was there, despite the fact that the majority of global biomass has nearly zero preservation potential.

Ultimately, we will lift the lid on the exciting field of sedimentary geobiology as we collectively work towards a new paradigm of microbial sedimentology.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

Christophe Dupraz (University of Stockholm, Sweden) – Biofilms and Sediment: a ‘Geobiological Tango’

A Programme is available in the Downloads box. 

Reception drinks and Conference Dinner

There will be a drinks reception in the Lower Library after the meeting and this is open to all delegates. There will then be a Hot fork buffet dinner in the Lower Library at 7.30pm.

The cost for this is £22 per person.

To book a place for the dinner, please select this option when registering for the conference. 


Register online or download the pdf registration form and returning it to the Conference Office.

JCP members, Corporate Affiliates and GSL Associated Societies can register at a reduced fee. 
  • JCP members:    JCP Members include  The Palaeontological Association, The Micropalaeontological Society and The Palaeontographical Society

  • Corporate Affiliates:   Find out if your company is a Corporate Affiliate

  • Associated Societies:   GSL Associated Societies include AAPG, AIPG, GSA, NGWA, GAC and SEPM. See the Associated Societies list

JCP and Associated Societies members should choose the Other Societies booking option when registering. 

Student members of the Geological Society or the JCP are eligible for a free place. 

Only paid bookings can be made online. If you are eligible for a free booking, please download the PDF registration form and send a completed copy back to Naomi Newbold.

Please indicate on the form which Society you are from and include your membership number.  


  • Mike Rogerson (University of Hull)
  • Daniel Parsons (University of Hull)
  • Concha Arenas Abad (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
  • Gernot Arp (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Jaco Baas (University of Bangor, UK)


Registration rates

£ 50.00
£ 100.00
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£ 40.00

Activity rates

Optional: Conference Dinner
£ 22.00
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Geolsoc Contact

Naomi Newbold

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

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