Location: Munich, Bayern, Germany

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Second circular!

Dear Pterosaurologists,

My apologies for the delay in the second circular. I had intended that this go out a month ago, but various deadlines etc. have got in the way and held things up. This circular is designed to bring everyone up to date with the developments of the meeting and to invite those who have expressed an interest in confirming their attendance and to ask for more abstracts.

For those who missed the original announcement the meeting will be held in the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geologie) in Munich, Germany. It will be held from the 10th to the 14th of September, 2007. This will include 2 days of talks (in English), a day of open discussions and a field trip to the famous Jura Museum in Eichstätt.

1. Exhibition. Each year the museum arranges a small special exhibition on some aspect of palaeontology. With the plans for our meeting in full swing, naturally the pterosaurs have been selected and thus there will be a small bonus to your attendance as you will have an opportunity to see the display. In practical terms this is of course a nightmare as I can expect 50 experts to come in and criticise what I have written!

2. Peter. I was able to catch Peter Wellnhofer at our Christmas party and he confirmed to me that he is coming to the meeting (which is good). He was delighted to hear that many of his old friends and colleagues will be coming and said he looks forward to seeing you all. As far as I can tell he is still not aware that it is being done in his honour. For those of you who know him, please feel free to contact him and mention that you hope to see him at the 'pterosaur meeting' but hopefully we can keep this a secret until he arrives!

3. Abstracts. Many of you have confirmed you will be speaking, but I have had few talk title or abstracts. Please do send them in as soon as possible. The closing date for submission is the 31st of May. This is a hard deadline and will not be extended. We are operating on first-come-first-served so if you wait until the end of May we are likely to have no more speaking slots left.
We are taking abstracts and title for both talks and posters. The latter is effectively unlimited (we have space for about 60 at a push) but we are limited in our numbers of talks.
Although the meeting is focused on pterosurs, the meeting is also to celebrate Peter's work so talks and posters on Archaeopteryx, the Solhnofen or other areas of his research are also welcome.

4. Special volume of Zitteliana. As stated, this is scheduled for mid 2008 and will be edited by Eric Buffetaut and myself. We are willing to entertain any papers on pterosaurs whether the authors attend the meeting or not, however, priority will be given to attendees. Please let us know if you wish to contribute to this volume. We expect to receive funding for its publication, meaning that we are able to keep the registration fees to a minimum (see below).

5. Meeting structure. The meeting will take place from the 10th to the 14th of September 2007. Monday (the 10th) will just be registration and an 'icebreaker' party. The 11th and 12th will be dedicated to talks with the conference dinner on the evening of the 12th. The 13th is dedicated to open forum discussions in the morning with the afternoon left for an extended poster session and a chance for people to examine many of the museum pterosaur collections and other specimens. The 14th is reserved for the optional 'field trip' to Eichstätt.

6. Registration fees. Sadly we are still waiting to hear the costs of the field trip transport and the conference diner so we are unable to fix the registration fees at this time. However, we *hope* that this will come to less than 50-60 Euros and this will include the field trip and dinner as well as registration. We will announce the price as soon as possible, though obviously we expect it to be cheap compared to many other meetings.

7. The website. http://flugsaurier.blogspot.com is still running. I shall put this circular on it today. All major announcements will come by e-mail but quick updates and various bits are on the site and is a good source of reference.

8. I will be away from the office on holiday and at a meeting from the 20th of February until the 19th of March. I will therefore be unable to respond to e-mails sent at that time. If you are desperate to contact me then I can be contacted on dwe_hone@yahoo.com but please be patient for replies as I am on holiday and away from the office.

9. Accommodation. Many of you have asked about accommodation. A large number of hotels and hostels are listed online. You can make significant savings my booking double rooms. For those who wish to share, please let me know and i can put your names and contact details on the website so that you can get together to make arrangements for yourselves.

Thanks again to those who have assisted in the preparation and planning of this meeting, I look forward to seeing you all in September.