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Special Events Tuesday Evening Public Lecture
Speaker: Professor Michael Archer
Title: Life, Sex, Songs, Scrat and the Sponge: Australia's Guinness Book of Evolutionary Records
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, The University of Queensland

Australians have for too long labored under the early European delusion that the natural productions of Australia are somehow less remarkable than those that evolved in other lands. In reality, many of the most interesting major events in the history of life on Earth appear to have taken place first in Australia. Steadily accumulating discoveries in the fossil record and in the living world make it increasingly clear that a surprising number of the world’s first, biggest and most extraordinary creatures evolved here. Far from being the evolutionary backwater some northerners have presumed, this place records the first undoubted cells, possibly the first evidence of sex, first evidence of sexual intercourse, the first animals, first predators, first bone, first necks, first ‘proto-tetrapod’ (with apologies to Tiktaalik), first massive forests, biggest dinosaur, first megaraptor, biggest bird, first songbirds, world’s only ‘drop crocs’, most ferocious mammalian carnivore, only triple vagina/double penis mammals, world’s tallest trees, longest-living plants, world’s most grotesque animal and other awesome creatures that demonstrate that Australia has been punching well above its weight in churning out recordbreaking
beasts that should humble the rest of creation.

If you would like to attend, please register by clicking here

Welcome Reception
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Location: Queensland Museum
The SVP 2019 Host Committee welcomes delegates to Australia with a welcome reception to be held at the Queensland Museum Network South Brisbane campus, a short 5 minute walk from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queensland Museum Network is made up of four main campuses based throughout Queensland with our offsite research and collections facility located in north Brisbane. The Queensland Museum, South Brisbane campus (QMS), is located in the heart of the Cultural Centre Precinct, which includes the State Art Gallery, State Library, Performing Arts Centre and Gallery of Modern Art. QMS is free to the public (9.30am- 5.00pm), seven days a week. Due to welcome reception occurring afterhours, the main doors will be opened at approximately 7.20pm for SVP delegates.

SVP Business Meeting and Open Forum
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: M4, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Everyone is welcome! Bring your questions to leadership. 

LGBT Paleontology Dinner 
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: The Plough Inn, 29 Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Margot Nelson at

Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint Exchange
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Location: M3, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Do you have questions about being a paleontologist? Do you need networking or career advice? Come to the Student and Postdoc Roundtable and Reprint Exchange! During the informal roundtable students can network and receive advice from experts and leaders in the field of paleontology. Table topics include getting into grad school and career advice for teaching at a university, medical school, and for the government. There will also be tables on collections management, scientific photography, scientific illustration and much more!

The Student Reprint Exchange is a chance for you to build your library, free of charge. Recent reprints on all areas of vertebrate paleontology will be available through the generous donations of SVP members.
Mail in or bring your reprints for this event! Or bring them with you to the meeting and drop them off at the registration counter at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Mail reprints to the following address for RECEIPT by Thursday, October 1, 2019:
Julien Louys
Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution
Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University
Nathan, Queensland 4111, Australia

Annual Benefit Auction and Social
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Great Hall 3, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

There will be hundreds of one-of-a-kind items for the bidding; no one should go away disappointed.  Remember to pack light and leave room in your bags.  Start today by gathering items to donate for the auction.  These may include fossil replicas, books, souvenirs, vintage items, tools, reprints, artwork, toys, t-shirts and knickknacks – use your imagination. Fossils will not be accepted. Donate your own treasures. A cash bar will be provided.

A minimum bid of $5.00 is required, with bids increasing by $1.00 increments.

For more information on the Auction, contact Auction Co-Chair Brent H. Breithaupt at  

Auction Donation Form is available by clicking here.