Paleonet: Des journées de rencontre autour du patrimoine minier de la Corniche angevine (Maine et Loire, France)

Spencer, Alan R T alan.spencer at
Tue Mar 6 10:21:29 GMT 2018

Dear PaleoNet Members,

I would like to highlight the following conference to all palaeobotanists and interested parties. Christine Strullu-Derrien (Researcher in Palaeobotany) and Sylvain Marcais (President of the l’Association Sté Barbe des Mines) are organising:

“Des journées de rencontre autour du patrimoine minier de la Corniche angevine (Maine et Loire, France)” from the 3rd to 7th June 2018 in France

This meeting is in collaboration with: Christopher Cleal (Natural History Museum, Cardiff), Fabrice Redois (Université d’Angers), José Bienvenido Diez Ferrer (Université de Vigo, Espagne), and Alan R.T. Spencer (Imperial College London; Trustee of The Paleontological Association). With the support of: the Muséums de Nantes, Angers, Laval et Le Mans and d’Agora Paleobotanica.

Meeting Aim:

To highlight the geological and paleobotanical mining heritage of Europe, and to make it known to the wider public within the geographic region.


The meeting is taking place in France from the 3rd until the 7th June 2018. Located in the Loire valley near Chalonnes-sur-Loire, and the historic Chapelle de Sainte Barbe des Mines, a stone’s throw away from the ancient city of Angers. Transport to the meeting is available in the form of by two international airports Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) and Angers Loire Airport (ANE), regular high-speed TGV trains from major French cities into Angers, or by road (e.g. A11 from Paris).


After an icebreaker on June 3rd allowing the organisers and the participants to meet, four days of talks, discussions, fieldtrip, exhibition and meetings with schools and public will be organized (June 4th to 7th)

June 4th-5th: 
-- Scientific talks (Carboniferous plants and geology) and more general talks for larger audiences on the value of historic mining sites.
-- Poster exhibition
-- Exchange with local actors valuing the mine heritage of the Corniche Angevine (plus a local wine & food tasting).

June 6th:
-- Field trip: visit to various historic mine sites with Fabrice Redois (University of Angers) and Céline Ducassou (University of Rennes).

-June 7th:
-- Exhibition of the fossil plants that have been collected by the people in the area.
-- Exchange fossils and knowledge with expert paleobotanists.
-- Exhibition of the drawings, models realized by pupils of primary schools from the area (10 to 12 schools) followed up with outreach visits by C. Strullu-Derrien during Spring 2018 to educate on the theme of ‘Carboniferous forests’ in class.


Early bird – Until 23:59 April 15th 2018
Final Deadline – 23:59 May 15th 2018

For those travelling by themselves without organisational support:
-- Free entry to the conference on the 4th/5th June and exhibitions on the 7th June
-- Participation in the field trip for the whole day on the 6th June (with picnic) 50 €
-- Gala Dinner on the evening of the 6th June 50 €

For people wanting organisational support (e.g. transport/accommodation/etc.):

-- Early-Bird PriceStandard PriceStandard Delegate 100 €  (early-bird price) | 120 €
-- Student (incl. PhD) Delegate 50 €  (early-bird price) | 60 €
-- Accompanying Person 50 € (early-bird price) | 60 €
-- Gala Dinner on the evening of the 6th June 50 €  (early-bird price) | 50 €

Registration fees include: coffee breaks, transportation from the train station to the hotel, a hotel near to the conference venues, the wine tasting, and participation in the field trip on the 6th June (with picnic).

More information is available on the meeting website: or alternatively please contact Christine Strullu-Derrien (info at

Your sincerely,

 Dr Alan R.T. Spencer
 2.31A, Second Floor, Royal School of Mines
 Department of Earth Science and Engineering
 Imperial College London
 e: alan.spencer at
 m: +44 (0) 7824325531

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