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Are you interested in animals, and specifically in tetrapods: that is, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, living and extinct? Are you interested in their evolution, biology and diversity, in their portrayal in art, literature and fiction, in the animals of the distant past, in conservation, cryptozoology, domestication and, frankly, in just about anything relevant to the world of tetrapods? If the answer is “Hmm, I’m not sure”, you might like to go away and do something different. BUT if the answer is “Yes”, have you heard about TetZooCon? 

Yes, TetZooCon, an annual meeting themed around the contents and remit of the world-famous blog Tetrapod Zoology (currently in its 13th year and 4th iteration). This year we're again hosting a WHOLE WEEKEND EVENT, the weekend concerned being Saturday October 19th and Sunday October 20th. Yes, TWO WHOLE DAYS devoted to the TetZooniverse.

Previous years have seen exciting schedules of talks and workshop events (see below): this year we have parallel sessions, a panel discussion, a whole stack of talks from amazing people, several book launches, an evening drinks receptions, and (possibly) a late evening celebrity speaker. Merchandise and promotional material will also be on show. More info on the schedule is included below.

As per 2017 and 2018, we're at our new, bigger venue: The Venue on Malet Street, central London.

Doors open at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and talks start at 10.20am. Tea and coffee are included in the admission price of £100. Tickets can also be purchased for attendance on one day only.

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Convention
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Attendance for both days of the convention. Includes morning and afternoon tea and coffee.

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Palaeoart Workshop
10.00

Attendance for the palaeoart workshop - learn from some of the UK’s top palaeoartists. This year, the workshop will include more time with the artists, and some extra talks.

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Art at TetZooCon
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Saturday evening drinks reception and art show, with art from Bob Nicholls, John Conway, Mark Witton, Luis Rey, Jed Taylor, Steve White, James McKay, and more. 6 to 8pm on Saturday the 19th. All are welcome, £10 standard, half price for TetZooCon Attendees.

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Conference Dinner
25.00

Conference dinner on Sunday evening, a two course meal at Carluccios Italian restaurant.

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Location

 

The Venue, Student Central
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HY
United Kingdom

Previous Years

Talks from previous years (2014 to 2018) have covered a huge range of subjects...

2014's meeting included talks on mermaids past and present (Paolo Viscardi, Horniman Museum and Art Gallery), the history of speculative zoology (Darren Naish, Tet Zoo Towers), the amphibian conservation crisis (Helen Meredith, ZSL), azhdarchid pterosaurs (Mark Witton, University of Portsmouth), Shakespeare and mystery primates (Carole Jahme, journalist and broadcaster), wildlife photography (Neil Phillips, UK Wildlife) and the biology of sauropod dinosaurs (Mike Taylor, University of Bristol). A write-up of the 2014 event is here.

At the 2015 meeting we had talks on urban birdwatching (David Lindo, aka The Urban Birdwatcher), Mesozoic marine reptiles (Jessica Lawrence-Wujek, University of Southampton), pygmy elephants (Matt Salusbury, freelance journalist), the story behind The Future Is Wild (Vicky Coules, writer and artist), the story behind The Unfeathered Bird (Katrina van Grouw, artist and writer), the science of sea monsters (Darren Naish again), and more. A write-up of the 2015 event is here.

2016 was similarly excellent and electric: speakers covered bears in Britain (Hannah O'Regan, University of Nottingham), the vital statistics of the Loch Ness Monster (Charles Paxton, University of St Andrews), the biomechanics of kneecaps (John Hutchinson, Royal Veterinary College), dinosaurs and the evolution of sex (Darren Naish, yet again), exotic sooglossid frogs (Jim Labisko, University of Kent), pterosaur biology (David Unwin, University of Leicester) and more. A write-up of the event is here.

The 2017 event was the first at our new, much larger venue: The Venue. The substantial extra space allowed much more as goes merchandise, products and artwork. Talks included Darren Naish on Hunting Monsters, Rose-Heather Mikhail on the history of zoos, Dani Rabaiotti on Does It Fart?, Aubrey Roberts on Triassic marine reptiles, Beth Windle on thylacines, and Ben Garrod on how things work in TV-land... A fuller account can be read here at TetZoo.

2018’s TetZooCon stepped things up to WHOLE NEW LEVEL with two full days of TetZooConiness… TetZooConity… TetZooCo— whatever. Unsurprisingly, it featured twice as much material as the TetZooCons of previous years, and the larger scope of the meeting meant space for loads more stuff. Events included a block of talks on bird evolution (with talks from Robyn Womack, Caitlin Kight, Albert Chen, Hanneke Meijer and Glyn Young), a panel discussion on bird evolution, a parallel palaeoart session that occurred separately from the other talks, talks from Steve Allain (snake fungal disease), Jennifer Jackson (baleen whale biology and evolution), Ian Redmond (‘The Reluctant Conservationist’), several book signings, an on-stage discussion devoted to speculative biology, a conference meal, a drinks reception, and lots more stalls. A fuller description of what happened is here at TetZoo.

All of these meetings featured collaborative palaeoart workshops led by several leading palaeoartists: John Conway, Bob Nicholls, and Mark Witton. Prints of their work are on sale at the meeting.

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Announcing Events for the 2019 Meeting

The 2019 meeting will be our second two-day event. There will be a specialised block of talks (on dinosaur palaeobiology), a panel discussion (on dinosaur palaeobiology), a parallel palaeoart session that occurs separately from the other talks, three (or so) book signing events, an on-stage discussion devoted to the making of natural history films, a conference meal, a drinks reception, more room for stalls and sales, and more. Beth Windle will be bringing another of her now famous zoological cakes. TetZooCon 2019 will end with our famous quiz - the many winnings involving a whole stack of brilliant prizes - and a pub trip. We have an amazing list of confirmed speakers and presenters. Session moderators include Kate Bradley, John Conway, Georgia Harper, Darren Naish and Beth Windle.

Talk abstracts will be produced for the meeting. Right now we can confirm the following speakers...

Saturday 19th October

Jack AshbyUnnatural History Museums (WITH BOOK SIGNING)

Ellen Coombs -- What Can Cetacean Stranding Records Tell us? A Study of UK and Irish Cetacean Diversity Over the Past 100 Years

Zoe Cousins – Adventures in Natural History Film-Making (Natural History Film-Making 1)

Amber Eames – Swans: Conservation & The Power of a Good Story

Nick Lyon – Natural History Film Making 2

Lauren McGough – Golden and Crowned Eagle Predation: Hunting With Eagles Gone Bad in Eurasia, Africa and North America

Alice Pawlick – Adventures in Native Amphibian Conservation

Paul Stewart – An Audience With Paul Stewart (Natural History Film-Making 1)

Palaeoart Event – in which John Conway and Bob Nicholls lead events and introduce...

Rebecca Groom – Palaeoplushies: When Palaeoart and Plush Toys Collide

Joschua Knüppe – #Paleostream, the Late Night Quest for Original Paleoart

Agata Stachowiak – Making Accurate Models of Prehistoric Animals

Jed Taylor -- 2D to 3D: An Experiment in Transferable Skills

Beth Windle — Women in Palaeoart, a Discussion

Dinosaur Palaeobiology Round Table Discussion -- involving Chris Barker, David Hone and Rebecca Lakin

Sunday 20th October

Chris Barker – That’s Gonna Hurt: Diseases, Injury, and the Ecology of Theropod Dinosaurs

Ross Barnett – The Missing Lynx (WITH BOOK SIGNING)

Jordan Bestwick -- Reconstructing the Diets of Pterosaurs – Problems and Solutions Using Dental Microwear Textural Analysis

Mike Dickison -- What Is a Native Bird?

Tim Haines – Walking with Dinosaurs to Dinosaurs in the Wild - 20 Years of Popular Digital Palaeontology

David Hone – Defining Dinosaurs - Problems With Terminology (WITH BOOK SIGNING)

Rebecca Lakin – Parental Care Evolution in Dinosaurs and Birds: Sex Roles, Egg Size and Investment

Amy Schwartz -- Project Splatter: Using Citizen Scientists to Monitor Wildlife Roadkill

Merchandise and more

Merchandise is on sale and includes artwork, wildlife photography, books, and Rebecca Groom’s famous palaeoplushies. We invite those interested in hosting stalls to contact us. 

John and Darren sell and sign their own books at the event (All Yesterdays, The Cryptozoologicon, The Great Dinosaur Discoveries, Walking With Dinosaurs: The Evidence, Dinosaurs: How They Lived & Evolved). Other authors, including Matt Salusbury (Pygmy Elephants), Katrina van Grouw (The Unfeathered Bird, Unnatural Selection), David Lindo (The Urban Birder) and Mark Witton (Pterosaurs, Recreating an Age of Reptiles) have sold and signed books at TetZooCon in the past. Special guests you may know and recognise from the TetZooniverse (and beyond) will be in attendance. 

We end the event with a zoology-themed quiz with excellent prizes (the top prizes of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 were, variously, a pig’s skull, a huge box of dinosaur toys, and a replica mosasaur, and numerous great books and scale models of dinosaurs, many kindly provided by the excellent people at EverythingDinosaur.com). 

Given that TetZooCon is, finally, expanded to a two-day event, we hope ultimately to make it something even longer. We’re still in the early stages, and hope that, through your support, this will happen in time. Please check back here for updates and further information.

Social Media and Sharing

TetZooCon promotes the sharing of info and images used during the meeting on twitter and other social media platforms and it is assumed that presenters and speakers are ok with the sharing of their material unless they state otherwise. Please use #TetZooCon when tweeting or on instagram. Please note that photos and audio and visual recordings taken during the event will be used online (at the Tetrapod Zoology blog etc) and on social media. Please make us aware if you wish to opt out.

Code of Conduct

TetZooCon operates a code of conduct whereby we do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the organisers. We follow the Conference Code of Conduct recommendations explained in more detail here. If you have any questions, concerns or relevant issues to discuss, please contact any of the organisers via email or our social media channel.

Terms and Conditions

We regret that we cannot provide refunds for people who have purchased tickets but are then unable to attend. The appearance of all advertised speakers and presenters is dependent on circumstances and may change at any time.

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Provisional Timetable for TetZooCon 2019

(as per 15th Oct 2019, subject to change; speakers and events not guaranteed)

Session Moderators for 2019

Kate Bradley

Georgia Harper

Darren Naish

Beth Windle

 

Confirmed Stalls and Exhibitors for 2019

Mark Witton

Jed Taylor/JCTArtStudio

Steve White

James McKay

Rebecca Groom/Palaeoplushies

Gareth Monger

Bob Nicholls

Luis Rey

Paul Glynn

Julian Kieley

Breakdown Press

 

Draft Schedule (please note: subject to change!)

Day 1 -- Saturday 19th

10.00 Doors open. Coffee

10.20-10.30 Welcome to TetZooCon -- John Conway and Darren Naish

10-30 – 11-00 Ellen Coombs -- What Can Cetacean Stranding Records Tell us? A Study of UK and Irish Cetacean Diversity Over the Past 100 Years

11.00 – 11.20 TBC

11-20 – 12-00 Jack Ashby -- Unnatural History Museums

12.00 – 13.00 coffee break/lunch/time to peruse stalls

13.00- 14.00 roundtable session on dinosaur (and pterosaur) palaeobiology – a discussion led by Darren Naish

14.00 – 14.30 Mike Dickison – What Is A Native Bird?

14.30 – 15.00 book signing (Jack Ashby, Luis Rey, James McKay, Steve White) and coffee break

 

Palaeoart Workshop - Room 3E

15.00 – 18.00 John Conway leads a palaeoart workshop 

15.20 – 15.30 Joschua Knüppe #paleostream, the late night quest for original paleoart

15.30 – 15.40 Rebecca Groom -- Palaeoplushies: When Palaeoart and Plush Toys Collide

15.40 – 15.50 Agata Stachowiak -- Making Accurate Models of Prehistoric Animals

15.50 – 16.00 Jed Taylor -- 2D to 3D: An Experiment in Transferable Skills

Main Session - Upper Hall

Chair: Kate Bradley

15.00 – 15.15 Alice Pawlick – Adventures in Native Amphibian Conservation

15.15 – 15.45 Amber Eames – Swans: Conservation and the Power of a Good Story

15.45 – 18.00 Amber Eames, Zoe Cousins, Nick Lyon, Darren Naish and Paul Stewart – Natural History Film-Making, A Discussion, with Q&A

 

18:00 - 20.00 Art at TetZooCon Drinks Reception

Day 2 – Sunday 20th

10:00-10:30 Doors open. Tea and coffee

10:30-10:40 Introduction to special dinosaur palaeobiology session – Darren Naish

10:40-11:00 Chris Barker -- That’s Gonna Hurt: Diseases, Injury, and the Ecology of Theropod Dinosaurs

A Crash Course in Wikipedia - Room 3E

10:00-11:00 Mike Dickison leads a workshop, getting researchers into Wikidata, getting their research cited in Wikipedia, and getting photos and paleoart into Commons and onto Wikipedia pages

11-00 – 11-30 Rebecca Lakin -- Parental Care Evolution in Dinosaurs and Birds: Sex Roles, Egg Size and Investment

11-30 – 12-00  David Hone (with book signing) -- Defining Dinosaurs - Problems With Terminology

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch Break

Chair: Beth Windle

13:00 – 13.30 Jordan Bestwick -- Reconstructing the Diets of Pterosaurs – Problems and Solutions Using Dental Microwear Textural Analysis

13.30 – 14:00 Amy Schwartz -- Project Splatter: Using Citizen Scientists to Monitor Wildlife Roadkill

14:00 – 14:30 coffee break/time to peruse stalls


Chair: Georgia Harper

14:30 – 15.00 Lauren McGough -- Golden and Crowned Eagle Predation: Hunting With Eagles Gone Bad in Eurasia, Africa and North America

15.00 – 15.30 Ross Barnett (with book signing) – The Missing Lynx: The Past And Future of Britain’s Lost Mammals


15:30 -- 16.00 break/time to peruse stalls/book signing

 

Chair: Darren Naish

16.00 – 16.45 Tim Haines -- Walking with Dinosaurs to Dinosaurs in the Wild - 20 Years of Popular Digital Palaeontology

16:45 – end TetZooCon quiz, NUMEROUS AMAZING PRIZES!

post-18:00 to the function room of a nearby pub

19:00 meal at Carluccio’s restaurant