On Sunday, 7 May 2023, an article was published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo – reiterated in Nature (12 May 2023) – indicating that “Ubirajara jubatus“ would finally be repatriated to the Museu do Cariri in Brazil On Sunday 4th June 2023, as per the initial discussions between professors Kellner & Frey in February 2021. The final destination was confirmed after dialogues between the Brazilian Ministries of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and of Foreign Affairs, the German Embassy in Brazil, and the Regional University of Cariri (URCA-CE) (MCTI, 16 May 2023). The EAVP warmly welcomes this news. However, it rejects the dearth of transparency in the whole process, and the lack of active involvement of scientists and museum staff – both from Brazil and Germany – in it. The Association firmly opposes this lack of transparency, which has resulted in misleading and conflicting narratives, adding to the uncertainty around a resolution to this issue.
Over the last few years, the EAVP’s ethics committee has carried out research into this process, contacting people in both countries and confirming that palaeontologists and curators have been excluded from most of it. With this statement, the EAVP calls for the active involvement of researchers and museum workers in all future repatriation processes, following the example of protocols already in place at other institutions.
The EAVP is very pleased to announce that PeerJ is again sponsoringtwo awards to be assigned during the meeting, for Best Poster and Best Talk. Each award winner will be granted a free publication in any PeerJ journal subject to peer review, as well as a feature on the PeerJ blog site to discuss their research.
All student attendees will be eligible for the awards. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony, on Friday June 30th.
EAVP 2023 stands out already for the amount of interest it has attracted: more than 200 contributions were submitted for the meeting!
The Organising Committee thanks all the authors that submitted an abstract. We are currently going through the revision process, but, given the very high number of abstracts received, the date specified for abstract decisions is extended to May 10.
If you are still waiting for information about your abstract, don’t worry: we are working on it!
It is with great pleasure that we share with you the first circular (download) of the next EAVP meeting, organised by the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and to be held in Sabadell (Spain) from June 26th to July 1st 2023.
All information about the meeting can be found in this and future circulars via this website, as well as on the meeting website: https://eavp2023.icp.cat/
You can also follow us on Twitter at @eavp2023
Looking forward to see you all in Sabadell next summer!
As announced at the closing of the last meeting in Benevento, Italy, the XX Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists will take place in Sabadell, Catalonia, between June 26th and July 1st 2023, hosted by the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont.
Further information will be available soon, when the first circular will drop before Christmas.
Stay tuned, and we look forward to welcoming you there next year!