Thanks to all the invited speakers and delegates of the Konservat-Lagerstätten workshop. It was a hugely enjoyable meeting and was truly unique as a dedicated extended opportunity for workers on fossil soft tissues and Lagerstätten to come together to share research results, ideas and best practices. The organising committee hope that all delegates enjoyed their time in Cork and benefited from the wonderful scientific discussions. We wish you all the very best of luck in your scientific endeavours and for continued success in the study of Konservat-Lagerstätten.

Download the K-L Workshop programme here!


Maria is featured in Women on Walls RTÉ documentary!

On Thursday the 9th of March 2017, Ireland’s National TV and radio broadcaster, RTÉ, aired a documentary about the recent painting commissioned by the Royal Irish Academy to honour eight female scientists that are currently based in Irish academic institutions. Dr Maria McNamara is one of 12 female academic leaders whose portraits were then unveiled on the walls of the RIA. Click here to watch Maria talking about the portrait.

Click here to watch the whole documentary!

MAKE 2017 symposium

On Saturday the 4th of March 2017 Maria spoke at the MAKE 2017 symposium on Art+Biology organised by CIT-Crawford College of Art and Design about the interface between science and art. She was also interviewed by LyricFM, listen here –

Royal Irish Academy to unveil Dr Maria McNamara’s portrait


UCC School of BEES palaeobiologist Dr Maria McNamara is one of 12 female academic leaders whose portraits were unveiled last night (Wednesday 7th December) by Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.

The Accenture Women on Walls campaign features Maria in a group painting of eight of today’s leading Irish female scientists along with individual portraits of the first four women to be admitted to the Academy: Françoise Henry, Phyllis Clinch, Eleanor Knott and Sheila Tinney. The group painting is by Blaise Smith, and the individual portraits, by Vera Klute. These are the first portraits of female scientists to be featured on the Academy’s walls in its 230-year history.

Silicon Republic have a news item on the event:

For the first time in 230 years, there are Women on Walls of the RIA

Maria’s daughter Liadh was also photographed at the launch:

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