We have selected fall 2019 as our conference date because the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting, which is normally held each fall in the United States or Canada, will be held in Australia in 2019. Thus, North America will lack a major vertebrate paleontology conference that year, which will be a disadvantage to the graduate students, early career researchers, and government paleontologists who are unable to afford the cost and time of traveling to Australia. We aim to partly fill this gap with our symposium, which will provide a venue for paleontologists and paleontology students to meet, network, and share their research.
The meeting style will be modeled on the very successful small conferences hosted by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, such as the Hadrosaur Symposium (2011), Turtle Symposium (2009), and Ceratopsian Symposium (2007). These “small” (50-100 attendees) symposia were notable for bringing together the leaders and rising researchers in these fields for a weekend of focused presentations and field trips.
Dickinson is a thriving town in western North Dakota, with abundant hotels and restaurants located within walking distance of the Badlands Dinosaur Museum @ Dickinson Museum Center and Dickinson State University. The planning and operational costs of the meeting will be kept simple and low, so that the registration fee will be minimized, to keep the meeting accessible to a diverse group of attendees who may not be able to afford attending larger meetings.
We also want to have a portion of the meeting accessible to the public . We plan to hold a public event in which a selection of attendees skilled in public outreach give very brief overviews of their research, followed by a panel discussion welcoming questions from the audience of all ages and backgrounds. We would also like to live-stream this public event online so that a global audience may participate.
This survey aims to gauge interest in attending our conference, and to gather suggestions from you about how to make this conference as useful as possible. Thank you for participating in this survey!
-Meeting Organizers and Sponsoring InstitutionsDenver Fowler, Badlands Dinosaur Museum, Dickinson Museum CenterLiz Freedman Fowler, Dickinson State UniversityClint Boyd, North Dakota Geological SurveyJeff Person, North Dakota Geological SurveyBecky Barnes, North Dakota Geological Survey