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Innovations in Palaeontology Lecture Series and the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In order to promote palaeontology to the wider academic community and public, and to recognize excellence in research among early to mid-career palaeontologists, the Palaeontological Association is introducing the Innovations in Palaeontology Lecture Series, to be given by the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer who will be selected in a competitive process.

This scheme aims to:

  • Improve the dissemination of cutting-edge palaeontological research to the broader academic community and public.
  • Raise the profile of palaeontology within the Earth sciences and related fields.
  • Recognize outstanding research and science communication in palaeontology among members of the Association who are at early to mid-career stages.

Format of the scheme:

  • One PalAss Exceptional Lecturer will be selected each year in a competitive process.
  • The PalAss Exceptional Lecturer will be expected to give five lectures at five different institutions over a nine-month period.
  • The Palaeontological Association will pay the reasonable travel costs incurred by the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer to visit each of the host institutions (up to £2,000 for the total Innovations in Palaeontology Lecture Series with a maximum of £500 for any individual lecture).  The host institutions will cover costs for accommodation (where necessary) and hospitality.
  • Any academic institution (universities and/or museums) from any country can apply to participate in the Innovations in Palaeontology Lecture Series as a host institution.
  • Once awarded, grants will be administered by the home institution of the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer.  Any unused funds must be returned to PalAss after delivery of the final lecture.  Should the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer move institutions within the timeframe of the lecture series, any unspent funds must remain available to the PalAss Exceptional Lecturer.
  • Applications to be a PalAss Exceptional Lecturer will be strengthened if the applicant agrees to submit a paper as a review article for possible publication in Palaeontology.