We plan to have a morning-long event, showing off fabulous fossils and amazing reconstructions from 9.30am to 1pm, with an hour-long talk session from 10.30-11.30am, featuring presentations from 3 research teams
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We plan to have an event that lasts for an entire morning (or afternoon). Within this, a key part of our event would be a 1-hour long series of presentations in which palaeontologists give short, high-impact presentations about their exciting new research into the evolution of body plans. The remainder of the event would involve the speakers (and colleagues) showing off their fossils, reconstructions and interpretations to the public in an open display area. The talks session would be ticketed, but the displays would be accessible to all interested members of the public. A possible timetable would be: 9.30am, display area open to public; 10.30-11.30am, presentations on ‘Bodies of Evidence’ by 3 speakers; 11.30-1pm, speakers and other researchers discuss their fossils, reconstructions and research in display area. The Palaeontological Association, which will be supporting our session financially, might also have a display stand, which would be open for the whole event.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
For it to work properly, the event needs to be held in a building with a lecture theatre and an adjacent display area, enabling the talks to take place in the theatre, and the hands-on demonstrations to be in the display area. Though the talk session would need to be ticketed, we would be happy for the display area to be open to the general public, as we expect that a lot of the specimens will be of broad interest.
We would require a lecture theatre of ~100 capacity, and a display area in which four display areas of 4x4m could be easily set up next to each other, and with space for the public to inspect the specimens.