17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
The event will feature a range of speakers interested in the reconstruction of dinosaurs, from Natural History Museum scientists to palaeoartists. We will hear from scientists who have worked as consultants on art projects, as well as television programmes like Walking With Dinosaurs. We will hear about the latest research into unusual dinosaur behaviours and appearances, and contrast these with how dinosaurs have traditionally been viewed, using film and television clips from various periods in history. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and have a wider discussion involving the audience, about how far we can have confidence in modern day reconstructions of extinct animals/landscapes, and how willing we are to rely on the imaginations of artists and scientists.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
Lecture style auditorium for at least 100 people with overhead projectors for presentations/videos and space for demonstrations.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Our traditional views of dinosaurs are being radically challenged by recent research. Once thought to be unintelligent, lumbering beasts, recent discoveries of feathers on many different dinosaurs, skin impressions, soft tissues, footprints, polar dinosaurs and new unusual finds around the world, have shaken this perspective. How do scientists collaborate with artists, filmmakers and other experts to reconstruct these extinct animals? And how can we be sure we’ve got it right? We will bring together a range of experts, from palaeontologists to palaeoartists, to discuss the latest developments in our understanding of dinosaurs, and the challenges of imagining them back to life.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Parts of the North Yorkshire coast – sometimes called the ‘dinosaur coast’ – are well known for their fossilised dinosaur footprints, as well as significant Jurassic and Cretaceous exposures. We hope to highlight how this aspect of the local area’s geological past is part of a much wider, global picture.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1.Dinosaurs are a subject of considerable media interest. The event will feature palaeontologists who will discuss their latest findings about dinosaur physiology and behaviour, which will be an opportunity for the press to find out about their research. 2.The wider issue of our changing understanding of extinct animals – particularly dinosaurs – is a subject of interest. Unusual findings, such as feathered dinosaurs and polar dinosaurs, are surprising new narratives in a previously well established idea of dinosaurs and their environment. 3.We hope to also discuss changing ideas about how dinosaurs became extinct, and whether the well known theory of a meteorite impact is the full story. This is still an area of active research, with many new exciting findings taking place. 4.The story of how palaeoartists and filmmakers work together with scientists, and the challenges they face, is a relatively untold one, which taps into wider issues of how scientists deal with incomplete evidence and the role for artistry and imagination in the scientific process.
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I am the event manager
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
We have used the general term 'dinosaurs', but will narrow this down to particular case studies as we further develop the event, in collaboration with the palaeontologists involved.
1. Event Manager Organisation:
The Geological Society of London
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0207 432 0954
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013