The best way to motivate structural changes and enhance the personal network in Paleontology is an engagement of the paleontological community in joint scientific projects.
We will therefore establish repeated synthesis workshops that assemble international scientists across the subject and related disciplines to work on research questions that arise from a joint discussion of the paleontological community.
These cooperative science workshops and the associated projects will provide a place of inherent horizon scanning and bring together existing but disparate data, tools, and theories in new and perhaps unexpected ways.
Science workshops will be held at FAU in the newly established educational center. An open call for proposals will be announced every year. A scientific advisory board will select the most promising workshop topics based on scientific and societal impact and the potential to overcome structural problems of the field.
Our first workshops from the series
Besides our current workshops we also have the Big Questions project organized and monitored by Jansen Smith.