Due to the coronavirus pandemic the 2020 Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting will be run as a virtual conference from 16th-18th December 2020. We are seeking an individual willing to take on responsibility for the main coordination of the meeting. We anticipate that they will reflect on the very best of recent virtual meetings to bring an innovative Virtual PalAss 2020 that fulfils the aspects of our normal Annual Meeting but also brings new ways to explore and discuss the science of palaeontology. We are also seeking other volunteers to take on supporting roles. We envisage the following organisation and support network:
1) A volunteer will take charge of the meeting (they will help to decide on the format and mode of IT necessary to deliver this). The Association will remunerate this individual. Ideally they will have palaeontological experience (e.g. someone between postdocs/jobs) and have experience of organising a virtual conference;
2) It is anticipated that the organiser will be backed up by a team of volunteers from within the Association who will help out with scientific administration (such as abstract selection etc.);
3) The Association will employ an external events management company to deal with the logistics of the virtual setup that is decided upon.
Anyone interested in the volunteer roles should contact the Association Secretary Dr Crispin Little before 31st July 2020 with an expression of interest, briefly outlining their experience and, for the lead role, suggested plans for the conference. For informal discussion please feel free to contact President (Prof. Charles Wellman), Secretary (Dr Crispin Little) or Executive Officer (Dr Jo Hellawell). You can do so using the form found on our contact page.