Paleonet: Workshop on sauropod gigantism, student grants

Pojeta, John POJETAJ at
Thu May 15 17:24:48 UTC 2008

Sounds good!!  I hope that Sander's says yes!!




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From: at [ at] On Behalf Of Paula M Mikkelsen
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:04 AM
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Subject: Re: Paleonet: Workshop on sauropod gigantism, student grants


Dear Prof. Dr. Sander -

Are there plans for a published proceedings of this interesting workshop? I would like to offer Bulletins of American Paleontology or Palaeontographica Americana as possible series for your consideration. Notwithstanding our titles, BAP and PA accept topics of international scope, on any taxon of any age. Both have a long-standing reputations for excellence, and both now feature large-format, high-quality image reproduction. BAP and PA are identical in scope; PA offers more rapid publication for projects that come to us with full funding, whereas cost requirements for BAP are less, but the wait until publication may be longer. Please see our website or contact me with any questions you might have.

Best wishes, and success for your upcoming workshop,

Paula Mikkelsen


On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 7:06 AM, Martin Sander <martin.sander at> wrote:

Dear list members,


As part of our interdisciplinary DFG-funded research project on sauropod dinosaurs (Research Unit 533 "Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs: the evolution of gigantism"), we have obtained funding to convene an international workshop at the University of Bonn, Germany, in November of 2008. The aim of the workshop is to attempt a first synthesis on the question of how sauropod dinosaurs where able to evolve and maintain their uniquely giant body size. Participants will be the 37 members of the Research Unit (principal invesitgators and graduate students of the 12 individual projects), approximately 15 invited guests, and 5-10 graduate students who have won travel support from us. We will also keep the workshop open to collegues who are able to find their own funding.


We plan to start the event with an evening reception on November 13 and then have three days of presentations and discussion at the University of Bonn (on November 14 -16).


The workshop will be followed by an optional field trip beginning on Monday, November 17. We plan to visit the locality of the German dwarf sauropod Europasaurus in northern Germany, the collection in Münchehagen near Hannover where all finds are kept, and the Berlin Natural History Museum to view and discuss the newly mounted Tendaguru sauropods. The trip will end in Berlin on Wednesday, November 19, offering the participants from abroad the opportunity to visit this fascinating city afterwards and fly home out of Berlin.


We are currently seeking additional funding for the field trip in order to cover these expenses for the invited participants of the workshop. There is a chance, however, that we may have to charge a modest fee for the field trip.


This message is a call for applications for graduate student support to attend the workshop. The financial support is intended to help reduce your travel expenses and to cover your room and board while at the workshop (but not the field trip, see above).  We will reimburse transportation expenses of up to 200 Euro for students from Europe, up to 600 Euro for students from North America, and up to 1000 Euro for all others (South America, Australia, Asia etc.).


To apply, please send a one-page letter explaining why you would like to participate in the workshop and what you would be able to contribute, a one-page CV, your publication list and PDFs of your relevant publications to: kheitpla at, subject: workshop student grant.


Please indicate whether you are interested in participating in the field trip.


Review of applications will begin June 1st, and we will notify you before the end of June.


To find out more about the Research Unit, please refer to <> 


We look foward to receiving your application.


Martin Sander


Prof. Dr. Martin Sander
Sprecher der DFG-Forschergruppe 533
Steinmann-Institut für Geologie, Mineralogie und Paläontologie
Universität Bonn
Nussallee 8
53115 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228/73-31 05 oder ++49 228/73-63 59
Fax: +49 228/73-35 09
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