Workshop Proposal Submission Guidelines

Workshop Proposal Extension Deadline:

January 5, 2024 11:59PM PT

AMMP is now accepting proposals for workshops, demonstrations, round tables, and working groups for the 2024 Annual Meeting. By sharing your knowledge of materials and methods in the preparation and conservation of specimens and associated data, we can improve the entire field of paleontological preparation. Workshop content should align with the Essential Competencies. Proposals that fall outside peer-reviewed best practices can be rejected. All proposals will be reviewed by the Workshops Subcommittee with oversight by the Board. 

Workshops will be offered in three levels:

  • Basic: An introductory level workshop for participants with little to no experience, or those who wish to brush up on basics; 
  • Intermediate: This workshop assumes participants are somewhat familiar/experienced with the materials or basic methods used; 
  • Advanced: This workshop assumes participants have an above average knowledge of the relevant technical information.

Workshop Proposal Example.pdf

Workshop Formats

Four workshop formats are available: Traditional Hands-on Workshop, Demonstration, Round Table, and Working Group.

Traditional Hands-on Workshops are highly interactive and provide extensive hands-on experiences for participants. This is an especially valuable format to introduce new methods or materials to the group or to review and practice the details or refinements of basic techniques and materials. In 2024, these workshops will only be offered to in-person attendees.

Demonstrations are presentations by the session leader(s) focusing on a technique or material in preparation but with little or no hands-on activities for the participants. Demonstrations will include pre-recorded audio visual supplements. The demonstration format allows more time to cover a topic in depth than is available in a platform presentation. Rather than following a formal lecture format, leaders should encourage questions and sharing throughout the demonstration. In 2024, demonstrations will be available virtually with workshop leader Q&A time held during the meeting.

    Round Tables include group discussions of specific topics and common problems encountered within the field of preparation with the goal of achieving a solution or consensus based upon shared experience of members of the group for the benefit of all. 

    Working Groups can create standardized documents (ethics guidelines, destructive sampling guidelines, lab protocols, collections use protocols, etc.) that can be widely shared on the AMMP website. The task of a Working Group may extend beyond the Annual Meeting.

    Please note: The Workshop Subcommittee and AMMP Board reserve the right to reject any proposal that does not meet AMMP standards of best practices in preparation and conservation and/or does depict and utilize correct health and safety materials and practices. For more information on best practices, please see the Preparator Core Competencies

    If you have questions about your workshop, please email

    2024 Host Committee

    Adolfo Cuetara, Chair

    Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

    Pre-recording Guidance

    There are tons of resources online for how to make videos. Here are a few starter links for creating videos:

    Basic do's and don'ts for shooting video with your phone:

    To edit video on your desktop, Macs come equipped with iMovie. Windows 10 also has video editing capabilities:

    There are many other applications for editing video, from simpler apps like above, all the way to professional software like Adobe Premiere.

    YouTube's Creator Academy has many tutorials on making video under the "Production" heading:

    How to turn Powerpoint presentations into video:

    Adherence to AMMP Ethics Guidelines

    By submitting your workshop proposal, you are agreeing to abide by AMMP Ethics Guidelines as set forth in the Charter.

    Methods/materials presented at AMMP may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.  By submitting a workshop proposal (and by the Workshops Subcommittee and AMMP Board approving/accepting said proposal) the individual and AMMP are essentially reaching an agreement, in which the presenter/instructor agrees to offer their best effort at demonstrating their understanding of best practices in a manner that is consistent with the ethics of AMMP, and the organization is offering their trust that such efforts will be made and providing a forum/venue for the workshop.  

    You can mention products in your proposal and during the workshop, but the AMMP meeting is not a forum for a sales pitch of your product. Any commercial endorsement or promotion of materials, tools, or vendors will result in proposal rejection.


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