Workshop Proposal Submission

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting has passed.

Proposals are currently in review and presenters will be notified for further guidance. 

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:

Workshop Proposal Submission Guidelines

We are looking for workshops, demonstrations, round tables, and working groups that share knowledge of materials, techniques, and new ideas to Annual Meeting participants. In this way, 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 generally provide interactive, hands-on experiences for participants. Some suggested topics for workshops include:

  • New techniques

  • Refinements to well-known techniques

  • New materials 

  • New ways to use well-known materials

  • Basics of… (almost any basic technique will be new to some participants, or you may have a novel approach to a basic technique)

  • Moldmaking

  • Field techniques
  • Techniques not typically possible in a non-virtual setting (for example, casting and micro prep)

It should be understood that virtual workshops are limited by format and may include interactive demonstrations rather than actual hands-on experiences. 

Workshops will be offered in three levels:

  • Beginner: 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

Round Tables can discuss common problems and try to achieve a solution that will benefit all, including topics like: best practices in the lab and the field, volunteers and the volunteer experience, professionalization of the field of preparation.

Working Groups can create standardized documents (ethics guidelines, destructive sampling guidelines, lab protocols, collections use protocols) that can be widely shared on the AMMP website.

Please note: The Workshop Committee and AMMP Board reserve the right to reject any proposal that does not meet AMMP standards of best practices in preparation and conservation.

If you have questions about your workshop, please email

2021 Host Committee

Shawn Haugrud, Chair                                   

East Tennessee State University and Gray Fossil Site

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 Workshop Committee 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.


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