Joint Keynote Lecture




Dr Fiona Gill (University of Leeds) & Emily Rees (University of Leeds)

5 August 2021


Dr Amelia Bonea (University of Heidelberg) and Dr Advait Jukar (Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies and National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution), a collaborator on the DFG project ‘Archives of the Earth: Fossils, Science and Historical Imaginaries in Twentieth-Century India,’ delivered the joint keynote lecture at the workshop Bias in the Fossil Record organized by researchers at the University of Leeds. The online workshop centred around building partnerships aimed at diversifying and decolonising the history of palaeontology, with the objective to foster a more inclusive and diverse palaeontological community in the future. The workshop brought together a range of researchers, museum practitioners, creative professionals and educational specialists to share their research and work in similar areas.

The keynote lecture can be viewed here. The other talks are available here.

Workshop schedule


Introduction to some of the key themes and issues for diversifying palaeontology

Speakers: Jacqueline Houghton and Steve Gleadall (University of Leeds)


Case studies of work crossing the boundaries between historical research and outreach.

Speakers: Jess Wade on Wikipedia editing (Imperial College London), Electrifying Women project team – Emily Rees & Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds), James McKay on science communication via art (University of Leeds)


Research talks with Liam Herringshaw (Hidden Horizons and Yorkshire Fossil Festival), Josh Hillman (University of Leeds), Alice Butler-Warke (Robert Gordon University) and Nussaibah Raja Schoob (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg FAU).


Key note: Amelia Bonea and Advait Jukar will deliver the keynote presentation, with a panel discussion afterwards.


Break out rooms discussion


Feedback from discussions and questions from the day, flash talks on other relevant topics and informal networking.

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