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Rising Star Workshop 2014

by Ed Hagen last modified Jan 17, 2014 02:32 PM
The University of the Witwatersrand, through the Centre of Excellence in PalaeoSciences and the Evolutionary Studies Institute will be holding a unique workshop to study and describe recently discovered fossil early hominin material for a series of high impact publications. It is intended that the Workshop will be held in South Africa from early May until the first week of June 2014. We are seeking early career scientists with data and skill sets applicable to the study of any part of the anatomy of early hominins. Participants must be willing to share these data and skills in a collaborative workshop designed to study, describe and publish these important hominin fossils. The intent of the workshop is to give a unique opportunity to early career scientists to participate in the primary description of African early hominin material.


Applicants must be able to attend the entirety of the workshop. Successful applicants will have all travel and accommodation costs covered, be given access to existing comparative fossils, modern material and all data sets and receive mentoring throughout the process from senior established scientists.  Output will include authorship on at least one high impact paper as well as continued collaboration and authorship on future research to which he/she contributes.  Interested applicants should submit their CV’s, a brief summary of their skills or data sets that would be applicable to such a project (not to exceed 1500 words), and provide three letters of support from established scientists in the field. Applications should be sent directly to Professor Lee R. Berger at and copied to his assistant Please make the subject line “Rising Star Workshop 2014”.

Selection will be by a senior panel of scientists and associates of the University of the Witwatersrand. Numbers of participants will be contingent upon available funding. Successful applicants will be informed on an ad-hoc basis of the success of their application at any time up and to the commencement of the workshop. Successful applicants will also qualify for formal associate status of the National Centre of Excellence and the Institute.

Prof. Lee R. Berger FRSSAf ASSAf
Research Professor
Evolutionary Studies Institute
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa


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