Volume 1, Number 7 (October 2011) | People

What are All Hands meeting attendees saying about the event?

Gary Liljeren Juan David Carillo (STRI), Gary Morgan (NMMNH) and Maria Camila Vallejo (STRI) at the BioMuseo during the All Hands meeting ice breaker. © Photo by Gary Liljegren

More than 80 people attended the PCP-PIRE All Hands meeting held September 15th to 17th in Panama City. This was an opportunity to meet all the PCP-PIRE members and learn about their roles in the project. Students, principal investigators, volunteers, evaluators, staff, external advisers and partners participated in the different activities.

Más de 80 personas asistieron a la reunión All Hands del PCP-PIRE realizada del 15 al 17 de Septiembre en Ciudad de Panamá. Esta fue una oportunidad para conocer todos los integrantes del PCP-PIRE y aprender sobre su papel en el proyecto. Estudiantes, investigadores principales, voluntarios, evaluadores, staff, asesores externos y colaboradores participaron en las diferentes actividades.

Read the impressions of some of the participants (quotes are in the original language):

Lea las impresiones de algunos de los participantes (las frases están en el lenguaje original):

"Se sintió el clima de trabajo de equipo desde las manitos a las manotas y brindó una imagen comprensiva del proyecto: Enorme potencial de sinergia en beneficio de las escuelas en Panamá!" Adriana Sautú | Biomuseo Panamá.

"Sitting at the crossroads of the Americas, Panama is a remarkable natural laboratory for studying evolution and the interplay of geology, climate and biology over many millions of years. The Panama PIRE project clearly has assembled an outstanding team of people to tackle key questions in those fields, representing a wide array of universities, museums, conservation organizations, and research institutions. But the "crossroads" aspect that I was most deeply impressed by during my recent visit to Panama was the diverse and dynamic group of international scientists and students working together on this project-- their enthusiasm is so infectious that I feel like I should be out there digging another canal myself, to help them make more discoveries!" John Flynn | PCP PIRE External advisor. American Museum of Natural History.

"El planteamiento de cada uno de los proyectos que se están realizando en Panamá fue bastante claro y dinámico. Conocer a las personas que conforman los diversos proyectos y cómo estas se organizan para trabajar arduamente a favor de la ciencia, realmente es muy emocionante" Karina De los Rios | STRI volunteer.

"The new geological model produced by Camilo Montes and his group has open a Pandora's Box. [The] next few years will be filled with discovery, excitement and lots of controversy. Cannot get better than that." Carlos Jaramillo | PCP-PIRE principal investigator and STRI staff scientist.

"The All Hands Meeting in Panama City was even more impressive than I expected. It was a great blend of persons who, in spite of their diverse backgrounds, were united in a common goal of better understanding the past, present and future natural history of the Panamanian isthmus (and adjacent areas). No matter their specialty, the scientists at the All Hands Meeting had to present the results of their work to a broad audience, which is always a healthy intellectual exercise." David W. Steadman | Florida Museum of Natural History.

"Fue una buena oportunidad para intercambiar ideas, retroalimentar y consolidar los diferentes proyectos. Personalmente, fue enriquecedor ver mi trabajo sobre invertebrados marinos a través de los ojos de paleobotánicos y mastozoólogos." Alexis Rojas | STRI.

"The meeting pushed me to want to learn Spanish!" Sean Moran | UF Graduate Student.

"The All Hands Meeting was a success. It was great to explain to many colleagues/collaborators about the work that PIRE-PCP is currently doing and to promote the interest of developing more collaborative effort with other researchers and institutions." Jorge Pino. UF Graduate Student.

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