The Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Founders Symposium brings scientists, fossil lovers and artists together every other year. Open to anyone who is interested in learning more about paleontology and earth science, this educational event helps raise funds for WIPS grants and scholarships to support research and education in paleontology as well as other activities. Information on the 2015 Founders Symposium will be available in late 2014
In 1984, the Denver Gem and Mineral Council designated that year's show theme the "Year of the Fossil." The founders of the Western Interior Paleontological Society, Bryan Cooney and Jordan Sawdo, were asked to organize a speakers symposium for the show and provide space for a meeting to form a new paleontological society. The result was the formation of the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS), a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific, educational and charitable activities relating to paleontology. Thirty-two fossil lovers attended that inaugural meeting. They, and eleven others who came to the second meeting, became WIPS' charter members. Since its official founding in 1985, the Society has grown to include over 500 members throughout the U.S., North America and the world.
The Founders Symposium was created in 1998 to honor Sawdo and Cooney — and all the individuals who formed and guided WIPS in its early years. The first symposium took place in 1999 and it has been held every other year since..See previous symposia programs