Dinosaur experts gather near Calgary

More than 120 people will be at the sixth annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium in Drumheller in southern Alberta this weekend — the first to be held in Canada.

Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in southern Alberta will host gathering this weekend

Fossil enthusiasts will gather in Drumheller for an international symposium. (Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum)

Dinosaur and fossil enthusiasts from around the world will gather in Drumheller this weekend for to share their knowledge and expertise at the sixth annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium. 

It brings together participants from Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom and all across North America. With 120 people registered, it is expected to be the best attendance to date for the annual symposium.

"Hosting [this] is a great honour for Alberta," said Heather Klimchuk, Alberta's minister of culture, in a release.

"It is wonderful to welcome local, national and international delegates and to see recognition for the excellence of the Royal Tyrrell Museum's fossil collections and displays, and the work of its preparators."

Participants will take a field trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park — a UNESCO World Heritage site — during the three days of presentations, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours.

They will cover topics ranging from field and preparation lab techniques to display and educational approaches.

In the past, symposia have been held in the Petrified Forest in Arizona, the Burke Museum in Seattle and the Fossil Country Frontier Museum in Wyoming.

This is the first time it is being held outside of the United States.