New, state-of-the-art infrastructure, currently in the planning stages, will house the Thompson Institute for Earth Systems (TIES) at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida.

This facility will have spaces for public engagement in scientific research, a learning theater, high-tech instructional spaces with distance learning capabilities, 3D maker space coupled with a live lab, direct link to the Museum’s digital collections, and meeting, collision, and flex space for Institute faculty, staff, and visitors.

TIES will extend far beyond its physical walls and facilitate e-learning through virtual classrooms to connect students and researchers across the globe. School children will be able to virtually experience scientific collections, print 3D renderings on-site of rare specimens and artifacts, and join scientists in remote field excursions anywhere in the world. TIES will make science accessible to underserved audiences and provide the resources required for the science of tomorrow.