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Premier Geological Conference: GSA Connects 2022

Geological Society of America returns to Denver—face-to-face with option for full participation online

Meeting Announcement

Geological Society of America

Boulder, Colo., USA: Media registration is open now for The Geological Society of America’s Connects 2022 meeting, to be held 9–12 October 2022 at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th Street) in Denver, Colorado, USA. The organizing committee is pleased to be planning a robust meeting with face-to-face scientific exchange along with a fully hybrid option that gives remote attendees full access to participation.

Along with all topical, discipline, and special sessions, GSA will livestream and record for on-demand viewing all Pardee Keynote Symposia, the Opening Keynote, Presidential Address & Awards, Noontime Lectures, Special Lectures, and the Halbouty Distinguished Lecture. GSA will accommodate live online presentations for those speakers unable to attend in person.

The geologically rich and centrally located Rocky Mountain region is always a favorite gathering place for geoscientists. A dozen field trips will explore world-class geologic heritage sites around Denver, PreCambrian Colorado, Dinosaur Ridge, the geology of Pikes Peak, and more, including an accessible field experience for persons with disabilities.

General Meeting Co-Chairs, Jeffrey Lee (Colorado School of Mines) and Cal Barnes (Texas Tech University), along with the entire local organizing committee, cordially invite members of the media to attend, participate, and cover science presented at the meeting. The conference will feature new research, emerging issues, and context and sources on the geoscience that underpins modern society.

Journalists who cannot cover the meeting in person may select the remote registration package, with access to live-streamed sessions throughout the conference. Review media eligibility requirements, request complimentary media registration , and prepare to be welcomed, inspired, and productive.

Meeting Highlights

Pardee Keynote Symposia: Three Symposia with invited speakers cover topics of broad interdisciplinary interest, including Geoheritage, the Future of Environmental and Engineering Geology, recognizing GSA’s Environmental and Engineering Geology Division’s 75th anniversary, and the significance of Earth’s Proterozoic-Phanerozoic Transition.

Opening Keynote: Saturday, 8 Oct., 5–6 p.m.

Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, Environmental Justice Warrior, Rhodes Scholar, and Founder of Black Girl Environmentalist, shares her perspectives and insights on behalf of those most adversely impacted by environmental inequities.

Special Lectures

● Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony: Incoming GSA President Mark Little (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) gives his address, “The Past, Power, and our Future with the Earth,” Sunday, 9 Oct., from noon to 1:30 p.m.

● The 2022 Michel T. Halbouty Distinguished Lecture features Jani Ingram, Northern Arizona University, on “Environmental Health Investigations on the Navajo Nation,” Tuesday, 11 Oct., from 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Noontime Lecture Series from 12:15–1:15 p.m.

● Monday, 10 Oct.: “Culture and Ethics of Geologic Sampling Town Hall,” with Marjorie A. Chan (University of Utah) and David Mogk (Montana State University).

● Wednesday, 12 Oct.: The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover in Jezero Crater,” with Katie Stack Morgan, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Special Sessions

Understanding the Cataclysmic January 2022 Eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai Volcano: The 15 January eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai Volcano was the most powerful volcanic eruption in the past ~30 years, and the first of its kind recorded on modern scientific instruments.

Honoring the memory of A. Keith Turner and his areas of specialty, including computer generated geologic maps, advanced research into environmental and geologic hazard mitigation, and techniques related to remote sensing and geologic modeling.

Overviews on the state of development of non-petroleum geologic energy resources, including geothermal energy and geologic hydrogen resources, as well as geologic reservoirs and materials that are necessary for essential alternative-energy infrastructure; identification and development of subsurface storage capacity for CO2 and energy gasses.

Celebrating the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) at 75 with a theme of “Implementing a Vision of Sustainability as a Unifying Geoscience Framework.” Abstracts will honor the broad impact of Dr. Allan Treiman’s research in planetary geology, including planetary mineralogy and petrology, meteorites, early histories of planets, terrestrial analogs, and astrobiology.

Technical Program

Technical Program Chair Robinson Cecil (California State University, Northridge) reports that 173 topical sessions have been organized in addition to general sessions in 38 geoscience disciplines.


Oral Sessions run Sun. 9 Oct.–Wed., 12 Oct., 8 a.m.–noon and 1:30–5:30 p.m.
There are two poster sessions on display each day from 9 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and from 2:00–6:00 p.m. with authors present from 11a.m.–1 p.m. and from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Search topical sessions for areas of interest by discipline categories or sponsors from the drop-down menus, or use your browser’s “find” feature to search for keywords or convener names. The complete technical program schedule will be available in mid-August 2022, after the abstract submission deadline.

Complete meeting information will be updated regularly on the GSA Connects 2022 website.


● Lodging: Make hotel reservations early for best selection.

● Explore Denver. The Mile-Hi City has an abundance of attractions, activities, sightseeing, and tours for visitors to enjoy.

● Read GSA’s Commitment to Health & Safety

The Geological Society of America (GSA) unites a diverse community of geoscientists in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings. Members and friends around the world, from academia, government, and industry, participate in GSA meetings, publications, and programs at all career levels, to foster professional excellence. GSA values and supports inclusion through cooperative research, public dialogue on earth issues, science education, and the application of geoscience in the service of humankind.

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