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Media registration now open for GSA's 125th Anniversary Meeting

Pivotal Earth Science presented in Denver 27-30 October 2013

Geological Society of America

Boulder, CO, USA - Media registration is open for the Geological Society of America's 125th Annual Meeting & Exposition, to be held 27-30 October at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado USA. This meeting is the highlight of a year-long series of events honoring the society's historic anniversary. Special programs and celebratory events are planned to complement the dynamic technical program. More than 7,000 geoscientists from business, academia, and government are expected to attend, representing more than 40 geoscience disciplines.

Anniversary themes that set this meeting apart include looking at how far Earth science has come over the last 50 years, viewing results of scientific and technological advances, and looking at predictions for future progress. Each year GSA meetings distinguish themselves from other scientific conferences through robust field trip programs, high participation by emerging scientists and the exceptional networking environment.

This Year

  • Record number of technical sessions and "Pardee" Keynote Symposia
  • 26 field trips planned and 33 short courses submitted
  • Exciting Hall of Maps
  • Black-tie/Victorian gala, including a performance by the Boulder Philharmonic of a new symphony (Formations I) by CU composer Jeffrey Nytch, commissioned by GSA and the Boulder Philharmonic with support from Exxon Mobil to celebrate GSA's 125 years.

Oral Technical Sessions run Sun.-Wed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All sessions will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA.

Poster Technical Sessions will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sun., and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Mon.-Wed. Authors will be present from 3-5 p.m. on Sun., and 5-6:30 p.m. on Mon.-Wed. during the afternoon Beer Reception in the Poster Hall. Authors are also encouraged to be present at their poster for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.

Complete meeting information is available at

Technical Program Chair Richard C. Berg, Illinois State Geological Survey, says that the experience of attending a GSA Annual Meeting with its array of diverse geoscientists "is one of the few opportunities that truly enriches a person's understanding, broadens their scientific perspective, and provides the venue for bringing extraordinary science to the forefront for public debate. This year's program will exhibit outstanding pure science that is well balanced with applied science and education."

Annual Meeting General Chair Vince Matthews, Leadville Geology LLC, adds that Colorado is an outstanding destination for the meeting. "In addition to its natural beauty in being the nation's highest state (6,800 feet above mean sea level ) and having 58 named peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation, Colorado has a geologist as governor, and it is the nation's center for craft beer, with more than 160 craft brewers."


Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and participate in technical sessions, field trips, the Exhibit Hall, and other special events. Eligible media personnel receive complimentary meeting registration and are invited to use GSA's newsroom facilities while covering the meeting. Public information officers from universities, government agencies, and research institutions are also invited to take advantage of complimentary registration at the GSA Annual Meeting to distribute press releases on presentations by their scientists and meet with media onsite. Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Media and PIOs may register securely online with special registration code 13MEDIA (case sensitive). Review eligibility requirements and access media registration.

Contact Christa Stratton at the address above for more information or assistance with media registration.


13 "Pardee" Keynote Symposia on timely topics of particular interest to the public.

Subjects to be explored include:

  • Finding water in the solar system (P13)
  • Geology and health as pertains to shale gas development (P6)
  • New understanding of Earth's structure and processes through EarthScope (P2)
  • Geology and exploration in partnership with the National Geographic Society, which is also celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year (P1)
  • Meeting long-term mineral resource demands (P12)
  • Rare earth elements' behavior in Earth systems and the challenges that face society (P11)
  • Fossil fuel production as it pertains to economic growth and climate change (P8)
  • And much more

See details at

Technical Program features a record 259 Sessions

Search for your 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 and an array of Discipline Sessions. More complete technical program information will be available after the abstract submission deadline in early August 2013.

In addition, six Special Sessions will be offered, including

  • GSA 125th Anniversary Books: I, The Web of Geological Sciences: Advances, Impacts, and Interactions; II, The Impact of Geological Sciences on Society Authors present summaries of their articles.
  • The scientific legacy of Paul F. Hoffman, from tectonics to Snowball Earth
  • The best of AAPG

See all special sessions at:

Field Trips run pre- and post-meeting and also concurrently with the meeting, exploring areas of geologic interest in the Rocky Mountain West. Field trip information is online at

Short Courses provide professional development in a number of areas, including education, communication, fieldwork and laboratory techniques. Course information is online at

The Exhibit Hall features the latest geoscience publications and instrumentation. It also provides a venue for discussing research and policy with members of GSA's Divisions and Associated Societies and representatives of government agencies, such as the NSF and USGS.



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