From the Technical Program Chairs …
You’re Invited to Savor Some Hoosier Hospitality!
The 2018 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition is returning to the Midwest in Indianapolis after a superb meeting in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle. Indianapolis provides a great location to host a geoscience meeting with a vibrant downtown and an outstanding convention center. The vast majority of the hotels are within easy walking distance to the Indiana Convention Center, with most connected to the center via skywalks. Additionally, the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are nearby, as are many excellent cafés, bistros, and restaurants. An added bonus on Saturday is the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (also half-marathon and 5K), so if you are a runner this is an additional opportunity to enjoy the city.
The scientific meeting will be highlighted by 184 Technical Sessions and four Pardee Keynote Symposia and a comprehensive list of discipline sessions. The Technical Program Committee, GSA staff, and Division and Associated Society representatives have put together a program that will be of interest to everybody. The Technical Sessions highlight all aspects of earth sciences from geoarchaeology to volcanology with a touch of Midwest and Hoosier flair, with numerous sessions on paleontology, geomorphology, karst, hydrogeology, and sedimentology. The highlight of the meeting will be the Pardee Keynote Symposia on a variety of impressive topics:
- Earth as a Big Data puzzle, which will have a similar format as the Speed Dating Pardee Symposium in Seattle with lightning talks and then booths demonstrating the various techniques in advancing data information;
- Women rising: Removing barriers and achieving parity in the geosciences;
- Plate tectonics 50 years after the seminal work of Morgan, McKenzie, and Le Pichon; and
- Human evolution and environmental history of Africa: 25 years of transformative research.
In addition, there will be lunchtime speakers on a variety of topics in the Feed Your Brain, Presidential Address, and Halbouty Lecture series.
Of course the GSA Annual Meeting is not all about the scientific sessions. There will be 26 one- to three-day field trips highlighting the geology of Indiana and the surrounding regions, including the investigation of sedimentary sequences, geomorphology, industrial minerals, karst systems, environmental aspects, and geologic history of the region. There will also be one- and two-day short courses on a variety of topics, including geoscience education, geochemistry, structural geology, energy, and geophysics. So, this year make a trip to Indianapolis to enjoy the Hoosier hospitality and discover the latest geoscience news. We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis.
2018 Technical Program Chair
2018 Technical Program Vice-Chair