Abstracts Policy Statement
We are excited to be able to offer an in-person meeting at Portland this coming fall. Following GSA Connects Online 2020, attendees expressed overwhelming enthusiasm for coming together in person as soon as would be safe and practicable. Guided by that sentiment, we have carefully structured GSA Connects 2021 as a safe, in-person meeting, with risk-free registration and online options for attendees.
GSA staff appreciate the thoughtful and respectful comments that we received about our implementation of this model. We, along with every other society, are learning and experimenting with how meetings will be conducted in this transition year and beyond. The decisions we made reflected the best synergy between the needs and wishes of you, our community, balanced with our equally important need to meet our fiscal responsibility to members.
We all know that the world is not back to "business as usual" and that not everyone will be able to attend in person to present their research. We also know that the world is changing and that there is and will be increased demand for “hybrid” conferences, with both remote and in-person presentation options. We aspire to that model, but it is an expensive one and we are not in a position to go there fully this year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from traveling. Requests for remote presentations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and, if accepted, speakers will be required to pre-record their presentations and register for the meeting.
We continue to strive to serve GSA members as well as the broader geoscience community to the very best of our abilities, and we are looking forward to a valuable and productive meeting experience for all participants.