Call For Session Proposals

2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver: 125th Anniversary of GSA (27-30 October 2013)
Denver, Colorado USA
Colorado Convention Center

Technical Program Proposals 2013

Thank you for your interest in the 2013 GSA’s 125th Annual Meeting in Denver (27–30 October 2013). The GSA annual meetings begin on a Sunday, and end the following Wednesday.

The overall theme for GSA’s 125th anniversary 2013 Annual Meeting is Celebrating Advances in Geosciences – Our Science, Societal Impact and Unique Thought Processes. When proposing sessions, please consider this theme. The geosciences have evolved greatly over the last 50 years, let alone 125 years, in terms of science and relevance to society and are posed to make informed predictions for the future. During our celebratory year, we want to look back at how far we have come since 1963, but also look forward with predictions for the future. What scientific advances have we made over the last 50 years? What new disciplines do we have now? How has our impact on society changed, our importance? What critical geoscientific issues have we addressed? Where do we stand on resolving controversial questions of 50 years ago? Is the way geoscientists think unique and how have these thought processes changed?

Proposers Please Note: Before you begin to fill out the forms, in addition to text for pasting into memo fields, please have all of the contact information available for ALL of your conveners or advocates (full first and last names, full address and zip, phone, fax, e-mail).

Topical Sessions are a combination of volunteered and up to three (3) invited papers submitted to a specific session. Invited speakers may present one additional oral paper or poster at the meeting. Any individual or geoscience organization is welcome to submit a proposal. If you wish to propose a digital poster session, please submit the proposal as a topical session.

Pardee Keynote Symposia are special sessions with all invited papers on innovative topics that should appeal to a large number of attendees. Organizers have a good deal of flexibility in organizing Pardee sessions, and creative programming is particularly encouraged. For example, talks can vary in length, in-depth discussions can be organized and included, and affiliated topical poster sessions can be proposed. Any individual or geoscience organization is welcome to submit a proposal. All Pardee session proposals go through a rigorous review process conducted by the Annual Program Committee and not all Pardee proposals are accepted. If a Pardee proposal is not accepted, the session does not automatically become a topical session. If you want to be sure to have a session during the Denver meeting, then you must submit a topical session proposal as well.

Sponsorships: : Your proposal will be strengthened by endorsement from sponsors, such as GSA Divisions, Associated Societies, or allied organizations. Please be sure to contact each of your intended sponsors; for example, email the Division Chair to receive their commitment to sponsor your session. Deadline to add sponsorships is Tuesday, 15 January 2013.
For more sponsorship and contact information, go to the JTPC Listings page.

General Session Guidelines

Flexible and creative programming is encouraged for both the Pardee Keynote symposia and topical sessions. Organizers are encouraged to introduce an overview of the topic at the beginning of the session that would be of interest and understandable to fellow scientists who are not in the specialty field, but are interested in the topic. Also, time allocated for discussions is encouraged. For topical sessions, the number of half-days allotted for that topic will depend on the number of abstracts submitted.

Publication of Technical Session Proceedings

GSA Council requests that proceedings of any technical session sponsored by a GSA Division, and given at a GSA Annual or Section meeting, first be offered to GSA for consideration of publication. As always, submission does not guarantee publication. Acceptance is in the hands of the GSA Books Science Editor and the reviewers. GSA would also like the opportunity to publish sessions sponsored by Associated Societies, but such sessions are not covered under the action of the Council.

For additional information:

Dick Berg, 2013 Technical Program Chair
Kevin Mickus, 2013 Technical Program Co-chair
Nancy Wright, GSA Technical Program Manager
Proposal deadline: 11:59 PM, Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Select the link below to submit a proposal to the 2013 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver: 125th Anniversary of GSA (27-30 October 2013).

  1. Topical Session: Requirements and proposal submission form.
  2. Keynote Symposium: Requirements and proposal submission form.
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