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Thompson Field Forums

Thompson Field Forums


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GSA’s Thompson Field Forums provide the perfect format for the exchange of current knowledge and exciting ideas best expressed by the geology of a specific area. They are designed after the Penrose Conferences but are held almost completely in a field setting. The intent is to stimulate and enhance individual and collaborative research and to accelerate the advance of the science by interactions in the field.

The Thompson Field Forums have a specific thematic focus, similar to Penrose Conferences, but may be more geographically oriented. Ideal subjects for Thompson Field Forums are those earth science topics for which recent work suggests a potential for further significant advances in the near future. Each Thompson Field Forum subject should be under current investigation and active discussion by able researchers in the field.

It is essential that the Thompson Field Forums be informal. Groups should be small enough that all participants can examine the outcrops and be involved in the discussion, and large enough to provide diversity and depth. The typical size for success is about 40 participants and the minimum required to convene a Thompson Field Forum is 20.

The Thompson Field Forums are typically 5 days or more. Participants are expected to attend the entire field trip. In house conferencing may be a minor component (<20%) of the field forum. There are no restrictions about holding forums anywhere in the world, although logistics, costs and other problems dictate caution in organizing forums outside North America. Recent Thompson Field Forums have been held in Greece/Turkey, Chile, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Proposing a Thompson Field Forum

Guidelines for submitting a proposal require at least one of the field trip leaders be a member of the Geological Society of America. Responsibility for organizing a Thompson Field Forum should be shared by at least two leaders, one of which has actively worked in the area. A period of no less than 15 months should be allotted between the proposal stage and the field forum dates. Care should be taken to avoid scheduling conferences at the same time as other scientific meetings, especially other GSA meetings, including other Penrose Conferences and Thompson Field Forums. The Thompson Field Forums run independently of any other meeting.

Attending a Thompson Field Forum

Thompson Field Forums consist of invited and interested participants. An invitation from the field trip leaders is not required for applying to participate in a Thompson Field Forum. Anyone interested in participating in the field forum is encouraged to contact the trip leader of that field forum. Conveners and GSA encourage student participation and will work to provide special registration fees for students. Each field forum will request specific information for the application process which usually includes a brief description of your interest and active experience working in the field with regard to the field forum topic. Announcements for future conferences appear in GSA Today and GSA Connection e-newsletter.

Acceptances for participation are not transferable. All participants are expected to attend the full conference and stay at the conference site. Spouses, families, and others who are not registered participants are requested not to visit the conference site and are not allowed to participate in conference activities.

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