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Standing 40 feet high, the big blue bear peers through the lobby of the Colorado Convention Center. Photo used with permission from the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Meeting Wrap-Up

Over 6,500 people made the ascent to Colorado’s Mile High City for the GSA’s 122nd Annual Meeting & Exposition. Science, networking, job and grad school interviews, field trips, and continuing education short courses were just a few of the activities enjoyed during this year’s meeting. As well, whether in the halls of the Colorado Convention Center or on the streets of downtown Denver, attendees could be heard noting that coming to Denver was like coming home, with many reminiscing about their first GSA meeting 20 or 30 years ago.

Thousands took time to cruise the Geoscience Highway in the sold-out Exhibit Hall, and just as many found themselves intrigued by the daily poster sessions (along with the afternoon beer receptions!). People also found time to view the newly reformatted digital Hall of Fame, which recognized the achievements of awardees from GSA, GSA Divisions, and GSA Associated Societies, as well as the newly elected GSA Fellows. If you missed this highlight of the meeting, click here for the full list of awardees.

Media / Social Media

Sixteen registered media representatives were working onsite, representing Nature, Science News, American Scientist, Earth, and, among others. Many other agencies around the world picked up news releases and covered science from this year’s meeting. Conversation flourished under the meeting’s Twitter hashtag (#GSA5280) as well, with tweets visible on a scrolling feed in the registration lobby.

Check out the online newsroom for press releases, a sampling of coverage, and blogs about the meeting.


We especially acknowledge our 2010 Annual Meeting sponsors, whose continued support helps GSA to uphold its tradition of serving science and the profession, as well as encourage growth and inspiration among current and future leaders in the geosciences.


And finally, a huge thank you goes out to all the people who made this meeting so successful. All GSA meetings are built from the ground up by volunteers. This includes the hundreds who submitted session ideas and the individuals who presented their research at the meeting. As well, the tireless volunteers on the Joint Technical Program Committee and GSA’s Divisions and Associated Societies were invaluable in building the scientific portion of the meeting. GSA gives a special shout out to Dick Berg, 2010 Technical Program Chair; Lisa Morgan and Steve Quane, 2010 Field Trip Chairs; and all field trip and short course leaders. And to everyone else who had a part in helping to shape this meeting: Thank you. This meeting is truly a meeting for scientists created by scientists.

By the Numbers

Total attendance 6,540
Number of countries represented 49
Professional attendees 3131
Student attendees 2511
K-12 professionals 62
Student volunteers 250
Abstracts 3691
Oral presentations 189
Poster session 103
Exhibit Booths 256 (sold out)
Exhibiting companies 185
Schools participating in the Graduate School Information Forum 78 (sold out)
Short Courses 17
Short Course Participants 324
Field Trips 22
Field Trip participants 540
Carbon offset donations $2,175


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