These special activities, exhibits, talks, etc., are sure to enhance your Annual Meeting experience. Check this page often — links will become active as information becomes available and even more "Extras" may be added up to and even throughout the meeting.
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Come To Learn
Walking Tour Guide
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Meet with friends, enjoy a beer, and plan your week in Charlotte!
Saturday, 3 Nov., 5–7 p.m.
- 4th Annual Photo Contest & Exhibition
Deadline for entries: 15 Sept. 2012.
- Presidential Address, Awards Ceremony & Gold Medal Lectures
SEE NEW DATES & TIMES!!
- Bill McKibben Lecture
Sunday, 4 Nov., 3:00-4:15 p.m. (book signing follows)
- Lunchtime Lectures
Presidential Address, Gold Medal Lectures, Halbouty Lecture, Election Results
12:15 - 1:15 pm daily.
- Charlotte Talks
A three-part series from NPR-affiliate WFAE
in conjunction with GSA
- Hall of Fame — Investors of the Future
As you look around the Convention Center, you will find several screens displaying the digital Hall of Fame acknowledging our well-deserving and hard-working colleagues, mentors, and students. Take a moment to watch our honorees scroll by and be sure to congratulate them when you see them at the meeting.
- Special Sessions — GSA Bulletin Anniversary presentations, Fluvial System, Carbonate Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
- "Switch" Film Showings
Sun. 4 Nov., and Mon., 5 Nov., 9–11 a.m., Ballroom A
- Beer Receptions — Daily from 4:30-6pm in the Poster / Exhibit Hall
- Watercolor & Wine — Get in touch with your artistic side!
- 2012 Subaru Outdoor Life Lecture — Julie Brigham-Grette
“Driven to Extremes — The Roadless Pursuit of Scientific Drilling at El’gygytgyn Crater Lake, Arctic Russia”
Monday, 5 Nov., 6-7 p.m.
- President's Student Breakfast Reception
- Student Networking Luncheon
- Annual Geoscience Educators Reception
For Educators of all levels.
- Diversity in the Geosciences Reception
Tuesday, 6 Nov., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Women in Geology Mentor Luncheon
Women at all levels of their career are welcome to attend the Women in Geology Mentor Program
Sunday, 4 Nov., 5–6:30 p.m.
- NASCAR Hall of Fame — A GREAT DEAL FOR GSA ATTENDEES!
Purchase discount tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on your registration form. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is connected to the Charlotte Convention Center and a “must- see” part of your trip to Charlotte. Take the Pit Crew Challenge— see if you can beat the GSA Meetings Team!
- Employment Service Center
- Mentor Program
- Public Policy Events
- Guest Seminars
- Ticketed Functions
These are functions that you must purchase tickets for on your registration form (includes events such as business luncheons, award ceremonies, receptions, etc.)
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Come to Learn — Bring Your Family for Fun!
Paddle-boarding. Photo courtesy U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Take advantage of your time in Charlotte to get out and explore with your kids or nurture your inner kid! Two sites you don’t want to miss are the U.S. National Whitewater Center and Discovery Place Science Museum.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center is 15 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. At the USNWC, you and your children (4 years of age and older) can explore the newest craze of stand-up paddle boarding. You can also explore the Canopy Tour by zipping through the forested rim of the south ridge gorge (children 10 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult). Kids of all ages can enjoy the Eco Trekking (based on geocaching) and a hike in the USNWC scenic trail system.
Little ones enjoying water fun; image courtesy Discovery Place.
Discovery Place is eight blocks from the Convention Center and is one of the leading hands-on science centers. Kids can discover daily programs with interactive exhibits, explosive experiments, and incredible shows in the IMAX® Dome Theater.
GSA Annual Meeting participants are eligible for a $2 discount on their Discovery Place entry fee.
There's more … Charlotte's Got A Lot!