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Roof of the World

First Joint meeting of the Geological Society of China (GSC) and the Geological Society of America (GSA)
Brought together by the GSA International Section


More About
the Meeting

By the Numbers …
760 participants
131 USA & other participants
629 Chinese participants
525 abstracts
4 field trips (200 participants)
27 Sessions
177 Posters

17–19 June 2013  •  Chengdu, China

Jinjiang Hotel, Chengdu, Sichuan Province

The abstracts are available online and can be downloaded for free.

In 2013, the 7th WCCOGS and the First Joint meeting of GSC and GSA were successfully held in Chengdu, China on 14-15 June and 17-19 June, respectively, with a total of about 800 participants in these meetings. A total of 712 abstracts were received, 181 for WCCOGS and 531 for the Joint meeting of GSC and GSA. These abstracts basically contain the latest academic achievements in many geological fields and are worth reading.

Roof of the World

Reflections on the 2013 GSC-GSA ‘Roof of the World’ China Meeting and Chengdu
"Speaking of Geoscience" blog post
by Nazrul Khandaker

Blog post includes many photos!


Click here to see conference photos on Facebook.

The following excerpt pertains to the recently held Roof of the World Meeting (source: China Education)

To promote the academic communication between the Geological Society of China (GSC) and the Geological Society of America (GSA), the First Joint Scientific Meeting, with the theme of Roof of the World, opened on June 17 in the City of Chengdu and will be closed on June 19.

Wang Min, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources and Head of China Geological Survey, attended the meeting and gave a speech at the opening ceremony. Wang Xiaolie, Deputy Director of China Academy of Geological Sciences, Zhu Lixin, Secretary General of GSC, Suzanne Kay, Jack Hess, Clark Burchfiel, persons in charge of GSA, were present at the meeting together with over 500 geologists from China and America as well as from other countries.

In his speech, Mr. Wang Min said that since the founding of GSA 125 years ago, American geologists have been making remarkable contribution to the development of the world geo-sciences. Likewise, GSC has gone through a history of 91 years. With the sustained and rapid development of China’s economy, geo-sciences of China have been making a series of new achievements and developing toward the new realms of deep space, deep seas and deep ground. Such worldwide geological research subjects as continental tectonic and dynamics and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau have been attracting more and more geologists in the world.

In their speeches, Ms. Suzanne Kay and Mr. Jack Hess reviewed the origin and history of the cooperation between GSA and GSC as well as the results achieved by both sides in the fields of environmental geology and geo-hazard prevention, hoping that the cooperation and communication will successfully continue.

14 topics, including the geotectonic evolution of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, will be discussed at the three-day indoor meetings, followed by joint field investigations.

The conference will be conducted in English and will include a three-day conference and post-meeting field trips investigating the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, intra-continental deformation and mineral resources, and unique sites for the end-of-Permian mass extinctions.

Preceding this meeting, the 7th World Chinese Conference on Geological Sciences (WCCOGS) will be held on June 14-15 at the same hotel, and Chinese will be the language for presentations. A tour to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Wenchuan Earthquake Site near Chengdu will be organized and a reception for these two meetings will be held in the evening of 16 June (Sunday).

Special Session Topics:

  1. Evolution of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
  2. Intra-continental deformation, mineral resources and geologic hazards
  3. Environmental changes, biologic evolution, geochemistry and carbon sequestration

Field Trips

In-Meeting Trips  |  Post-meeting field trips


Abstracts  |  Fees  |  Schedule

Scientific Program Chairs

GSC - Dong Shuwen, Executive Member of GSC Council in charge of international cooperation
GSA  - J.G. Liou, Stanford University


Geological Society of China
Geological Society of America

Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT)
Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS)
Chengdu Center of China Geological Survey (CCCGS)


Department of Land and Resources of Sichuan Province, China
Geological Society of Sichuan Province
Geological Society of Anhui Province
Geological Society of Jiangsu Province
Geological Society of Tibet Autonomous Region
Geological Society of Shaanxi Province
Geological Society of Qinghai Province
Geological Society of Zhejiang Province

Contact Information

Wang Wei, Division Chief of International Affairs, GSC
Address: 26 Baiwanzhuang Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100037, China
Tel: +86-(10)-6831-0893;6899-9619
Fax: +86-(10)-6831-0894


Melissa Cummiskey, (Chair)
Juhn G. Liou,
An Yin,
I-Ming Chou,