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15 January 2008
GSA Release No. 08-03


Ann Cairns
Director–Communications/Marketing/Sales, GSA
, +1-303-357-1056

Sara Uttech
Program Manager, Communications, ASA-CSSA-SSSA
, +1-608-268-4948


Scientists to Gather in Houston in October to Celebrate International Year of Planet Earth

Boulder, CO and Madison, WI– More than 10,000 scientists, professionals, and students will gather in Houston on 5-9 October 2008 to discuss the latest research and current trends in energy, water resources, science education, earth systems, and related sciences.

This meeting is sponsored by the Geological Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Also participating is the Gulf Coast Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology and the meeting is hosted by the Houston Geological Society.

The intention of this first-ever joint meeting is to highlight and stimulate discussions in areas of common interest across the diversity of disciplines of the organizations represented. Held under the theme, “Celebrating the International Year of Planet Earth,” the meeting recognizes the International Year of Planet Earth initiative, organized by International Union of Geological Sciences and the United Nations General Assembly.

The event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center and will feature presentations of scientific papers, hundreds of exhibits, and a myriad of distinguished lectures and special events that will engage students to professionals to scientists across the earth sciences and in every employment sector.

The scientific program features joint scientific sessions in the following topical categories:

  • Climate Change through Time: Evidence in the Geologic Record
  • The Impending Global Water Crisis: Geology, Soils, Agronomy, and International Security
  • Energy Budgets and the Global Market
  • Globalization of Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Wetland and River Restoration: Environmental Saviors or Scientific Failures?
  • Coastal Impacts: Can Massive Environmental Restoration and Coastal Engineering Protect the Gulf Coast from Future Hurricane Impacts and Rising Sea Levels?
  • Geobiology and Biomineralization: From the Origins of Life to the Origin of Cities
  • Emerging Trace Contaminants in Surface and Ground Water Generated from Waste Water and Solid Waste Application
  • Carbon Sequestration: Methods, Markets, and Policy
  • Human Influences on the Stratigraphic Record

In addition to the joint sessions, each participating scientific society will have its own sessions, symposia, workshops, field trips, tours, and special events.

Representatives of the media are cordially invited to attend and participate in scientific sessions, field trips, and other special events. Eligible media will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use onsite newsroom facilities while at the meeting.

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:

  • Working press representing bona fide, recognized news media with a press card, letter, or business card from the publication.
  • Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, ISWA, regional affiliates of NASW, ISWA, CSWA, ACS, ABSW, EUSJA, or evidence of work pertaining to science published in 2007 or 2008.
  • PIOs of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Media registration will begin in June 2008. Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications/Marketing/Sales, or Sara Uttech, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Communications Program Manager, for additional information or assistance.

Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, hosted by the Houston Geological Society

When: 5-9 October 2008

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, USA

For information about the meeting or sponsoring scientific societies, go to:

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) are educational organizations helping their 11,000+ members advance the disciplines and practices of agronomy, crop, and soil sciences by supporting professional growth and science policy initiatives, and by providing quality, research-based publications and a variety of member services.

The Geological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1888, is a broad, unifying scientific society with 21,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 85 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members, and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.


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