Bare Earth Elements: Voices from GSA 2012
Glimpsing the lighter side of a conference
Last November, I attended the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C. While there I had opportunities to see and hear many excellent technical talks, invited lectures, poster presentations and more. I blogged about some of these at the time of the conference, and EARTH subsequently covered some of the studies that were presented. Print coverage of conferences is a valuable means of science communication (ahem, says the science writer), but the context in which the science was presented — the conference itself — is often not well-represented.
To get a different perspective on GSA 2012, I talked to some of the assorted geoscientists present about their conference experience: why they had come, if they were enjoying themselves and, because it was a gathering of geoscientists, how the beer was. It was a chance to catch some attendees while they simply enjoyed the occasion and the company of kindred spirits while away from the rapid-fire schedules of the technical sessions and academic lifestyles. My apologies that this post is a little overdue, but I hope you enjoy it all the same!