This first-ever Joint Annual Meeting is a collaboration that showcases the sciences of the sponsoring organizations, 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 hosted by the Houston Geological Society.
We extend a very special welcome to members of the media to attend and cover this historic scientific exchange. Journalists will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use the Newsroom facilities while at the meeting.
Scientific Program Highlights
The scientific program of research presentations, lectureships, and plenary sessions are built around ten challenging issues set forth by the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) agenda. Celebrated from 2007-2009, IYPE is an initiative of the International Union of Geological Sciences and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, to raise awareness of the critical role of the geosciences. Visit www.yearofplanetearth.org for more information.
We are proud of the quality and scope of our 10 Joint Plenary Sessions that feature daily distinguished speakers and discussions. These sessions are designed to engage attendees across all disciplines and include:"The Impending Global Water Crisis: Geology, Soils, Agronomy, and International Security"
View the full list of Joint Plenary Sessions, presenters, and abstracts: http://www.acsmeetings.org/programs/#plenary
Rounding out the ten overarching themes is an exciting collaboration showcasing the best of our sciences through 31 interdisciplinary joint sessions throughout the week. Topics include environmental challenges, biofuels production, climate change, soil and water contaminants, wetland management, digital mapping, and more. View the joint sessions at: http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2008/sessions/joint.asp
Beyond the joint programs, more than 5,500 technical oral and poster papers will shape this year's program. A host of daily lectures, symposia, sessions, workshops, and field trips are organized into topical and discipline sessions specific to each Society. Search the Joint Annual Meeting Program online at: http://www.acsmeetings.org/programs
There will be a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Sunday, 5 October, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. View demonstrations and displays from more than 400 booths featuring vendors of instruments, machinery, equipment, products, and services. View exhibitors at: http://www.acsmeetings.org/exhibit-and-sponsor.Special Events
A public forum titled, "Understanding Evolution," will be presented on Tuesday, 7 October, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Speakers will present the science and facts that support the theory, and arguments on why intelligent design should not be considered science. An audience Q&A will follow. This presentation is non-technical and suitable for anyone who is interested in the science behind evolution.
The keynote symposium, "Breakthroughs in Paleontology," on Monday, 6 October, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. is a highlight of The Paleontological Society's centennial celebration during the Joint Annual Meeting. Find out more at http://www.paleosoc.org/cent2.htmOnsite Newsroom & Media Registration
Newsroom hours (Central Daylight Time):Saturday, 4 October, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Public Information Officers of companies, institutions, and agencies may request copies of abstracts related to their institution. We will distribute press releases in the Newsroom during the Joint Annual Meeting.
For information about the Joint Annual Meeting and the sponsoring scientific Societies, go to: http://www.acsmeetings.org or contact GSA's Christa Stratton or SSSA's Sara Uttech, 608-268-4948, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) www.agronomy.org, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) www.crops.org and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) www.soils.org 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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