Dear Geoscientists and Colleagues,
We have very good news for the geoscience community in times of limited opportunities to meet up, present and to exchange scientific ideas. As per plan, and thanks to the great collaboration between the sponsoring parties, GeoUtrecht 2020 will be held as a virtual conference on 23–26th of August 2020. Due to the unusual circumstances, we have worked out a solution which allows us to offer the meeting free of charge but still with a comprehensive program.
This includes essentially all opportunities in the virtual conference environment which you are used to from f2f meetings. Amongst them are an icebreaker party, public, plenary and session talks, an exhibition hall, a coffee shop and virtual networking rooms. In addition, we will enable virtual meeting space for your additional events you have in mind (e.g. working group meetings, section meetings, general assemblies etc.). Please indicate the latter via the newly (re-)opened registration in ConfTool, so we can prepare it for you in advance.
There will be two types of presentations, plenary keynote talks (40 min) and session talks (20 min), all to be presented live (ie no pre-recordings or videos). Allocated time for speakers is distributed equally between live presentation and interactive moderated discussion. For further details on the new format and joining instructions see this conference website.
Due to change of format, the Call for Abstracts is re-opened now with an abstract submission deadline of 26th of June. Please note that authors are required to upload abstracts and later presentation materials in advance of the meeting. The meeting will require registration for access to the online system. However, no fee is charged to participate in the conference. Nevertheless, and in case you are not yet a member of one of the two non-profit sponsors DGGV and KNGMG, we would encourage you to become a member as a courtesy, and to allow for partial cost recovery.
We are very happy to offer you this alternative opportunity which will allow you to meet up with a large geoscience community, as usual. Together with your input, we are looking forward to make this meeting a success.
Jürgen Grötsch and Liviu Matenco