2018 Spring Technical Meeting

Monday February 19th to Tuesday February 20th 2018
Johnson Geocentre

The Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Geological Association of Canada is pleased to announce that our annual Spring Technical Meeting will take place on Monday February 19th to Tuesday February 20th 2018 at the Johnson GEO Centre on Signal Hill, and is scheduled during the Winter Semester Break at Memorial University.

2018 Spring Technical MeetingThe GAC NL Annual Technical Meeting provides a great opportunity for you to present your research in a relaxed and informal environment, and we encourage presentations from all parts of our geoscience community, whether you are just starting out on your geological journey or you have many years of experience and knowledge you would like to share with future generations.

General Information

This year we are planning to group presentations into four broad themes, which will showcase as much of the interesting and varied research going on in the province as possible, whether based in Newfoundland and Labrador or involving work carried out further afield:

  • Solid Earth: Covering all aspects solid earth geoscience research, including geophysics, igneous and metamorphic geology, sedimentology and crustal tectonics
  • Environmental Challenges: Including studies on climate change and the past evolution of the earth’s climate, how the ecosystem responds to environmental change and how we can better utilize these resources in better and cleaner ways that minimize impacts
  • Economic Resources: All aspects of economic geology and geoscience, particularly studies into the mineral and petroleum resources of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Geoscience and Society: Investigating how geoscience and society interact, with a special focus aspects of Geoheritage, Geotourism and Geohazard Management in Newfoundland and Labrador

Other Events

Lunches will be available on Monday and Tuesday at the GEO CENTRE, and will be catered through the Alexander Murray Geology Club. The cost will be modest ($10) and will support the ongoing activities of the club. However, numbers are limited to 60 people each day due to logistical constraints. We are also planning a public lecture on Tuesday the 20th of February, and a social evening on Monday the 19th of February, giving everyone the chance to relax and let their hair down. Check this website for updates as our plans develop.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts can be sent to James Conliffe and the abstract submission deadline is the February 1th, 2018. As always talks are welcome from anyone who is interested, including students, academics, government and industry. For additional information and questions contact the GAC NL Branch Technical Program Chair James Conliffe. Abstracts should be no longer than one page and formatted as in this example. Please do not include multiple font styles, sizes, bullets or numbered lists. If we receive abstracts that require extensive editing, we will ask you to resubmit them in the correct format.


Registration for the meeting will be $50 for professionals, and students can register for free. To register please fill out the following form, and return to Annie Parrell or at the GAC main office in Memorial University (attention of Eleanor Penney). Cheques should be made payable to “GAC Newfoundland”. If you would prefer to pay cash you may do so on site at the registration desk. However, please send us the registration form so we are prepared.

Speaker Information

Presentations will be held in the Celestial Gallery meeting room at the Johnson GEO CENTRE. The meeting room will be equipped with a Microsoft Windows PC (running Windows 7), and the presentations will be displayed using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. For delegates who have created their presentations on a different system (e.g. Apple), we request that you make sure that your presentation displays correctly on a Windows 7 machine. Presentations should be given to our technician as soon as possible after your arrival at the meeting and it is the responsibility of each presenter to bring their talk on either a memory key (preferred) or CD/DVD.

Twenty minutes will be allotted to each presentation, comprising 15 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions. Please try to stay within these limits. We recommend that presenters use common font types in their presentations as very unusual or unique fonts might not be supported on our computers. There is no room available for preview and rehearsal of presentations, but if you provide them to our technician in sufficient time, there should be ample opportunity to preview and check them over during a coffee break or a lunch break.

All PowerPoint presentations will be deleted following the meeting. If anyone wants a copy of your presentation, you should provide it to them directly.