The meeting, with a broad array of field trips, technical sessions, and short courses, will surely be a good investment in your career and in the education of the next generation of geoscientists. Field trips are planned to investigate recent advances in our understanding of the geology of the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge geologic provinces. Technical sessions have been proposed that cover the full range of geoscience research both at home and abroad. Short courses and workshops provide opportunities to learn research methods and skills in an intimate setting. The exhibit hall will have the latest publications and instrumentation on display, and will provide a venue to discuss research and policy initiatives with members of GSA Divisions, Associated Societies, and government agencies. And, of course, opportunities to meet with old and new colleagues will abound!
Located in the Piedmont, and close to both the coast and Appalachians, Charlotte was at the center of the first gold rush in North America. Today it has become one of the major banking and investment centers in the world. As the largest city in the Carolinas, Charlotte has a broad array of cultural institutions, professional sports, a vibrant music scene, and excellent hotels and restaurants. There are greenways, light rail, a comprehensive bus system, and bike lanes throughout the city. And getting to Charlotte is easy as it is well-served by major highways, a growing airport, and passenger rail service.
This is the first time in more than 25 years that the Annual Meeting has been held in the Southeast, so it is an opportunity not to be missed!