The twentieth Goldschmidt conference will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, June 13–18, 2010, hosted by the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Goldschmidt Conference, convened by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, is the premier forum for the geochemical community. Attendance at the annual conference has grown to 3000 delegates since the conference began more than twenty years ago. The conference has been embraced by the broad spectrum of geochemists with interests ranging from Earth’s core to its atmosphere, from melts in Earth’s interior to creatures living on its surface, and from Earth to Mars and beyond. The theme of Goldschmidt 2010 is Earth, Energy, and the Environment, which blends areas of active research with global science policy. We the organizers are pleased to host the Goldschmidt Conference in Knoxville.

Goldschmidt 2010 provides the opportunity to forge relationships with key members of the geochemical field, including academics, purchasing agents, and potential employees. Approximately 1500–2500 delegates are expected at this event and over 1500 presentations will be given during the course of the conference.

The Organizing Committee invites and encourages your participation in any or all of the following areas:

Vendor Show Participation. The vendor show, which has been a highlight of previous years, occurs in conjunction with and in the same facility as the Goldschmidt 2010 event. The Knoxville Convention Center has an exhibit hall of 120,000 sq. ft., where the poster sessions will be held and refreshments served. Ample space is available for talking with delegates, demonstrating equipment, showing periodicals, books, memorabilia, gems, and fossils for purchase by delegates.

Event Sponsorship. There are several opportunities for sponsorship of specific conference events and activities, as well as general sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship options are outlined on the enclosed sponsorship information sheet and will be acknowledged through listings in the conference materials and with signage at each sponsored function.

Opportunities are also available to advertise in the conference program.

Your participation in this event in any of the ways outlined above will provide an opportunity for your company to forge valuable relationships, as well as maintain and enhance current relationships with academics, customers, and purchasing agents.

The Organizing Committee values the role that exhibitors and vendors play in enhancing the overall experience for the conference participants, and we hope to see you in Knoxville next June!

Ted Labotka

Professor Theodore C. Labotka
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996