Early Career Events
The Early career event program provides opportunities for less senior scientists to network and learn from volunteers from the community.
These events are all being planned by our exhibitors. To find out more information, visit them on their booths.
Pre- and post-conference field trips
From Steve Parman, Organizing Committee Chair
Welcome to Boston for the 28th Goldschmidt meeting! It has been 19 years since the meeting last visited here, for its 9th edition. Technically it was just across the river in Cambridge, but only people in Cambridge think it is a separate city from Boston! I was just a wee graduate student then, stuffing envelopes and preparing name tags. As I recall, the whole meeting was held in just four Harvard lecture halls. Things have changed a bit. The meeting now has over 3000 presentations, and fills one of the main convention centers in the city. The meeting team has created a great program: a full slate of cutting edge science, after meeting parties and banquets, pre- and post-conference field trips, numerous workshops, daily student programs and mentoring, a K-12 teachers program, and fantastic plenaries. We hope you have a great time!
The Hynes Convention Center is a perfect location for a meeting. When your brain is full, or you just want to ponder the cosmic significance of mass-independent isotope fractionation, a short walk will take you to the picturesque Charles River, or to the high-end shopping and bistros of Newbury Street, which ends at the beautiful Boston Public Garden and Boston Common (try the famous swan boats or look for the Make Way for the Ducklings statues). Fenway Park, where the Red Sox play, and one of the most storied baseball parks in the country, is just down the street. Monday’s social will actually take place there. If we are lucky, they may even open the team’s batting cages to us! Go Sox! The city is steeped in history. Walk the Freedom Trail (marked with a red line on the sidewalks) to visit some of the country’s most important historic sites: from Bunker Hill to the Old North Church. The city also has fantastic museums. Try the MIT museum for robots, weird mechanical art and an amazing hologram display. Or the Isabella Stewart Gardener museum for art in a beautiful Italian villa. The nearby Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library should not be missed. Or head to Harvard’s Natural History museum (where the Tuesday social will be held) for minerals, dinosaurs and glass flowers. For kids, the Children’s museum is one of the best in the world, the awesome Aquarium (penguins!) is right on the water in the heart of town and the Museum of Science is vast and engaging (as both my sons will attest to).
Whatever your interests, I hope you enjoy the meeting and have a great time while you are here. Welcome to Boston!
From Roberta L. Rudnick, Geochemical Society President
Welcome to Boston for the 28th Goldschmidt Conference, the premier conference for geochemistry. The conference is named after the father of geochemistry, Victor Moritz Goldschmidt, and is hosted in alternate years by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. This year’s conference, with over 3200 abstract submissions, will be the largest ever held in North America.
Set in the seat of the American revolution, in Boston you will have the opportunity to experience revolutionary science! The conference provides the latest advances in geochemistry, spanning from the solar system to the nanoscale, from the present to the beginning of the solar system 4.57 billion years ago, from subzero temperatures to molten rocks. We will even explore planets beyond our solar system, with a plenary talk by Sara Seager on the search for life on exoplanets. Other plenaries will cover the influence of coastal waters on geochemical cycles (Caroline Slomp), the sub-oceanic deep biosphere (Fumio Inagaki), and the origin of volatiles in terrestrial planets (Bernard Marty, President of the EAG).
In this year’s conference the number of themes has been paired down, with an aim to make broader and more inclusive sessions. We have also aimed to broaden participation, particularly from students and early career scientists from less privileged countries, and from US students from underrepresented institutions and groups. In fact, broadening participation in science is also the topic of Wednesday’s plenary by Tuba Özkan-Haller. As in years past, there is a vibrant program for early career scientists, with opportunities to pair with a mentor, meet the plenary speakers, and a wide variety of workshops aimed at professional development. This year, we are proud to also welcome a large contingent of K-12 educators to the conference. In particular, K-8 teachers will attend on Tuesday, while on Thursday 9-12 teachers will participate. Please join me in welcoming these educators, as well as all first-time Goldschmidt participants.
In addition to providing a forum for the latest and greatest science, Goldschmidt should be a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable to present their work, interact, and have fun. Towards this goal, this year we have adopted a code of conduct for the meeting, which all of you have agreed to, as a part of your registration. We also have a team of trained volunteers including folks from the Board of Directors and the GS Ethics Committee who will be on hand to provide help, should any delegate feel that they have witnessed or experienced a breach in this code of conduct. These volunteers are identified by wearing an “AMIGo” ribbon (A More Inclusive Goldschmidt).
I hope that you have a terrific conference, hear lots of exciting science, and get to enjoy the local attractions while you’re at it. Enjoy your week in Boston!