• Program

    The Goldschmidt2020 program

  • Venue

    All about the venue and city

  • Registration

    Details of how to register to attend the conference and/or submit an abstract

  • Exhibition

    Information for and about exhibitors and sponsors

  • My Goldschmidt

    My program, purchases, connections, etc.




  • Sponsor Seminars

  • Training Events

    These are scheduled events to help delegates test out the tools and platform we will be using for the Q&A and other events at the conference.

  • Workshops

    Our workshop program provides training and teaching in topics across geochemistry and related fields. We are currently liaising with the workshop organisers to ascertain if any workshops can become virtual. Any updates will be added to this page.


  • Conference Locations

    Location of the convention center and social events

  • Hotels

    The hotels are no longer available to book at the special rates agreed by the conference. Should you wish to cancel or change your hotel reservation please see the details below.


Present your work




My Goldschmidt

Role functions

Information for Conveners

Step 1. Download the App

The conference is using the GoToWebinar platform to host the video chat sessions. This is a simple to use, highly secure, professional grade platform which will optimise access allowing global participation.
You will need to have the GoToWebinar app installed on the machine you will be using to participate in the conference Q&A sessions. You do not need a license, all events will be using the conference's license.
If you already use GoToMeeting you will already have the app installed.
Please install the app as soon as possible. It is free for you to use and download on this page:
We recommend you test your installation and audio settings here.

Step 2. View all the presentations in your session

Presentations will be made live on June 15th with links from each abstract. Once you have registered please view all the presentations in your session and read all the submitted questions and responses. Presentations can be viewed by going through the program and downloading/viewing the presentation for each abstract.
Questions for authors in your session can be found via the program pages by the session details.
Prepare a list of further questions particularly focussed on those abstracts you think might otherwise be overlooked. Please submit these to allow the authors to prepare their responses.

Step 3. Plan the Q&A session

The aim of the sessions it to give each presenting author the chance to share and discuss their work. If you follow that, how you structure the session is up to you. Some abstracts may be be covered by a small group discussion, others may be best covered by a one-to-one discussion. We do not expect the timings allocated to be strictly followed but a good convener will ensure that no-one is left out.
Please bear in mind the limits of the format, it may be harder for those on a poor connection to participate in a group discussion. Lots (>5) of open mics will affect the quality of what is streamed so any group discussions will need to be carefully managed and limited.
Sessions will be closed at exactly the time specified in the timetable. We strongly encourage delegates to continue discussions after the scheduled sessions. Delegates can add to their abstract details information about how and when to reach them to continue discussions. Conveners can also arrange other meetings on platforms of their choice. All delegates are encouraged to use the Discord platform to arrange meetings outside the session, each theme will have a chat room available on the Discord Server.
Timezone, personal and technical issues may prevent attendance, please plan discussion topics to fill any time remaining at the end of the session.

Step 4. Training

Watch one of our training webinars. We take you quickly through the tools available to you and your student helper and help you understand what will be possible in the webinar sessions. These will be run live twice (if there is enough interest) and recorded, you can submit questions in advance via email to the helpdesk.

Step 5. Moderating Submitted Question

To find the questions (or comments) for your session’s abstracts go to the session details and click the "Questions” tab.
If a question is public it will have a “Hide” button, if it is not it will have a “Show’ button.
You should make any question public unless it is inappropriate. Please report any inappropriate questions or comments to the helpdesk.

Step 6. On the day

Please sign in to the Webinar at least 10 mins before the start of the session. Your student or one of the White Iron team will be responsible for starting the event.
If at all possible, please wear a headset.
Do all you can to ensure your interest connection is functioning at full capacity, use an ethernet connection where available and ask others you share the connection with to avoid heavy use during the session. Your colleagues will need to be able to see and hear you throughout.
Ensure you have a drink to hand and a list of the authors scheduled to participate.
Please remember your tech support may be working in the middle of their night, may be let down by their internet connection and like the rest of us may be new to this, be as patient as possible.
Please welcome authors to the session as they sign in, try and track who has arrived. The Attendees list will show who is signed in but you may still want to tick off a list of your running order so you know what to expect as the session runs.

Different roles in the session will be supplied with different sign in links to the webinar with different privileges. Listed below are the different roles with GoToWebinar’s terms in italic text.
The conveners will be a Co-organisers and the first named will start as the Presenter on the platform. Not all are required to participate but all will have appropriate access links in place.
Your student helper will be another Co-organiser.
All authors listed with Q&A time in the session should access as Panellists, they will have been supplied with links.
If anyone enters with the wrong status you and your helper will be able to adjust them upwards in rank (please note you cannot then move them back down)

Tools by status

Co-organisers (student volunteers and conveners) can:

  • Mic on by default
  • Use webcam
  • Mute other users
  • Share Screen as the Presenter by default
  • Make a delegate a Presenter so they can share their screen
  • Make a delegate a Panellist so they can speak
  • Use text chat to contact other people with assigned roles
  • Dismiss disruptive participants
  • Answer questions via text
  • View attendee status

Panellists (authors on the running list) can:

  • Mic on by default
  • Use webcam
  • Use text chat to contact other people with assigned roles
  • Answer questions via text when assigned them by the Co-organiser
  • Presenters (there can only be a single Presenter at any time people can be Presenter in addition to other roles) can:

    • Mic on by default
    • Use webcam
    • Use text chat to contact other people with assigned roles
    • Answer questions via text when assigned them by the Co-organiser
    • Share their screen

    Audience (all other enrolled delegates) can:

    • Raise hands to get attention
    • Submit questions via Questions tool
    • Respond to polls

    How do I ask a question in the session?

    1. I am a Panellist. Unmute yourself and and wait for the convener to call on you. If they call on someone else, please mute yourself until the next opportunity. You can submit a question via the Chat tool while you wait if you wish.
    2. I am in the audience. Submit a question via the Questions tool. Please use the author name at the start of any question so the conveners can track which questions relate to which abstract. OR Raise your hand, the student helper and the convener will be able to see raised hand and will promote you to Panellist if the opportunity arises for you to ask the question.

    General Information

    • Registration: Conveners need to register for the virtual conference to get access in exactly the same way they would have to at the in person meeting.
    • No distinction between talks and poster presentations. All registered/participating authors should be scheduled time for Q&A.
    • You will be able to see in the scheduling window list where the presenting author has a linked registration.
    • Not all authors will be presenting their work at the conference, the committee has decided to retain the abstracts of authors who cancel their participation but wish to remain in the archive.
    • Keynotes: Once scheduled as a keynote speaker the system will permit larger uploads to allow for longer or more detailed presentations.
    • Medals and Theme 15 presenters: These authors will be contacted directly with the requirements for their presentation files.
    • Allocation: Larger sessions have been given more than one slot for Q&A. Conveners can either decide to divide the available presentations topically or by timezone.
    • Scheduling: Instructions are repeated below. Conveners should schedule Q&A time for registered authors and authors they believe will register. Please fill the available time, be optimistic. Schedules should be updated as registrations are received. The schedules will be made live on May 11th.
    • Once you fill the allotted time with Q&A from confirmed participants please contact the helpdesk to request extra time.
    • You can read here the information we are providing to authors regarding their presentations and procedures.
    • Code of conduct: All participants will have agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. You will be given full instructions for how to block disruptive or abusive participants depending on format.

    How to schedule

    • Sign in using the account linked to your convener role.
    • Go to My Goldschmidt then My Session(s).
    • Click your session number.
    • Click through to “Schedule Abstracts in Session XXy"
    • The start times of your blocks may still change by up to 30 mins and are displayed according to the time set as 'local time' on your device.
    • Abstracts will be listed in the right hand box, according to the presentation method selected at submission. Please check the tabs for Oral, No Preference and Poster.
    • In each abstract you will see an indication of registration, if the delegate has registered (on the same account as their abstract submission) there will be a person icon with a tick.
    • You can schedule Q&A time in 3 minute blocks to each author in the list by dragging the name across to the available time blocks.
    • If they are a keynote, invited or medal presenter please then select that option from the dropdown menu under the name on the abstract once it has been dragged across.
    • Please schedule all of the available time giving priority to registered abstracts and then those you believe are most likely to participate. We will be strongly encouraging authors to register as quickly as possible to assist you in this. The block will turn from pink background to white when all the available time is allocated.
    • The deadline to complete the first draft of your schedule is May 11th.
    • Timings are not critical, but we need to be able to tell authors which time slot they should prepare to for as soon as possible. Swaps will be possible after the program is made live. Email the conference office to request these.
    • If you fill the time with abstracts by registered authors (or with only a few unconfirmed) you may request a further time allocation. You will be able to see the slots still available by looking at the Conference Structure under the Program menu. Please email the helpdesk giving your session number and the slot you would prefer to be added.
    • There is no submit button. Whatever is last on screen will be remembered by the system.
    • Since abstract submission will be open until May 4th so you will need to check back on May 6th to see if there are any new abstracts to add to the schedule.
    • We will be notifying authors of the existing times of the session blocks on May 7th and making the schedule live on May 11th. If your session schedule is incomplete on that date it will be made live with gaps.
    • Larger sessions will have more than one block allocated. These will be spread out to allow access across difference time zones. You can split your abstracts across these, either by topic or by author timezone. You will be able to allocate different chairs to each block.
    • You can also add the abstracts in your sessions to the listings for the virtual sessions. These will allow the authors the chance to connect with related abstracts in other sessions and allow delegates to easily track topics that cross the theme and session boundaries. This can be done by clicking on the Extras tab (top left just under the session title) and dropping the appropriate abstract into the virtual box and selecting the correct session.

    The following are the available Virtual Sessions:
    Theme 16: Recent advances in novel analytical approaches

    • 16a: High Precision Isotope Analyses
    • 16b: Laser Techniques and Micro-Beam Techniques
    • 16c: Spatially-Resolved Analysis (Down to Nano) Concentrations and Isotopes
    • 16d: Advanced Geochemical Imaging
    • 16e: Experimental Advances
    • 16f: Mineral-Fluid Interfaces
    • 16g: Organic Geochemical Techniques (E.g. Compound Specific Isotope Analysis)
    • 16h: Computational Geochemistry
    • 16i: Speciation/thermodynamic Techniques
    • 16j: Spectroscopy-Based Methods
    Theme 17: Hawaii Oceania Topics Goldmine
    • 17a: Climate change/Sea Level Change
    • 17b: Active Volcanism
    • 17c: Atmospheric and Ocean Time Series
    • 17d: Hot Spots and Mantle Geochemistry
    • 17e: Coral Reefs
    • 17f: Water Resources
    • 17g: Marine Ecology
    • 17h: Soils/tropical Agriculture
    • 17i: Planetary Remote Sensing
    We will be asking authors to add themselves to these groupings as well.

    Abstracts should only be rejected if they are completely unsuitable for the conference: libellous, plagiarised or not even science. Any abstract that’s appropriate in content but not the best fit for your session can be moved to another session via the transfer box, please ensure you select an appropriate session before clicking transfer.