- Sponsor Seminars
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.
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.
Social Event Locations
These are locations for the conference social events.
Virtual Conference - FAQ
There are no well worn paths, clear maps or manuals for running Goldschmidt as a Virtual Conference. This means that some information is not yet in place and we thank you for bearing with any TBCs for the next short while. As soon we have information we will be sharing it.
We are always happy to receive questions as it helps us know what else to add to this page. The helpdesk staff thank you in advance for reading this it so carefully because pasting the text below into an email reply is less fun than you might think.
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What will happen during the conference?
Most of the meeting format will be very familiar to previous Goldschmidt delegates. Parallel sessions, Plenary talks and an Early Career program will feature. During the week of the conference there will be video Q&A or text Q&A for every session. We will run our exciting program of Plenary lectures with time for direct questions. Useful seminars for Early Career delegates will be spread through the week. The Theme 15 presentations and panel discussions should draw a good audience and hopefully some seminars & presentations from our conference sponsors will be available. All events help to further the aims of the conference to disseminate your science and develop your community.
What are you doing about timezones?
We are lengthening the conference day and running it at times that will enable participation within sociable hours from as many locations as possible. There will be two blocks of sessions each day and we aim to ensure that most delegates will be able to find some content of interest live at the times they are online. We expect delegates to dip in and out of the meeting rather than sitting through large blocks of sessions, maybe scheduling catch-up chats off-platform with other delegates they are keen to talk to.
All the discussion sessions will be recorded and available online for registrants for 30 days after the meeting so you can catch up on what you missed. Also remember that even if your session is in the middle of the night, at least you won’t have to deal with jet-lag or airplane food at either end of the conference.
How will my abstract be presented? How should I prepare my presentation? What formats and file size will I need to provide?
Please see the Information for Authors page for answers to these questions. You can view a guide to preparing a attractive presentations and preparing for the Q&A times here. Credit: Alice Williams.
What will the sessions look like?
Delegates may view presentations on the website beginning on 15 June. Session discussions will then take place from 22-26 June via online chats moderated by the session conveners.
A 1-hour time slot will be allocated to each session (more than one if the session is large) and authors will be invited to answer questions about their presentations. Other delegates can attend as audience. Questions can come from the audience (submitted to the technical support via text), from other authors, or from the conveners. The technical set-up will be managed by one of the conference's volunteer team. The session will be recorded and available online for 30 days.
We will provide a space for authors to give details of times they will be available, on the platform of their choosing, to answer further questions or continue discussions from the session.
What does registration include?
Registants will have access to the content and the tools.
- You will be able to upload your presentation
- You will be able to view the presentations of other authors
- You will be able to use Ask the Author to send questions
- You will be able to view and join in the discussion sessions
- You will be able to join the Virtual Mentoring scheme
- You will be able to sign up for the Early Career development seminars
- Early Career delegates can sign up to the Meet the Plenary events
- You will be the first to see the Plenary and Medal talks and can ask questions live
Will there be a social program?
We are doing our very best to find some sort of social which might work in the virtual format, all sensible suggestions gratefully received.
How will Plenaries talks be given?
To ensure quality these talks will be recorded in advance and then streamed as part of a session followed by live Q&A. The Plenaries will be shown twice in the week allowing people from multiple locations the chance to put their questions to our speakers.
When are the deadlines?
A full timeline is in progress. The confirmed dates can be found here.
Will I have to download extra software?
No paid software will be required to access the conference content. You may have to sign up to certain services to access the sessions but these will be free at the point of use. Full instructions will be given.
What about the workshops?
Some of our workshops are moving to a virtual format and full details can be found on the Workshop page.