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Forum Overview

This Forum will provide an informal and interactive venue for discussing important frontiers, new ideas, and current research in structural geology and tectonics. The Forum will also provide opportunities to discuss effective teaching of structural geology and tectonics, including integrating research with teaching. Funding has been provided by the National Science Foundation and by the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of GSA.

Format and dates

Technical sessions: The three days of the main Forum (August 1-3) will follow the format of the previous meetings, with each half day devoted to a critical topic addressed with a keynote, several short talks, and poster presentations. We will post a detailed program as the Forum approaches. The main Forum program will be built around abstracts solicited from participants.

Field trips and workshops: Optional workshops and field trips will take place on the two days prior to the Forum (July 30 & 31) and on the two days following the Forum (August 4 & 5). The general schedule shows when each field trip and workshop will take place. If you wish to participate in a field trip or a workshop, you must pre-register when you register for the Forum (see below).

Arrival and departure: All days of the Forum, including optional workshop and field trip days, begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:30 pm. Please plan your travel so that you arrive the evening before the first event that you wish to attend and leave after the last event has concluded.

Registration and abstract deadlines

Registration deadline has been extended to May 30, 2016. Although the Forum is aimed at professional geologists, we encourage advanced graduate students to attend. You must register on line.

Abstract deadline has been extended to May 30, 2016. All abstracts (one per person) will likely be accepted, and most will be given as posters. The program committee will select a small number for the oral sessions. You are not required to submit an abstract in order to attend the meeting. You must submit your abstract online.

If you have questions, please contact Matty Mookerjee (

Logistics and costs

Location and facilities: The Forum will be held at Sonoma State University, which is located in Rohnert Park, CA.

Travel: Participants or their home institutions must cover lodging plus travel to and from the workshop. The nearest airport is San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport. Traveling from either San Francisco or Oakland to Rohnert Park is most easily accomplished by using the Sonoma County Airport Express bus, which drops passengers off at the Double Tree Hotel in Rohnert Park (4 miles from campus). Shuttles will be arranged to bring conference participants from the hotel to SSU campus.

Lodging: We will offer a low-cost option to stay in the Beaujolais Village at Sonoma State. Lodging plus meals will be $120/day for a single room with private bath in a four-room suite with a common area. Participants who are local or who have made other lodging arrangements can purchase meals on campus on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Registration for the Forum, field trips, and workshops/short courses is free, thanks to funding from NSF and a donation from the GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division. Travel stipends are available to support the attendance of US participants who have limited/no access to travel funds or who are from underrepresented groups. If you wish to apply for assistance, you will do so using the Registration page. Funds will be distributed by the Finance Committee.

Forum contacts

Forum Organizer: Matty Mookerjee (Sonoma State University)

Steering Committee: Yvette Kuiper (Colorado School of Mines) and Paul Karabinos (Williams College)

Technical Sessions: Steve Wojtal (Oberlin College) and Katherine Boggs (Mount Royal University)

Field Trips: Sarah Roeske (UC Davis) and Christie Rowe McGill University

Short Course/Workshops: Saad Haq (Purdue University) and Kurt Burmeister (University of the Pacific)

Web: Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)

Logistics: Elisabeth (Liz) Ketterman (Geology AC), Dena Peacock (Administrative Support), and Sarah Gillespie (Conferences and Events Services) (Sonoma State University)

Finance Committee: Emily Peterman (Bowdoin College), Hal Bosbyshell (West Chester University), and Juk Bhattacharyya

Forum registration: If you wish to register for the conference, please use the link to online registration. if you have specific questions about registration, please email the Ticket Center at Sonoma State.

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