The Organic Geochemistry GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The 2024 Organic Geochemistry Gordon Research Conference, Navigating the Modern Era of Organic Geochemistry, welcomes scientists with diverse expertise and perspectives to share their exciting, novel research that exemplifies the rapidly-advancing, highly-integrative nature of the discipline. Cutting-edge techniques to characterize molecules from Earth’s deepest strata to those occurring on other planetary bodies will be highlighted with a specific focus on navigating the emerging avenues of inquiry they open. Participants will engage the vast volumes of data now available through technological advances and will explore methods that may help to frame the information for useful application. In addition to our geologic archives, the emergence of “new” anthropogenic organic molecules that find their way into our water, sediment, and bodies will also be examined.
With roots firmly entwined among geology, biology, and chemistry, the subdiscipline of organic geochemistry is poised at exciting intersections that create deeper knowledge of our world. Widely-employed geochemical proxies and emerging biomarkers require calibration using observational and experimental approaches, as well as a better understanding of their biological sources and physiological role in organisms. There is also an urgent need for unified computer and statistical tools to examine the complexity of -omics techniques and large environmental datasets.
The GRC is preceded by the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). This forum is for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and scientists in the early stages of their careers to share their research activities and challenges. This year a special focus will be on scientific communication.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 1, 2023. Please check back for updates.