This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
The culmination of geological and geophysical observations, combined with laboratory and modeling studies over the last decade, has challenged the simple, canonical view of the brittle upper crust and ductile lower crust and mantle. Our on-going challenges include: 1) upscaling lab-based relations to plate-scale processes (e.g., size-dependence of fracture energy and characteristic frictional slip distance; calibrating lab-derived flow laws with constraints from active and exhumed ductile shear zones); 2) characterizing rheology of short-term lithospheric dynamics (e.g., fundamental studies of transient deformation and application to post-seismic deformation; rheology and evolution of ductile shear zones; interactions of mantle dynamics, surface tectonics, and climate loading; planetary geodynamics); and 3) understanding systems with heterogeneous rheology at different length scales (e.g., rate-and-state friction and asperity-scale plasticity; brittle heterogeneities within a ductile shear zone). Investigating these challenges requires integration among experimentalists, field and structural geologists, seismologists, geodesists, and geodynamicists.
The Gordon Research Seminar on Rock Deformation is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. We invite contributions from a wide range of fields that advance our understanding of rock deformation with implications for large-scale tectonic processes.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 8, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.