2017 Spring Technical Meeting

Monday March 13th to Tuesday March 14th 2017
Johnson Geocentre

The Newfoundland and Labrador Section of the Geological Association of Canada is pleased to announce that our annual Spring Technical Meeting will take place on Monday March 13th to Tuesday March 14th 2017 at the Johnson GEO Centre on Signal Hill.

General Information

2016 Spring Technical MeetingThere will be a general session for the presentation of papers on an eclectic range of topics, as is normally the case at our meetings. This general session is a great opportunity to present your research in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and we encourage submission on any topic related to earth science in this province or elsewhere in the world.

Special Session

The theme of this year's special session is "Golden Opportunities: Gold Mining and Exploration in Newfoundland and Labrador 2017". We are currently soliciting speakers to appear in this session and will present a broad overview of gold mining and exploration in Newfoundland, featuring speakers representing industry, academia and government and covering all aspects from grass-roots prospecting to mining and processing. If you are interested in presenting in this session please contact James Conliffe or Hamish Sandeman.

Other Events

Lunches will be available on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th at the GEO CENTRE, and will be catered through the Alexander Murray Geology Club. The cost will be modest ($10) and will support the ongoing activities of the club. However, numbers are limited to 60 people each day due to logistical constraints. We are also planning a public lecture and a social evening, giving everyone the chance to relax and let their hair down. Check this website for updates as our plans develop.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts can be sent to Annie Parrell and the abstract submission deadline is the 17th of February, 2017. As always talks are welcome from anyone who is interested, including students, academics, government and industry. For additional information and questions contact the GAC NL Branch Technical Program Chair James Conliffe. Abstracts should be no longer than one page and formatted as in this example. Please do not include multiple font styles, sizes, bullets or numbered lists. If we receive abstracts that require extensive editing, we will ask you to resubmit them in the correct format.


Registration for the meeting will be $50 for professionals, and students can register for free. To register please fill out the following form, and return to Annie Parrell or at the GAC main office in Memorial University (attention of Eleanor Penney). Cheques should be made payable to “GAC Newfoundland”. If you would prefer to pay cash you may do so on site at the registration desk. However, please send us the registration form so we are prepared.

Speaker Information

Presentations will be held in the Celestial Gallery meeting room at the Johnson GEO CENTRE. The meeting room will be equipped with a Microsoft Windows PC (running Windows 7), and the presentations will be displayed using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. For delegates who have created their presentations on a different system (e.g. Apple), we request that you make sure that your presentation displays correctly on a Windows 7 machine. Presentations should be given to our technician as soon as possible after your arrival at the meeting and it is the responsibility of each presenter to bring their talk on either a memory key (preferred) or CD/DVD.

Twenty minutes will be allotted to each presentation, comprising 15 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions. Please try to stay within these limits. We recommend that presenters use common font types in their presentations as very unusual or unique fonts might not be supported on our computers. There is no room available for preview and rehearsal of presentations, but if you provide them to our technician in sufficient time, there should be ample opportunity to preview and check them over during a coffee break or a lunch break.

All PowerPoint presentations will be deleted following the meeting. If anyone wants a copy of your presentation, you should provide it to them directly.