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Scientists team up in Houston to tackle global challenges
Date:8/12/2008

Boulder, CO and Madison, WI -- 12 AUGUST 2008 -- More than 10,000 international scientists, professionals, educators, and students will gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on 5-9 October 2008 to discuss the latest research and trends in energy, water resources, climate change, agriculture, science education, earth sciences, and related disciplines.

This first-ever Joint Annual Meeting is a collaboration that showcases the sciences of the sponsoring organizations, The Geological Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Also participating is the Gulf Coast Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology and hosted by the Houston Geological Society.

We extend a very special welcome to members of the media to attend and cover this historic scientific exchange. Journalists will receive complimentary registration and are invited to use the Newsroom facilities while at the meeting.

Scientific Program Highlights

The scientific program of research presentations, lectureships, and plenary sessions are built around ten challenging issues set forth by the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) agenda. Celebrated from 2007-2009, IYPE is an initiative of the International Union of Geological Sciences and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, to raise awareness of the critical role of the geosciences. Visit www.yearofplanetearth.org for more information.

We are proud of the quality and scope of our 10 Joint Plenary Sessions that feature daily distinguished speakers and discussions. These sessions are designed to engage attendees across all disciplines and include:

"The Impending Global Water Crisis: Geology, Soils, Agronomy, and International Security"
Sunday, 5 Oct., 5:00-7:00 pm
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Contact: Christa Stratton
cstratton@geosociety.org
303-357-1093
Geological Society of America
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