1st Geobiology Society Conference, June 11-14, 2017 at Banff, Canada
Following three very successful International Geobiology Conferences held in Wuhan (2010, 2012, 2014) and the recent Geobiology Gordon Research Conference in Galveston (2016), the newly created Geobiology Society will host a 3-day meeting in June 2017 at the Banff Conference Center. With 400 anticipated attendees, this meeting will be an ideal venue for us to discuss the latest developments in Geobiology and build international collaborations in a relaxed but stimulating environment.
“Geobiology 2017” will take a page out of the Agouron regional Geobiology meetings by emphasizing the work of early career scientists – graduate students, post-docs and assistant professors. The three days are designed to cover various topics pertaining to how microbial processes affect the modern environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Days 1 and 2 will explore the modern tools of organic and inorganic geochemistry, molecular biology and microbial ecology, sedimentary geology and paleontology. Day 3 will focus on the interpretation of the rock record, and how the modern can be used to infer the past. To investigate these topics, the mornings will be devoted to oral sessions while the afternoon will be devoted to an extended poster session. Each evening will also offer a counterpoint presentation on a topic of timely importance.
A major goal of the conference will be to facilitate bridge building across the disparate fields within geobiology, particularly from the geological and biological ends of the spectrum. As such, there will only be one oral session at a time.
Banff provides a world-class backdrop for Geobiology 2017 with a number of amenities and activities. Nearby attractions include sight-seeing at Lake Louise, the Banff Upper Hot Springs, and an abundance of hiking trails. Additionally, prior to, and immediately following the meeting, organized walks have been organized to the Burgess Shale and Mt. Stephen fossil beds in Yoho National Park...Learn more here