• 17th Annual Southern California Geobiology (Virtual) Symposium

    University of Southern California

    May 20th - 21st 2021

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  • 17th Annual Southern California Geobiology (Virtual) Symposium

    University of Southern California

    May 20th - 21st 2021

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  • 17th Annual Southern California Geobiology (Virtual) Symposium

    University of Southern California

    May 20th - 21st 2021

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Welcome!

The University of Southern California is excited to host the first ever virtual Southern California Geobiology Symposium on May 20th (12-3pm PST) and 21st (3-6pm PST), 2021. The event with take place on Zoom and will utilize the web-conferencing software Gathertown. We are working hard to make this a fun, interactive, and educational experience for everyone in attendence!

The SoCal Geobiology Symposium is an annual student-organized symposium for scientists interested in astrobiology, climate science, ecology, geochemistry, geology, microbiology, oceanography, and paleobiology. We welcome scientists from all levels of academia and both those living in Southern California and from around the world. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs are encouraged to submit abstracts for posters or talks to share their research.

Have questions or want to join our email list?
scgeobio@usc.edu

Information for Presenters

Oral presentations will be given during topical sessions in Zoom breakout rooms. Presenters will be able to share their screen to present, so they can prepare their talks in whatever format works for them. Talks are limited to 15 minute time slots, preferably with 12 minutes of presentation and 3 minutes of questions.

Poster presentations will be presented on Gather.town. Presenters will have the opportunity to present their posters live to the audience in gather.town by standing in front of their posters and interacting with other participants via webcam and/or microphone who are around the virtual space of their poster. Posters should be prepared as a high-resolution image file (300 dpi JPEG if you can!) and should be submitted to scgeobio@usc.edu by Monday May 17 at 11:59 PDT.

Meeting Program

The full meeting program is available for download via the button below. Please use the hyperlinked buttons to navigate the program. The house icon in the upper right corner of every page will bring you back to the title page.    

Logo design by Kiersten Formoso.

Code of Conduct

The Southern California Geobiology Symposium is committed to being a meeting space where all participants feel welcome, safe, and included. As a Paleontological Society-sponsored event, we will be adopting the Society’s policy on non-discrimination and its member code of conduct for our meeting. Before registering for and attending the meeting, you must agree to review and abide by the Paleontological Society’s code of conduct.

The following behaviors are expect of attendees of the 17th SoCal Geobio Symposium (from the Paleontological Society’s code of conduct):

  1. Attendees will treat other with dignity and respect, regardless of their own or another’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, religion, age, marital status, parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic background, educational background, disability, or military service or veteran status.
  2. Attendees will communicate with civility.
  3. Attendees will give fair and equitable consideration to all students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, professionals, and amateurs, regardless of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, religion, age, marital status, parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic background, educational background, disability, or military service or veteran status.
  4. Attendees engaged in student mentoring will encourage all students in a respectful manner that is inclusive of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and recognizes that education is fundamental for the promotion of student learning and professional development.
  5. Attendees will observe the guidelines for the reporting of prohibited behavior (see section 6 in the Paleontological Society code of conduct), and recognize that such guidelines are in effect at all times during the meeting.
  6. Attendees will not attempt to injure the reputation or professional opportunities for others by false, biased, or undocumented claims.
  7. Attendees will not practice, incite, encourage, or condone prohibited behavior (see Prohibited Behaviors below), including but not limited to harassment in any form.

The following behaviors are prohibited during the Southern California Geobiology Symposium:

  1. Harassment in any form, including sexual harassment, denigrating jokes, stereotyping, or a recurring pattern of microinvalidations, microassaults, microaggressions, and microinsults
  2. Physical abuse or intimidation, including disregard for another's safety
  3. Verbal or written abuse or intimidation (in-person or remotely), including but not limited to: harmful or negative comments related to race, color, national or ethnic origin, immigration status, religion, age, marital status, parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic background, level of education, disability, or veteran status
  4. Violating the previously communicated (verbally or nonverbally) physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries of others through the continuation of otherwise prohibited behaviors, or through verbal or written comments founded on any personal aspect of another individual
  5. Photographing, recording, or video-taping of others and/or the dissemination or distribution of photographs, recordings and video-tapings of others without their consent.
  6. Intentional, unwelcomed physical behaviors (in-person or remotely), including but not limited to: stalking, physical contact, and aggressive or intimidating displays and/or body language
  7. Threats (implied or real) of physical, emotional, professional, or financial harm
  8. Any other behaviors that may reasonably be assumed to have the effect of creating, contributing to, or maintaining an environment that is hostile toward or damaging to a person or group

Consequences of prohibited behaviors:

  • Anyone requested to stop prohibited behavior will be expected to immediately cease that behavior.
  • Meeting organizers may institute disciplinary actions, including immediate and permanent removal from the Symposium.

Reporting prohibited behaviors

Please report any real or reasonably perceived prohibited behaviors to the meeting organizers. scgeobio@usc.edu

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