Penrose Conferences and Thompson Field Forums

GSA's premiere small-group meeting and field trip venues for collaborative research around the world.


Penrose Conferences

  • Established in 1969 to advance the Society's committment to supporting the geosciences;
  • Named in honor of R.A.F. Penrose Jr. a GSA benefactor and American mining geologist and entrepenuer and GSA's president in 1930.
  • Bring together multidisciplinary groups of geoscientists to facilitate open and frank discussions of ideas in an informal setting and to stimulate individual and collaborative research.

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Thompson Field Forums

  • Named in honor of James B. Thompson Jr., a GSA benefactor, renowned geology researcher, and professor emeritus at both Harvard University and Dartmouth College.
  • Capture the essence of discoveries or controversial topics pertaining a particular geologic feature or area for on-the-spot discussions.
  • Unique opportunity to exchange current knowledge, ideas, and theories with other experts on the topic and location.

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  1. At least one of conference leaders be a GSA member.
  2. Prior participation in a conference or field forum is not required to submit a proposal.
  3. Funding is available: GSA and the GSA Foundation will provide up to US$10,000 in unrestricted funds for each Penrose Conference or Thompson Field Forum (max. of four conferences per year).

Penrose Conferences & Field Forums Committee

Committee Members

The committee studies, reviews, and makes recommendations regarding approval of conferences or field forums. All five members of the committee are elected by GSA Council for terms of three years each.

For more information, contact:

Becky Sundeen, Meeting Manager
Geological Society of America
3300 Penrose Place | Boulder, CO 80301-9140
Phone: +1-303-357-1041