Penrose Conference

These conferences, named in honor of R.A.F. Penrose, Jr., a major GSA benefactor and past president (1930), were established in 1969 to further GSA's service to the geosciences.

NOTE: The GSA Penrose Conferences and Thompson Field Forums are undergoing an upgrade. The new proposal process will be rolled out in fall of 2019!

As of November 2018 we are not accepting new proposals. Look for additional information at GSA 2019 Phoenix, 22-25 September. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Becky Sundeen ().

Upcoming Conferences:

No upcoming conferences.

These conferences provide an informal atmosphere to

  • Bring together multidisciplinary groups of geoscientists;
  • Facilitate open and frank discussion of ideas;
  • Stimulate individual and collaborative research; and
  • Exchange of current information and newly emerging ideas.

Topics should

  • Be under current investigation and active discussion;
  • Be broad enough to attract the points of view of a range of specialists; and
  • Catalyze multidisciplinary communication and collaboration.


  • Participants: min. 50; max.: 80;
  • Informal and small to encourage personal discussion among participants, yet large enough for diversity and depth;
  • Penrose Conferences consist of invited and interested participants (anyone can apply to attend a Penrose Conference);
  • Length: Five to seven days; participants are expected to attend the entire conference;