View the Meeting Program
Use this web-based app to view technical sessions, abstracts, and events for this meeting, create a schedule
for yourself, locate presenting authors, make notes for yourself, and more.
Virtual North-Central Meeting
Our virtual meeting will be held on 18–19 May, with technical sessions in the morning and student
programming in the afternoon.
What does it cost?
The virtual meeting is open and available to everyone for free.
How are the presentations going to work?
Both oral and poster presenters will prepare their presentations ahead of time, record them, and upload them
to GSA’s Confex system by 11 May. Oral presenters are asked to record themselves giving their presentation
in a standard time format (17 minutes). Poster presenters are being given a poster template to use. This
template is set up well for web viewing, with viewers able to open up boxes for better viewing. Poster
presenters are asked to record a quick 3-minute lightning version of their posters.
If you are an oral or poster presenter, please check your spam for an email from GSA regarding instructions
on how to upload your presentation for the virtual meeting.
All presentations that are uploaded by 11 May will be made available for all to view between the time they
are uploaded and 22 May. If presenters choose, they can be made available in perpetuity, and will remain
linked to the abstract online.
On the days of the meeting, all uploaded presentations will be shown through online webinars that anyone can
watch in standard 20 minute slots, with a discussion time at the end of each technical session.
When will the schedule be available?
Before the meeting, we will condense down the technical sessions given the available presentations available,
and set up a schedule for oral and poster presentations that will run on the mornings of 18–19 May.
This new schedule will be available by the end of the day on 14 May.
What if I can’t attend on 18–19 May?
All uploaded presentations will be available between 11 May and 22 May for viewing. If presenters give
permission, the presentations will be available on the website in perpetuity, linked to their abstracts.
What if I can’t attend all of the technical sessions, but I want to talk about the science?
Please try and view the presentations ahead of time, and then join the Webinar for the relevant technical
sessions for the scheduled discussion time at the end of each session.
How will posters work?
Each poster presenter will be uploading a poster and a 3-minute lightning talk to accompany it. The goal here
is to have the same kind of information you might get if you stopped by and said “Please tell me about your
On the day of the meeting, we will run a Webinar for each poster session, view the lightning talks, and then
have time for Q&A. All posters will be available on-line, so people at home can follow along and look
in-depth at each poster. All poster presenters are encouraged to provide contact information to continue
discussions after the poster session individually. Where possible, they may even set up a Zoom meeting where
people can stop by for a designated time afterwards with questions.
Any field trips?
Alas, no field trips in person this year, but many of the field trip organizers have uploaded their field
trip stops to
Flyover Country, a mobile app created by Shane Loeffler and others at the University of Minnesota. It allows
you to explore the geology and natural history below your flight, along a hike, or on a field trip. The app
is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and available for free on both Android and iOS. GSA has
also collaborated with Flyover to make former guidebooks available on this platform. You can learn more and
download the app at FlyoverCountry.io.
Will student programming still be offered?
Yes! Both mentor meetings and three career workshops will be offered. All students are encouraged to attend.
Student programming will be offered in the afternoon to now coincide with the technical sessions.
Continuing Education Credits
The North-Central Section Virtual Meeting offers an excellent opportunity to earn CEUs toward your continuing
education requirements for your employer, K–12 school or professional registration. Please email Heather
Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org), GSA Abstracts Coordinator, after
the meeting to receive your certificate. You will need to provide Heather with your total number of hours
attended. The certificate will be emailed to you as a pdf. GSA will not be mailing a paper copy.
Student Poster and Oral Presentation Judging Form
Use this form to submit judging feedback for student poster and oral presentations.