A couple of notes related to the upcoming annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
One is that they have an arranged solution for on-site child care. Has anyone used the GSA child care? or other on-site child care at meetings?
The other is that there are 17 topical sessions sponsored by the planetary geology subdivision (#95-110 in this list). Of the 35 topical session organizers, 7 are women – that’s 20% (two of your WPSB contributors are session co-organizers). Did you know you can be involved in proposing and organizing a topical or special session for meetings that you attend, like LPSC, GSA, and AGU? It’s a great way to gain some visibility for you and your research field.
Usually there will be a call for session ideas associated with the conference. Then you need to take the initiative and come up with a session title and a paragraph describing what the session will address and why it is timely. You’ll usually coordinate your idea with the planetary representative to the society meeting and enlist the help of a co-convenor. If your session is accepted, then you need to make sure to get the community to submit abstracts to your session and maybe invite a keynote speaker. Of course, you’ll need to attend the meeting and chair the session as well. It’s not a herculean task and one that can be very rewarding. You’ll get to customize the session and in the best cases, get a lot out of it for yourself – it’s like all the contributors bring their newest work and ideas straight to you!
This is a good example of an opportunity you make yourself. So next time, don’t wait for someone to ask you to co-chair a special session – go out and make your own!