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Conference on Catchment Science

March 1, 2013Kate BraumanProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Conference on Catchment Science

Are you doing scientific research on catchment science – watershed hydrology, biogeochemistry, freshwater or terrestrial ecology, you name it?  The 2013 Gordon Conference on Catchment Science is a great venue to learn and share cutting edge research. And if you’re a graduate student or postdoc who could use a great opportunity for networking and professional growth, then the Gordon Research Seminar associated with this conference is a fantastic opportunity. I liked it so much the last time it was held in 2011 that I’m now the co-chair of the seminar!

The deadline for applications to the Seminar has been extended to March 15!  Apply today to have the opportunity to share your work with the larger group.

Gordon Conferences are small, with just a single track of invited talks; most people present posters, which everyone attends; and it’s held at a small boarding school, so everyone is eating, playing, and talking together, making it easy to learn and building networks. 2013 marks only the second time a special Gordon Research Seminar has been added specifically for career development and integration of graduate students and postdocs.

Flyer for 2013 Gordon Conference on Catchment Science

Flyer for 2013 Gordon Conference on Catchment Science

For 2013, the conference them is Catchments Through the Looking Glass: From Microscopes to Telescopes. It will explore the concept that research questions and thus research findings are influenced by the perceptions of the researcher and the particular techniques utilized to conduct field, laboratory and conceptual studies. As catchment scientists working in a highly multi-disciplinary field, we each have our own unique perspectives and vantage points from which we view our scientific approach and interpret our data. The goal of this Gordon Research Conference is to bring together leading experts in the field who will explain how their particular vision and research environment have shaped their cutting-edge research and how their approaches can be useful and applicable to other scientists and end-users working in the field.

The conference will focus on four main themes:

  • “Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes”, where we will assess the rationale for conducting catchment science in polar, boreal, temperate and tropical settings as well as its societal implication and application;
  • “Doors of perception”, which will consider how the scale of our scientific lens, from microscopic to telescopic and with different levels of stakeholder involvement, shapes our understanding of catchments;
  • “Tools you can use”, which will showcase novel analytical techniques and conceptual approaches that have revolutionized the field; and
  • “Animal, vegetable, mineral”, where we will explore the inextricable linkages between biota and the Earth’s surface that help to determine catchment function and sustainability, particularly under climate change concerns.

The conference will bring together catchment scientists with a broad range of expertise from senior researchers working at the forefront of their field to exceptional graduate students who are already helping to shape the future of Catchment Science. As with previous Catchment Science GRCs, oral presentations will be by invitation, and all conference participants are urged to present their own research results and perspectives in poster format. The conference will be preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar, in which graduate students and post-doctoral investigators will meet as a group to share and discuss their cutting-edge research, build new scientific collaborations and prepare for their interactions with more senior scientists during the GRC.

Please pass the word along to your colleagues and especially to students and postdocs you think would be interested.

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