2019 GeoPRISMS Synthesis & Integration TEI – Application deadline Nov 12

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Apply now to attend the GeoPRISMS Synthesis & Integration Theoretical and Experimental Institute!
February 27- March 1, 2019
Hotel Menger, San Antonio, Texas

The 2019 GeoPRISMS Theoretical and Experimental Institute (TEI) will represent an opportunity for our community to synthesize results across the two program initiatives: Rift Initiation and Evolution (RIE); and Subduction Cycles & Deformation (SCD). During this meeting we will evaluate accomplishments to date, and define key gaps, opportunities for synthesis and collaboration, and outstanding questions leading in to the final years of the decadal program. We will also identify emerging opportunities and problems, and develop new research directions motivated by the successes of the MARGINS and GeoPRISMS programs. The three-day meeting will be preceded by an Early-Career Investigator symposium on Tuesday February 26.

Key objectives of the workshop include:

  • Set the stage for legacy of GeoPRISMS, develop concrete ideas for legacy products or activities in the coming 2-3 years. This should include both Science and Education and Outreach.
  • Identify outstanding process-based questions and cross-cutting themes that engage both the RIE and SCD communities. These fundamental science questions will guide the integration of science results from GeoPRISMS, and likely lead to future proposals and funding opportunities.
  • The Early Career Investigator (ECI) symposium will foster cross-disciplinary collaborations among young scientists. This symposium will be led by two young scientists in our community.
  • Position our science community for future years by evaluating the role of large research infrastructure, how science goals of the GeoPRISMS Program can be met by future large-scale initiatives, and the importance of continued NSF support for cross-disciplinary and cross-shoreline research.


The TEI is funded by the National Science Foundation through the GeoPRISMS Office at The Pennsylvania State University. There is no registration fee. We will be able to cover most on-site expenses (venue costs, hotel expenses based on multiple occupancy, and most meals) for approximately 175 participants. Partial funding for travel may also be available, with preference given to students and postdocs. Confirmed participants whose on-site expenses are covered are expected to arrive on Tuesday evening and leave on Saturday morning.

Organizing Committee

Katie Kelley (University of Rhode Island)
Harm Van Avendonk (University of Texas at Austin)
Jessica Warren (University of Delaware)
Kyle Straub (Tulane)
Rob Harris (Oregon State university)
Katie Keranen (Cornell)
Joe Dufek (University of Oregon)
Christie Rowe (McGill)
Philip Skemer (Washington University, St Louis)
Ikuko Wada (University of Minnesota)
Ex officio: Demian Saffer (GeoPRISMS Office/Pennsylvania State University)

Important Dates

October 10: Applications are invited via the meeting webpage at: http://geoprisms.org/tei-2019/
November 12: Application deadline
December 3: Successful applicants are invited to confirm participation
January 7: Deadline for confirmation of attendance
Late January: Final meeting agenda is released


The meeting will take place at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas (https://www.mengerhotel.com/). The hotel is located in downtown San Antonio, 8 miles from San Antonio International Airport. Cab service is available.

Student and Postdoc symposium

On Tuesday before the TEI we will hold a student and postdoc symposium which will feature short presentations by attendees and discussion with the conveners and NSF program managers. The symposium runs from 12:30-5:00pm and will be followed at 5:00 – 7:00pm by a reception and ice breaker open to all TEI attendees. We encourage all students and postdocs to attend and to arrange their travel accordingly, after confirmation of attendance.


The meeting agenda is available at http://geoprisms.org/tei-2019/