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GAC-MAC 2021 Meeting (Nov. 3-5)

Given the COVID pandemic situation, the Western Ontario University GAC-MAC 2021 Local Organizing Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the annual meeting to November 3-5, 2021. With the goal of the government to have all Canadians vaccinated by September, the LOC plans to offer a GAC-MAC meeting with the traditional in-person focus – providing opportunities for networking, informal discussion and feedback, and social events – but still with the option for virtual presentations and participation.

The Paleontology Division of GAC is co-sponsoring two sessions - "History of Geosciences in Canada" “Ancient life and ecosystems”.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 12, 2021, and must be done through the online abstract submission portal. Abstracts cannot be submitted by e-mail or in hard copy. Meeting contributions can be in oral or poster format, and can be presented in-person or virtually.

For reference, below are the session descriptions:

The Paleontology Division of GAC is co-sponsoring two sessions - "History of Geosciences in Canada" “Ancient life and ecosystems”. The PD Executive felt that these sessions highlight both the rich paleontological history of the country, but also Canada’s history of excellence in fossil collection and research.

Ancient Life and Ecosystems: The “Ancient life and ecosystems” session aims to highlight paleontological research in Canada and around the globe. This is a general paleontology session welcoming presentations or posters on all aspects of the field including, but not limited to, paleoenvironmental interpretation, invertebrate and vertebrate research, trace fossils, paleobotany, palynology etc. We encourage submissions on any aspect of the evolutionary tree of life from cyanobacteria to Australopithecus, and the events that influenced regional and global trends in evolution.

History of Geosciences in Canada: The Geosciences in Canada have long been a major part of the Geosciences internationally and a leading component of our nation’s scientific community. As early as 1913 Canada hosted an International Geological Congress (President Frank Adams) and our Geological Surveys predate Confederation (William Logan). Geoscience has been vital to Canada’s economic development (the Klondike Gold Rush), our understanding of biological evolution (the Burgess Shale Biota and the early land vertebrates from Joggins), and the globe’s tectonics (the Newfoundland Atlantic Sandwich). Geoscientists from around the world (Charles Lyell, Peter Kropotkin, Simon Conway Morris) have been coming to Canada both to learn from our rocks and our scientists (the Dawsons – John William and George Mercer, A.P. Coleman, Tuzo Wilson).

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