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ThermoCon 2024: Hydrothermal geochemistry and critical minerals Meeting

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Socorro, New Mexico — June 3-7, 2024

Organizers

Alex Gysi, Nicole Hurtig, Laura Waters
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Artas Migdisov
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Chen Zhu
Indiana University Bloomington

Register by March 8th!

Meeting goals

The aim of this meeting is to bring together fans of thermodynamics, hence the name “ThermoCon”, and form a community across disciplines to advance cutting-edge science on critical minerals and hydrothermal geochemistry. Focus of the meeting is on thermodynamics and the chemistry/geochemistry of critical minerals.

Key to the meeting is to engage each participant into active discussions and find new synergies between different disciplines, which is reflected by the presentation types (30 min with discussions and posters for students). ThermoCon will bring together scientists with different expertise including but not limited to: Experimental geochemistry/chemistry; thermodynamic/geochemical modeling, databases; reactive mass transport modeling; molecular dynamic simulations; element extraction/separation technologies; theoretical thermodynamics and equations of state; mineralogy, ore deposits, geothermal, and processes in natural systems.

What to expect?

We expect to attract a broad but targeted audience including scientists from academia and national labs, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as liaisons from the industry and government agencies. This 5-day meeting includes daily talks, keynotes, small workshops, discussion sessions, and two evenings of poster sessions for students. One day will include an excursion to the nearby Lemitar Mountains carbonatites REE deposit to discover the geology of New Mexico.

Logistics

This is a smaller cozy conference located in the middle of the high desert plains, hosted at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, USA. The meeting will be held between June 3-7. We expect about 40 people at the venue. The talks will be hosted in the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the poster sessions will be hosted at the Macey Center at New Mexico Tech. This meeting is partly sponsored by the US Department of Energy (Office of Science), the National Science Foundation (EAR), and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

Your final destination by plane is Albuquerque in New Mexico. We will ask participants to arrive on Sunday June 2 so we can organize shuttles to pick you up in groups as Socorro is an hour away from ABQ.

Departure from Socorro is planned on Friday, June 7 after lunch. If you like to arrive earlier, there are options to book a car at the airport, and there are also hotels in Socorro, but these are not covered through the conference fees. Lodging during the conference will include campus dorms and apartments, single rooms for senior researchers and shared rooms for students.

Registration

Registration is by invitation only and is due by March 8th. You can pay online securely via credit card.
There is an option when you register to create a user account, however you can skip that and register as a 'Guest' instead.

Note the participant number is limited (conference by invitation only), therefore please register as soon as possible. If you have been provided with travel support, you will receive a discount code to be applied at checkout (be sure to click 'Apply' if you enter a discount code).

The conference registration cost is $450 for the 5 days for senior scientists/faculty/postdocs and $250 for students. Students can apply for scholarships (see below). Because we have to book the venue in advance, we generally can't issue refunds after March 30, except in special circumstances. For any questions please contact alexander.gysi@nmt.edu

The registration for invited participants includes meals, lodging, shuttles, a social catered dinner, field excursion, coffee breaks, venue costs, free wifi, abstract/printing fees, and poster setup. We tried to keep the conference costs minimal, but participants will need to book their own flights to Albuquerque and are expected to arrive on Sunday June 2 so that we can organize shuttles for pick up, and a departure on Friday afternoon, June 7.

Student support (by March 4th)

Financial support is available for students to travel and attend the conference sponsored through a NSF CAREER grant, with preference given to undergraduate and US-based students. Number of available spots is for ~10 students. For students to be considered for support, please send a CV and a short description (max one paragraph) of how this conference would advance your career. Please submit this information to alexander.gysi@nmt.edu by March 4th.

Abstract submission guidelines (by March 25th)

Part of the conference we are organizing an abstract volume with a short contribution published in the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources publication, which will be provided at the conference and published as a PDF on our website.

Abstract text is limited to 700 words (text and references; does not include title, authors or affiliations). One photograph or figure with caption is recommended to be included. Accepted formats are .docx (word) or .odt (libre office). Please use the our abstract templateand submit by March 25th to alexander.gysi@nmt.edu and cc our publication team Frank.Sholedice@nmt.edu

Presentations

  • Topics: 
    Key to the meeting is to engage each participant into active discussions and find new synergies between different disciplines. Focus of the meeting is on thermodynamics and the chemistry/geochemistry of critical minerals. Attendees and speakers are from all over the world and include experimentalists, geochemical modelers (molecular, reactive transport, etc.), geoscientists working in natural ore forming and geothermal systems, and government/industry representatives.

  • Oral presentations:
    Participants are assigned an invited oral presentation of 20 min plus 10 min discussion. Oral talks will be assigned after abstract submission. The aim of the meeting is to give enough time to present top notch science and allow more time and in depth discussions.

  • Student poster sessions:
    For students we will organize two poster sessions of 2 hours each for an opportunity for active discussions on their research. If any of the participants likes to also bring a poster, please reach out to to the organizers. Students have priority but we might be able to accomodate a couple more. Each poster presenter is given one panel with an effective usable space of 5´ wide by 4´ high (actual panel size is 5' wide by 6' high).

Sponsors

Conference support is provided through sponsorship by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology, grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):

  • NSF CAREER EAR-2039674 
  • Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science, Grant DE-SC0022269