The Local Organizing Committee (LOC), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) would like to extend their warmest welcome to you for Geocongress 2018. The theme of this conference is “Bringing the Geosciences Together”, with the aim to provide a platform for southern Africa-based geoscientists to present their latest research. The meeting is to take place at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, South Africa, 18 to 20 July 2018.
Geocongress is a GSSA-backed conference that was held every second year in South Africa up to 2008, when it was successfully combined with the Society of Economic Geologists Conference. In recent years leaders from academia and industry have expressed the need for such a conference with a focus on southern Africa to return. The number of geoscience post-graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows have also increased drastically in recent years, making the need for a local platform for research exposure and networking even greater. Considering the world-class quality of geoscientific work being produced annually in southern Africa, the GSSA decided to bring back Geocongress in 2018. Since announcing the call for sessions at the end of 2017, the reaction has been very positive, with numerous session proposals focusing on both academia and industry already submitted.
The backbone on which meetings like these are built is sponsorship. As this is a national conference with a special focus on getting young researchers from universities and young professionals from industry to present their work, the costs of attending this conference need to be kept reasonable, which will not be possible without sponsorship. A broad spectrum of industry and academic geoscientists will be attending Geocongress, and as such it will be a great opportunity for sponsor companies to advertise and promote their work to their target audiences. Contact time between employers and potential employees will also be accommodated, with sponsors able to reach many young graduates during the conference. Where possible, financial assistance will also be provided by the LOC to full-time post-graduate students to attend.
All the sponsorship opportunities and their benefits associated with Geocongress are outlined in this prospectus. The LOC would therefore like to invite you to invest in Geocongress 2018, and to help stage a world-class meeting in Johannesburg.
Chair: Geocongress 2018 Local Organizing Committee
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