What is GeoConvention?

GeoConvention is an annual convention and exhibit produced by the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysists (CSEG) and the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS). Held in Calgary, this convention offers delegates and attendees the opportunity to network and learn with fellow industry professionals. For 2020, GeoConvention is incorporating content from GAC, MAC and IAH-CNC and will host over 4,500+ attendees and 60+ exhibitors.

For our 2020 program, we are excited to bring our attendees a virtual platform that can be accessed world-wide, showcasing the latest developments in the geosciences and earth sciences.  Further details on the platform will be available soon!

When is GeoConvention?

GeoConvention 2020 takes place September 21 – September 23, 2020.

Virtual Exhibit Hall – September 21 – September 23
Virtual Conference – September 21 – September 23
On-Demand Hosting of select Presentations: September 24 – October 31

Virtual GeoConvention FAQ - Attendees

What is the new date of GeoConvention 2020?
 Log into  the virtual event from the comfort of your home September 21-23, 2020. On-demand viewing of presentations will be available through October.

Can you describe what you mean by a virtual event?
This will not be just a standard webinar event. GeoConvention 2020 will feature the technical sessions you would have seen on-site, hosted by session chairs in a webinar format, with presenters online so you can ask questions. You’ll be able to interact with others via one-to-one video chats, online lounges and other virtual gathering spots. Exhibitors will showcase virtual booths for you to explore between sessions. Posters will be available online, offering you an opportunity to ask questions of the presenter(s).

How do I log into a virtual event on the day of the event?
You will receive an email with a link to join the virtual event from your home computer, laptop or smartphone.

Will I have to download extra software?
No special software will be required to access the conference, the event will run on your web browser. You may have to sign up to certain services to access the sessions but these will be free at the point of use. Further instructions will be given upon entry.

For the best experience, we suggest using a desktop or laptop computer and the Chrome internet browser. Please too allow popups for the best in-conference experience.

What are the minimum system requirements?
To have the best experience, Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari browsers are recommended.  A minimum connection speed of 2 MB/s is best for streaming within the platform.

Do I need to have a webcam for the event?
Although you do not need a webcam to attend the virtual event, you’re encouraged to use your webcam to allow for face-to-face networking with other attendees.

What is the cost of the virtual event?
Click here for virtual event pricing.

The cost of the virtual event is less than 50% of the registration price for the in-person event. Also, you will have access to select sessions for on-demand viewing September 24-25.  Take advantage of the summer rate (purchases up to Aug 31) for further discounts.

What do you get?
Virtual delegate pricing includes access to the full technical program, virtual exhibition floor and networking (team networking challenges available for an extra cost).

Virtual Exhibit Hall Only registration includes access to the virtual exhibition floor 9am – 5:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and afternoon networking events.

Can I still attend if I only want to visit the virtual booths, without registering for technical sessions?
The Exhibit Hall Only registration option is available on the registration form. We request a minimal amount to help cover costs.

What are the ways I can interact during the conference?
You can network with your peers in our virtual networking lounge or explore the virtual exhibit hall to talk to exhibitors via chat or webcam.  You can also pop into sessions and ask questions by typing them in the text chat message field,  In live presentations when permitted, you can ask questions by typing them in the Q&A message field or you can turn on your video and ask the presenter your question directly.  There are may ways to engage remotely through GeoConvention 2020

How do I network virtually?
GeoConvention provides one on one and group networking options through the portal.  There will also be group challenge contests, hosted on Monday and Tuesday evenings where you will work with others in accomplishing tasks for points – this is a perfect opportunity to get to know others!

Can I record or take photos of the presentations?
GeoConvention provides a means to share, publish, and collaborate on the latest developments in geoscience research and applications. By registering for the virtually hosted GeoConvention 2020, you agree to not record, screen capture, or in any way reproduce material presented at the conference. Abstracts will be publicly available. Presentation materials (audio and visual) are  intellectual properties of the authors and should not be disseminated, in any way, by registrants. We thank you for respecting the work of the presenters and keeping it confidential.

What are you doing about time zones?
We are running the three day conference at times that will enable participation within sociable hours from as many Canadian locations as possible. The daily sessions are scheduled to ensure that most delegates will be able to join live, at times they are online.

All the sessions will be recorded and certain talks (as approved by the presenters) available on demand for registrants through October, so you can catch up on what you missed (presenters will not be answering questions in real-time but you can still send them your questions). But, we encourage you to catch it all,  even if your session is in the middle of the night, at least you won’t have to deal with jet-lag or airplane food.

Do I have to attend the entire event?

Virtual events bring the experience of an in-person conference to your personal computer, so just like an in-person conference, you have the freedom to pick the sessions you attend. But many say that attending the event in its entirety will help you to get the most out of the experience.

If you’re only interested in specific sessions, a single-day registration is available.

If the virtual conference is a success, will GeoConvention remain virtual?
We don’t think so. Our community loves conferences and events! There is something when we gather in groups to be creative and energized by each other that can’t be replicated online. However, we have designed the virtual experience to be as close to the real thing as possible! We hope to be back in-person for June 2021 but may look at offering some online content and ‘hybrid’ approach.

I’ve already registered for the conference; do I need to do anything right now?
No. You’re already registered for the full conference and will have full access to the virtual components. You will receive a link to join the virtual conference closer to.

Will there be volunteering opportunities at Virtual GeoConvention?
We anticipate needing a small number of volunteers. A call for volunteers will go out via email, should the need arise. You can also reach out to our Volunteer Chair for information, at volunteer@geoconvention.com.