Earthscope National Meeting 2017
Dena’ina Convention Center , Anchorage , AK , USA

Registration, abstract submission, and scholarship applications are all open. ATTENTION: Alaska Airlines is offering EarthScope attendees a discount on flights between the US, Canada and Mexico to Anchorage, Alaska for travel between May 12-22, 2017. The discount code for bookings is ECMX720. Please visit


The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will be held at the Dena’ina Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, from May 16-18, 2017. Conference highlights include the opportunity to showcase research in oral and poster sessions, hear firsthand results of pioneering EarthScope studies and a synthesis of findings to date, and the option to participate in a post-meeting field trip led by local EarthScope scientists. Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to attend (partial support will be available for a number of students and postdocs). There will be a variety of pre-meeting workshops and short-courses, which will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017. If you are interested to organize a workshop on May 15, please fill out this application form before March 24.

The 2017 EarthScope National Meeting will open with an EarthScope Synthesis session that is intended to span and synthesize a broad range of EarthScope science. This will be followed by a range of mostly process-oriented sessions that will be a mix of talks and posters.

Meeting Organizers

Ken Ridgeway (Purdue University), Scott Burdick (University of Maryland), Kerry Key (University of California, San Diego), Mousumi Roy (University of New Mexico), Terry Pavlis (The University of Texas at El Paso), Karen Fisher (Brown University), Michelle Coombs (USGS, Alaska Volcano Observatory), and Jeff Freymueller (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Session Topics (contributed talks and posters)

  1. Fault systems and distributed continental deformation
  2. New EarthScope results from Alaska
  3. Fluids and melt in the crust
  4. Subduction zone structure and dynamics
  5. Stable(?) continental lithosphere
  6. EarthScope applied beyond North America
  7. EarthScope applied beyond the solid Earth
  8. E&O What have people done and what are results from EarthScope E&O activities?

Invited speakers

Ved Lekic (University of Maryland), Andrew Schaeffer (University of Ottawa), Bill Hammond (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology), Lucy Flesch (Purdue University), Emily Chin (Brown University), Colleen Dalton (Brown University), Maureen Long (Yale University), Brandon Schmandt (University of New Mexico), Lijun Liu (University of Illinois), Tony Lowry (Utah State University), Katie Keranen (Cornell University), Kaj Johnson (Indiana University), and Julie Elliott (Purdue University)

Arriving to the Meeting early or staying late? Major Marine Tours is offering the EarthScope Meeting Registrants 20% off their tours! Check out for more information!

From May 12-14, 2017, the North by North Festival in Anchorage presents cultural events related to art, dance and film. Check it out before the conference!


The IRIS Workshop will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. The nearest airport is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). The airport is located 7 miles (20 minutes) from the hotel. 


Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
401 East 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501


Reservation Website

The reduced group room rate is $140/night USD (single/double occupancy), $150/night USD (triple occupancy), and $160/night USD (quad occupancy).  In addition a 12.00% occupancy tax will be billed to each room night charge. The cut-off date to make room reservations is April 21, 2016. It is crucial that you make your reservations before the cut-off date as the group rate will not be offered after that time. Please visit this website to make your reservations, or call the hotel reservations directly at 888-627-8046 and reference group code "IE15AA" for the group rate.


There are several shuttle services available between the airport and the Sheraton. Reservations can be made by calling one of the companies below.

BAC Limo: 907-222-2600
Magic Bus: 907-230-6773
Four Seasons Transportation: 907-602-4056 

Taxis are also readily available at the airport to the Sheraton for around $30/one way.

If you're driving to the hotel from ANC: Head West on W International Airport Road for approx. 3 mi., take the Minnesota Drive N exit ramp to Downtown Anchorage, continue on Minnesota Drive/Walter J. Hickel Parkway, heading North, to W 6th Avenue, make a right on W 6th Avenue for, Sheraton hotel will be on the left. The airport is approximately 7.3 miles from the Sheraton and should take between 12-20 minutes to drive time.


Self-Parking ($15/night) is available at the Sheraton. See the front desk for overnight parking permits.

Day Guests (attending meetings, events or restaurant dining in JADE Restaurant, Steak & Seafood): Guests are still able to park at the Sheraton, just see the front desk to purchase a permit for the day.

Street Parking: Diamond Parking is also quite prevalent around downtown Anchorage within various lots, as is EasyPark Alaska, and several garages. Fees can range anywhere between $1.00-$1.50/hour.

Meeting profile

Monday, May 15 – “Day Zero”

  • Meals: none
  • Community groups can use meeting facility
  • ESNO will decide which groups get which rooms
  • Groups can order food – they pay – but they should order through IRIS

Tuesday, May 16 – Day 1

  • Full meeting day
  • Posters can go up in the morning
  • Meals – coffee at beginning of the day, AM break, lunch, PM break
  • Participants on their own for breakfast and dinner
  • Rooms: Plenary, meals, breakouts, posters

Wednesday, May 17 – Day 2

  • Full meeting day
  • Meals – coffee at beginning of the day, AM break, lunch, PM break, dinner
  • Participants on their own for breakfast
  • Dinner / After-dinner program (program TBD by ESNO)
  • Poster come down this evening

Thursday, May 18 – Day 3

  • Half meeting day
  • Meals – coffee at beginning of the day, AM break
  • Box lunch for field trip participants
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Meeting Registration fee is $150.

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We will select a total of fifty (50) student and postdoc scholarship recipients. If selected, you will receive $600 to support your travel (including airfare and/or train fare, airport parking, mileage or taxi/Uber/Lyft, and meals during transit days and meals not covered during the conference), four (4) days lodging (double-occupancy) that we will book on your behalf, and waive your registration fee. For the registration fee, we ask that you pay the $150 registration fee upfront, and we will reimburse you as quickly as possible. All receipts need to be provided for expenses incurred within the described parameters. Meal receipts over $25 need to be itemized. We cannot reimburse for alcohol, as this is an unallowable expense.

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The optional field trip will take participants to see some of the iconic locations for the impacts of the 1964 Alaska earthquake, including sites of landslides and slope failures in Anchorage, a view of the accretionary complex rocks along Turnagain Arm, and the Ghost Forest at Girdwood. Lunch will be provided. Participants must wear rubber boots for the walk across the Girdwood marsh, and should be prepared for variable weather. The trip will leave immediately after the sessions are done, and we will return to Anchorage by 6 pm.

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Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Wed, February 01, 2017
  • Registration deadline:
    Fri, April 21, 2017
  • Hotel Reservation deadline:
    Fri, April 21, 2017
  • Scholarship Application deadline:
    Mon, April 03, 2017
  • Abstract Submissions deadline:
    Fri, April 21, 2017

Workshop Location
Dena’ina Convention Center