Main Program: Click here for the main meeting Program for Monday September 13 through Friday September 17.

Short Courses: Click here for Program for Sunday September 12, including our QTQt and HeFTy short courses

On-line Program

Parts of the meeting will be available on-line, most notably presentations by invited speakers. We will send out Zoom login information to everyone on our preregistration listserv in the days leading up to the meeting.

Instructions for Thermo2021 presenters

COVID-19 Policy

As a reminder, we are expecting all people attending the Thermo2021 meeting in person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (at least two weeks beyond final required shot) by the time of the meeting.  In addition, all COVID-safe practices set forth by the State of New Mexico will be observed during Thermo2021.  Current New Mexico health policy is that people are required to wear face masks in all public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.

Our venue has affirmed their commitment to providing a safe space for Thermo2021. The spacious meeting facilities in normal times can accommodate 700 people, whereas we are expecting just under 100, allowing for ample distancing, as well as isolation from other events at the Eldorado occurring during meeting days.  There is a patio attached to the conference space, and we hope to hold some conference events in the open-air rooftop patio.

ESSOAr upload

Presenters of both posters and talks are strongly encouraged to upload their presentations to AGU’s ESSOAr preprint server. This will allow us to capture content presented at the meeting, something that is particularly advantageous during this pandemic year when international members of our community may not be able to attend. Uploading to ESSOAr also allows you to share your science and increase thermochronology’s visibility.

All uploaded presentations will receive a DOI and be grouped and searchable under the Thermo2021 tag. Use of ESSOAr does require that you have or set up an ORCID account. Instructions can be found at Beyond providing metadata and selecting Thermo2021 from the list of approved meetings, your main task is to produce a machine-readable pdf of your poster or presentation. For talks, we would recommend producing a pdf that includes your abstract, and also includes explanatory text in the presenter notes, unless your slides are completely self-explanatory.  It may be possible that metadata for the upload can be pulled from your abstract submission – if so, we will post an update notifying you.

In-person talks

Talks will be 15 minutes total, including time for Q&A, so please aim for ~12 minutes duration.  Projector format will be 16:9 (widescreen).  Talk slides will be served from a Windows computer connected to the projection system; it will be your responsibility to copy your PowerPoint to the presentation computer prior to the session in which your talk is to be given, in consultation with the session chair(s).

Invited remote talks

Talks will be 15 minutes total, including time for Q&A, so please aim for ~12 minutes duration.  Projector format will be 16:9 (wide screen).  You may give your talk “live” over Zoom, but we ask that you also create a recording of it in case there are technical difficulties.  Recordings should be in MP4 format, and sent to by Monday September 6th, so any technical issues can be identified and resolved. 

About 10-15 minutes before your talk, you should log in to Zoom using a link that we will provide to you.  You will need a Zoom account to join the conference meeting (a free personal account is fine for this, if you do not have an institutional account).  An assistant will be on the Zoom call to answer questions and aid you in getting started.  Whether you give your talk live or from recording, we hope that you will stay available on-line to answer questions immediately afterwards.

In-person posters and lightning presentations

Poster panels are 8 feet wide by 4 feet tall.  Push pins will be available for attaching your poster. 

Poster presenters will provide a 1-minute lightning talk to promote their poster to the Thermo audience. The objective of these brief presentations is to shine a spotlight on our posters and provide a forum for presenters to highlight key findings or points from their research. These presentations are a way to encourage people to visit and connect with presenters at the poster session that will immediately follow the lightning presentations.

Number of slides: 1
Presenters are limited to 1 slide to ensure talks are kept to 1 minute.

Slide format: PDF
File size: 10 MB limit

Thermo will only accept PDF files. Please save your original PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Adobe Illustrator (etc.) file as a PDF. The recommended size is 16:9 (widescreen).  Slides should include the presentation title, authors, and visual representation of key points.

Deadline:  all poster presenters must email their PDFto by Friday, September 10th, at 11:59 pm MT.

Remote posters

At the request of a number of people who submitted abstracts but are unable to come to Santa Fe because of the pandemic, we are offering two options to present your poster and be documented as having contributed to the meeting.

OPTION 1: Poster uploaded to ESSOAr and also printed and displayed at the meeting.  Registration cost: $200
OPTION 2: Electronic poster availability via ESSOAr only.  Registration cost: $50

People accepted for oral presentations and unable to attend may also convert to a poster.  The deadline to opt into one of these options via the Thermo2021 registration site is Monday, August 30th.  After this date, presenters that have not registered will have their abstracts withdrawn.

For both options, we ask that you upload your poster to ESSOAr as described previously, and create a video presentation of your lightning talk, no longer than 1 minute.  These lightning talks will be shown in Santa Fe during the normal conference time for the session your abstract was accepted for.  Your lightning talk should be in MP4 format, and sent to by Monday, September 6th

If you would like your poster printed (OPTION 1), it must be sent to by Monday, September 6th

Remote poster presenters are also encouraged to arrange for a means for conference-goers to discuss your results with you, such as a Zoom meeting that you host and provide login information for.

Meeting Overview

The Thermo conference format has evolved continuously over the years to meet the needs of the community.  This iteration will focus on the integration of thermochronology theory and practice, and encourage interaction across disciplines and generations. The program includes a varied suite of invited speakers as well as a diverse set of student presentations. It will promote interactivity and engagement via increased emphasis on poster sessions, breakouts, and community discussion to facilitate brainstorming that will chart the next chapters of thermochronometry.

The meeting will be organized around the following broad themes:

  • Fission-track: theory, nuts & bolts, and best & new practices
    including image capture, LA-ICP-MS measurements, etching, multi-kinetics
  • (U-Th)/He: theory, nuts & bolts, and best & new practices
    including 4He/3He, laser ablation, kinetics, ramped heating, radiation damage, imaging
  • Additional noble gas and solid state thermochronometers
    including Ar/Ar, U-Pb, and trapped-charge thermochronometry; speedometry; and associated fields
  • Integration and intersection
    using thermochronometers individually and in concert to solve geologic problems through analysis, modeling, and linkages to allied fields such as petrochronology
  • Frontiers in data handling, statistics, interpretation methods, and modeling
    including innovative data interpretation; statistical treatments of data; thermal-history modeling approaches and best practices; dealing with data dispersion; publication standards and data archives

Code of Conduct

To provide an inclusive and supportive environment at Thermo2020, participants are expected to conduct themselves professionally, as made clear in the AGU and EGU codes of conduct.