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GeoFutures: Planetary Geoscience Conference

14 - 15 November 2024
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Conference, Hybrid
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Geological Society Events, Planetary
Hybrid In person at Burlington House and Virtual via Zoom
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Join us at the Geological Society's ground-breaking conference on Planetary Geoscience. 

'GeoFutures’ is the Geological Society’s new conference series focusing on 21st century geoscience and the solutions that geoscientists provide to global challenges. ​ 

Successfully launching in October 2023, the inaugural meeting focused on 'Digital Geoscience', with 366 people registered across two days and gaining support from the UK Government Office for Science and companies such as NVIDIA alike. The meeting led to various new research collaborations across delegates, hackathons to address gaps in the sector, and a special issue of our ES3 journal to follow, focusing solely on Digital Geoscience themes.​ 

In 2024, GeoFutures moves towards one of our other four strategic science themes, Planetary (Geo)Science, and aims to bring together researchers, engineers, policymakers, funders, space agencies, and government scientists. The conference will feature contributions from UKRI and the Government Office for Science, as well as the UKPF, the LARES consortium, and the UK Cosmochemistry Analysis Network (UKCAN). ​ 

Thanks to support from the GSL’s Futures Fund, and support from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the meeting will be free for all GSL and RAS Fellows and student members (fee for non-Fellows). The two-day hybrid event will be held in person and will also be available remotely for an accessible and international audience.

Key areas covered:  
  • The Intersection of Missions & Sample Science 
  • Sample Collection, Curation & Analysis 
  • Mission Science: mission highlights, key updates, new mission proposals 
  • Remote Sensing & Solar System Exploration
  • Citizen Science and the Future of Planetary Geoscience


A special thank you to the Royal Astronomical Society and UKRI-STFC for their sponsorship of this event.

       UKRI STFC logo


The Planetary Science theme is led by Director of Science and Engagement at the Geological Society, Dr Natasha Stephen. Bringing a range of experience to the event, the organisers are passionate about Planetary Geoscience and are focused on creating an environment where attendees can engage with current research as well as prepare for future work. The team are well connected across the planetary geoscience landscape, including academic institutions, policy organisations, funders and space agencies.


The Call for Abstracts is now open. You can submit your abstract here

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 12 August 2024.

Registration fees

This event is free to all Fellows (including student members) of the Geological Society and Royal Astronomical Society. 

For those attending in person, spaces will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. We will confirm when we reach capacity, and all additional registrants will be added to a wait list. 

Please find fees below.

   In-person  Virtual
 GSL/RAS Fellow//Speaker Fellow  Free  Free
 GSL/RAS Student Member/Speaker Student Member  Free  Free
 £260 £115
 Student Non-Member/ Speaker Student Non-Member
 £45  £25
 Corporate Affiliate & Partners  £195  £100
 Speaker Non-Fellow  £195   £100 

Group discounts

10–20% for group bookings (dependent upon size). Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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