The 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver will offer workshops, field trips, networking receptions and more.


Two pre-meeting workshops are planned for Monday, 17 April  2017.  Both workshops are supported by the Kanamori Fund.

  1. Be a Better Reviewer, Advance Your Career

This workshop will help you learn how to be a more reliable and productive reviewer for technical papers, and how to use the reviews you receive to improve your research and to build better relationships with your editors and peers. Participants will get an in-depth look at the steps needed to review colleagues’ papers in constructive and reliable ways, and learn more about how becoming a good reviewer can be helpful in further developing your career and contributing to the broader seismological community. The roles of the editors, the reviewers, the authors and the journal production staff in the publication process will be discussed. The instructors will open to all questions about reviewing and publishing, and are hoping for a lively Q&A session as in years past. The free workshop is geared toward students and early-career seismologists, but is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

This workshop is scheduled for 2:30 – 4:30 PM on Monday, 17 April 2017. The instructors are Roland Bürgmann of University of California, Berkeley, BSSA associate editor emeritus; John Ebel of Boston College, founding editor-in-chief of SRL; and Brent Grocholski of Science and editor of all seismology papers for the journal.  The workshop is free, but RSVP is requested.

2. Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment: from Basics to Induced Seismicity

This workshop will introduce the key ingredients of Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment (PSHA): seismogenic zonation and ground motion prediction equations. A set of seismogenic source models, sometimes termed as “earthquake rupture forecasts”, describes what kinds of earthquakes are possible in the future and how frequently they might occur. The model must specify the size distribution of these future earthquakes (the Gutenberg-Richter law), including an assessment of the maximum possible event size, their depth distribution and faulting styles. The historical and instrumental catalogs are often the primary information for defining source models and their quality, homogeneity and completeness needs to be assessed in detail. The determination of ground motion prediction equations involves developing a model that expresses the amplitudes of ground motion – peak ground acceleration, peak ground velocity, and spectral acceleration – as a function of earthquake magnitude, distance, site effects, and other factors; the model also needs to characterize the uncertainty and variability in the model. Such models are typically a blend of empirical regression constrained by seismological considerations regarding functional form. The two ingredients are then combined, most commonly using the PSHA method developed by Cornell (e.g. BSSA, 1968) and McGuire (e.g. 2004 EERI monograph). A common assumption has been that earthquakes are randomly distributed at a constant rate in time (i.e., stationary in time), but this is changing rapidly due to the influence of induced seismicity on earthquake occurrence. SSA and the Community Online Resource for Statistical Seismicity Analysis ( jointly present this workshop.

The workshop is scheduled for Monday, 17 April 2017, from 2 – 5 PM. Registration fee: $10 for SSA Student Members and Transitional Members; $50 for SSA regular members; $75 for Non-members.


The 2017 Program Committee has organized three field trips. Exact cost for each field trip is forthcoming and will be listed on the registration form.

Geodynamics, Geophysics, and Geology of the Colorado Front Range
Friday, 21 April, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leaders: Will Levandowski (U.S. Geological Survey), Dean Ostenaa (Ostenaa Geologic), Zane Jobe (Colorado School of Mines), Rich Briggs (U.S. Geological Survey), Mark Zellman (Fugro Consultants Inc.)

This field trip will visit sites that illustrate key geophysical and geological questions along the Colorado Front Range of the Rocky Mountains: What are the geodynamic drivers of broad deformation and focused seismicity along the Rocky Mountains/High Plains transition? What evidence for Cenozoic deformation is recorded in the Denver Basin and Quaternary surfaces along the Front Range? How did these beautiful mountains form and what processes are active today?

Stops extend into the Front Range west of Denver and tentatively include Lookout Mountain, where East meets West; a view of the Continental Divide from Genesee; the Rocky Mountain erosion surface at Evergreen; deformed strata of the Ancestral Rockies at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison; and evidence for Cenozoic deformation and erosion at North Table Mountain in Golden. Lunch will be provided at a local brewery. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Hiking will be minimal but dress for spring weather and for outdoor trip stops.

Facilities Tour of NEIC, NOAA, and UNAVCO
Friday, 21 April, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leader: Gavin Hayes (U.S. Geological Survey)

This trip will visit three major earth science facilities along the Colorado Front Range. Stops include a specialist’s perspective on global earthquake response at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). In Boulder, participants will tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David Skaggs Research Center with stops at the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division for information on the carbon dioxide record, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere. Finally, participants will tour the UNAVCO, Inc. global geodetic facility in Boulder. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and hiking will be minimal. Lunch will be served at a local brewery.

The Epicenter of Induced Seismicity: Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Friday, 21 April, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leaders: Leaders: Meghan Brown, Anne Sheehan (CU Boulder)

Deep injection during the 1960s at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA), only ten miles/15 kilometers from the 2017 Annual Meeting location, caused damaging earthquakes in the Denver region and awoke the scientific community to the problem of induced seismicity. This trip focuses on our current understanding of induced seismicity in the context of the history of RMA and lessons learned from recent regulatory frameworks. Stops include sites at RMA and a nearby injection well. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Hiking will be minimal but dress for spring weather and for outdoor trip stops. A box lunch will be provided.


SSA Annual Business Luncheon and Awards Ceremony
Come honor your colleagues! The luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

More Poster Time!
We listened to you and have planned more time for you to engage in conversation and view posters presentations. Look for “Pint and Poster” hours each day.

Town Hall Meeting
An engaging evening is planned for Monday, 17 April, 2017, just after the opening reception.
Check back for more details.

President’s Address
James J. Mori will present the President’s Address at the Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, 18 April 2017. The President’s Address is titled “Perspective from Abroad.”

Ignite Talks
Ignite talks are quick, five-minute presentations of 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. A special evening plenary of Ignite Talks on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 promises fun and thought-provoking ideas, drawn from the range of sessions at this year’s meeting.

Mentoring Breakfast for Students and Early-Career Attendees (Register at Registration Desk)
Enjoy breakfast and conversation with seasoned professionals on a variety of topics. Wednesday, 19 April from 7:00 to 8:15AM.

Courtesy Colorado Office of the Governor

Public Policy Luncheon
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting’s Public Policy Luncheon, scheduled for 12 noon CT on 19 April, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

Governor Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Hickenlooper served two terms as Denver mayor from 2003 to 2011, and was named one of the country’s top mayors by Time magazine in 2005. He was inaugurated as the 42nd Colorado governor in 2011, and was reelected to the office in 2014. Hickenlooper is the first geologist to become governor in the United States.

“Governor Hickenlooper brings the remarkable perspective of a geoscientist, businessman, and big city Mayor to the leadership our state, including promoting and pursuing policies to jointly ensure both a strong economy and a healthy environmental future,” said Richard Aster, a professor of geophysics and head of the Geosciences Department at Colorado State University.

The 2017 annual meeting is expected to be the largest gathering in the Society’s history, with more than 800 earthquake and other Earth scientists and educators from government, industry and academia expected to attend.

Joyner Lecture and Reception
The annual Joyner Lecture focuses on the exchange of information at the interface of earthquake science and earthquake engineering. This year’s lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 April 2017.

Panel Discussion: “That Poster Is Just Fine And So Are You: Maintaining Self-Confidence and Balance in the Uncertain World of Early Career Science”
Wednesday, 19 April from 8:00 – 9:30 PM

Do you worry that that one figure where the fit isn’t great is going to be the only thing anyone remembers about your poster? Do you feel like the two possible outcomes of that talk you’re giving next week are “Audience Member Points Out Problem In Slide 6, Resulting In Complete Disaster That Everyone In Attendance Will Forever Associate With You” and “Somehow No One Points Out Problem In Slide 6 But It’s Still All Wrong And They Probably Saw It”? Are you still kicking yourself over that conversation you had with your academic hero six years ago where you referenced the wrong paper? Does it seem like everyone who “makes it” in the field is a prodigy with a skill set and resume that only make you feel screwed by comparison? Does the idea of living a balanced life and doing things you like while at the same time somehow “winning” this academic “rat race?” seem impossible? We’re here with two things to say: 1) You’re going to be okay; 2) Let’s hear about it. This is a panel discussion geared towards early career scientists and the issues that so many of us face – impostor syndrome, anxiety about the next step and the future, work/life balance, you name it –motivated by the observation that these issues seem to affect the majority of us and have put some of us in a very dark place. Bring your beef and let’s discuss it, hear from people that have dealt with it, and work towards both awareness of these issues and ways that we can give each other a hand. We’ll see you there.