Geochemistry, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary and thus has a key role in demonstrating the interconnectedness of science. This theme includes the topics such as (i) communicating the results of geochemists’ endeavors to students as the scientists of the future and (ii) engaging key stakeholder groups including cross-disciplinary collaborators, the wider public, funders, and policy-makers. Throughout the session, we welcome thoughtful discussion of how these initiatives consider issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, which should be a priority for anyone looking to engage a wide range of stakeholder groups. Specifically, i) building students’ capacity to make connections between the sub-disciplines of geoscience, and with other relevant disciplines, is seen as crucial preparation for the challenges they will face in the workplace. This part of the theme includes the nature and impact of undergraduate research projects, interdisciplinary work-based learning projects, and field-based learning. All initiatives that seek to help students make meaningful connections and that address the question “How are we preparing students to work in interdisciplinary and international teams to address current and uncertain future global challenges?” are welcome. ii) The work of geochemists has huge societal impact, yet many in society would be hard pressed to explain why. We are interested in effective inreach and community building; effective strategies for bringing together geoscience and other disciplines, such as chemistry, astronomy, biology, and data science. We invite sessions that address engaging public audiences in geochemistry, including but not limited to citizen science campaigns, narrative building/storytelling, formal or informal life-long learning initiatives, and the deployment of novel media (e.g., smartphone apps). Sessions also are welcome that address national projects to advise industry or policy-makers, the virtual dissemination of topical issues or publications via the local, national, or global news media.
In order to support broad participation, all abstracts submitted to this Theme are free of charge, and can be in addition to another abstract from the same presenting author in another Theme.