The 19th GEIA Conference in Santiago | The Global Emissiones InitiAtive
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The Global Emissions Initiative and Accelerating Social Transformations

23 June 2020 (12:00-14:00 UTC) – Online

Webinars cannot replace our face-to-face conferences, but we try to share our reflections on-line

The strength of our GEIA Conferences lies on the interactions and scientific discussions among colleagues and the lessons we learn from such exchanges. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to try alternative on-line communication methods to replace the GEIA Conference in 2020.


Recognizing that online conferences and webinars are not the optimal format for stimulating scientific interaction, we propose to meet instead to share our reflections on the scientific materials that have been compiled in preparation to the conference.


We invite to join us in a reflection about the highlights of the GEIA 2020 emission work.


The GEIA 2020 conference invites you to an on-line discussion experiment and proposes that you be involved at your own pace from June 8th when the Conference website will include all presentations and materials in the agenda.


GoToWebinar Invites will be sent to everyone registered for the Webinar by June 20.

Important dates

You are invited to read and review the agenda materials any time from June 8th

You are invited to send your questions and comments from June 8th until June 20th

You are invited to participate in the 2-hour webinar on June 23th when the conference theme chairs will present the highlights of each session and engage in a reflection of main questions you have provided.


The organizing committee is committed to honoring the work that many have already done in preparation for GEIA 2019 and recognizes that interactions and scientific discussions are the most essential part of any conference.  To address these important needs, the virtual conference is organized into three novel components:


1)    Video and traditional presentations from the GEIA 2020 presenters available several weeks before the webinar;


2)    Interactive ongoing online Q&A among all GEIA 2020 attendees before, during and after the conference webinar with all questions answered online by presenters and/or theme chairs; and


3)    GEIA 2020 Webinar with research summaries, responses to general questions and looking forward reflections organized around conference themes.
Webinar Format


The conference will start with a brief welcome highlighting the impacts of the global pandemic and will close with a short looking forward summary by the GEIA Executive Committee. The 4 theme sessions, each 25 minutes in duration, will include a summary of findings and research recommendations based on presentation materials, questions submitted, and theme chair reflections.


Conference Follow Up


All presentation materials plus the webinar and full set of Q&A will be available online on GEIA web sites.


Conference attendees are invited to contact presenters directly with additional questions about their work.


The agenda is organized into the 4 conference themes:


1) Natural sources, fires, dust, agriculture


 2) Top-down emissions and satellite analyses


 3) Development of integrated inventories and evaluation of air quality models


4) Climate change and air quality assessments


Everyone who submitted abstracts for GEIA 2019 and confirmed participation in GEIA 2020 are included in the updated agenda as well as several new submissions received in April.  Corresponding authors are listed alphabetically within each theme.


Presentation Materials


Each presenter is providing an abstract along with additional materials (posters, 6-slide presentations, short videos) describing their work. All presentation materials have to be submitted by May 25 and will be posted by June 8.