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 May 21, 2009
Earth & Space Scientists Headed To The Metro Toronto Convention Centre

 About 2,500 scientists will descend upon Toronto from May 24-27, to present the latest research findings in the Earth and space sciences at the 2009 Joint Assembly. The meeting, to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) will cover a wide range of scientific fields, from global environmental change, volcanology, and earthquake science, to ocean sciences and the latest research about our Sun and solar system.

The 2009 Joint Assembly represents an extraordinary collaboration between scientists from the U.S. and Canada, as well as those from many other nations. The meeting is sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) - the world's largest organization of Earth and space scientists - and seven other Canadian and international scientific societies: the Canadian Geophysical Union, Geological Association of Canada, International Association of Hydrogeologists, Mineralogical Association of Canada, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Mineralogical Society of America and Geochemical Society.

"AGU has made it a priority to meet in Canada so that we can foster closer ties with our colleagues to the north. I expect this to be a fabulous meeting, and I look forward to the emphasis it will place, in particular, on the outstanding contributions of Canadian researchers in the Earth and space sciences," said AGU President Timothy L. Grove, who is Professor of Geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

It's estimated that conference attendees will spend approximately $6 million during their visit to the city, while enriching knowledge within the Earth and space science community. The scientists will explore many topics both fascinating and important to society, including recent drilling beneath the ocean floor, groundwater pathogens, expanding knowledge of Earth's poles, wildfires, space climate and uranium contamination from waste disposal and mining operations.

"Toronto is the perfect location to assemble this large group of leading geophysical scientists," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC. "Besides all the amenities for a productive meeting and enjoyable visit, we provide close access to fascinating geological sites such as the Paris and Galt moraines and the Niagara Peninsula."