Program Events

The Annual Meeting boasts an outstanding program of technical sessions every year. Special events offer unique experiences that you won’t want to miss.

Plenary Lectures and Evening Events

  • Opening Lecture and Reception, “From the Loss of the Wager to Aircraft Black Boxes: Discovery, Grit and SSA’s Opportunity” by Ross S. Stein, Ph.D., CEO & Cofounder of Temblor, Inc., Monday, 27 April, 5–7:30 p.m. 
  • President’s Address, Tuesday, 28 April, 1 p.m.
  • Lightning Talks, Tuesday, 28 April, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Public Policy Lecture: “When Geologic Time and Politics Collide: Assessing risk for WIPP” by Terry Wallace, Director Emeritus, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Wednesday, 29 April, 1:15–2:15 p.m.
    • The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation’s only certified nuclear waste repository. The purpose of WIPP is to isolate radioactive waste created in the production of nuclear weapons. The waste has very specific descriptions, and is called transuranic waste (TRU), and WIPP, located near Carlsbad, NM was chosen to entomb TRU waste in a deep, stable layer of halitic evaporites. WIPP is nearing its original operating capacity, and expansion of WIPP is a priority of the Department of Energy. It is assumed that the entombing of the waste will be secure and stable for 10,000 years. This safety requirement begins to encroach on the scale of “geologic time,” which juxtaposes unkownables in terms of hazards, human activity, and even questions of the future of government. Seismology was central in the original certification for WIPP, and once again, with tremendous rejuvenation of hydrocarbon recovery in the Permian Basin is central to decision to expand WIPP.
  • Joyner Lecture and Reception, Julian Bommer, Imperial College of London, Wednesday, 29 April, 6–8:30 p.m.

Networking Events

  • Mentoring Luncheon, Tuesday, 28 April, Noon–1 p.m.

An informal opportunity to gain helpful advice, early-career and student members are encouraged to attend this luncheon to meet with more seasoned colleagues who will share their experience and answer questions. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required with registration.

  • Women in Seismology Luncheon, Wednesday, 29 April, Noon — 1 p.m.

Add your voice to the conversation! At this year’s event, attendees will network, as well as discuss topics defined through the registration process. Information gathered from discussion at the luncheon will help define how SSA can be of most help to women who seek a career in seismology. All attendees are welcome at this event, which is free.  RSVP is required.


  • Student and Early-Career Reception, Tuesday, 28 April, 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Open to early-career and student attendees only, this is a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues at an evening reception.