The MASH Zone

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Wrap up each conference day in the MASH Zone, where we will bring together diverse voices from economic geology in panel discussions, fireside chats, and breakout rooms. There will be opportunities for participation from attendees and bonus activities for the full MASH Zone assimilation experience.

The MASH Zones are available to all registrants, and we look forward to seeing you there!

MASH Zone 1

Theme: Economic geology and big ideas

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30pm (PDT)

Moderator: Victoria Sterritt

Panel: Allanah Brett, Simon Jowitt, Jeremy Vaughn


Discuss the big ideas - scientific breakthroughs, new concepts, new models, new technologies that have changed our understanding of mineral deposits/systems, exploration methods and discoveries. We seek energetic discussion, well-grounded and wild ideas, polite disagreement, and when possible, some humor or light-hearted comments.

MASH Zone 2

Theme: Economic geology and exploration – personal perspectives

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30pm (PDT)

Introductions: John Thompson

Fireside chats: 1) Ayesha Ahned and Shawn Hood, 2) Claire Chamberlain and Maggie Layman, 3) Rich Goldfarb and Halley Keevil

"Reports from the floor": Neil Fernandes and Lesley Stokes


One-on-one "fireside chats" will compare perspectives on economic geology and exploration, personal careers, and future objectives; commentary from the "floor" will add new ideas or perspectives, exciting news, unintended consequences.

MASH Zone 3

Theme: Breakout discussion

When: Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30pm (PDT)

Moderators: Brit Bluemel and Steve Piercey


Create an opportunity for all attendees to participate in discussion through break-out groups; the focus is on economic geology and exploration; groups to produce ~three ideas in response to general questions for discussion in wrap-up session.

MASH Zone 4

Theme: Conference closing plenary

When: Friday, September 17, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30pm (PDT)

Moderator: Sarah Gordon

Panel: Murray Allan, Steve Barnes, Jocelyn Fraser, Anita Parbhaker-Fox


Discuss the role of economic geologists in the modern and changing world. We seek energetic discussion, well-grounded and out-of-the-box ideas, polite disagreement, and when possible, some entertaining interaction!

MASH Zone committee

Benjamin Larenas, Charlie Beard, Jeanne Liu, Libby Sharman, and John Thompson