Second Circular of The Second "World Chinese Conference on Geological Sciences"

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

August 2-4, 2000

Sponsors: Overseas Chinese Earth Science and Technology Association (OCESTA)

Geological Society of China

Chinese Natural National Science Foundation

National Taiwan University

National Central University

University of Hong Kong

Theme: Geology of China and Trends of Earth Sciences for the New Millennium

Organizing Committee:

J.G. (Louie) Liou, (Chairman; Stanford University)

Ta-liang Teng (Co-chairman; University of Southern California)

Sun Shu (Co-chairman, Natural National Science Foundation, China)

Chen Yuchuan (Co-chairman, Geological Society of China, Beijing)

Yi-Ben Tsai (Co-chairman, National Central University)

Ho-kwang Mao (Geophysical Laboratory)

Cong Bolin (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)

Milly Wang (Geological Society of China, Beijing)

Ching-Hua Lo (National Taiwan University)

Min Sun (University of Hong Kong)

William H.K. Lee (U.S. Geological Survey, retired)

Chen-Lin Chou (Illinois State Geological Survey)

Yin An (University of California, Los Angeles)

Youxue Zhang (University of Michigan)

Zhanhao Duan (University of California, San Diego)

I-Ming Chou (U.S. Geological Survey)


Program Committee:

Edmund Chang (Chairman; Stanford University)

Ta-liang Teng (Co-Chairman; University of Southern California)

Yao Yupeng (Natural National Science Foundation, China)

Ruth Zhang (Stanford University)

Wang Yanjun (Geological Society of China, Beijing)

Li-Yuan Hsiao (Stanford University)



The three-day program will provide two days of scientific sessions and one day for sightseeing and fellowship in the scenic northern California. The formal presentations will be in Chinese.


Highlights of Scientific Sessions:

1. Geology and mineral resources of China;

2. Geological and geophysical background of earthquakes in China during the global earthquake-prone period;

3. The 1999 921 Taiwan Chi Chi earthquake and findings in tectonics, seismology, and earthquake engineering;

4. Mineral joint venture activities and the Chinese Mining laws and regulations pertaining to foreign joint ventures;

5. Current funding, proposal review, and hiring practices in various agencies, and education reform;

6. Display of new geologic and tectonic maps of China; and

7. Trends of earth sciences for the new millennium.


* The abstract can be on your current research in any field of earth sciences, a summary of recent progress of a field, or your thoughts about the future development of earth sciences.

* Extended abstracts in English (MS Word) or Chinese (GB or Big5) should be no more than five pages in length (including figures and tables), and the body of the text in each page should fit in an area of 6.5 inch (165 mm) wide and 9.5 inch (241 mm) long. New page numbers will be assigned during final editing. It should be in camera-ready format or in Microsoft Word file (Word97 or lower versions; please insert figures [in JPEG format, if possible] and tables in the text at the places you want). We prefer to receive abstracts in electronic format through e-mail, but submitting hard copy (in this case, we need 3 copies) by regular or express mail is also acceptable. However, submitting by FAX is not acceptable.

* Please indicate whether you prefer to have an oral or a poster presentation, and submit your abstract to Li-Yuan Hsiao <hsiao@pangea.Stanford.EDU> no later than May 1st, 2000. Because of the limited dates for meeting, the decision for poster or oral will be made by the Program Committee. Also, the Program Committee reserves the right to modify the format of the abstracts. Abstracts received after the May 1st deadline will be scheduled for poster presentation only. An abstract volume will be bounded and distributed to the participants.

Li-Yuan Hsiao

Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305

e-mail: hsiao@pangea.Stanford.EDU


Registration Fee:

To cover the costs, we have asked financial support from Natural National Science Foundation, China, National Youth Commission, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, and Stanford University. In case we don't get any of these external supports, a registration fee of about US$150 for each participant, and US$75 for each student or accompanying person will be charged. It will cover the costs for the abstract volume, meals (including 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and one banquet), coffee, tea, and other drinks for breaks and poster sessions, and transportation for field trip.



The cost for the motels nearby Stanford area is very expensive. We have made arrangements with the following two motels. Please make your own reservation (or ask Dr. Edmund Chang to do it for you) as early as possible, because it will be difficult to find rooms available in the area near Stanford University in August. If you need help, please contact:

Dr. Edmund Chang
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 723-9170

(1) Sky Ranch Inn:

Address: 4234 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California, CA 94306

Phone: (650) 493-7221,  1-800-255-4759

Fax: (650) 493-0858

There are 11 rooms of two beds, $85/night, 17 rooms of one bed (king-size or queen-size), $75/night (for one or two persons). Continental breakfast is included.

(2) Oak Motel:

Address: 4279 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California, CA 94306

Phone: (650) 493-6644, (650) 493-6645

Fax: (650) 493-3593

There are 18 rooms with two beds, $90/night, 21 rooms with one bed, $70/night (for one or two persons)

Continental breakfast is included.


Additional Information:

(1) Currently we have more than 150 people indicated that they will attend the meeting (partial list from mainland China is given in the announcement section of our website

(2) Formal invitation letters for visa application will be sent out during the period of March 27-April 5, 2000.

(3) The 3rd and 4th Circulars will be announced in April-May, and June-July, 2000, respectively. The final program will be included in the 4th Circular.

(4) For more information, please contact Edmund Chang (, I-Ming Chou (<>), J. G. Liou (<>) or Wang Milly (<>)

(5) We like your constructive suggestions for the conference. Please send them to us.