First OCESTA Symposium

Place: Stanford University, USA.
Date: Dec. 11-12, 1999 (before Fall AGU)

On April 15, 1998, OCESTA (Overseas Chinese Earth Science and Technology Association) was established, which combined two existing Chinese earth science associations in north America, NACESA (North America Chinese Earth Scientists Association) and NACGA (North America Chinese Geologists Association. The NACESA was established in 1970 and has about 200 members. Most members are from Taiwan; some from mainland China. The NACGA was established in 1992, and it has more than 100 members from mainland China. Under the OCESTA, these two Associations are now sharing a list server, <>, and a web site, (; many new members are joining in from many places other than north America. To foster communications and scientific exchanges among Chinese Earth Scientists in China, Taiwan and in abroad, we plan to organize the 1st Symposium at Stanford University on December 11-12, 1999, right before the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco.

The purposes of this symposium are:

(1) to celebrate the achievements of its members in the past quarter century or so, especially for those retired and near retirement age;

(2) to rekindle old friendships and to make new friends;

(3) to further integrate two independent Associations into one, and to facilitate information and experience exchanges, especially between the older experienced scientists and the younger energetic group;

(4) to review past and current collaborations between our members and scientists in Taiwan and China, as well as to promote future collaborative activities; and

(5) to celebrate the formation of the OCESTA and provide an opportunity for discussions on the future of this Association, so that we will have a strong and functional Association facing the new Century.

In order to make the symposium successful, we need your suggestion, support and most important, your participation. At the present time, we are in the planning stage and your suggestion will be very useful. Also we are in the process of applying some funds for partial support of this meeting. Depending on how much fund we can raise, we may ask the participants to provide a minimum registration fee to cover the cost for meal/drink and abstract volume. Please let us know whether you intend to attend the symposium, and what should be done to have a successful meeting. We will particularly appreciate your suggestions on the themes of the symposium (e.g., achievements of our members, sustained development of natural resources, environment, education, communicational tools, collaboration in research), and the format (e.g. reception, banquet, oral and poster presentations) of the symposium. Also tell us what you can do to help (e.g., serve as an organizer, a photographer, a receptionist). Please send your reply to:

I-Ming Chou
955 National Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Reston, VA 20192
Phone: (703) 648-6169
FAX: (703) 648-6032
Zhenhao Duan
Dept. of Chemistry
Univ. Of Californa
La Jolla, CA 92093-0340
Phone: (619) 822-0281
FAX: (619) 534-7244

We are looking forward to having your suggestions.

I-Ming Chou
Zhenhao Duan


Previous Announcements:

06-15-1998 Conference on Tu's birthday

05-04-1998 UHPM Workshop at Stanford (Second Circular)

04-18-1998 Opening of the website