The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Atmospheric Sciences initiative to coordinate and focus research on the near-earth portion of geospace from the lower ionosphere to where the earth system interacts with the solar wind. The purpose of the GEM program is to support basic research into the dynamical and structural properties of geospace, leading to the construction of a global geospace general circulation (GGCM) model with predictive capability. The GGCM effort has evolved into the Global System Modeling (GSM) Research Area. The strategy for achieving GEM goals is to undertake a series of campaigns and focus groups, in both theory and observational modes, each focusing on particular aspects of the geospace environment.

Virtual GEM 2021 Information

Download the VGEM 2021 flyer: jpg pdf

The GEM 2021 Summer workshop will be a Virtual meeting, in a similar format as VGEM 2020 but extending over the full week of July 25-30, 2021. This year we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of GEM!

The VGEM 2021 website (vgem.org) is now available to all participants. The website is password-protected, please check your email for the login credentials.

Due to continuing uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic, the GEM Steering Committee decided to hold a fully virtual meeting in 2021. A decision was made to have a small registration fee to help cover the costs of the meeting and to support family grants. A subcommittee was formed to organize the plenary sessions. We envision a program that celebrates GEM 30th anniversary; please send us ideas on how to make this a memorable event, although we realize the big celebration will be once we meet in person!

Online. Information will be available at the GEM workshop website as time approaches.

Important Dates

Student Volunteers
A list of students who will help moderating during the conference is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15H_6cy0y06Rsw_blFNjLka6AKhQb9kCP/view

Future Workshop
2022 GEM workshop is on 6/19 - 24, and 6/25 as the GEM-SHINE joint meeting day, at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach hotel

GEM30 photo/video submission

At VGEM 2021 we are celebrating GEM's 30th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, we would like to exhibit photos and videos of GEM's past throughout the meeting. For this to be a success, we need all of you to help. Please submit your GEM-related photos and videos via this google form. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the SC Chair Vania Jordanova (vania at lanl.gov) and Vice-Chair Adam Kellerman (akellerman atepss.ucla.edu). Thank you all in advance.

New GEM Logo Contest

Slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X7yS_jl2h8Jh0CH0YlcnVufgGqzgsk-E/view?usp=sharing
Voting form:https://forms.gle/gPguEUYkw4gaSJGH6

GEM Encourage & Elevate (GEMEE) Mentoring Program

We are searching for representatives within our community who want to develop effective communication skills, connect with early-career scientists, advance their leadership skills, and gain a broader understanding of their field by electing to serve as a mentor in the GEMEE (GEM Encourage & Elevate) mentoring program for the upcoming VGEM 2021 meeting.

We encourage active participation in the GEMEE mentoring program where mentees can expect to grow their professional network, learn to navigate professional challenges, develop their leadership skills, and build their career path.


Support for this workshop is made possible by the National Science Foundation.

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