25th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop in San Francisco
[National Science Foundation]

[SF State][Stanford University][U.S. Geological Survey][California Academy of Sciences][UC Santa Cruz]
[HKT participants]
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Important events

On-site registration

Scientific program


Field trip

NSF Workshop


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25th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet workshop

San Francisco
June 5-10th, 2010

Pre-workshop field trip: 5-7 June 2010

HKT-25 workshop: 7-10 June 2010

NSF-sponsored workshop: 11-12 June 2010

Welcome to the 25th annual Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop home page.

For a quarter-century the Himalayan-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop has provided students of the India-Asia collision system a wonderful opportunity for workshop-style discussion with other colleagues working in this region. In 2010, HKT returns to North America for the first time since 1996. The 25th International Workshop will be held from 7-10th June at San Francisco State University, California - please mark your calendar and plan to attend! Following the format of previous workshops, thematic oral and poster sessions will occur within a single venue to avoid the distraction of parallel sessions.

All workshop updates will appear on this web site as soon as they are available. Please e-mail hkt25sf@gmail.com to communicate with the workshop organizers.

Important events during the HKT-25 Workshop

See this annotated SF State campus map for locations of events listed below - Click on the map to view: SF State campus map or Download the map (300kb)

Click here for Transportation options to/from the San Francisco International Airport (no HKT-25 shuttles have been pre-arranged)

Monday, June 7th - Registration, Check-in to on-campus accommodation, and Icebreaker reception
Registration and check-in to on-campus accommodation begins at 4pm at the Seven Hills Conference Center
Icebreaker reception (registration open until 9:00) from 6:30 to 10:00pm at the Seven Hill Hills Conference Center

Tuesday, June 8th - Main HKT-25 workshop begins and Reception at the California Academy of Sciences
HKT-25 Workshop takes place at the Seven Hills and Towers Conference Centers (see program below), starting Tuesday, June 8th at 8:00am, ending Thursday, June 10th at 5:30pm
Evening reception at the California Academy of Sciences - Tuesday, June 8th, 7:00-10:00pm Participants will tour through a 4-story living rainforest and explore the Steinhart Aquarium over drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Buses will leave from the conference center at SF State at 6:30pm and return to campus by 10:30pm

Wednesday, June 9th - Conference banquet and Break-out groups
Please gather for drinks at 6:00 followed by dinner served at 6:30 at the Seven Hills Conference Center
Evening break-out groups also in Seven Hills, 8:00-9:00
Three thematic break-out groups will meet immediately following the conference banquet in the Seven Hills Conference Center (topics to be announced)

Thursday, June 10th - HKT-25 conclusion and Announcement of HKT-26
The HKT-25 Workshop will conclude by 17:30 on Thursday.
Shuttles for NSF workshop participants will depart at 17:45 from the conference center at SF State on Thursday, June 10th

Friday-Saturday, June 11-12th - Post-conference NSF workshop, Romberg Tiburon Center
"Future directions for NSF-sponsored geoscience research in the Himalaya/Tibet"

Scientific program

See the HKT-25 program and schedule of talks

Download the Program for the HKT-25 Workshop (30Mb)

Link to the published Extended Abstract volume, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1099

Confirmed keynote speakers: Oral presentations
If you were assigned an oral presentation, you should have received an e-mail from Simon Klemperer giving you details of your allotted time and electronic file formatting.

Poster presentations
Poster presentations will be displayed all three days of the workshop. Each poster may be up to a maximum of 60"x40" (152x102cm); e-mail hkt25sf@gmail.com if you believe your poster will not fit this requirement. Please set up your posters in the Towers Conference Center (G4 on the linked campus map) during the lunch break on Tuesday, June 8; posters should be taken down after the afternoon poster session on Thursday, June 10.

Poster printing
Posters can be printed on the SF State campus at the Campus Copy Center which is located in the Cesar Chavez Student Center (room M-110; H7 on the linked campus map). The Campus Copy Center is open 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday and can be reached at 415-338-2434; the cost for printing a 60"x40" poster is $105 plus $15 if you have a "Rush" order.

Final circular and Payment information

** Download the final circular **

** Go to the HKT-25 payment methods page ** Please e-mail hkt25sf@gmail.com for the new account number for electronic bank transfers

Pre-conference field trip - Saturday-Monday, June 5-7

A three-day field trip to see the geology of the Mesozoic-Cenozoic convergent margin of northern California prior to the main HKT-25 workshop will depart at 8am on Saturday, June 5, from the lobby of the Travelodge San Francisco Airport South. Participants who wish to stay at the Travelodge the night of Friday, June 4, should make reservations directly with the hotel. This hotel offers free transport from San Francisco International Airport and a complimentary continental breakfast.

The HKT Fieldtrip will examine world-class examples of the Franciscan accretionary complex, Coast Range ophiolite and Great Valley Group deep sea deposits. The stops on this three day trip will provide an excellent forum for discussion of convergent and accretionary tectonic processes, and examination of several tectonic controversies surrounding these rocks. There will be ample discussion of the whole of the convergent margin, spanning the Sierra Nevada magmatic arc, Great Valley forearc, and Coast Range accretionary assemblage. Additional stops on the last day will highlight the younger transform margin associated with the San Andreas fault. The fieldtrip will be lead by two leading experts on the geology of the Coast Ranges and northern California: John Shervais, Utah State University, and Todd Greene, California State University Chico, along with Brad Ritts, Chevron Energy Technology Company.

The field trip will depart from San Francisco and on day 1 will travel northward to examine the Stonyford Volcanic Complex and Coast Range Ophiolite, as well as several stops in Franciscan accretionary assemblage rocks. The second day will focus on deep water sedimentary deposits of the Great Valley Group forearc basin, one of the thickest and best preserved forearc successions in the geologic record. These rocks will range from mud-rich sections to conglomerates and will represent a range of channelized and non-channelized depositional environments within canyons, slope channels, and fans. There will be opportunities on both evenings to discuss the geological controls on the wine-producing qualities of the Napa Valley and surrounding regions. Day three will consist of classic localities for Franciscan melange in the northern San Francisco bay region and Marin headlands, as well as an opportunity to view, and cross, the San Andreas fault and examine effects of the 1906 earthquake. Time permitting, travel to Pt. Reyes to examine Salinian block sedimentary rocks will be included. Following the final geological stop of the third day, participants will return to SF State in time to check-in to on-campus housing and for the icebreaker Monday evening June 7th.

Advance registration and payment are required by the March 1st deadline. Field trip registration includes a field guide, transportation, accommodation, and breakfasts (Sun./Mon.) and lunches (Sat./Sun./Mon.); dinners are separate and to be arranged individually by field trip participants.

Post-conference NSF-sponsored Workshop - Friday-Saturday, June 11-12

The post-conference NSF Workshop "Future directions for NSF-sponsored geoscience research in the Himalaya/Tibet" will be held at the Bay Conference Center, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. NSF Workshop participants will stay at The Lodge at Tiburon

Application deadline: January 15

Accommodation for the main workshop

See the Summer Conference Services Newsletter for more information about on-campus accommodation (beyond what is described in the Final Circular). You should note that check-in begins at 4pm and check-out time is 11am. Wireless internet access is available in the conference venue (Seven Hills), but you must supply your own ethernet cable to use a personal computer in campus accommodation.

There are several other options for hotels near campus. See a list on the SF State's Conference Services website and on Google maps.

Information about travel to the U.S. - Visas and the Visa Waiver Program

Participants are advised to check if they need a visa to enter the U.S., or whether they qualify for a visa waiver: see the U.S. State Department's Visitor Visas web site. Visitors from India, Pakistan, Nepal, China, and Taiwan are all required to have a visa. Please allow sufficient time for your visa applications to be processed; we recommend allowing at least 3 months for visa issuance. We can provide letters of invitation, if requested.

Beginning January 2010, visitors from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program must register in the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before entering the country. You can check the U.S. State Department's Visa Waiver Program web site for more information.

Location, Transportation, Maps, Weather, and Tourist Information

Maps of the conference location and information for local transportation to the conference site available here including a link to Mapquest map and directions to campus

Parking at SF State: Those choosing to drive a personal car to the workshop venue should be aware that street parking is limited but may be available along Lake Merced or Font Boulevards adjacent to the conference venue or other streets surrounding the SF State campus (see campus map below). On-campus parking in Lot 20 (the parking garage) adjacent to the conference venue is available for $5 per day payable at pay stations within the parking structure. Be aware that parking permits are valid until midnight and so you should purchase a two-day permit for $10 if you plan to park overnight. You must use $1 and $5 bills in the permit vending machines and the vending machines do not issue change.

Zoomable SF State campus map

Transportation to/from the San Francisco International Airport: Link to the San Francisco International Airport and ground transportation from the airport including public transportation, door-to-door vans, and taxis.

From SFO: Economical shared-ride door-to-door vans pick up on the Departures/Ticketing Level from the roadway center island at all airport terminals. No reservations are necessary.

Tell your van/taxi driver to take you to San Francisco State University (street address for the university is 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco), and ask that they drop you near the student housing on Font Boulevard near Lake Merced Boulevard. Proceed to the registration table at the Seven Hills Conference Center for directions to your on-campus accommodation (starting at 4pm) and the icebreaker reception (from 6:30pm) on Monday, June 7th.

To SFO: Shared-ride door-to-door vans can be reserved for individuals or groups for return trips to the airport, call or go online:
Download a map of the San Francisco Bay area

Check the weather forecast for San Francisco

Visit the website of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau for tourism information.

Organizing Committee

Mary Leech (San Francisco State University)
Marty Grove (Stanford University)
Walter Mooney (U.S. Geological Survey)
Simon Klemperer (Stanford University)
Brad Ritts (Chevron)
Xixi Zhao (University of California at Santa Cruz)

Updated 5 June 2010

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