The Geodesy/Solid-Earth and Ocean Physics (GEOP) Research Conferences were established to stimulate interdisciplinary research in the fields of geodesy, solid-earth and ocean physics within universities, research foundations, industrial and governmental organizations. This aim is to be achieved by an informal type of meeting consisting of invited speakers and a discussion panel supplemented by a small number of contributing speakers, when sufficient time is available, to stimulate discussion among the members. This type of meeting is thought to be a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas to an extent that could not be achieved through the usual channels of publication and presentation at scientific meetings.
Meetings are held at regular intervals (every three months) during a two-day period, generally at The Ohio State University. The morning of the first day is generally reserved for a tutorial lecture presented by an eminent scientist.