Ussher Society Annual Conference 2017

The Ussher Society is pleased to announce that the 56th Annual Conference will be held at the Saunton Sands Hotel, Braunton, North Devon, from the evening of Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th January 2017.

Please email your Abstract Submission Form to the Conference Convenor.

Further details below

Saunton Sands Hotel

This 3-day conference for earth and environmental scientists, working in south-west England and related areas, comprises two days of presentations and a one day field excursion.

Wednesday 4th January 2017
Registration and Reception (Registration 17:00-20:00 with an ‘icebreaker’ reception from 18.30)

Thursday 5th January 2017

  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations
  • The Scott Simpson Lecture will be presented by Dr Howard Falcon-Lang (Royal Holloway University of London), entitled: “Mid Carboniferous diversification of non-marine ecosystems”
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of the afternoon session
  • The Conference Dinner will be in the Saunton Sands Hotel at 19.30 for 20:00

Friday 6th January 2017

  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations

Special Session ‘Geology, Landscape and Coastlines’

Saturday 7th January 2017 (neap low tide 7.00am and 7.30pm; high 1.00pm)
Post conference field excursion: We are planning a post-conference field excursion which takes advantage of the unique location of the Saunton Sands Hotel. The section of small cliffs below the hotel show the 400m.y. Devonian shallow marine Pilton Shales with a strong angular unconformity to the Quaternary raised beach section with glacial erratics sandwiched in between. Starting  in the sand dunes, we will look  at the minerals and structuring of today’s wind-blown sands for comparison with the sand rock of the raised beach. After lunch at a local pub) we will move 4km to Baggy Point National Trust car park to view the boundary between the Baggy Sandstone and Pilton Shale Formations, with slumps and a winnowed phosphatic bed including gastropods and orthoconic nautiloids.

Please email your Conference Booking Form to the Conference Coordinator

The conference venue, The Saunton Sands Hotel, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1LQ (Tel: 01271 890212; reservations@sauntonsands.com) is located on the coast road between Braunton and Croyde. Free car parking is available to residents at the hotel.  The nearest train station is Barnstaple (approx. 10 miles or 30 min drive on the A361/B3231). Taxis are available at the station. Full details of the accommodation are available at http://www.sauntonsands.co.uk/contact.html
Ussher Society Conference 2017 Accommodation Rates 

B&B rooms: £50/per person B&B; all overnight accommodation to be booked directly with the hotel quoting ‘Ussher Society’. Friday 6th January at £55/per person B&B.
We have negotiated special rates, so please mention the Ussher Society Conference 2017 when booking. The hotel can be contacted on 01271 89 02 12 (or 01271 89 20 01 for reservations), or via email on reservations@sauntonsands.com


Past Conferences 

2016 – Weymouth
2015 – Paignton
2014 – Weston-super-Mare
2013 – St. Ives
2012 – Exmouth
2011 – Bideford
2010 – Plymouth
2009 – Paignton
2008 – St. Ives
2007 – Weymouth
2006 – Bideford
2005 – Newquay


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