Ussher Society Annual Conference 2019



The Ussher Society 58th Annual Conference will be held at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, Devon, from the evening of Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th January 2019. This three-day conference for geoscientists with an interest in South-west England and related areas, includes two days of presentations and a field excursion day. The presentation days will be Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of January – oral and/or poster presentations will be welcomed in all areas of the geosciences relating to South-west England.

If you have not booked already, please do so as soon as possible using the attached conference booking form. It is vital that we and the hotel know the total number of delegates well in advance.

A limited number of bursary funds are available to contribute towards the cost of full-time students wishing to attend the meeting to present a paper or poster (contact David Roche for details).

All presenting authors have the opportunity, and are strongly encouraged, to submit their paper for publication subject to peer review, in the Society’s journal ‘Geoscience in South-West England’.

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME Wednesday 2nd January

Registration & Reception – Registration 17:00-20:00 with an ‘icebreaker’ reception from 18:30

Thursday 3rd January

  • Registration 08:30 - 09:00
  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations.
  • The Scott Simpson Lecture – by Chris Proctor on the caves of eastern South Devon - Quaternary faunas, archaeology and landscape evolution
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of the afternoon session
  • The Conference Dinner will be in the Redcliffe Hotel at 19.30.

Friday 4th January

  • Registration 08:30 - 09:00
  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations.

Saturday 5th January
The post conference field excursion - starting at 10:00 at Berry Head and then Shoalstone, near Brixham; leaders Prof John Mather and Prof Malcolm Hart. Please indicate if you are interested in participating in the field excursion on the Conference Booking Form: more details below.

Conference Coordinator 2019: David Roche

Redcliffe Hotel and Map

The Conference Venue is The Redcliffe Hotel, 4 Marine Drive, Paignton, Devon. TQ3 2NL The Redcliffe Hotel is located on the cliff and overlooks the sea, with spectacular views of Torbay. Free car parking is available to residents at the hotel. The nearest train station is Paignton (approx 15 minute walk or 5 min drive). Taxis should be available at the station. Full details of the accommodation are available at: www.redcliffehotel.co.uk

Ussher Society Conference 2019 Rates

Bed & Breakfast @ £53.00 per night for 1 person (for single room occupancy). Bed & Breakfast @ £73.00 per night for 2 persons (for double occupancy).
A deposit of £50.00 per person will be required to secure any booking made.

We have negotiated special rates, so please mention the Ussher Society Conference 2019 when booking. Demand for rooms is likely to be high so early booking is strongly recommended. The hotel can be contacted on 01803 526397, or by email direct to the reception although the hotel has indicated they would prefer to be contacted by phone to clarify individual requirements

Alternative accommodation can be found at the English Riviera website

If you wish to attend the 2019 Conference please return the Conference Booking Form to the Conference Coordinator


First Circular for the 2019 Conference

Second Circular for the 2019 Conference

Conference Booking Form


Past Conferences 

2018– Falmouth
2017– Saunton Sands
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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