48th Annual Conference, New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, Devon

3rd-5th January, 2010

(Details of the previous meeting, held at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paiignton, Devon can be found here)

Download 1st circular [pdf] [word]

The Conference

The Ussher Society is pleased to announce its 48th Annual Conference at the New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, Devon. This 3-day conference for earth and environmental scientists working in south-west England and related areas comprises two days of presentations, incorporating a joint session with the South West Regional Group of the Geological Society, and a field excursion.

The presentation days will be Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January – oral and/or poster presentations are welcomed in all areas of geology, geomorphology, engineering geology and environmental geology. The Scott Simpson Lecture will be presented by Professor Jim Griffiths, of the University of Plymouth, on Monday 4th January, and is entitled

Investigating the role of landscape evolution in determining ground conditions for engineering: examples from South-west England

A half-day joint session with the South West Regional Group of the Geological Society will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th January, the session theme will be confirmed in the Second Circular.

Field excursion(s) will take place on Sunday 3rd January. Great company, scenery and geology – a perfect start to the New Year. Please indicate your area(s) of interest on the attached sheet and we will try to provide full details in the Second Circular.  


Papers in areas related to the two themes outlined above are particularly welcome, but we also look forward to receiving papers covering a wide range of topics related to geoscience in south-­west England. All presenting authors have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to submit their paper for publication, subject to peer review, in the Society’s journal, “Geoscience in south-­west England”.

If you wish to make a contribution to the scientific programme, please send details of the paper/poster to the Conference Secretary by 23rd November.  Expressions of interest should include: Title, Author(s) and an Abstract of no more than 200 words. It would be helpful if you could You may choose to use the form overleaf, or include the same information in your correspondence.


Accommodation Information

The Conference Venue is the New Continental Hotel. Located in the centre of Plymouth and close to the Hoe seafront, the hotel is less than a mile from the train station and has its own parking. Full details are available at: http://www.newcontinental.co.uk

We have negotiated special rates, so please mention Ussher Society Conference 2010 when making your booking. The hotel can be contacted on: 01752 220782.

Ussher Society Conference 2010 rates

  • £45 per person per night on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Please note that there is no single occupancy supplement.

These are good rates, it’s a great venue, and so demand for rooms is likely to be high. We strongly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

The New Continental Hotel also offers a range of evening meals in the restaurant; bookings for meals may be made at the same time as your accommodation reservation.

Alternative accommodation can be found via:




Student Bursary

A bursary fund is available to cover/contribute to the cost of full-time students wishing to attend the Meeting to present a paper. Please note that a bursary fund is available to contribute to the cost of full-time students wishing to attend the Meeting to present a paper or poster. For details, please apply in the first instance to the Conference Secretary, Gregory Price, via e-mail or post.

Conference Secretary

If you have any comments please contact the web editor