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A one day conference sponsored by the Geology Section of the Devonshire Association:
Rivers through Geological Time
Saturday 13th October 2012
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter EX4 3RX
(With Field Excursion Sunday 13th October 2012)
For further details contact Jenny Bennett (Secretary, Geology Section, DA) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
..or please register your interest to attend with Sarah Stafford at the Geologists’ Association office:
Telephone: 020 7434 9298; email email@example.com
More information can be found here.
/ Wildlife cruises from Exmouth - Sunday 30th May / Saturday 3rd July 2010
Stuart Line Cruises are
running all-day boat trips this year with geological and wildlife
commentaries. The 30th May cruise is to Seaton and Lyme Regis, whilst the 3rd July cruise is to Brixham. Both excursions leave Exmouth Pier at 10.45
and return around 17.00. On both
trips the geological commentary will be by Richard Scrivener.
The boat will be the ‘Pride of Exmouth’,
which has bar and refreshment facilities on board. The price per
person is £15 for each trip and booking should be directly
with Stuart Line Cruises www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/ or
Field excursion to Western Bohemia - 5th-12th September 2010
This year, the Ussher Society, in conjunction with the Devonshire Association Geology Section, is planning an excursion to the western part of the Czech Republic to be led by Richard Scrivener (Ussher Society), Veronika Stedra (Czech Survey) and Jiri Konopasek (Charles University). The intention is to look at a wide range of geology including the rocks of the western Bohemian Massif, the Krusne hory (Ore Mountains), Variscan granites, metalliferous mineralization, Quaternary features, thermal spas and much more !
Expressions of interest to Richard Scrivener by March 10th please. For more details, please click here.
9th – 26th September
2009 Devonshire Association trip to Brittany
The first 3 days are based at Camaret sur Mer on the Crozon peninsula and the next 4 days are at Lannion in north-east Brittany. Individuals have to make their own bookings. Information to do this, and further details about the trip are available from the DA Field Meetings Secretary, Greg Callaghan: firstname.lastname@example.org
of Wines from France – a
An opportunity to taste 8 wines from distinct geological settings
in France, with commentary from Dr Richard Scrivener, and canapés
before each tasting.
An event organised by the South West Regional Group of the Geological
Society. Booking required by 11 September 2009 – please contact email@example.com to book a ticket. Cost £12.00
16 September 2009, 7.00pm at the Boniface Centre, Crediton (parking
is available, and the venue is close to public transport links
Earthwatch Lecture – Conserving
Biodiversity in the Americas
Thursday 7th May 2009
Royal Geographical Society,
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
The very fact that the Amazon and the Caribbean
are such attractive locations renders them all the more vulnerable
to over-exploitation. How are Earthwatch scientists are addressing
this issue in the Peruvian Amazon and on the coasts of the Bahamas?
Speakers: Dr. Richard Bodmer (Durrell Institute
of Conservation & Ecology,
and the Wildlife Conservation Society) & Dr. Kathleen Sullivan
Sealey (University of Miami). Chaired by explorer, writer and
TV presenter Dr. George McGavin.
Earthwatch Lecture – Forests
and Climate Change
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Our forests, home
to an extraordinary range of biodiversity, and arguably one of our greatest
climate change, continue to be depleted at an alarming rate.
How can we set about securing their future?
Chaired by explorer Paul Rose, the speakers were Dr. Mika Peck
of the University of Sussex (Climate Change, Canopies, and
Wildlife in Ecuador), and Dr. Dan
Bebber, Head of Climate Change Research, Earthwatch (The Footprint in the
For more information contact the
Earthwatch Events Department on (01865) 318856; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ussher Society Conference,
Paignton, January, 2009
The Ussher Society's 47th Annual Conference was
held between the 6th and 9th January, 2009 at the Redcliffe Hotel,
For full details of the
2009 conference (and previous events), please see the conference
Field Day with the Black
Bear Geology Group, Dorset. 12th July, 2008
An informal field-day was held
in Dorset on 12th July 2008. The aim of the day was to look
at Pleistocene terraces
and terrace deposits of the Rivers Frome and Piddle in the Dorchester
area which have been mapped by members of the Black Bear Geology
Group over the last few years.
The meeting was arranged by Tony Brown (e-mail Tony.Brown@soton.ac.uk)
One day conference
on "South-west geology: past, present and future"
Crediton, Saturday, 28th June 2008
As part of the celebrations to mark the 150th
anniversary of the Geologists’ Association, the Devonshire
Association Geology Section, in association with the Ussher Society
and the Geologists’ Association
held a one day conference on "South-west geology: past,
present and future". The conference was held at the Boniface
Centre, Crediton, Devon on the 28th June, 2008.
An interesting and varied programme was
compiled with speakers talking on the following:
Further details and a booking form are available here
Going Underground – Saturday
31st May 2008
Robin Shail and Nick Leboutillier led
a mid-year Ussher Society field excursion to two mines in west
Cornwall. The first venue was the CSM Test Mine (Carnmenellis
Granite), a few km south of Camborne, which was used for much
of the 20th Century as a research and development facility by
the Holman Company. Virtual tours are available in hi-res
(broadband only) or low-res
(dial-up). The second venue was Rosevale Mine (Land’s
End Granite), near to Zennor (see www.rosevalemine.co.uk).
The day provided an insight into magmatism, mineralization,
regional tectonics, mining methods and a little industrial archaeology.
Channel Islands, Field Visit, May 2008
Bookings for this trip are now closed. Enquiries
Abstracts for Geoscience in south-west
England now available
Abstracts are now available for Geoscience in
south-west England Vol. 11 parts 1, 2 (2004 to 2006) - please see
the journal pages. Back issues will hopefully be added in the near
future - please check back periodically for updates.
Ussher Society Conference, St
Ives, January 2008
The Ussher Society's 46th Annual Conference
was held between the 2nd and 5th January, 2008 at the Tregenna
Castle Hotel, St. Ives, Cornwall. The conference was very well
In addition, electronic copies of the back issues
of the Proceedings of the Ussher Society (now Geoscience in south
west England) was distributed to
members. This fantastic resource reflects the hard work of Chris
Cornford and all involved at IGI limited.
For full details of the
2008 conference (and previous events), please see the conference
History of Geology Group Conference
The history of on-shore hydrocarbon use
in the UK or "From oil shales and seeps
to 'shaleopolis' and 100 roughnecks!"
The History of Geology Group held a three
day meeting in Weymouth from the 20th to the 22nd April 2007. The
meeting comprised two days of field excursions and
a one-day seminar. Further details and a
full programme are
The History of Geology Group (HOGG)
was inaugurated in October
1994 to encourage the interest in the history of geology
lives and work of those scientists and philosophers who influenced
both the study and the practice
HOGG is open to anyone with an interest in the history
geology, and the events and personalities that have shaped
way in which
it is studied and practiced today.
Jurassic Coast hosted the 2007
Ussher Society 45th Annual Conference
Coast team hosted the 45th annual conference
in January 2007. Papers on a variety of aspects of geoscience
in south-west England were presented during the four day meeting
(two days field excursions and two days of presentations). The
second afternoon of presentations was held jointly with the southwest
regional group of
focused on the theme of "Geotourism". This
year's excellent Conference Dinner was free due to the kind sponsorship
of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team.
were to (1) Osmington
MIlls to examine the structure and stratigraphy of the area along
and to examine
the fine coastal sections in the Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian rocks
(led by Prof. John Cope) and (2) to the Charmouth Heritage Centre
and to Lyme Regis to examine the engineering works (led by Richard
Edmonds, Chris Pamplin and others).
For full details of the
2007 conference (and previous events), please see the conference
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