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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)  [jenny.bennett@rocketmail.com]
..or please register your interest to attend with Sarah Stafford at the Geologists’ Association office:
Telephone: 020 7434 9298; email geol.assoc@btinternet.com

More information can be found here.

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Geology / 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 01395 222144.

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: marcgreg@breathe.com

Tasting of Wines from France – a Geological Perspective

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 swrg@geolsoc.org.uk 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 from Exeter).


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.

Website: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/get_involved/events08/lecture09-americas/

Earthwatch Lecture – Forests and Climate Change

Thursday 26th March 2009
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

Our forests, home to an extraordinary range of biodiversity, and arguably one of our greatest safeguards against 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 Forest).

Website: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/get_involved/events08/lecture09-forests/

For more information contact the Earthwatch Events Department on (01865) 318856; events@earthwatch.org.uk

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, Paignton, Devon.

For full details of the 2009 conference (and previous events), please see the conference pages

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:

  • Devon's rivers: is the past the key to the present?
    Prof Tony Brown - University of Southampton
  • Geological changes in the near future and their possible implications.
    Geoff Davis - Consultant
  • The Late Pleistocene in the south-west; the record from the caves.
    Dr Roger Jacobi - British Museum
  • Metal mining in south-west England: past production and future prospects.
    Dr Richard Scrivener - British Geological Survey
  • The tectonics of south-west England: Gondwana margin, Pangea middle and Atlantic edge.
    Dr Robin Shail - CSM, University of Exeter
  • Thoughts on the early history of geology in the south-west.
    Prof Hugh Torrens - Keele University

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 to John Renouf.


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 attended.

In addition, electronic copies of the back issues of the Proceedings of the Ussher Society (now Geoscience in south west England) was distributed to all paid-up 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 pages


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 available here

The History of Geology Group (HOGG) was inaugurated in October 1994 to encourage the interest in the history of geology
and the lives and work of those scientists and philosophers who influenced both the study and the practice of geology.
HOGG is open to anyone with an interest in the history of geology, and the events and personalities that have shaped
the way in which it is studied and practiced today.


Jurassic Coast hosted the 2007 Ussher Society 45th Annual Conference

The Jurassic Coast team hosted the 45th annual conference at Weymouth 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 the Geological Society of London 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.

Field excursions were to (1) Osmington MIlls to examine the structure and stratigraphy of the area along the Abbotsbury-Ridgeway Fault System 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 pages.


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