47th Annual Conference, Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, Devon

6th-9th January, 2009

(Details of the previous meeting, held at the Hotel Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall can be found here)

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Programmes: Wednesday 7th January, Thursday 8th January

The Conference

The Ussher Society successfully held its 47th Annual Conference at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, Devon. The 4-day conference for earth and environmental scientists comprised field trips (held on Tuesday 6th and Friday 9th January) and two days of presentations, and also incorporated a joint session with the South West Regional Group of the Geological Society.

The main presentation days were Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of January - oral or poster contributions were presented covering diverse subject areas.

The Scott Simpson Lecture was presented by Dr Jean-Bernard Edel (Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg) on:

"Structure and geodynamics of the Variscan belt of western and central Europe in the light of geophysical data (gravimetric, magnetic, seismic and palaeomagnetic)."

In addition to the general papers and posters, there were thematic sessions on the Variscan of Europe, Quaternary topics and tungsten mining, with special reference to the forthcoming re-opening of Hemerdon Mine.

An icebreaker reception was kindly provided by IGI Ltd.

Field Excursions

Tuesday 6th January

A field trip was organised for Tuesday 6th January, led by Dr Elaine Burt (BGS Cardiff) and Dr Kevin Page (University of Plymouth) to examine the Permian and Devonian rocks spectacularly exposed along the coast of Torbay.

Localities included Hope’s Nose, Meadfoot Beach and Saltern Cove, Goodrington.

Friday 9th January

Post-conference field trips were planned for Friday 9th January and the alternatives are:

1. Visit to Hemerdon Mine, to be led by John Cowley and Richard Scrivener

2. Engineering Geology of the Rock Walk, Torquay, to be led by Jeremy Rickeard of Frederick Sherrell Ltd.

3. Visit to Kent’s Cavern, with a guided tour by the staff (please note that there will be a charge for this of £4.50 per person, to becollected on the day)

Accommodation Information

The Redcliffe Hotel conference venue kindly negotiated the special rate of £40 per person per night B&B (no single supplement) for Ussher Society Delegates – please contact the hotel directly and mention the Ussher Society to make your reservation.

Redcliffe Hotel,
Marine Drive,
Devon, TQ3 2NL

E-mail: redclfe@aol.com
Tel: 01803 526397
Website: www.redcliffehotel.co.uk

Links to information about alternative accommodation options may be found here

Student Bursary

A bursary fund was available to cover/contribute to the cost of full-time students wishing to attend the Meeting to present a paper.

Conference Secretary
Dr Peter Pay,
Hole Farm,
EX18 7DS
Telephone: 01769 580159
Email: conference09@ussher.org.uk)

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