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Past Meeting Resources

This section of the site will be home to resources associated with past meetings organised by the Geological Society, particularly those with a bearing on public policy issues and areas of popular interest.

If there are resources from meetings which you would like to see included here, please contact us.

Bryan Lovell Meeting

Bryan Lovell Meeting 2016

The first Bryan Lovell meeting focused on the geoscientific aspects of water and risk and how they intersect in the context of societal challenges such as environmental change and water-related geohazards, including flooding, tsunami, sinkholes and mudflows.
London Lectures 2014

London Lectures

The Geological Society is delighted to host the London Lectures at Burlington House. Presentations from the lectures will be available to view online after the lectures have taken place.

5th Deep Geothermal Symposium

The 5th Geothermal Symposium had presentations on geothermal heat and power generation schemes delivered by representatives from industry, government and academia.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs

Following in the footsteps of the first successful Rain, Rivers and Reservoirs workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September 2015, this workshop brought together geoscientists and civil engineers with different backgrounds to generate new interdisciplinary approaches to key problems in our adjacent subject areas.
President's Day

President's Day

An annual event held by the Geological Society in June each year. View short talks from the recipients of the major medals and presentations by the Wollaston, Lyell, Murchison and William Smith medallists.
IGI Basin Modelling

Arthur Holmes Meeting 2016 - The Wilson Cycle

This meeting marked the fiftieth anniversary of Tuzo Wilson’s landmark paper “Did the Atlantic close and then re-open?”. This paper was one of a series he published which led to the “Wilson Cycle” concept in which the repeated opening and closing of ocean basins is a key process in the assembly and breakup of supercontinents.
Janet Watson 2016 - Collage

Janet Watson Meeting 2016: The Future of Hydrocarbon Exploration

The Society's first Janet Watson meeting aimed to bring together early career geoscientists with leading industry and academic experts to discuss and show case recent and potential future innovations in hydrocarbon exploration geoscience.
William Smith Meetings

The William Smith Meeting

This meeting is held annually on any branch of geological science. The event runs over two days and incorporates the William Smith Lecture, which is open to all Fellows of the Society.
Geological Society Library Events

Library Events

The Library holds regular public events focusing on items from the collection
Accessible Fieldwork

Confronting Barriers to inclusion - Opening the Gate to Accessible Fieldwork

This event explored the issues involved in making fieldwork accessible to learners with a diverse range of abilities through a combination of invited speakers, a panel and small group discussion.

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Celebrating 25 years of Chartership

This event in September 2015 marked 25 years of the Chartership title (CGeol).
key speakers including John Mather and Paul Younger. - See more at:
Key speakers included John Mather and Paul Younger.
key speakers including John Mather and Paul Younger. - See more at:
Founders' Day

Founders' Day

An annual event held by the Geological Society to celebrate the inauguration of the Society.
Fermor 2014

The Fermor Meeting

The Fermor Meeting is held every two or three years and usually runs over two to three days. The meeting can cover any aspect of geology relating to the Precambrian.
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Shell London Lectures

The Geological Society of London hosted the Shell London Lecture Series from 2008 to 2013. Presentations from each of the lectures are available to view online.

EFG Meeting 2015: Mining in a Crowded Country

Mining is at the heart of the North of England’s history and development, yet this is a heavily populated region, with differing views about the acceptability of mining in the 21st Century. This workshop discussed future mining prospects, and explored the legacy of past metal mining as well as current good practice.

Sustainable Exploitation of the Subsurface

The subsurface is an important and limited resource, from construction space and geo-materials to groundwater and geothermal. This meeting explored the geology, engineering and environment of our underground asset, coordinated by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, the British Tunneling society and IAEG.
ghosts of the museum

Ghosts of the Museum

An elementary Class on Fossils and how to draw them, presented for one night only by the Geological Society Library, featuring author & Geoscientist editor Ted Nield as the Curator of the Museum
The Lost World of Ladakh

The lost world of Ladakh: reclaiming the past, sustaining the future

Following on from the Sustainable Resource Development in the Himalayas conference and associated work, an evening of talks and a discussion session drew upon wider expertise of this fascinating region, as we considered how an understanding of the past can help to build a sustainable future.
Radioactive Waste

Radioactive Waste Management Ltd Technical Meeting

The first of an ongoing programme of meetings to discuss the Government's National Screening Exercise for siting of a Geological Disposal Facility. Aimed at geoscientists, engineers & safety case experts but open to all.
Deep Earth Processes

Deep Earth Processes: Windows on the Working of a Planet

This international meeting drew together the latest interdisciplinary ideas and results to identify the processes shaping the inaccessible depths of our planet.
Sustainable Resource in the Himalaya

Sustainable Resource Development in the Himalaya

The Society collaborated with the University of Jammu in 2014 for a 3-day conference, in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, to explore geoscience research relevant to the opportunities and challenges faced by the Himalaya region & identify lessons  for sustainable resource development.
Communicating Contested Geoscience

Communicating Contested Geoscience: New Strategies for Public Engagement

A one-day conference on communicating key geoscience challenges with the public, focused principally on Radioactive Waste Disposal, Shale Gas / Fracking, and Geological Carbon Storage.

Carbon Capture & Storage

Geological Carbon Storage: Meeting the Global Challenge

Carbon capture & storage (CCS) has the potential to avoid dangerous climate change due to CO2 increases by capturing & trapping it safely underground. This was the third in a series of international conferences on CCS held jointly with AAPG Europe.
Life & the Planet

Life and the Planet

The Earth that sustains us today has arisen out of planetary scale co-evolution of the physical and biological worlds, whose complex interactions necessitate a multidisciplinary ‘Earth System Science’ approach. This event launched a NERC research programme to investigate further.

Shell University Lecture Series

In 2010 and 2011, the Geological Society hosted the Shell University Lecture Series, a programme of six regionally-based themed lectures. You can view each of the presentations online.

Policy-related Meetings

Information on selected Geological Society meetings addressing public policy issues, or concerning areas of science with particular policy relevance. Including research meetings, or events aimed at a mixed or non-specialist audience.
RSM 60x100

Petroleum and Engineering at Imperial College

This 2-day meeting was held in September 2013 to celebrate 100 years of petroleum-related science and engineering education at Imperial College.


Higher Education Network

View the details and presentations from previous events hosted by the Higher Education Network.
Dan McKenzie

Dan McKenzie and Friends in Highlights from the Bullard Labs

This film, by Richard Thomas, is a rare insight into the early history of the theory of plate tectonics, one of the most important scientific theories of the twentieth century. It was made possible by a gift from a longstanding Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
Jurassic coast

Exploring the Jurassic Coast

Richard Edmonds visited Burlington House to give a presentation about the value of the Jurassic Coast, and why it is worth of World Heritage Site status.
Linheraptor fossil

From Dinosaurs to Early Birds: An Evolutionary Turning Point

This lecture was an exciting and rare opportunity to hear first-hand how dinosaur discoveries are made, and their importance in understanding the evolutionary history of our planet, from both a famous figure and a rising star in the world of palaeontology.