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London Lecture: “Not under my backyard”: are public perceptions of the risk of geological engineering projects well-founded?

13 September 2017
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1. Geological Society Events, 2017 Year of Risk
The Geological Society, Burlington House, London
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Watch the Livestream of the lecture on 13 September.

Modern society is crucially underpinned by the use of geological resources that include mineral resources such as metals and hydrocarbons; groundwater resources; subsurface infrastructure such as sewerage and transport tunnels; and waste disposal (e.g. waste water, CO2 or radioactive waste).

There have been recent high-profile media coverage of a range of geological engineering risks associated with, for instance, fracking for shale gas, wastewater disposal and radioactive waste disposal. Research finds risk perceptions differ between publics and technical experts.

While geoscientists and engineers may argue that these resources can be utilised in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, public concerns continue to be raised.

What is the source of the discrepancy between the perception of the risks associated with geological engineering, and what can the engineering and geoscience community do to better address - or take on board - public concerns?

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The talk will be given twice on the same day, once at 3.00pm and once at 6.00pm – please note that if you would like to attend the talks, the 3pm matinees generally have more availability. The talks will be exactly the same in the afternoon and evening.

Entry to the lectures is free to all, but places are allocated on a ballot basis. To enter the ballot complete the ballot form at Please note: The ballot for this lecture is not yet open.

Email Olivia Barton-Fisher for more information, or to join the newsletter and receive notification when the ballot opens. 

Programme – 3.00pm talk

2.30pm Tea & Coffee
3.00pm Lecture begins
4.00pm Event ends

Programme – 6.00pm talk

5.30pm Tea & Coffee
6.00pm Lecture begins
7.00pm Short drinks reception
8.00pm Event ends

Please note that the doors to Burlington House will close at 6.15pm and you will not be able to enter the building after this time

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The Geological Society

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Tel: 020 7434 9944