Next vLecture:

No November Lecture due to the virtual Festival of Geology.
See you there!

Normally the Geologists’ Association organises a series of illustrated evening lectures on a wide range of geological topics. These are held on the first Friday of the month in the Janet Watson Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1V 0JU. Tea would be available at 5.30 pm with the lecture starting at 6.00 pm. Following the talk we would invite you to join us for a reception in the lower library with wine and nibbles.

Non-members are always welcome to attend for an introductory visit arranged by phoning (020 7434 9298) or emailing (sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk) the Executive Secretary to book a place.

However these are not normal times and whilst government restrictions remain in place we are working hard to deliver a schedule of virtual, vLectures freely available to all.


January 3 - Strange bedfellows (Life, Oxygen and Gypsum) during the emergence of complex life around the Ediacaran Cambrian transition
Prof Graham Shields

February 7 - Drilling the Chicxulub Impact Crater
Prof Jo Morgan

March 6 - Environments and Landscapes during the development of the mid-Palaeocene Hebridean Igneous Province, NW Scotland
Dr Ian Williamson


5 June - Halstead Lecture: Deep carbon cycling over the past 200 million years: contributions from tectonic settings.
Kevin Wong (2019 GASS Best Presentation Award winner)

July 10 - The weird and wonderful world of Sedimentology
Dr Jon Noad

September 11 - Comparing the flints of the Upper Cretaceous of England with the cherts/flints from the Eocene-Miocene White Limestone of Jamaica
Prof Simon F. Mitchell, from The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

October 2 - Presidential Address: Exploring for Hydrocarbons - a Risky Business (Part 2)
Nick Pierpoint, Senior Vice President of the GA

November - No lecture will be held due to the Festival of Geology.

December 4 - Environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an early Carboniferous ecosystem
Prof. Sarah Davies (Leicester University)


January 4 - Control the Drainage: the Gospel Accorded to Sinkholes
Dr Tony Waltham

February 1 - Henry Stopes Lecture The Climate, palaeogeography and early human settlement of Britain Prof Nick Ashton

March 8 - Halstead Lecture
Note later start time of 6.30pm with tea from 6pm
The secret Life of salt giants: 3d seismic data reveals new insights into the structural evolution of salt-influenced passive margins Sian Evans

April 5 - Minerals of the English Midlands Roy Starkey

May 3 - AGM and Presidential Address Risky Business –Exploring for Hydrocarbons Nick Pierpoint

June 7 - Virtual Reality and Drone Mapping- Geological Applications of Immersive Learning Claudia Ruiz-Graham

July 5 - Cretaceous amber: bits of ancient ecosystems Dr Ricardo Perez-De-La-Fuente

October 4 - Searching for an impact crater in Scotland Dr Mike Simms

December 6 - The Secret Life of the starfish: The origin of asterozoan echinoderms in the Ordovician Dr Aaron Hunter


January 5 - Enigmas in Himalayan Geology
Dr Danny Clark-Lowes

February 2 - A sceptical look at the Dino-Bird controversy
Mike Howgate

March 2 - Redrawing the geological map of South Wales
Prof John Cope

April 6 - Halstead Lecture
How It's Made: Volcanoes
Dr Craig MaGee

May 4 - AGM and Presidential Address
Geoconservation for science and society
Dr Colin Prosser

June 1 - Geological disposal of radioactive waste in the UK
Dr Jon Turner

July 6 - Middle Jurassic Mammals and freshwater fossil vertebrate fauna of the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Elsa Panciroli

October 5th - Redrawing the geological map of South Wales
Professor John C. W. Cope

December 7 - Hyoliths - where they fit in
Dr Martin Smith


January 6 - Prof Paul Upchurch
New Perspectives on dinosaur diversity and extinction

February 3 - Prof Simon Lewis
The Palaeolithic of Breckland: old sites, new questions Henry Stopes Memorial Lecture

March 3 - Dr Thomas Gernon
Diamonds and Chocolate: New Volcanic Process Discovered

April 7 - Professor Tim Reston
Crustal Thinning – What happens when a continent breaks up

May 5 - Dr Colin Prosser
AGM and Presidential Address
Conserving Rocks! - How did that come about? A brief history of Geoconservation in the UK

June 2 - Dean Lomax
The incredible Ichthyosaurus: a reassessment of a British Jurassic Icon

July 7 - Antonio Ferreira
Radon, the Geogenic Gas

October 6 - Dr Maria McNamara
New Advances in the study of fossil animal colour

December 1 - Prof Tamsin Mather
Volcanoes and Global change?


January 8 - Dr Fausto Ferraccioli
The Gambursev Subglacial Mountains parodox in East Antarctica: solved or enduringly enigmatic?

February 5 - Dr Imran Rahman
A Virtual World of Palaeontology

March 11 - Dr Nick Longrich
Giant marine reptiles and whales during the Eocene-Oligocene cooling event

April 1 - Dr Julie Prytulak
The Biggest Volcano on Earth

May 6 - Dr Haydon Bailey
AGM and Presidential Address
Foraminifera II: Planktonics - The free floating story

June 3 - Dr Colin Summerhayes
Cambridge Earth's Climate Evolution

July 1 - Dr Lidia Lonergan
The Geology and Scenery of Italy: the Role of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonic Plates

*POSTPONED* October 7 - Dr Antonio Ferreira
Radon, a silent GeoHazard

*Change of talk*
October 7 - Haydon Bailey
The Geology of the Chilterns and the potential impact of HS2

December 2 -Prof John Cosgrove
The Evolution of a fold thrust belt – an example from the Zagros Mountains of Iran

GA Video Lectures

Past lectures are normally only available to Members of the GA in the Members area but for the duration of the Covid-19 Lockdown, they will be freely available to all who would like to view them here: GA Video Lectures