Join us for an interesting and informative evening! The Geologists’ Association organizes a series of illustrated evening lectures on a wide range of geological topics. These take place on the first Friday of the month and are held in the Janet Watson Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1V 0JU.

Tea at 5.30 pm with the lecture starting at 6.00 pm. All the above meetings are held in the Lecture Theatre of the Geological Society. Following the talk we have a reception in the lower library with wine and nibbles.

Non-members are very welcome to attend for an introductory visit – please telephone (020 7434 9298) or email (sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk) the Executive Secretary to book a place.

We are working hard to finalise a schedule of virtual lectures whilst government restrictions remain in place. Watch this space for further updates.

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

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: April 3 – “Pills and Politics”; a new look at George Bellas Greenough and his Geological Map of 1820.
Prof Hugh Torrens

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: May 1 – Presidential Address Nick Pierpoint

Scheduled for 5 June & now Available – Halstead Lecture:
Deep carbon cycling over the past 200 million years: contributions from tectonic settings
Kevin Wong (2019 Award Winner)

We invite you to send your questions to Kevin via Sarah Stafford – sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk

July 3 – Geothermal Resources of the UK
Dr Catherine Hirst

October 2 – A journey from Lilliput to Brobdingnag: Bivalve mollusc body size trends across the end-Triassic mass extinction and recovery
Dr Jed Atkinson

December 4 – Environmental conditions that existed during rebuilding of an Early Carboniferous ecosystem
Prof Sarah Davies


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

Now Available:

Deep carbon cycling over the past 200 million years: contributions from tectonic settings given by 2019 winner: Kevin Wong

We also invite you to send your questions to Kevin via Sarah Stafford – sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk

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