Other Organisations & Societies Events and News

A diverse programme of events are organised by other geological organisations and societies, ranging from lectures and conferences to field trips and public outreach events.

Please note that these are not GA events and so for further details, please use the contacts listed with each event.

Click here to download the circular of events.

April 2017


Saturday 1st April - Friday 2nd June. 2017


handling session


8 - 15 April 2017
Why Dinosaurs Matter With Professor Ken Lacovara
The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain's GEOLiteracy Tour



June 11th 2017 – 18th June 2017

Geotourism and Regional Geology and Museums of the Jura Region of France
Thick-skinned Dinosaurs - Thin skinned Tectonics

Leaders: Eric Buffetaut, Dick Moody (Fieldtrip Secretary History of Geology Group)

Final itinerary is available here.


September 27th - 10th October 2017

2017 HOGG Fieldtrip to Morocco

Leaders: Professor R. T. J. Moody (Fieldtrip Secretary HOGG) and Professor Habib Belayouni

Provisional Programme.

The 2017 trip will be a combination of geotourism - and the study of the diverse geology of a country, that holds many of the answers to history of the opening of the Atlantic and the paleogeography of Tethys and the Afro-European plates. The phosphate industry is particularly interesting to our understanding of the opening of the northern Atlantic Ocean in Cretaceous-Tertiary times and the economic wealth of Morocco. The major themes of the excursion will be:

The structural geology of the Rif Mountains and the Straits of Gibraltar.

Petroleum Geology of the Rharb.

Phosphates: Extractive industry and sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeontology of Mesozoic – Tertiary deposits.

Ordovician glaciation and regional tectonics.

Precambrian – Palaeozoic Geology of Ouarzazate Region.

and the:

Mesozoic sediments of Essouira Basin with giant heteromorphic ammonites and reefs.

More details on this trip can be downloaded here and the figures can be viewed here.

Launch of new website for Sussex Geodiversity

The Sussex Geodiversity Partnership was formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting and protecting geodiversity in East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove. Originating with the Sussex RIGGS scheme hosted by Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton from 1993 to 2006, the Sussex Geodiversity Partnership is hosted by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.

The Partnership comprises a small group of geologists and geomorphologists with the aim of sharing information on the geodiversity of Sussex, influencing policy and promoting cross-regional working for geodiversity. The public face of the Partnership is the new website at (prior to its launch on the 15th October 2013 it can be previewed at http://www.geodiversitysussex.org.uk/geology/ )

As well as providing information on the geology of Sussex, the website was developed to provide an open-access database for all geological and geomorphological sites in Sussex. Using the original RIGS surveys, the 120 sites were re-surveyed and updated reports produced in 2011/12 by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre working with West and East Sussex County Councils.

The website is still being populated with site data. Initially, only details of sites with public access will be made available together with regional geological information. Details of limited access sites will be added subject to permission from the landowners. A comprehensive bibliography of publications on Sussex geology and geomorphology is being added and there will be links to other websites and a news item page.  Over the next six months the number of sites covered by the site will increase, so keep checking in a learn more about the exceptional Geodiversity of Sussex.

Please do have a look at the website. Ideas for improvements and additions to the website are welcome via the feedback form.

New website on Antarctic Glaciers

A new website on Antarctic Glaciers has been created by Dr Bethan Davies to document glacial response to climate change. The site is available at www.AntarcticGlaciers.org and has been designed to appeal to students from A-Level upwards and aims to deliver peer-reviewed science to the general public.  Many commonly misunderstood concepts have been explained, and the site provides many photographs, maps and images that of Antarctica. It covers lots of topics from the A-Level geography curriculum, and also much of the exciting research currently being done in Antarctica. There is a section on careers in geography and geosciences, projects and essay questions targeted at A-Level students.