This year, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) will be celebrating 70 years of public service. GSNI has a long history of mapping, modelling and monitoring, all of which underpins decision making to promote economic development and generate baseline data for environmental management. During the course of the year, we’re planning a series of events to showcase the work of GSNI including a book launch, a ‘70 years’ symposium, education events, a new website, and a Seismic Stomp. To keep up to date with what’s happening throughout the year then follow GSNI on Twitter @GeoSurveyNI or on Facebook.
Saturday 25th February – Game of Stones at the Ulster Museum (part of the NI Science Festival): Join us for a day of interactive Earth science with our giant floor map to discover the wonderfully diverse geology of Northern Ireland.
Monday 13th March - Science Week at Stormont: A day of Earth Science workshops held at Parliament Buildings for primary schools. This event is run in association with partners including the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Belfast Hills Partnership, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership, Mourne Heritage Trust and the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.
Friday 21st April – Happy Birthday GSNI Charity Cake Sale at Dundonald House: the first geologists walked in to the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland our office on College Gardens, Belfast on 21st April 1947. Join us for a birthday celebration and help to raise some money for our chosen charity.
Thursday 22nd June - Launch of our new Geology Walks Guide at the Newcastle Community Cinema as part of the Mourne International Walking. The launch will be followed by a guided walk on part of the Sieve Donard Walk and will include the Granite Trail.
Saturday 10th September – GSNI Core Store Open Day (part of European Heritage Open Days): Explore the many kilometres of rock core and chippings that we hold in our core store and see how these can be used to unravel the geological history of Northern Ireland’s subsurface.
Thursday 12th October – World’s Largest Natural Disaster Awareness Raising Lesson: We’re attempting to make a world record by creating our own earthquake in the Stormont Estate with the help of 10,000 school children from all the way across Northern Ireland.
Friday 20th October - Geoconservation Gathering: In association with the Geological Society, we are hosting the annual geoconservation gathering at the Ulster Museum to celebrate the many good examples of conservation of Earth science in Northern Ireland.
Thursday 30th November - ’70 years’ symposium at W5, Belfast: Sharing 70 years of public service, we aim to showcase the highlights of GSNI from throughout our seven decades. Starting with the surveying of the coalfields at Ballycastle and including the award-winning Tellus and Tellus Border projects we’ll provide an opportunity to share in our successes and reflect on the achievements.