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Ancaster, Wilsford Quarry

The Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference is one of the longest running and most keenly anticipated events in the UK minerals industry calendar. Organised by a passionate volunteer group of professionals representing all aspects of the industry, this is one conference that anyone connected to UK minerals should not miss!

The EIG Conference is the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. This event is for geo-professionals associated with the extraction of minerals, including those involved in geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, restoration and after-use, reserves and resources and quarry design and planning.

The 2020 conference includes 2–days of presentations on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July at the Peter Chalk Centre, University of Exeter and will feature the key note Ansel Dunham lecture. The conference is preceded and followed by field excursions to local and regional extractive industry sites on Wednesday 8th and Saturday 11th July.

Convenor: Teresa Brown Email:


11th Jul 2020


The aim of this short course is to give PhD students an introduction to the use of isotopes (mainly stable isotopes) in earth, environmental, and life sciences research.

The training will cover:

  • General principles of stable isotope geochemistry and the application of isotope ratio mass spectrometry
  • Data validation and uncertainty assessment in isotope geochemistry to critically evaluate data and their interpretation
  • Application of stable isotope geochemistry in limnogeology, palaeoceanography, speleothem, and science-based archaeology
  • Isotope analysis of biological tissues to elucidate food webs and animal migration
  • Isotopes as tracers of nutrient cycles within both aquatic and soil systems, informing on sources of environmental pollution and past environmental change
  • Application of stable isotope geochemistry to a variety of geological settings, including volcano-magmatic systems, ore deposits, and geothermal systems
  • Application of stable isotope geochemistry to the sedimentary rock record in order to assess hydrocarbon and mineral resource potential
  • Dating techniques that can be applied to deep time materials

A tour of the National Environmental Isotope Facility at the British Geological Survey will be included. Participants will be able to discuss their research objectives and challenges with facility staff


Please note the course maximum is 30 participants and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you are not a PhD student and would like to attend the course, please get in touch before registering.

Course location: British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham,

Course presenters: Prof Adrian Boyce, Dr Joseph Emmings, Dr Matthew Horstwood, Dr Jack Lacey, Dr Angela Lamb, Prof Melanie Leng, Dr Rona McGill, Dr Jason Newton, Dr Nick Roberts, Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Mario Tuthorn.

For enquiries, please contact: Dr Jack Lacey

17th – 18th Nov 2020