Events diary

Lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops presented by BGS, or hosted at a BGS site. For past events view events as calendar


Doors Open Day logo

Come along and find out about the cool research our scientists do, and get hands-on with robots, sea creatures, microscopes and more!

There will be tours of the marine operations workshop where our White Ribbon catamaran and rock drills are maintained when they’re not out surveying the seas.

Also, information about geomagnetism, thermal rock imaging, maps and apps, seismology and volcanology and visits to our core store.

There will be activities such as gold panning, making a quake and making a flour volcano! As well as a visit from Barnie the dino!

There will also be tours of Heriot-Watt's underwater exploration workshops and a chance to visit our new robotic assisted living lab!

Our programme of talks is now confirmed:

  • 11:00: Mike Stephenson (BGS) : UKGEOS – Heat from old coal mines for Scotland
  • 12:00: Gemma Richardson (BGS): The Weather in Space…. Sunspots, flares, eruptions and the northern lights
  • 13:00: Clayton Magill (Heriot-Watt): Changing climate, changing lives – investigating prehistoric weather and humans
  • 14:00: Siobhan Duncan (Heriot-Watt) How can insects influence technology
  • 15:00: Martin Smith (BGS): Official Development Assistance
  • 16:00: Sam Engwell (BGS): The science behind volcanoes


23rd Sep 2017

contaminates expo
Discover the 6 shows that make up the Contamination Expo Series
BGS will be exhibiting at The Geotechnical Expo, the UK's leading event for professionals working in geotechnical engineering to find the latest knowledge, solutions, and innovative designs in geotechnical engineering works.
Registration and delegate tickets free
Location map


27th – 28th Sep 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
We're attempting to make a world record and create our own earthquake at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium with the help of thousands of school children from all across Northern Ireland.
Location details


12th Oct 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
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.
Ulster museum location details


20th Oct 2017

GSA 2017
Abstract deadline — 1 August 2017
Early registration deadline — 18 August 2017
Meeting dates — 22–25 October 2017 in Seattle, Washington.


22nd – 25th Oct 2017

Aerial photograph

The biggest business event of the year in Rushcliffe returns to the venue of the British Geological Survey in Keyworth in 2017.

Delegates will have plenty of time for informal networking among potential new customers and suppliers and the opportunity to visit numerous display stands hosted by local and national businesses. There will also be a high quality line-up of top speakers offering insights and helpful tips into running successful businesses and encouraging business growth.



1st Nov 2017

Enhancing regional water security in semi-arid regions through improved metropolitan design.

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Mexico to apply to attend this workshop. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.

Location: Casa de la Ciudad, Oaxaca, Mexico.

More information and application form

Application deadline: 18 August 2017.



14th – 17th Nov 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
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.
W5 Information


30th Nov 2017