Events diary

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


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'Role of geological science in the decarbonisation of power production, heat, transport and industry'.
In the UK and elsewhere, decarbonisation of power production, industry, transport and heating to meet climate change targets is a major challenge, and one that intrinsically involves the subsurface and geoscience.

This major conference will examine the role that geoscience will play including in energy storage, batteries, carbon abatement and heat production.

The conference will host national experts from industry, academia, and government to look at the geological and reservoir engineering aspects of the problem. The main objective will be to identify the high level barriers to progress and the main science questions – and begin a roadmap to solve the problems.



21st – 23rd Jan 2019

Great Yarmouth North Beach

Recent lurid headlines have suggested that across the planet we are running out of sand. This echoes similar contemporary concerns regarding the physical exhaustion of other natural resources which have in the past been assumed to be essentially infinite. Sand has been an essential raw material from the beginning of urbanisation – a mineral that has formed the foundations of civilisation through construction of our buildings and infrastructure.

Within the last decade or two, in some parts of the world supply of sand has become constrained. In a very few places, sand has arguably become a conflict mineral. As a result, some commentators now suggest we are threatened by the unmanaged and rapid depletion in global stocks of this essential mineral.

Sand is now used to create places on a larger scale than ever before, especially through land reclamation from the sea. Sand is also used in concrete and a wide range of industrial uses including the manufacture of glass & steel, cement production and water purification. Driven by population growth, higher standards of living and increasing urbanisation, global demand for sand has grown rapidly. As a consequence, tensions have risen in some parts of the world where demand for sand for new development highlights an imbalance in value, sand stocks and/or the capacity to supply. Where the understanding of sand resources is poor and regulation is weak, these tensions can result in serious impacts on the environment and communities. The presumption of sand supply continuity requires re-evaluation.

With contributions from key experts, this meeting will consider sand as a commodity, assessing the benefits and disbenefits of its extraction and use against the backdrop of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting aims to explore sand supply and markets; resource management policies and regulation; and the environmental, social and economic risks associated with extraction - all at a range of scales from local to international. In addressing concerns, the meeting will be focussed on sharing knowledge and science, culminating in the identification of best practices and ways forward.

Further information and to register:

Sand and the Sandbank: is sand extraction a sustainable business?



30th Jan 2019

Geological Society

4D Subsurface Modelling: Predicting the Future

The Geological Society, Burlington House 20–21 February 2019

As geoscientists, we strive for an integrated view of the Earth beneath our feet. Yet, barriers are created by technical disciplines, prevailing methods and data availability. This unique workshop examines what can be gained from building shared models through time and how challenges that lie in their way can be overcome.

Call for abstracts deadline: 30th September 2018



20th – 21st Feb 2019

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Applications invited for the second Spring School on CO2 Geological Storage. An intensive one-week course for PhD students and post-docs with an interest in CO2 storage. The course will be held 23 – 29th May 2019 at Hontomin, Spain. Application deadline 3rd January.


22nd – 29th May 2019