Events diary

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

UK Geoenergy Observatories
Meeting starts at 10.30

The UK Geoenergy Observatories project is delivering new centres for world-leading research into the subsurface environment. The British Geological Survey (BGS), funded by NERC, is delivering the research infrastructure and will operate facilities in Cheshire and Glasgow over their 15-year lifetime.

Workshop Objective:

This workshop will explain the process for sampling core, fluids and for geomicrobiological analyses from UK Geoenergy Observatories. Specifically this workshop will describe how to access samples from geological core & cuttings, preserved geomicrobiology samples from the Glasgow borehole GGC01 drilled in Nov-Dec 2018 (access to some fluid samples has already been allocated) and access to all sample types that will be collected from the Cheshire facility which is scheduled to begin drilling during summer 2019 (subject to planning permission). It will describe in detail the types of samples that will be available.

This meeting will outline the sampling request process, the mechanisms by which sampling requests will be reviewed and evaluated, and the responsibilities that these will place on the scientists.

Any scientist interested in sampling materials from this project should attend including:

  • UK based academic scientists including those from BGS and NERC
  • Post-Doctoral researchers / fellows & PhD Students

Summary agenda

  1. Brief Introduction & Vision for UKGEOs
  2. Open data and NERC data policy
  3. Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Facility Site: opportunities for sampling
  4. Cheshire Geoenergy Research Facility Site: opportunities for sampling
  5. The New NGR Core Scanning facility
  6. Details of Intended Sampling Process and Deadlines

Meeting close at 16:00

Inevitably scientists will be asking for details of sampling that are yet to be completely defined. Therefore the CERFS sampling request are subject to changes and will help define the sampling process. The infrastructure of the UK Geoenergy Observatories facilities, including all of the expected samples and data to be collected are describe in:

Monaghan, A A, Starcher, V, O Dochartaigh, B, Shorter, K, Burkin, J. 2018. UK Geoenergy Observatories: Glasgow Geothermal Energy Research Field Site: science infrastructure. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 46pp. (OR/18/037)

Kingdon, A, Dearden, R A, Fellgett, M W. 2018. UK Geoenergy Observatories Cheshire Energy Research Field Site : Science Infrastructure. Keyworth, Nottingham, British Geological Survey, 48pp. (OR/18/055)

BGS Keyworth site details

To register for this workshop, please email

10:30 – 16:00 20th Mar 2019

BGS staff member Michael Stephenson

Professor Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology at the BGS, will be a keynote speaker at the ‘Next steps for the unconventional oil and gas market in the UK’ conference in Westminster on 4th April 2019. This timely conference, chaired by Lord Truscott, will focus on policy and planning, key infrastructure challenges, environmental standards and assurances, and community and stakeholder engagement.

Further details on the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum website:

Next steps for the unconventional oil and gas market in the UK

4th Apr 2019

Nottingham Park sandstone tunnel

Hidden within the developed urban environment of Nottingham City are a number of exceptional geological outcrops.  These outcrops provide us with a ‘window’ into the area’s geological heritage, telling a story of huge ancient rivers flowing within hot arid desert-like landscapes.

This free expert guided tour will visit two outcrops in the city at Nottingham Castle and Park Tunnel.  Using these fantastic exposures of sandstone we will introduce you to the geology of the Triassic Period and demonstrate the many features that geologists use to delve into, and interpret the Earth’s past environments. 

The tour will also provide an insight into how this ancient geological landscape still impacts our modern city some ~240 million years later...


  • Meet near the Robin Hood Statue at the side of Nottingham Castle just off Castle Road.
  • Limited to 25 places – contact Dr Oliver Wakefield
  • Completely Free
  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours
  • Option to include a stop at the ‘Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem’ to discuss the geology over a drink
  • Download the tour poster

11:00 – 14:00 4th May 2019

CO2GeoNet logo
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