Events diary

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


A workshop on stable isotopes in fossils and organic compounds from lake sediment records

  • Date & Location: 28th & 29th of July 2016 at the University of Southampton, UK
  • Background: Stable isotopes (with a focus on the lighter elements H, C, N, O, and S) can be measured on sedimentary remains of plants and animals. The beauty of this is that taxon–specific (identified) remains and individual compounds can be measured rather than bulk sediments. We currently witness a step–change in understanding stable isotope signals in sedimentary records, as it has become possible to link stable isotope values of remains and compounds to explicit provenances. For example, it allows the study of carbon cycling in well–defined ecosystem components over time; it provides insights in food web structure by analysing remains of organisms at different trophic levels in the food web and how they respond to each other and external drivers; it allows the study of palaeohydrology/palaeoclimatology using organisms that live in known habitats, thus identifying signal and reducing noise compared with bulk sediment palaeoenvironmental stable isotope records. Apart from highlighting potential new directions in stable isotope studies, this workshop will also address issues concerning analytical precision and reproducibility and the need for modern datasets to calibrate downcore studies.
  • Workshop aims: The aim of this workshop is to clearly formulate the research areas where stable isotope techniques can make most impact. To do so the workshop will bring together those colleagues (both senior and early career scientists) that have been pushing the boundaries of stable isotope methodologies and applications over the past years and (1) provide a state–of–the–art overview of latest developments in the field, (2) identify key issues for this emerging field and a way to address these in the next years, and (3) stimulate knowledge exchange, reaching out especially towards early career scientists and scientists from developing countries. Workshop output will be a review article on this topic in the Journal of Paleolimnology that could be part of a special issue if enough interest exists.
  • Keynote speakers: Prof. Oliver Heiri (University of Bern, Switzerland), Prof. Melanie Leng (University of Nottingham & British Geological Survey, UK), Dr. Jessica Whiteside (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK), Prof. Mat Wooller (Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, University of Alaska Fairbanks)
  • Registration and information: There is no registration fee, but please register on the workshop website.

The deadline for abstract submission (300 words) is Friday 24th of June 2016. More information on grant availability for early career researchers and scientists from developing countries will be available on the website around 15th of June.

09:00 28th – 17:30 29th Jul 2016

University of Birmingham

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.

The event is for geo-professionals associated with the extraction of industrial rocks and minerals, including those involved in geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, restoration and after-use, reserves and resources and quarry design and planning.

The conference includes 2–days of presentations plus pre- and post-conference field trips (Field trips on 6th and 9th September 2016).

7th – 8th Sep 2016

Automated titration the laboratory, or in the field.

Principles and Practice of Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Geosciences

The aim of this short course is to allow PhD students (non–experts) to gain an understanding of the use of stable isotopes in Earth and environmental geosciences, through lectures, workshops and hands–on lab work. At the end of the 2 days the participants should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the general principles of isotope geochemistry including notation and standardization.
  • Understand the water/meteorological cycle in particular how rainfall isotope composition are determined by climate, how O, H, and C stable isotope compositions in the modern day waters provide a framework for the interpretation of these isotopes in the past archived in geological materials.
  • Understand the application of stable isotope geochemistry (O, H, C and S) to a variety of geological settings, including volcano-magmatic systems, ore deposits and geothermal systems.
  • Gain knowledge on the global cycles of C, N and S.
  • Understand how isotope data are interpreted in terms of climate/environment from some of the most common archives, including lakes, trees, oceans, speleothems, archaeological materials and from deep time geological successions.
  • Understand how N, C, S and H isotope analysis of biological tissues can be utilised to elucidate food webs and animal migration.
  • Understand how isotopes (N, O) can be used to trace nutrient cycles within both aquatic and soil systems and in doing so inform us about sources of environmental pollution and past environmental change. Laboratory practicals will allow participants to gain experience and knowledge of mass spectrometry and how isotope data is acquired. These will be tailored to delegate’s own areas of interest after acquisition of the basics of stable isotope geochemistry. A full tour of SUERC isotope laboratories will be included in the course.
  • Course location: Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow
  • Date & Time: 2nd/3rd November 2016
  • Course presenters: Prof Adrian Boyce, Dr Angela Lamb, Prof Melanie Leng, Dr Jason Newton, Dr Andrew Smith

To register interest in attending please contact Theresa Mankelow (BGS Training and Adrian Boyce (note the course maximum is 30 participants, and a minimum of 6 is required for the course to run).

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09:00 2nd – 17:30 3rd Nov 2016

Prof W. Mike Edmunds
Groundwater and climate resilience lecture which aims to honour the legacy of Prof W. Mike Edmunds by promoting good hydrogeological science to the service of society.

17:00 3rd Nov 2016