ASK - or Accessing Subsurface Knowledge - is a new data and knowledge exchange network between public and private sectors developed by BGS and Glasgow City Council.
Knowledge of the subsurface is key to delivering successful construction and regeneration projects - poor understanding of ground conditions is widely recognised as the largest single cause of project delay as well as overspending.
The ASK Network will be launched by the BGS and Glasgow City Council (GCC) at a workshop at the Lighthouse, Glasgow on 16 November 2012.
Who should attend?
Download the ASK Network Launch — Draft Programme
Registration is free and a networking lunch is provided. It is a half-day event from 9:30-14:00.
Contact Hugh Barron by 12 November to register .
The conference Theme is Warm Worlds
Poster/Presentation Abstract deadline 30th September 2012. Further information regarding conference fees, accommodation options and transport etc. can be found on the TMS website
The Festival of Geology is run by the Geologists Association and entry is free.
The BGS Sales Desk will also have as stand at the Festival of Geology, selling maps and memoirs and other geological books.
Groundwater is a vital resource, providing drinking water for over a billion people worldwide. It can also provide a pathway for contaminants to migrate that harm human health. This conference brings together leading academics, regulators and consultants to discuss known and emerging groundwater pollutants and the potential implication for human health in the UK and beyond.
Marianne Stuart from BGS is a guest speaker at this event.
Come to a book signing on 5 November, from 2 pm until 5 pm, at the BGS, Natural History Museum, London.
Read more about The Million Death Quake
Is gas the energy source of the future? Gas is relatively clean (greenhouse emissions are around 50% less than coal) so we'd be doing our bit for the planet. There's no question there's plenty of gas in the ground, meaning a greater proportion of our energy could be generated from reliable sources, making us more resilient to political instability, natural disasters and terrorist attacks elsewhere in the world. A cheap, lower-carbon home-grown supply of energy sounds like an ideal solution.
But others would argue that this would be just a short-term fix. The price of gas seems set to rise and in any case gas is still a fossil fuel: if we re serious about combating climate change we need drastic reductions in our emissions and that also means developing the UK's vast potential for wind, wave and solar power.
Prof. Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy Science at the BGS, is one of the speakers.
British onshore oil exploration has proceeded in a low key, episodic manner for almost two centuries. Britain's coal to oil modernity is deeply etched into the cultural and historical geographies of the East Midlands.
This talk reveals the interconnected relationships of six epistemological field sites (Riddings, Hardstoft, Eakring and Dukes Wood, Caunton and Kelham Hills) which were discovered in a west to east succession from 1846 to 1943 and examines the ways in which a string of individuals added their own scientific lithology's to reconfigure a modest, low key sideline venture in Derbyshire into a multimillion pound global industry.
During WWI and WWII British onshore oil exploration sparked heated geopolitical debates centred on land and mineral ownership, monopolisation, royalty payments, state regulation and overall domestic energy autonomy. Ultimately, the discovery of four inland oil fields in Nottinghamshire provided a time critical supply of domestic oil during WWII, serving as secret oil carriers the enemy could not sink.
Speaker: University of Nottingham/BGS PhD student, Andrew Naylor.
The next conference will be held at BGS Keyworth on 28-30 Sept 2012.
Theme: Digital tools for geology teaching.
ESTA Annual Course and Conference is a fantastic opportunity for high quality CPD that will make teaching and learning Earth Sciences enjoyable for you, and both fun and inspiring for your students.
Hilton London Metropole Hotel, UK
BGS's, Dr Nick Riley is one of the speakers at this event.
The Open Day in 2012 will be held on Saturday 22 September - 10am to 5pm.
Contact Ted Harris for the latest information.
Prof Mike Stephenson, Head of Energy at the British Geological Survey will present a course on "Sedimentary organic matter: characterization and applications"
The course will be held at the University of Milan, 19-21 September 2012.
It includes sections on
It will be aimed mainly at Italian PhD students, but is open to all. Researchers and professionals in sedimentology, stratigraphy and the hydrocarbons industry may be interested.
Contact Mike Stephenson for more details.
BGS staff involved/attending.
How can rocks keep us warm in winter?
This event explains some cool facts about rocks that means there’s a store of heat right beneath our feet!
We’ll discover the many ways that this store can be tapped into so we can heat (and cool) our own homes, schools and offices.
FREE interactive talk suitable for all ages
So what will happen when news breaks of a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on the Sun? Join us to unravel the jargon & discover if we’ll see power blackouts or electrifying auroras!
FREE talk hosted by the British Geological Survey.
The Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Conference is a biennial event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. The next EIG conference is 5-8 September 2012 at Edgehill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire. It is aimed at 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. BGS geologists will be presenting on a range of current minerals research including marine resources, critical metals, modelling environmental impact, resource management and geophysical prospecting.
If you are interested in presenting a paper please contact Clive Mitchell.
The conference programme includes two full days of presentations and workshops on September 4 and 5 with a conference meal on the evening of September 4 and a field trip on September 6:
BGS is attending this conference with a stand showcasing the Infiltration SuDS Map.
More about the SUDSnet International Conference 2012
Waterborne High Resolution Geophysical Techniques And Applications
The Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) of the Geological Society are hosting a workshop to showcase the use of geophysical techniques in the shallow water environment.
Held over two days at Rutland Water Sailing Club (near Oakham), a series of talks by academic and industry experts are supported by overwater demonstrations of the latest technology. This will allow delegates to witness the whole cycle of work from theory to practice.
Seminar sessions over the two days will cover:
BGS Marine Operations are planning to attend the workshop and will demonstrate the new BGS road-towable survey catamaran, the White Ribbon, and present recent BGS work in the shallow water environment.
Further information will be posted on the NSGG website