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Programme of Indoor Meetings 2016 - 2017

Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 19:00

The geology of the Indian Himalayas: a view from our new Manchester student fieldcourse - Dr John Nudds, University of Manchester

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 10:00 - The Broadhurst Lectures: The Climate History of the Earth

The venue for this meeting only is the Cordingley Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, University of Manchester (directions and map in Word or PDF). This is a venue new to the MGA. It is a tiered lecture theatre, seating 244, and is very close to The Place and the Williamson Building. All-day parking is available for 2 in a multi-storey car park immediately adjacent to the Humanities Bridgeford Street Building.

Registration commences at 10:00, with the first lecture at 10:30.

The Climate Archives of Caves and Stalagmites - Prof Dave Mattey, Royal Holloway, University of London
Glaciers and Climate Change - Prof Michael Hambrey, University of Aberystwyth
Ice Ages of Early Earth - Dr Catherine Rose, Trinity College Dublin
Climate Modelling - Prof Alan Haywood, University of Leeds
On the topic of the influence of climate change on the Permo-Triassic mass extinction (title to be confirmed) - Prof Richard Twitchett, Natural History Museum

Booking is essential (booking form in Word or PDF). All are welcome and the cost is 10 per person to cover the food (a finger buffet lunch).

Enquiries other than regarding bookings should be sent to Jane Michael

Saturday 10 December 2016 at 13:30

Recent Discoveries in British Palaeontology

The Incredible Ichthyosaurus: a reassessment of a British Jurassic Icon - Dean Lomax (University of Manchester)

Dinosaurs from Wales - Cindy Howells (National Museum Wales)

Digital techniques for understanding ancient life - Dr Russell Garwood (University of Manchester)

Populating a post-extinction world: the resurgence of vertebrate diversity in the early Carboniferous - Prof Jenny Clack (Cambridge University)

Saturday 21 January 2017 at 13:30

Rare Earth Elements: vital commodities

The Geology of Rare Earths - Prof Frances Wall, University of Exeter

Using a Life Cycle Assessment for rare earth production - Robert Pell, University of Exeter

Rare earths in the real world - from separation plant to market - Suzanne Shaw, Roskill (leader in international metals and minerals research since 1930)

Abstracts and speaker biographies - Word / PDF

Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 19:00 - AGM followed by Presidential Address

New Zealand geology is not just volcanoes and earthquakes - Jane Michael, MGA President

Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 18:30 - Joint meeting with Manchester Geographical Association

Faulty Communications: Seismic Hazard in Istanbul - Prof Iain Stewart, Plymouth University

The meeting will be held in the Manchester Metropolitan University Brooks Building, Bonsall Street, M15 6GX, Building 17 on the campus map. This is a 1 mile walk from Oxford Road station and about 0.5 miles from the car park used for the Broadhurst Lectures in November (map).

Attendance at the meeting is expected to be high due to Iain Stewart's reputation and TV appearances, so we suggest that you arrive early to ensure a good position in the 300-seat lecture theatre. There is an on-site cafe, which is open until 8pm according to the website, serving light snacks and hot drinks.

Please note that Manchester Geographical Association has decided that, although the event is free, online booking is necessary for this meeting. This information supersedes that given in the meeting notice in our December newsletter.

Tickets must be booked at Eventbrite, who provide the service at no cost to the organisations as the event is free. Simple registration with Eventbrite is required.

For members without internet access wishing to attend, please contact Jane Michael on 07917 434598 before 10 February and she will collate the names and undertake a block booking. A text message giving your name is preferred. However if you are unable to do this and she is unable to take your call, please leave a message on her voicemail, including your name and contact number.

For anyone without internet access who is unable to make a decision about attending the talk, you will be able to contact Jane after 20 February to ascertain if there are places available. Turning up on the day will not guarantee that you will be able to get in.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the need to book. Iain Stewart is a well-known personality and excellent speaker, and the audience is expected to be large.

Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 19:00

Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites: assessment criteria and how they are selected - Dr Christine Arkwright

Most people have heard of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), which have legal protection as nationally important biological and geological sites, but perhaps not as many know about Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites (RIGS). Although not as legally binding as SSSIs, a RIGS designation does give some protection in planning law to examples of the local geology, thus helping to conserve the geodiversity of that area.

Within the Greater Manchester area there are huge depths of sedimentary strata from Carboniferous to Triassic in age, including many examples of plant and animal fossils, sedimentary features, tectonic structures and surface geomorphology, all of which is your local geological heritage. This talk will explain how the GMRIGS Group is trying to protect that for future generations, our progress up to now and plans for the future.

There is also an associated field trip on Saturday 1 April

Unless otherwise stated, all lectures are in the Williamson Lecture Theatre, Manchester University, Oxford Road, Manchester.