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A Building Stones Guide to Central Manchester
Third Edition (2014)
Four self-guided walks through the city centre
Now available to purchase

Programme of Indoor Meetings 2017 - 2018

Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 19:00

The Science and Engineering of Shale - Prof Ernie Rutter


Saturday 18 November 2017 at 13:30 - The Broadhurst Lectures: Deep Earth Matters

Surprises from the top of the mantle transition zone - Professor Hugh Rollinson, University of Derby
Dynamics of the core-mantle boundary - Dr Andrew Walker, University of Leeds
The scale, magnitude and distribution of chemical heterogeneities in the Earth: what are they, how do they form, and how do we find them? - Dr Jason Harvey, Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, University of Leeds


Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 18:30 - Joint meeting with Manchester Geographical Association

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

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, Bonsall Strteet, Manchester M15 6GX

This event is ticket-only and is now fully booked.

Saturday 9 December 2017 at 13:30 - Some Aspects of Planetary Geology in the Solar System

Cosmic Debris - The Geology of Small Bodies in the Solar System - Dr Rhian Jones, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester
Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: lake bed sediments, sand dunes and sulphate veins - Dr Susanne P Schwenzer, Lecturer in Earth Science, The Open University
Flood basalts and explosive volcanism on Mercury and the Moon - David A Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University


Saturday 13 January 2018 at 13:30 - Flying Fossils

How to make a bird from a dinosaur - Dr Steve Brusatte, Chancellor's Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology and Reader, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

What were pterosaurs? I mean, really? - Dr Mark Witton, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth

How did the largest animals to ever fly get off the ground? Biomechanics of pterosaurs - Dr Liz Martin-Silverstone, University of Bristol


Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 19:00 - AGM followed by Presidential Address

Aspects of North Island Geology - Jane Michael, MGA President

Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 19:00

Carboniferous carbonate platforms: limestone deposition in a changing climate - Lucy Manifold

Meetings from October to February inclusive will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Full details of the speakers and their lecture titles will be circulated nearer the times of the meetings.