Past Lectures

Previous lectures up to the present time are listed below. Where an abstract is available a details link will be shown.

Monday 1 October 2018

The Last British Ice Sheet and its impact on the British Landscape

Dr Bethan Davies,  Royal Holloway College
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Monday 3 September 2018

Extra-ordinary Women Geologists: from Mary Anning to now

Dr Chris Duffin,  Natural History Museum
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Monday 6 August 2018

University of Reading Specimen Store.

Specimen identification.

Hazel McGoff
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Monday 2 July 2018

NOTE START TIME 19:15 for 19:30
The control of geology and climate change on 2 millennia of English viticulture

Prof Richard Selley,  Imperial College
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Monday 4 June 2018

Evening Geological Ramble

Lower Shiplake

Roger Hurley,  RGS
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Monday 14 May 2018

North Atlantic Igneous Province:
the East Greenland Geological Expedition, 1966

Prof David Bell,  University of Oxford
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Monday 9 April 2018

Control the Drainage: The Gospel Accorded to Sinkholes

Dr Tony Waltham,  Karst Geologist
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Monday 5 March 2018

Presidential Address
Fogo volcano, Cape Verde Islands

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 5 February 2018

Recovery of life from the Permian mass extinction

Prof Michael Benton,  University of Bristol
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Monday 8 January 2018

AGM and Members Evening

Social Evening, AGM and member's presentation: Roger Lloyd – GA Field meeting in China


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Monday 4 December 2017

The Cretaceous world: chalk seas in a Greenhouse world

Prof Andrew Gale,  University of Portsmouth
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Monday 6 November 2017

Shale Oil and Gas potential of the onshore UK

Prof Alastair Fraser,  Imperial College
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Monday 2 October 2017

Australia - SE Asia collision

The Wallace Line and Wallacea

Prof Robert Hall,  Royal Holloway College
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Monday 4 September 2017

Scotland's Lost Asteroid

Precambrian asteroid impact in NW Scotland

Dr Ken Amor,  University of Oxford
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Monday 7 August 2017

Evening Geological Ramble

Ramble in the Hambledon area near Henley

Alison Barraclough,  RGS
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Monday 3 July 2017

Measuring the temperature of formation of carbonate minerals: applications of ‘clumped isotopes’ to diagenesis and the hydrocarbon industry

Dr Cedric John,  Imperial College
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Saturday 3 June 2017

Geological Ramble in Burnham Beeches SSSI & NNR

Geology with a hydrology theme and a link to wildlife & habitats.

Dr Graham Hickman & Dr Helen Read
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Monday 8 May 2017

How to weigh a dinosaur

Dr Susannah Maidment,  University of Brighton
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Monday 3 April 2017

The Anthropocene

A New Geological Epoch Driven by Human Impacts

Dr Colin Summerhayes,  Scott Polar Research Institute
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Monday 6 March 2017

Presidential Address
Permafrost in the geological record

Professor Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 6 February 2017

Rising Sea Levels

Dr Phil Collins,  Brunel University
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Monday 9 January 2017

AGM and Members Evening

Social event - Presentation by Elaine Butler
The iron-rich streams of Barkham


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Monday 5 December 2016

Giant marine reptiles and whales during the Eocene-Oligocene cooling event

Dr Nick Longrich,  University of Bath
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Monday 7 November 2016

Impact Earth

A look at meteorite impacts through time

Dr Paul Olver,  FGS FRAS
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Monday 3 October 2016

Ground Investigation (GI) for HS2 Phase One

Jonathan Gammon,  Head of Ground Investigations, HS2 Ltd
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Monday 5 September 2016

Mineral Exploration in Africa

In particular the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kathryn Kavanagh,  BGS International
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Monday 1 August 2016

Evening Geological Ramble

Ramble in the Hambledon area near Henley

Alison Barraclough
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Monday 4 July 2016

Terra Infirma

What has salt tectonics ever done for us?

Professor Christopher Jackson,  Imperial College London
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Monday 6 June 2016

Evening Geological Ramble

Ramble in the Curridge area

Dr Clive Edmonds
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Monday 9 May 2016

Carbonate platforms of the Early Cretaceous

'miner's canaries' for perturbations of the global carbon cycle

Dr Peter Skelton,  Open University
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Monday 4 April 2016

Earth's Climate Evolution

Dr Colin Summerhayes,  Scott Polar Research Institute
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Monday 7 March 2016

Presidential Address
Diversion of the River Kennet

Sulham Gap area geology

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 1 February 2016

Exploration using remote sensing in Greenland

Dr Philippa J Mason ,  Imperial College London
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Monday 4 January 2016

AGM and Members Evening

Social event – Presentation by David Riley
Geology of New Zealand


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Monday 7 December 2015

Virtual fieldwork using Google Earth

Exploring global tectonics from your armchair

Dr Ian Watkinson,  Royal Holloway, University of London
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Monday 2 November 2015

Geological evolution of the Himalaya

50 million years of mountain building and earthquakes

Prof Mike Searle,  Oxford University
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Monday 5 October 2015

The Auvergne

Rifting, stratovolcanoes, volcanic cones and more

Lesley Dunlop,  Northumbria University
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Monday 7 September 2015

Suffolk Pleistocene Story

Dr Peter Allen ,  Royal Holloway, University of London
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Monday 3 August 2015

Evening Geological Ramble

Building stones in Reading centre.

Lesley Dunlop,  University of Northumbria and Berkshire Geoconservation Group
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Monday 6 July 2015

Exceptionally preserved Cambrian fossils

Early animal life and world heritage in Yunnan

Prof Derek Siveter,  University of Oxford
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Monday 1 June 2015

Evening Geological Ramble

Terraces of the Thames Part 2

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 11 May 2015

The London Underground Extension and Upgrade

Jonathan Gammon,  Consultant Geologist
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Monday 13 April 2015

Geological evolution of the North American Cordillera

Prof Douglas Robinson,  University of Bristol
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Monday 2 March 2015

Presidential Address
Geology of Old Father Thames

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 2 February 2015

Virtual Palaeontology

Dr Mark Sutton ,  Imperial College, London
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Monday 5 January 2015

AGM and Members Evening

Two short presentations by students George Aldis and Ben Print


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Monday 1 December 2014

Maximum global production of conventional oil and gas due to geological and cost constraints, and prospects for non-conventional production.

Dr Roger Bentley,  University of Reading
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Monday 3 November 2014

Building Mount Everest – The Inside Story

Professor Dave Waters,  University of Oxford
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Monday 6 October 2014

Tales of Plumes

The African Rift, Magmas and Mantle convection

Dr Nick Rogers,  The Open University
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Monday 1 September 2014

The tectonic history of the Alps

Dr Mike Streule,  Imperial College
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Monday 4 August 2014

Evening Geological Ramble

Dr. Bernard Skillerne de Bristow,  RGS
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Monday 7 July 2014

Journey through the centre of a mountain

Dr. Bernard Skillerne de Bristow,  RGS
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Monday 2 June 2014

Evening Geological Ramble

Terraces of the Thames, starting in Whitchurch Hill

Professor Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 12 May 2014

The Quaternary of the British seabed

What do marine dredged aggregates tell us?

Dr Andrew Bellamy,  Marine Resources Manager for Lafarge Tarmac
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Monday 7 April 2014

Dissecting SE Asia

insights and errors while searching for the big picture

Dr Michael Ridd,  Consultant Geologist
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Monday 3 March 2014

Presidential Address
Geology of the Galapagos Islands

From Charles Darwin to the present

Professor Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 3 February 2014

Permo-Triassic mass extinctions, Russia

Searching for the cause and effect of the World’s greatest mass extinction in the Permo-Triassic of Russia

Dr Andrew Newell,  British Geological Survey
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Monday 6 January 2014

AGM and Members Evening

AGM and Members Evening
Social event - short lecture, food, wine and discussions


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Monday 2 December 2013

Darwin’s Lost World

The early history of life on Earth

Prof Martin Brasier,  University of Oxford
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Monday 4 November 2013

The Geology of Naxos

200 million years of Greek history

Dr Douglas Robinson,  University of Bristol
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Monday 7 October 2013

Seafloor Methane Hydrates: Svalbard Update

Dr Angus Best,  National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
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Monday 2 September 2013

Fossils of Solnhofen Limestones

Dr Chris Duffin,  Natural History Museum
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Monday 5 August 2013

Evening Geological Walk

Around Chazey Heath looking at the Thames ‘Ancient Channel’

Chris Fone,  RGS
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Monday 1 July 2013

Evening Geological Walk

An Evening Walk around Hurley

David Riley,  RGS
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Monday 3 June 2013

Permian and Triassic Mineralisation in the rocks of South-West England

Dr Richard Scrivener,  Consultant Geologist
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Monday 13 May 2013

The Planet in a Pebble

Dr Jan Zalasiewicz,  University of Leicester
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Monday 8 April 2013

Presidential Address
Geology of El Teide,Tenerife

Third highest volcano in the world

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 4 March 2013

Soft Ground Tunnelling through London – Crossrail

Mike Black, MSc,  Head of Geotechnics, Crossrail
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Monday 4 February 2013

The Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

Geochemical investigations of a 56 million year old global warming event

Dr Alex Dickson,  University of Oxford
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Monday 7 January 2013

AGM and Members Evening : Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

Christine Moore


Monday 3 December 2012

Kola peninsula, NW Russia

Rare Devonian igneous intrusions in the pre-Cambrian basement – a tectonic puzzle and a mineral extravaganza.

Chris Fone
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Monday 5 November 2012

Meteorites

Dr Caroline Smith,  Curator of Meteorites, Natural History Museum


Monday 1 October 2012

The Birth of the Solar System

Dr Sarah Russell,  Natural History Museum
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Monday 3 September 2012

Sorby’s Legacy

Dr Bernard Skillerne de Bristowe
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Monday 6 August 2012

Evening Geological Ramble

Burnham Beeches

David Riley
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Monday 2 July 2012

Quaternary Sediments on the English Chalk

History of Land Use and Erosion

Prof Martin Bell,  University of Reading
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Monday 11 June 2012

Evening Geological Ramble

Caesar’s Camp Gravel, Aldershot

David Price
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Monday 14 May 2012

Unusual Microfossils

Dr Adrian Rundle,  Natural History Museum
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Monday 2 April 2012

Limestones

Their Evolution Through Time

Prof John Murray,  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
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Monday 5 March 2012

Presidential Address
The Geology of Global Warming

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading
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Monday 6 February 2012

Up the Down Escalator

Continental Collision and the Exhumation of Ultra-High Pressure Rocks

Dr Clare Warren,  The Open University
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Monday 9 January 2012

AGM and Members Evening : Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Chris Fone
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Monday 5 December 2011

The Evolving Kennet Valley

Climate change and neo-tectonics

Dr Philip Collins,  School of Engineering & Design Brunel University


Monday 7 November 2011

From asteroid to meteorite

The story of Almahata Sitta

Professor Hilary Downes,  Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Birkbeck College, Department of Earth Sciences UCL


Monday 3 October 2011

Why should the UK care about the Arctic?

A climate perspective

Dr Sheldon Bacon,  National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Monday 5 September 2011

French Chalk

An explanation for the English White Cliffs

Professor Rory Mortimore,  University of Brighton


Monday 1 August 2011

Evening Ramble Stanford Dingley



Monday 4 July 2011

A plain man’s guide to the geology of the Reading region

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading


Monday 6 June 2011

A Walk on Sonning Common

Christine Hooper,  RGS
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Monday 9 May 2011

History of Cement

Peter del Strother
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Monday 4 April 2011

Field Road Project:

Reading 2000 to 2012 the highlights to date

Dr Clive Edmonds,  Peter Brett Associates


Monday 7 March 2011

Presidential Address
Volcanic Ash

Prof Peter Worsley,  University of Reading


Monday 7 February 2011

How Britain became an island

Catastrophic megafloods in the English Channel

Dr Sanjeev Gupta,  Imperial College