Indoor meetings

All lectures for the 162nd Session (2020-2021) will be virtual. They will be run as ‘zoom’ meetings. All details for joining lecture meetings will be sent to you in personal newsletters. Otherwise please contact the Hon. Secretary at:

26th Jan Dr. David McClay, University of Edinburgh:
David McClay, Philanthropy Manager, Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh and colleagues, will present an illustrated update on their Charles Lyell collections and access plans. Having built an unrivalled archive, including his fascinating notebooks, the focus now is on transforming the collection into a free online resource through the Creating Charles Lyell’s World Online project.

David McClay

9th Feb Dr. Steve Barrett, University of Liverpool: ‘The ABC of Stellar Evolution’
What are the origins of all the elements on Earth? This talk is a look at the birth, life and death of stars. What are the three critical factors (the ABC) that determine why stars are the way they are, why they evolve the way they do, and the origins of all the elements?

16th February Quiz – details to follow

23rd Feb Dr. Christian Baars, National Museums, Liverpool:
“Dr Christian Baars, Head of Collections Care at National Museums Liverpool, will outline why caring for geological collections is neither as simple nor straightforward as sometimes perceived. Several hundred mineral species are vulnerable to the effects of moisture, temperature, air pollutants, and light. Some species undergo significant changes when exposed to minor deviations from their stability limits, the most prominent one of which is perhaps pyrite. A current research project is trying to shed a new light on these challenges, and attempt to update guidance for the care of geological collections.”

2nd Mar Amani Becker, University of Liverpool:
Energy River:
Exploring the energy potential from the River Mersey.

9th March Quiz – details to follow