Past lectures 2022 – 2023

4th Oct.

Colonel Martin Amlôt  – Presidential Address:

Geology in Conflict

Summary: ‘A personal view by the Society President of the impact of geological factors in warfare and other lower level conflicts.  As a former professional soldier Martin Amlôt has some thirty years of experience of military operations both active and potential.  As he served in Northern Ireland, Norway, Africa, Cyprus, Hong Kong, the Falklands garrison and most of all, Germany during the Cold War, he became increasingly aware of the. importance of taking the impact of geology into account.  
As a student of past conflicts, he realised even more that all armies throughout history have had to be aware of the constraints placed on them by the geology of the landscape over which they fight or might have to fight.  
His talk will describe some of the evidence which still exists today of the geology of campaigns throughout history.’ 


18th Oct. Professor Phil Manning

66 Million Years ago the ‘Age of the Dinosaurs’ came to an abrupt end. This highly successful group of vertebrates had prospered for over 160 million years, but went extinct (bar their descendants the birds) at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Recognising the effects of the Cretaceous impact event are essential to understanding the global-scale collapse of ecosystems that mark the end of the age of the Dinosaurs, or the Cretaceous-Paleogene (KPg) mass-extinction. We can help resolve the timing of this global event through a newly discovered deposit in the Hell Creek Formation (North Dakota, USA). 


22nd Oct

A guided tour at World Museum with Wendy Simkiss (Curator of Geology & Science, World Museum).

 The displays include three dinosaur skeleton replicas, footprints (including a type specimen) from the Triassic, a display on dinosaur diets for herbivorous dinosaurs, vertebrate fossils in the ‘Bones in Stone’ display, bones and flints from the Quaternary of Kent’s Cavern and marine and plant fossils from the Palaeozoic, plus a huge Eocene palm frond – one of the best ever found.


25th Oct Dr. John Nudds

“Dinosaur eggs have been known for almost 100 years, but it is still exceptionally rare to find eggs containing any remains of their tiny embryos.  I have been directing an international team of specialists which has used ground-breaking techniques to reveal these delicate fossils.  Embryos from China have been identified with the enigmatic group of dinosaurs, the therizinosauroids, and the embryos have revealed much about the anatomy and affinities of these peculiar animals.  Those from Argentina proved to belong to the titanosaurs, some of the largest dinosaurs ever to have walked on Earth. Their tiny skulls, not much more than a centimetre in length, have revealed some surprises!”


8th Nov. Prof. Ben Edwards

In this talk, I will provide an overview of two sequences of induced seismicity at Preston new Road, Lancashire, which directly resulted from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by Cuadrilla Resources in 2018 and 2019. I will then detail the subsequent risk study that was undertaken, on behalf of the Oil and Gas Authority, which led, in part, to a UK-wide moratorium being established between late 2019 and 2022.


15th Nov.

The Coal Authority manages the effects of past coal and metal mining, mine water pollution and other mining legacy issues.

This talk will provide a high-level introduction to the Coal Authority and then give a geochemist’s perspective on the collaborative work that we do to remediate legacy coal and metal mine pollution.


24th Jan.

Professor Andy Plater – University of Liverpool

Sea-level rise and storms will bring about increased risk of coastal flooding.  This talk explores different approaches to projecting coastal flood hazard for a series of case studies from around the UK coast, and looks at methods for assessing the consequent cost of impacts and mitigation measures.

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