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The society normally arranges a series of lectures (given by professional or academic geologists) on geological or environmental topics in the winter months (October to March).  Once a year there is an event where members have the opportunity to give their own short talks or demonstrations to the rest of the society.

Anyone interested in joining the Society is welcome to attend a lecture or two as a visitor, to find out more about who we are and how we operate.  Just turn up - or contact us first to confirm subject, dates, times, etc.

The last few years, with pandemic restrictions, have been a bit chaotic - but we are hoping that this winter (2023-24) will be less stressful.  There has been some discussion about face-to-face or elctronically mediated (Zoom) lectures during the winter season.  Face-to Face has obvious advantages (social aspects, for a start!) but Zoom has advantages as well, notably the possibility of presentations by experts from across the world - during Covid lockdowns we benefited greatly from that possibility.

Therefore - the 2023-24 season will be a hybrid - three face-to-face, three Zoom meetings.  The subjects and speakers are still to be arranged, but the dates are as follows, and details will appear further down the page as they become available.

20th October 2023 - F2F
17th Nov 2023 - Zoom

8th December 2023- Xmas special:  Members' presentations - F2F

19th January 2024 - Zoom

16th February 2024 - Zoom

15th March 2024 - F2F


Lectures are normally held at 7.30pm in the Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre which is located at the Durham University Science Site on South Road.  The lecture theatre is in the Department of Chemistry and is downstairs from the Porters Lodge. 

As we resume after Covid, plans for face-to-face meetings will continue to follow this pattern.


Lectures, when we are able to resume normal practices, will be followed by tea and coffee to which all speakers, members and guests are cordially invited.

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Google Maps: Problem beyond our control.  The map above actually shows the way to the Calman Lecture Theatre.  The Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre is nearby.  Go 100 metres East, 60 metres North, in through red doors and downstairs one level.

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Winter Lecture Programme  2023 - 2024

Our Winter Season lectures will be split between face-to-face and Zoom.  There are advantages to both.  The face-to-face is preferred by many members, and has social benefits, the Zoom system enables us to have sessions with specialists from all over the world - so we are mixing things this year, to see how it goes.

First Lecture:  Face-to-Face.
20th October, 2023
Lecturer - Dr. Jenny Jenkins  of Durham University will speak on Deep Earth Seismology

Second Lecture: Zoom.
17th November, 2023. 

Lecturer - Prof. James Baldini of Durham University will speak on  Meltwater, meteors, and volcanoes: the elusive cause of the Younger Dryas Event


Third Lecture:  Face-to-Face.
Friday 8th December, 2023.  As was becoming a tradition before Covid, this will be a 'Members evening', where members will do short (20 minute?) presentations on subjects of interest. Volunteers  needed!

1. Steve Woodward -  Hydrogen & damage mechanisms
2. Lewis McKenzie - Six weeks geological mapping of Durness - NW Scotland - An undergraduate experience.
3. Andy Lane - Slipping through the Permian on the Downhill Slide.

This meeting will end with Christmas nibbles and socialisation.

Third Lecture:  Zoom.

Friday 19th January, 2024
Lecturer - Dr. Neil Phillips from Stellenbosch University, RSA & University of Melbourne, Australia, will speak on "Gold geology in 2024".  sounds good for anyone who dreams of getting rich . . .

Fourth Lecture: Zoom

Friday 16th February, 2024

Lecturer - Dr. Catriona D. Menzies of Durham University will speak on "Fluid flow in orogenic belts, gold mineralisation & geothermal activity"

Fifth Lecture: Face-to-Face.

Friday 15th March, 2024
Face to Face – AGM followed by  ...
Lecturer -Dr. Julia Knapp of Durham University will speak on "Going down the Drain: Water Quality in a Changing Climate" - an important current political issue!


Before coming on one of our trips please read the Fieldwork Code


And we hope it is no longer needed, but some advice on Covid has been moved to the 'Fieldwork Code' page.

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