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  1. 1. North West Regional Group The Geological Society Newsletter Autumn 2011Your guide to Geological doubt be of interest to see that we will be welcoming the British Geological Survey to speak on issuesSociety events in the North surrounding this topic. We missed out on aWest - 2011/12 hydrogeology talk last year so I hope we can address that by offering a talk from the Environment AgencyFirstly a warm welcome back to all, following the in the New Year.summer recess. Once again it is time to start a newseries of talks held by the Geological Society here inthe North West, you will find more information in this Other eventsnewsletter and a handy single page poster of event A successful careers event was held in December 2010listings. by Manchester University’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. This eventOur last series of talks ended in May and were well focused on career paths for undergraduateattended with a range of interesting talks across geoscientists with assistance from the Geologicalgeoscience disciplines. There were some changes to the Society and a number of regional and nationalprogramme as the year progressed and a couple of employers across industry, consultancy and academia.cancellations due to speaker commitments. I hope this In light of the event success, another is planned for thisdid not cause too much inconvenience – hopefully year. The date is subject to final confirmation, but isthere will be far fewer, if any, changes to this year’s likely to be in mid-December 2011. As this is not farprogramme. I would encourage all members to keep away, the organisers would welcome support froman eye on the group’s web pages which are updated possible employers. If you are able to provide a talk,regularly and will announce any revisions to the stand or any other support, please drop an email toadvertised programme. As ever, a flyer will be to members in the week preceding each talk.If your email address has changed or for some reason I also understand that Liverpool University’syou are not receiving our emails please drop me a Department of Earth and Ocean Science is keen tomessage to invite speakers to talk to their students about early stage career paths within the geological sciences. IfFor the first time we have decided to move to wholly you can help please do feel free to make contact usingelectronic distribution of this newsletter and the same email above.programme so a paper copy will not be dropping ontoyour door mat this year. I hope this approach is I hope that the programme of talks planned foracceptable, it does offer significant savings on postage 2011/12 provides an interesting range of topics and wewhich can be used instead to towards the programme welcome all attendees. Don’t forget that attendance ofof talks. For many I expect, the paper copy represented talks and meetings is an important part of maintainingand unnecessary duplication of the programme your record of Continued Professional Developmentalready received by email, however any comments (CPD).would be welcomed. We look forward to seeing you over the course of theWe have put together what is I hope both an next few months. Don’t forget that the first talk is oninteresting and topical series of talks. You’ll no doubt Thursday 13th October at the University of Manchester.notice that we have three talks this year which If you have any comments or questions regarding theconsider geological aspects of the nuclear industry, in events organised by the North West Regional Groupparticular the disposal of radioactive waste. This of please feel free to make contact using the detailscourse is an ever present ‘hot topic’ and I hope will be provided below. Finally as already mentioned, pleaseof interest to a large number of members. We also do keep us up-to-date if your contact details change sowelcome two talks this year which look at Geohazards, we can keep you abreast of any changes to of which focused on the risks in the UK and theother considering theology and natural disasters. With Best Regards to all, on behalf of the Committee.the issue of Shale Gas resources in our region Chris Berrymanfrequently being in the headlines it will no Secretary to the Geological Society North West Regional Group
  2. 2. North West Regional Group Programme 2011 / 2012 Date/Time Speaker Title Venue Thursday “The Role of the Geologist Dr. Trevor Jones University of 13 th October 2011 in Radioactive Waste (Managing Director - AdvanSci Limited) Manchester 6.30pm Disposal” Thursday Prof. John Reynolds “The Role of Engineering The Swan,10th November 2011 (Managing Director - Reynolds Geophysics During Winwick 6.30pm International Ltd) Economic Austerity” “A Conceptual Design for a Thursday Steve Majhu Geological Disposal Facility Birchwood 8th December 2011 (Assistant Director Mining Services - for the UK’s Radioactive Park6.00pm for 6.30pm Parsons Brinkerhoff) Wastes” Thursday Sarah Scott “Ground Water Dependant The Swan, 26th January 2012 (Senior Technical Specialist, Terrestrial Ecosystems” Winwick 6.30pm Hydrogeology - Environment Agency) January 2012 Date to be AGM and Quiz Night Details to be confirmed confirmed “Hot Topics in Earth Thursday Prof. Jon Lloyd Sciences: University of23rd February 2012 (Professor of Geomicrobiology, The Geomicrobiology of the Manchester 6.30pm University of Manchester) Nuclear Fuel Cycle” “Earthquakes, Volcanoes Thursday Rev. Dr. David Chester and God: Theological University of 22ndMarch 2012 (Reader in the Department of Geography Perspectives on Natural Liverpool 6.30pm at the University of Liverpool) Disasters” Prof. Martin Culshaw Thursday (Visiting Honorary Professor, University University of 19th April 2012 “Geohazards in the UK” of Birmingham and Honorary Research Manchester 6.30pm Associate at the BGS) Ed Hough Thursday (Geologist and Team Leader, Data “Shale Gas in the UK: what, Birchwood 24th May 2012 Capture and Best Practice - British where, why, how?” Park6.00pm for 6.30pm Geological Survey) Spring 2012 Date to be Spring Field Trip Details to be confirmed confirmed University of Manchester Geology Lecture Theatre, Williamson Building, M13 9PL. Birchwood Park The Lecture Theatre, The Centre, Birchwood Park, WA3 6YN. The Swan, Winwick Upstairs Function Room, The Swan, Winwick, WA2 8LF. University of Liverpool Venue to be confirmed. Contact: Event details will be emailed to members before each meeting and posted online at Please forward any enquiries to the Group Secretary, Chris Berryman: CPD: These events may be considered for contributing to a recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as part of personal development. Delegates should check their individual scheme requirements.
  3. 3. 010Selected Abstracts processes can immobilise redox active radionuclides via respiratory processes that either change directlyA selection of abstracts available at time of going to the oxidation state of the element, or produce newpress. Prior to each talk a flyer will be made available biogenic phases for enhanced sorption. In the “nearto provide a reminder of the talk, abstract, and speaker field” of the repository, the direct and indirect impactsbiography and venue details. of microbial metabolism are less well characterised but have the potential to have a significant impact onA Conceptual Design for a Geological wasteform evolution and radionuclide mobility, andDisposal Facility for the UK’s Radioactive must be incorporated into the safety case of theWastes repository. Studies from a range of contrasting naturalThursday 8th December 2011 and engineered systems will highlight how microbialAs one of the pioneers of nuclear technology, the UK communities can respond to the radioactive inventoryhas accumulated a substantial legacy of radioactive and the extreme (radio) chemistry of some disposedwaste from a variety of different nuclear programmes, wasteforms, and ultimately control the biogeochemicalboth civil and defence-related. Some of this waste is fate of key radioactive elements.already in storage, but most still forms part of existingfacilities and will only become waste over the next Prof. Jon Lloyd: Professor of Geomicrobiology,several decades or so as these plants are University of Manchester, Royal Society Industrialdecommissioned and cleaned-up. Demonstrating that Fellow and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Nationalthe nuclear industry can satisfactorily deal with the Nuclear Laboratoryradioactive waste that it has produced is crucial ingaining public confidence that legacy waste can be Earthquakes, Volcanoes and God:safely and economically managed as well as waste Theological Perspectives on Naturalarising from any future programme of new build. Disasters Thursday 22nd March 2012The development and construction of a Geological The Hebrew and Christian scriptures usually interpretDisposal Facility for radioactive waste will be amongst disasters in terms of divine wrath visited on sinfulthe largest engineering programmes ever undertaken people and nations, but discussion of catastrophes didin this country. The nature of geological disposal not end at the close of the biblical era and continuedmakes it a unique and challenging project with first throughout Christian history, with a number ofwaste emplacement currently scheduled for 2040 and alternative models being developed, some of whichwith an operational period of some 100 years. only became prominent following the devastation wrought by the Lisbon earthquake in 1755.This presentation provides an overview of theprocesses of waste emplacement and the lifecycle of In the past few decades there has been a sea-change inthe geological disposal facility as well as providing a both Christian attitudes towards disasters and in thesnapshot of what such a facility may look like. ways in which losses are viewed by hazard researchers. From the perspective of the latter, anSteve Majhu: Assistant Director Mining Services - approach that envisions disasters as being primarilyParsons Brinkerhoff caused by extreme physical events has been largely replaced by one in which disasters are studied asSteven Majhu is an Assistant Director at Parsons social constructs, with emphasis being placed onBrinckerhoff (PB) and is responsible for business human vulnerability. From the perspective ofdevelopment and project management of work in the Christian theology much reflection on disasters,field of radioactive waste management. He has been especially on earthquake which have occurred ininvolved with work on the geological disposal facility South America, has resulted in greater prominencefor the Radioactive Waste Management Directorate now being given to viewing disasters as events that(RWMD formerly UK Nirex Ltd) since 2005 and most represent institutional rather than individual humanrecently was lead author on a NDA published report sinfulness, and which is manifested in national andwhich outlined illustrative designs for a geological international disparities in wealth, poverty, hazarddisposal facility in a number of different geological preparedness and disaster losses.settings. Steven has worked for Parsons Brinckerhofffor the last 3 years and holds a BSc (Hons) Geology Greater focus is also placed on Christian praxis, ratherand MSc in Micropalaeontology. than merely trying to understand the nature of supposed divine responsibility. It is argued that theseHot Topics in Earth Sciences: new hazard analytical and theological perspectives areGeomicrobiology of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle synergetic: allowing on the one hand churches, theirThursday 23rd February 2012 members as well as their leaders, more fully to engageMicrobial metabolism can have a controlling influence in disaster relief; whilst, on the other, enabling civilon the solubility of actinides and fission products in defence planners more effectively to use the oftenengineered and natural environments. In the “far considerable human and financial resources offield” surrounding a nuclear repository, microbial Christian communities and their charitable agencies.
  4. 4. tt Regional Group hundred and forty papers, books and articles and overRev. Dr. David Chester: Reader in the Department of a hundred and ten technical reports for the BGS, theGeography at the University of Liverpool UK, and overseas, government departments and private clients. He edited nine conference proceedings,David K Chester obtained his PhD from the University as well as organising numerous meetings andof Aberdeen in 1978 and is currently Reader in the conferences and serving on three journal editorialDepartment of Geography at the University of boards. He is currently an Assistant Editor of theLiverpool. His research is primarily focused on natural Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology andhazards, including volcanoes, earthquakes and Hydrogeology. He received the Engineering Group oflandslides, as well as geomorphology. In 1996, David the Geological Society’s Award for 1989, and was theobtained his Diploma of Theology from the University Geological Society’s Glossop Lecturer in 2004,of Liverpool and he is an ordained minister of the receiving the Glossop Medal, and received the E BChurch of England. In this presentation, he brings Burwell Jr Award from the Geological Society oftogether his academic and theological interests, as he America in 2006. In 2010 he was awarded thehas done in several of publications. International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environments Hans Cloos Medal. He has been anGeohazards in the UK external examiner at the universities of Edinburgh,Thursday 19th April 2012 Imperial College London, Kwa-Zulu Natal,When the public becomes aware of geological hazards, Manchester, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Pretoria andit is usually because a catastrophic event such as an Sheffield and is currently a research project assessor atearthquake, a volcanic eruption or a tsunami has the University of Lisbon.occurred elsewhere in the world. While Britain doesexperience these geohazards very occasionally, their He has served on various committees and steeringeffect is usually small. Yet, geological hazards in the groups for the International Association forUK cause losses in terms of damage to buildings, Engineering Geology and the Environment, thestructures and infrastructure of between £0.5bn and Geological Society, the Institution of Civil Engineers£1bn every year. In addition, people occasionally lose and the Construction Industry Research andtheir life or are injured. The lecture will discuss the Information Association. He was a trustee andnatural and artificial geological hazards that affect member of Council of the Geological Society from 2005Britain. The difference between ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ will to 2009 and a Vice President from 2007 to explained (even though all professional geologistsshould already know this!) Suggestions will be given Professor Culshaw was awarded The Hans Cloosas to how geological hazards can be mitigated and the Medal, the senior award presented by therisks reduced using the geological information already International Association for Engineering Geology andavailable to us. the Environment (IAEG), at the IAEG Congress held in Auckland, in New Zealand. The Hans Cloos Medal isProf. Martin Culshaw: Visiting Honorary Professor, presented to an engineering geologist of outstandingUniversity of Birmingham and Honorary Research merit in commemoration of the eponymous "founderAssociate at the BGS of geomechanics ". The recipient is a person of international repute who has made a majorMartin Culshaw is an independent researcher and contribution to engineering geology in his/her writtenconsultant. Unil April 2008 he was Director of papers or to the development of engineering geologyEnvironment and Hazards at the British Geological and/or the IAEG in their own area.Survey (BGS) and the Surveys Chief EngineeringGeologist. He was a member of the BGS’s ExecutiveCommittee and responsible for managing an applied Geological Society of Londongeological research programme worth approximately£15 m. Previously, he managed the Survey’s Physical National EventsHazards Programme, the Urban Geoscience and A summary of national Geological Society events. ThisGeological Hazards Programme, the Coastal and is by no means an exhaustive list so reference shouldEngineering Geology Group and the Engineering be made to for furtherGeology and Geophysics Group. He has been involved details and comprehensive listings of all Geologicalin engineering geological research, environmental and Society events across the UK and events organised byengineering geological mapping, geohazard affiliated companies and organisations.assessment, site investigation, urban geoscience andthe application of geology to land use planning for William Smith Meeting 2011over thirty nine years. During this time he has spent a Remote sensing of volcanoes & volcanic processes:number of years overseas in Asia, Africa, Europe and integrating observation & modellingCentral America. 4-5 October 2011 The Geological Society (Burlington House)He is Visiting Honorary Professor in Engineering Poetry and Geology: A CelebrationGeology in the School of Civil Engineering at the 10 October 2011University of Birmingham and an Honorary Research The Geological Society (Burlington House)Associate at the BGS. He has published over one
  5. 5. 010Geological Atlas of the London Basin Our Friends in the12 October 2011The Geological Society (Burlington House) North WestExploring the Jurassic Coast Manchester Geological Association13 October 2011 Geological Society (Burlington House) Formed in 1925 to bring together professional andGeological Disposal of Radioactive Waste: amateur geologists in and around Manchester, theUnderpinning Science and Technology Association is actively concerned in the conservation18-20 October 2011 of key geological sites in the area. The AssociationLoughborough UniversityEarths Atmosphere Trapped in Ice: 800,000 Years of organise field excursions during the summer to placesClimate Change such as the Lake District, Scotland, Peak District and19 October 2011 North Wales. In the winter monthly lectures are heldLyell Meeting 2011 by expert speakers at the School of Earth, AtmosphericIslands: Palaeonotology, Geology & Tectonics and Environmental Sciences at the University of24 October 2011 Manchester. Quarterly newsletters giving full detailsFounders Day Lecture and Dinner 2011 of trips and other news are mailed to members.10 November 2011The Geological Society (Burlington House & Le Liverpool Geological SocietyMeridien Piccadilly) Meeting 2011: The coupling between Formed in 1859 the Society still flourishes, and is stilltectonics and surface processes composed overwhelmingly of ordinary people who14 November 2011 have an interest in geology in all its many aspects -The Geological Society (Burlington House) from volcanoes to floods, deserts and seas, mountainsNew Hydrocarbon Development Challenges and glaciers, minerals and rocks, and fossils. Everand the Impact on Production Geosciences since the Societys first open meeting, on 10th January16 November 2011 1860, The Liverpool Geological Society has invited theThe Geological Society (Burlington House) knowledgeable and famous to come and tell all thoseCarbon Capture and Storage interested in the wonders of the world and its even22-23 November 2011 more amazing history, beginning some 4,600,000,000The Geological Society (Burlington House) years ago. All LGS indoor meetings are held theEdinburgh Careers Day modern James Parsons Building at Liverpool John23 November 2011 Moores University, Byrom Street Campus. The LGSOur Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh offers programme illustrated practical sessions andGeological Society Careers Day 2011 field trips.7 December 2011British Geological Survey, Nottingham North Wales Geology AssociationSeismic Applications in Geotechnical Engineering December 2011 The North Wales Geology Association was establishedThe Geological Society (Burlington House) in 1994 to act as a focus for geologists in the NorthMineral Deposits and Their Global Strategic Supply Wales area, to focus attention on the geology of North14 December 2011 Wales and to promote the understanding of GeologyThe Geological Society (Burlington House) within North Wales. The Association and draws uponWater Futures the rich international experience of members, both6-7 March 2012 amateur and professional, to create a wide-rangingThe Geological Society (Burlington House) programme of events. It is a branch (Local Group) ofRock deformation from field, experiments and the Geologists Association, an organisation that hastheory existed for almost 150 years promoting the cause of theA meeting in honour of Professor E.H. Rutter informed amateur geologist. Meetings are held along30-31 May 2012 the North Wales Coast area on a monthly basis,The Geological Society (Burlington House) indoors during the Winter and outdoors asFermor 2012 : The Neoproterozoic Era; Evolution, appropriate during the Spring and Autumn. TheGlaciation and Oxygenation Association also co-operates closely with the North19-21 September 2012 Wales branch of the Open University GeologicalThe Geological Society (Burlington House) Society, whose meetings are primarily field-based.Appreciating Physical Landscapes: Geotourism 1670- 1970 North West Branch of the Open University22-23 October 2012 Geological SocietyThe Geological Society (Burlington House) www. The North West Branch is one of the largest branches, in terms of membership, with 238 members at the end of 2010. The branch covers a large geographical area from North Wales to the Scottish Border and includes the Isle of Man. However, the
  6. 6. tt Regional Groupmajority of the branch members live in the central University of Manchester, School of Earth,urban region, around Merseyside, Greater Manchester Atmospheric and Environmental Sciencesand Preston. The group is very active, organising field trips from late February to October and Geology and related Earth Sciences have been studiedlectures and/or social events during the winter at Manchester since 1851. Today the School is one ofmonths. If you are new to geology, one of the best the largest Earth Sciences teaching and researchways to gain experience is to come along to the field centers in the UK, with around 30 academic staff and atrips where you will not only see real geology in its similar number of specialist researchers and supportnatural state but will also meet and learn from other staff. Research in the Department is funded by most ofmembers. If you are a more experienced geologist the the major research councils (NERC, EPSRC, STFC,group also looks forward to any input you are able to BBSRC), by the Royal Society, and by the petroleum,give. Over the past years field trips have taken the mineral and nuclear industries. The Department isgroup to many parts of the British Isles (the Outer housed in the Williamson Building on Oxford Road, atHebrides in 2009) and they have also had the the centre of the campus, where the excellent facilitiesopportunity to visit more exotic geological areas include lecture theatres, library- reading room,worldwide such as Iceland, Italy (the Island of Elba in computer suites and laboratories for teaching and2010), France and Hawaii. As well as providing research. The latter include newly refurbishedinteresting, enjoyable trips the group hope to provide laboratories for isotope geochemistry, and foruseful practical experience for those involved with petroleum geoscience and (as part of thegeological studies. interdisciplinary Williamson Research Centre) new laboratories for high P/T work, geomicrobiology,Geo-Conservation UK: The Association of UK RIGS geochemical kinetics, mineral and surface analysis,Groups solution analysis and rock and mineral preparation.GeoConservationUK has a membership of over 50Local Geoconservation Groups, lately known as RIGS University of Liverpool, Department of Earth andGroups (Regionally Important Geological and Ocean Sciencesgeomorphological Sites) across the British Isles. exists to promote local "Geo" The Department is highly rated for both teaching andsites for education and public benefit and works research. In the most recent Research Assessmenttowards a British Isles perspective, focusing on the Exercise (Dec 2008) the department is rated as havingcommon purposes and issues of local interest to 75% of academic staff as world leaders or ofGroups. Local RIGS Group details can be found online. internationally recognised excellence in research. The department consistently achieves the highest ratings in government evaluations of teaching quality.Geological Society North West Regional Group ContactsChairman: Andy Moorec/o WSP Environmental, The Victoria, 150-182 TheQuays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3SP.Andrew.moore@wspgroup.comSecretary: Chris Berrymanc/o TerraConsult Ltd, Bold Business Centre, BoldLane, Sutton, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9, can also join our groups on LinkedIn andFacebook where details of all events will be posted.The Geological Society of London is a registered charity No 210161
  7. 7. Founders’ DayL E C T U R E & D I N N E R Thursday 10 November 2011 Founders’ Day Lecture ‘A Succession of Worlds’ – a journey through the foundations of modern geology Speaker: Professor Iain Stewart, University of Plymouth Founders’ Dinner Venue: Le Meridien, Piccadilly After dinner speaker: Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, University of Northampton Dress: Black Tie Ticket price: £80 Timings: 18.00 Tea & coffee served, Burlington House 18.30 Lecture by Professor Iain Stewart 19.30 Drinks reception at Le Meridien 20.30 Dinner served 22.00 After dinner speaker 24.00 Carriages Contact details: Georgina Worrall, The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG T: 020 7434 9944 E: W:
  8. 8. Founders’ Day Lecture and Dinner 201110 November 2011Burlington House and Le Meridien, PiccadillyBooking form – please complete in capitals Personal Details First Name: Surname: Company: Address: Postcode: Tel No: Email: Fellowship No (if applicable): Registration Fees Seats required – individual or table Cost per place/table Total number of places Individual places £80 each Table (10 places) £800 per table Total £DIETARY REQUIREMENTSDo you, or any in your group, have special dietary requirements?LECTURE ATTENDANCEWe will / will not be attending the lecture by Prof. Iain Stewart at Burlington House prior to the dinner. Payment Details I enclose a cheque for £ made payable to the Geological Society Please debit my Visa/Master/Amex/Switch card by the sum of £ Expiry/ Card Number: Start Date: Security Number (last 3 digits on black strip on back of card): Issue number (if using Switch or Maestro): Cardholder name / address if different from above: Signature:____________________________________________________ Date: ____________________ How did you hear about this event: _____________________ General Information Full prepayment must accompany this booking form to guarantee a place/s. An email confirmation will be sent on receipt of your completed registration form. A VAT receipt may be issued on request. Notification of cancellation must be given at least 20 working days prior to the event for a refund to be given. We would like to keep you informed about future meetings and other Society activities. Please tick here if you do not want to receive this information. Please return this form to: Georgina Worrall, Conference Manager, Conference Office, Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, WIJ OBG. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7434 9944, Fax: +44 (0) 20 7494 0579. Email: