Events diary

Lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops presented by BGS, or hosted at a BGS site. For past events view events as calendar


Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
Join us for a day of interactive Earth science with our giant floor map to discover the wonderfully diverse geology of Northern Ireland.
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25th Feb 2017

Seismic trace
"Plate tectonics in action: Earthquakes, tsunamis and the geology of Japan"
Professor Simon Wallis, Nagoya University, Japan
Monday 13th March 2017 at 6 p.m.
Lecture Theatre 1 Bennett Building, University of Leicester.
The geology Japan records 100s of millions of years of plate convergence at the edge of east Asia. Today both the Pacific Ocean and Philippine Sea oceanic plates dive beneath the continental domain of Japan. The movement along these plate boundaries produces common small earthquakes and much rarer but very destructive mega earthquakes (>M8.5 class) with associated tsunamis. One example was the devastating event of March 2011. The geological record of earthquakes and tsunamis is helping to develop our understanding of these phenomena and to develop realistic forecasts that can help planning to live on a plate boundary.
Admission is free. For further information, please contact Gail Andrews.
The talk is preceded by refreshments in the Bennett Building Foyer from 5.30 p.m.


17:30 – 19:30 13th Mar 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
A day of Earth Science workshops held at Parliament Buildings for primary schools. This event is run in association with partners including the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, Belfast Hills Partnership, Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership, Mourne Heritage Trust and the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.


13th Mar 2017

Water drop
Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, invites you to attend a Special Lecture to mark World Water Day.
WET, WET, WET
Water security in a changing world
The lecture features three leading researchers, looking at three aspects of the critical issue of water security today.
Advance booking is required, register for a free ticket.


16:30 – 18:00 22nd Mar 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
The first geologists walked into the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland our office on College Gardens, Belfast on 21st April 1947. Join us for a birthday celebration and help to raise some money for our chosen charity.
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21st Apr 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
At the Newcastle Community Cinema as part of the Mourne International Walking. The launch will be followed by a guided walk on part of the Sieve Donard Walk and will include the Granite Trail.
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22nd Jun 2017

Open day 2017

The British Geological Survey will hold its next Open Day at its Environmental Science Centre in Keyworth on 1 July 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are planning a packed day of events that illustrate the wide scope and applications of our research activities.

There will be something for rock lovers of all ages — from newbies to experienced earth scientists.

What are our open days like? Look at our 2013 Open Day page



10:00 – 16:00 1st Jul 2017

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Stable Isotope Facility at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham

SIMSUG 2017 aims to be a stable isotope user group meeting that provides a dynamic forum for discussing state of the art approaches, methodologies and new applications in stable isotope research and mass spectrometry.

Presentations by early career researchers, including PhD students, are particularly welcome and keynote lectures will be interspersed throughout the presentations.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest by email

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5th – 7th Jul 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
Explore the many kilometres of rock core and chippings that we hold in our core store and see how these can be used to unravel the geological history of Northern Ireland’s subsurface.
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10th Sep 2017

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI)
We're attempting to make a world record by creating our own earthquake in the Stormont Estate with the help of 10,000 school children from all the way across Northern Ireland.
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12th Oct 2017