Events diary

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

Into the blue logo
The planet's subsurface provides us with the resources we need to sustain life on the surface. The food we eat, the homes we build, the cars we drive and the things we buy all rely on the rocks and minerals in the Earth's crust. Come and visit BGS at NERC's Into the blue event at the Runway Visitor Park and try your hand at the detective work that goes into understanding and protecting the Earth's natural resources. And be in with a chance to win a hamper of fossil, dinosaur and Lego volcanology prizes.

25th – 29th Oct 2016

Automated titration the laboratory, or in the field.

Principles and Practice of Stable Isotope Geochemistry in Earth and Environmental Geosciences

The aim of this short course is to allow PhD students (non–experts) to gain an understanding of the use of stable isotopes in Earth and environmental geosciences, through lectures, workshops and hands–on lab work. At the end of the 2 days the participants should be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the general principles of isotope geochemistry including notation and standardization.
  • Understand the water/meteorological cycle in particular how rainfall isotope composition are determined by climate, how O, H, and C stable isotope compositions in the modern day waters provide a framework for the interpretation of these isotopes in the past archived in geological materials.
  • Understand the application of stable isotope geochemistry (O, H, C and S) to a variety of geological settings, including volcano-magmatic systems, ore deposits and geothermal systems.
  • Gain knowledge on the global cycles of C, N and S.
  • Understand how isotope data are interpreted in terms of climate/environment from some of the most common archives, including lakes, trees, oceans, speleothems, archaeological materials and from deep time geological successions.
  • Understand how N, C, S and H isotope analysis of biological tissues can be utilised to elucidate food webs and animal migration.
  • Understand how isotopes (N, O) can be used to trace nutrient cycles within both aquatic and soil systems and in doing so inform us about sources of environmental pollution and past environmental change. Laboratory practicals will allow participants to gain experience and knowledge of mass spectrometry and how isotope data is acquired. These will be tailored to delegate’s own areas of interest after acquisition of the basics of stable isotope geochemistry. A full tour of SUERC isotope laboratories will be included in the course.
  • Course location: Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in Glasgow
  • Date & Time: 2nd/3rd November 2016
  • Course presenters: Prof Adrian Boyce, Dr Angela Lamb, Prof Melanie Leng, Dr Jason Newton, Dr Andrew Smith

To register interest in attending please contact Theresa Mankelow (BGS Training and Adrian Boyce (note the course maximum is 30 participants, and a minimum of 6 is required for the course to run).

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09:00 2nd – 17:30 3rd Nov 2016

Prof W. Mike Edmunds
Groundwater and climate resilience lecture which aims to honour the legacy of Prof W. Mike Edmunds by promoting good hydrogeological science to the service of society.

17:00 3rd Nov 2016