CGS Event Update

Following guidelines set by the government and considering the well being of our members and followers the CGS has postponed all excursions, meetings and lectures until further notice.

Should you be in isolation, or seeking a reason to stay indoors you may find the following publications of interest:

Northern England by British Geological Survey
ISBN 085272652x

Interpreting Pre-Quaternary Climate from the Geologic Record
ISBN 0231102070

An Introduction to Geophysical Exploration
ISBN 0632049294

Interpretation of Geological Maps
ISBN 0582301696


At the moment we intend to proceed with the AGM at Cockermouth FMH on Wednesday 25th, and the President’s Address which will be “THE GEOLOGICAL EVOLUTION OF THE CANARY ISLANDS”.

There will be a Special General Meeting incorporated into the AGM to consider an amendment to the Constitution. In light of the current situation, there will be no refreshments served and we expect those attending to observe all the advice regarding dealing with the corona-virus.

If the situation dramatically changes we will postpone the meeting until appropriate and this will be publicised via the web-site. Members can also contact me on 01768 895743.

The planned social event mentioned in the newsletter i.e at Hundith Hill on April 8 is CANCELLED. Any cheques already sent will be returned.

There is no change planned for the Excursion Programme at the time of sending this message but as always, consult the web-site for any alteration.

On the positive side, the issue of our new-style publication “The Cumberland Geologist” (replacing the title Proceedings) is imminent and we hope will be available at the AGM.

John Rodgers

Herdman Symposium

The programme for the prestigious Herdman Symposium to be held at Liverpool University on 22nd February is below.

The invited speakers use cutting edge research techniques to probe Earth’s climate. They will take us on a journey through geological time and explain how their latest findings inform on our understanding of climate in the past and what this means for the future of our planet.

9.30 Arrival [Coffee and Soft Drinks Available]
10.00 Welcome by Megan Udy (Herdman Society President), Alice
Glover and Harriet Williams (Herdman Symposium Secretaries) and
Janine Kavanagh (Staff Rep.)
10.05 Professor Bridget Wade (UCL): “What can sea floor
sediments tell us about past ocean productivity and climate?”
10.50 Coffee Break
11.20 Professor Laura Robinson (Bristol): “Using deep sea corals
to understand the last deglaciation”
12.05 Dr Chris Stevenson (Liverpool): “Abrupt climate change in
the Cenozoic: A vision for our future?”
13.00 Lunch
13:45 Dr Katrien Van Landeghem (Bangor): “Using sound waves
to investigate how ice streams retreat”
14.30 Coffee Break
15.00 Professor Mark Maslin (UCL): “The Human Planet: How we caused the Anthropocene”
15.45 Dr Will Hutchison (St Andrews): “Unlocking geological archives to understand volcanic impacts on climate and society”
16.30 Final Remarks & Wine Reception

The event costs £15 and booking needs to be made in advance before 15th February. Link to purchase tickets is below.