Introduction to Lecture Programme

2017-2018 lecture programme (Session 160)

Welcome to Session 160! Hopefully we have arranged a set of lectures with different themes and topics that has something for everyone.

First up on the 12th October is Professor Peter Doyle, a geologist who specialises in battlefield geology who is going to give us an intriguing insight into the geology of the Western Front.

There’s been a murder! 9th November is "whodunnit" night when we welcome Professor Lorna Dawson from the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen to talk about her speciality - soil forensics. Lorna has advised many of the "noir" type of detective series on TV and fans of this genre should enjoy this! A good time to invite your non-geological friends to what should be a fascinating evening.

Our speaker for the 14th December lecture will be Professor Stephen Daly from University College Dublin who will be telling us about the Palaeoproterozoic evolution of the Nuna/Columbia margin, i.e. the late stages of the Lewisian, the Rhinns Complex and other Palaoeproterozoic rocks in Ireland and Rockall. (This will be preceded by a brief AGM.)

Into the New Year. On the 11th January we leave Earth behind and travel to our nearest neighbour, the mysterious planet Venus. Our colleague Dr Simon Cuthbert from the University of the West of Scotland will outline the current state of knowledge of the planet and give us a glimpse of the real face behind Venus's veil.

We welcome our well-known and learned colleague Dr Roger Anderton on the 8th February when he will be telling us all about the sea-bed geology of the Firth of Lorne. His pet topics of the Dalradian and the Quaternary glaciation will surely get a mention.

Our colleagues from the Edinburgh Geological Society (EGS) are hosting this year’s Joint Celebrity Lecture on the 21st February. At this meeting, Professor Bob Holdsworth of University of Durham University will be awarded the EGS's C.T. Clough Medal and will give a talk entitled "Cracked and full of sand: insights into the development of fractured basement reservoirs west of Shetland".

On the 8th March we welcome Dr Nick Tosca from Oxford University who will give us a lecture on Precambrian ocean chemistry and new perspectives on the environmental backdrop to early life. Nick’s research currently focuses on understanding the coevolution of life and environment around the time that atmospheric oxygen first appeared in the Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic.

On the 12th April we present our T. Neville George Medal for services to stratigraphy to Dr Tony Spencer for his work on Precambrian glaciations, in particular for his detailed study of the Port Askaig Tillite on Islay and the Garvellachs, which will be the subject of his lecture.

Finally don’t forget the usual Members’ Night on 10th May. One of the short talks already lined up will be by students from Glasgow University’s Remote Islands Expedition 2017, who will tell us about their various integrated geological and biological projects.

David Webster
Meetings Secretary