Ussher Society Annual Conference 2020



The Ussher Society 59th Annual Conference will be held at the The Devon Hotel, Exeter, Devon, from Sunday 5th to Tuesday 7th January 2020. This three-day conference for geoscientists with an interest in South-west England and related areas, includes a field excursion day and two days of presentations. The presentation days will be Monday 6th and Tuesday 5th of January – oral and/or poster presentations will be welcomed in all areas of the geosciences relating to South-west England.

If you have not booked already, please do so as soon as possible using the attached conference booking form. It is vital that we and the hotel know the total number of delegates well in advance. If you book before 30th November 2019 then you will receive a early-bird discount
A limited number of bursary funds are available to contribute towards the cost of full-time students wishing to attend the meeting to present a paper or poster contact Andy Fleet for details.

All presenting authors have the opportunity, and are strongly encouraged, to submit their research work for peer review, and publication through the Society’s website as either a complete scientific paper, an extended abstract or simply as a conference abstract. (accessible to all society members, and to the public after 3 years).

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (Conference Programme Download)

Sunday 5th January
The pre-conference field excursion.

Please indicate if you are interested in participating in the field excursion on the Conference Booking Form: more details below.

Conference Registration & Reception – Registration 17:00-20:00 with an ‘icebreaker’ reception from 18:30

Monday 6th January

  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations.
  • The Scott Simpson Lecture
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of the afternoon session
  • The Conference Dinner will be in the Devon Hotel at 19.30.
Tuesday 7th January

  • Presentations: oral and poster presentations.

Conference Coordinator 2020: Andy Fleet


Devon Hotel

The Conference Venue is the Devon Hotel at Matford, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8XU, which is on the A379 Exeter bypass.  Free car parking is available at the hotel.  The nearest mainline train stations are Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central.  Taxis should be available at the stations (about 15 minute taxi drive). 

Full details of the accommodation are available at:  www.devonhotel.co.uk

Ussher Society Conference 2020 Rates 

Bed & Breakfast @ £75.00 per night for 1 person (for single room occupancy). 
Bed & Breakfast @ £95.00 per night for 2 persons (for double occupancy).
A deposit of £50.00 per person will be required to secure any booking made. 
We have negotiated special rates, so please mention the Ussher Society Conference 2020 when booking. Demand for rooms is likely to be high so early booking is strongly recommended. The hotel can be contacted on 01392 259268, or by email to reservations@devonhotel.co.uk although the hotel has indicated they would prefer to be contacted by phone to clarify individual requirements.

Alternative accommodation can be found in and near Exeter.

If you wish to attend the 2020 Conference please return the Conference Booking Form to the Conference Coordinator

If you wish to attend the 2020 Conference please return the Conference Booking Form to the Conference Coordinator


First Circular for the 2020 Conference

Conference Booking Form


Past Conferences 

2019 – Paignton
2018– Falmouth
2017– Saunton Sands
2016 – Weymouth
2015 – Paignton
2014 – Weston-super-Mare
2013 – St. Ives
2012 – Exmouth
2011 – Bideford
2010 – Plymouth
2009 – Paignton
2008 – St. Ives
2007 – Weymouth
2006 – Bideford
2005 – Newquay


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