Annual Conference, Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton, Devon
the previous meeting, held at the Hotel
Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall can
be found here)
1st circular here
Download 2nd circular here
booking form available here
7th January, Thursday
The Ussher Society is pleased to
announce its 47th Annual Conference at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton,
Devon. This 4-day conference for earth and environmental scientists
comprises field trips (to be held on Tuesday 6th and Friday 9th
January) and two days of presentations, incorporating a joint
session with the South West Regional Group of the Geological Society.
The main presentation days will
be Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of January - oral or poster contributions
are welcomed in all
areas of geology, geomorphology, engineering geology and environmental
geology, related to the South West.
The Scott Simpson Lecture will
be presented by Dr Jean-Bernard Edel (Louis Pasteur University,
"Structure and geodynamics
of the Variscan belt of western and central
Europe in the light of geophysical data (gravimetric, magnetic,
addition to the general papers and posters, there will be thematic
sessions on the Variscan of Europe, Quaternary topics and tungsten
mining, with special reference to the forthcoming re-opening of
Registration will commence, after the field excursion, at 18.00
on Tuesday 6th January, and there will an icebreaker reception
from 18.30, kindly provided by IGI Ltd. A Committee Meeting will
be held at 17.30 on Tuesday 6th and the 2009 AGM will take place
after the conference proceedings on Wednesday 7th, to be followed
by the Conference Dinner.
The second circular is available here or
just a conference registration form here
To register interest, please see the second circular
or the conference registration form (available here)
Tuesday 6th January
A field trip has been organised for Tuesday 6th
January, led by Dr Elaine Burt (BGS Cardiff) and Dr Kevin Page
(University of Plymouth) to examine the Permian and Devonian rocks
spectacularly exposed along the coast of Torbay.
Localities will include Hope’s Nose, Meadfoot
Beach and Saltern Cove, Goodrington; there will be a lunch stop
at an appropriate watering hole or please bring a packed lunch.
participants should meet above Hope’s Nose on Ilsham
Marine Drive (SX 945 638) at 09.30 on Tuesday 6th January.
Friday 9th January
Post-conference field trips have been planned for Friday 9th January
and the alternatives are:
1. Visit to Hemerdon Mine, to be led by John
Cowley and Richard Scrivener
2. Engineering Geology of the Rock Walk, Torquay, to be led by
Jeremy Rickeard of Frederick Sherrell Ltd.
3. Visit to Kent’s Cavern,
with a guided tour by the staff (please note that there will
be a charge for this of £4.50
per person, to be collected on the day)
Please note that, for insurance and safety reasons,
it is essential to book field excursions using the form attached.
You will require a hard hat for the Torbay, Hemerdon and Rock Walk
excursions and, additionally, a high visibility vest and safety
boots for the Hemerdon and Rock Walk excursions.
Further details of these excursions will be available
at the Conference and will also be posted here
The Redcliffe Hotel conference venue has kindly
negotiated the special rate of £40 per person
per night B&B (no single supplement) for Ussher Society
Delegates – please
contact the hotel directly and mention the Ussher Society to
make your reservation.
Devon, TQ3 2NL
Tel: 01803 526397
Demand for rooms at the Redcliffe is
likely to be high, so please book early to avoid disappointment. This is
especially true for those wishing to arrive on the evening
of Monday 5th January, when only a limited number of rooms will
The Redcliffe Hotel offers a range of evening
meals in the restaurant; bookings for meals may be made at the
same time as your accommodation
reservation. Please bear in mind that you may have made a reservation
for the Conference Dinner above, to be held on the evening of Wednesday
7th January. Please note that it is your responsibility to
make arrangements for, and payment of, the accommodation that you
require before, during and after the conference.
Links to information
about alternative accommodation options may be found here
fund is available to cover/contribute to the cost of full-time
to attend the Meeting
to present a paper. For details, please apply in the first instance
to the Conference
Secretary, Dr Peter Pay.
Dr Peter Pay,
Telephone: 01769 580159