Conferences and Meetings

2016 Geologists’ Association Annual Conference

The Jurassic Coast: geoscience and education
21s t - 22nd October 2016
Portland Heights Hotel, Isle of Portland

The Geologists’ Association’s 2016 annual conference will be held on the Jurassic Coast. Celebrating 15 years since the inscription of the World Heritage Site the conference will review and explore current geological research on the Jurassic Coast. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Quaternary and geomorphological interests will all be catered for as we bring together the diverse geology that has created England’s only natural World Heritage Site.

The conference will also share the innovative approaches to linking geoscience, heritage and people that have been developed by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team. This will include the educational, volunteering, interpretation and arts programmes that have brought the communities and visitors of the Jurassic Coast closer to their geological heritage.

On day 1 conference speakers include Professor Mike Benton (University of Bristol), Dr David Martill (University of Portsmouth), Professor Malcolm Hart (Plymouth University) and Professor Rory Mortimore (Chalkrock). Tim Badman (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and Professor Denys Brunsden will bring a wider World Heritage perspective to the meeting.

On day 2 field visits will provide the opportunity to see the spectacular Kimmeridgian Etches Collection ( in its new home ‘The Museum of Jurassic Marine Life’ and recently conserved dinosaur footprints on the on the Isle of Purbeck.

To find our more details go to the GA website and to make a booking please email:

The conference will be organised and supported by the Geologists’ Association, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Natural England and the Dorset Geologists’ Association Group, and is sponsored by Elsevier.

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The Heights Hotel have offered delegates a preferential rate of £90 per night room and breakfast sole occupancy;  £90 Double/Twin £110 per room per night and breakfast.

You will need to ring the hotel direct on 01305 821361 and quote “Geologists’ Association conference” to get this rate, do not book through the website.

Important Information
Online booking now available here

Conference accommodation details can be viewed here

Posters: We welcome posters. They must be A1 portrait size and abstracts must be sent to Sarah Stafford by 1st June.

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