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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s West of England and South Wales Regional Committee.



Regional Chair: Dr Phillip Toms telephone +44 (0)1242 714708 email wesw@rgs.org

Coming up:


A catastrophic beginning to Britain’s island history - Professor Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College London

 Tuesday 10 October 6.30pm-7.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm)
 Lecture (Cardiff)

Joint event with Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences as part of the Catastrophes: past, present and potential series.

Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT.

Places: Free and open to all.


The history and development of caving as a sport Rob Harper

 Friday 13 October 7.00pm-9.00pm
 Lecture (Charterhouse)

A brief gallop through the development of cave exploration as a sport, as distinct from commercial or industrial interests, with particular reference to the Mendip Hills. Joint event with Mendip AONB as part of the Mendip Rocks! festival of geology.

Venue: Charterhouse Study Centre, Charterhouse-on-Mendip, Somerset, BS40 7XR. Wheelchair accessible from car park.

Places: Free and open to all.

Contact Dr Andrew Newton  telephone 01934 843246 email lineaalbia@aol.com


Exploring the ocean floor Dr Philippe Blondel, University of Bath

 Thursday 26 October 7.30pm-9.00pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
 Lecture (Bath)

Oceans can be as exciting as space. This talk will illustrate 21st century ocean floor exploration and the new instruments being designed with applications from around the world. Joint event with Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

Venue: Elwin Room, BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.

Places: £4 on entry, RGS-IBG members and students £2.


The ship of Theseus: reality or reproduction Adam Lowe

 Wednesday 1 November 5.15pm-6.15pm
 Lecture (Bath)

Tragic losses of cultural treasures to wars, terrorism, natural disasters and theft highlight the importance of new technologies to record and replicate these treasures. This fascinating presentation shows how. Joint event with Bath University Minerva series.  Venue: Bath University Lecture Theatre 8, West 1.1, Bath, BA2 7AY. Free parking after 5.00pm

Places: Free and open to all. 

http://go.bath.ac.uk/minerva-series

email minerva@bath.ac.uk 


Snowball Earth Professor Graham Shields-Zhou, University College London

 Tuesday 14 November 6.30pm-7.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm)
 Lecture (Cardiff)

Global catastrophe or the origin of life as we know it? Joint event with Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences as part of the Catastrophes: past, present and potential series.

Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT.

Places: Free and open to all.


Death and destruction from space Professor Monica Grady, The Open University

 Tuesday 12 December 6.30pm-7.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm)
 Lecture (Cardiff)

Joint event with Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences as part of the Catastrophes: past, present and potential series.

Venue: Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT.

Places: Free and open to all.

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