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For Teachers & Advisers

Event Programme

Geology and Earth Science's Conference Programme:

Monday 16 July

0930 – 1030

Registration, pick up packed lunch

Grey College


Depart for North Pennines

1030 – 1200

Travel to North Pennines

1200 – 1230

Lunch and briefing

1230 – 1600

Activity at North Pennines

*Please note that this will involve a fair amount of walking on rough terrain.

1630 - 1600

Travel back to Durham

1600 - 1930

Check in and free time

1930 - 1945

Drinks Reception

Dining Hall

1945 - late

Formal College Dinner

Followed by entertainment and drinks in the college bar

Dining Hall

Tuesday 17 July

0800 – 0845


Grey College Dining Room

0845 - 0900

Walk to Mountjoy site

0900 - 1000

Applying to Earth Sciences at Durham/How Mature is the Landscape

IT room/Department room

1000 - 1100

Applying to Earth Sciences at Durham/Volcanoes and Health

Department room

1100 – 1115


1115 - 1215

How Mature is the Landscape/Volcanoes and Health

IT room/department room

1215 - 1300

Cruising for Ridges/Undergraduate research in the department

Department room

1300 - 1400

Lunch – optional departmental tour

1400 – 1445

Cruising for Ridges/Finding Helium

Department room

1445 – 1530

Undergraduate research in the department/Finding Helium

Department room


Conference ends

Please note: this programme is subject to change

Session Descriptions:

Session Summary
Fieldwork Dr. Matt Funnell and Dr. Chris Saville lead a day of field work in the North Pennines. During this you'll see some of the mineralisation of the North Pennine Orefield, perform a magnetic survey of the igneous body driving the hydrothermal mineralisation and evaluate abandoned industrial sites, to decide which would be the best candidate for reopening as an ongoing economic concern.
Applying to Earth sciences at Durham Professor Fred Worrall discusses the department's admissions policy, what the Earth sciences department looks for in applicants and how potential applicants can best prepare themselves.
Volcanoes and Health Dr. Claire Horwell outlines her work as founder and director of the international volcanic health hazard network.
How mature is the landscape? Dr. Chris Saville shows delegates how to use GIS (Geographical Information Software) to evaluate how the interaction of uplift and river action forms mature landscapes. Delegates will leave with hyposommetric maps of landscape maturity they can use in their own teaching.
Cruising for ridges Dr. Matt Funnell talks about his experiences on-board the RSS James Cook, a scientific cruise that is mentioned in the specifications for current WJEC-EDUQAS geology GCSEs and A-levels.
Finding Helium Professor Jon Gluyas talks about the first time exploration has ever found Helium deliberately, instead of as a by-product from other geological exploration. Helium is an essential part of medical MRI equipment.
Undergraduate research in the department Ally Sweeney, Abi Metcalfe and Caroline Burden (recent graduates) will discuss how undergraduates are integrated into the research activities of the Earth Sciences department. This will include a discussion of their undergraduate research projects. (Evaluating the Monserrat volcanic eruptions/Range front morphology of the Andes/Geological mapping)

Please note: this programme is subject to change