News: Latest

8th December 2022: The palaeontology of Arabia: from stromatolites, to the first land plants, to Homo sapiens out of Africa

8th December 2022: The palaeontology of Arabia: from stromatolites, to the first land plants, to Homo sapiens out of Africa

A talk by Prof Mike Stephenson

In this period of rapid change in climate and environments, scientists are looking for past changes in order to understand more about what may happen in the future.

The fossils in the rocks of Arabia are a unique archive of these changes. They extend from the Precambrian ‘snowball Earth’ of 600 million years ago, to the first land plants 400 million years ago, to dinosaurs 75 million years ago, and to fossils of  

Homo sapiens 85 thousand years ago. These fossils tell a story of climate change and evolution that is unrivalled. The talk will chart these changes explaining how they illustrate evolution and climate change and make us think differently about the world of today.

The talk will cover some of the key aspects of the geology and palaeontology of Arabia – how life developed through time and the role of one subcontinent in that story. The talk will bring together the many strands of fossil evolution and climate change focussing on Arabia as a melting pot and conduit in the development of life. The author, Prof Mike Stephenson is a palaeontologist with over 25 years’ experience, with three acclaimed books on the geosciences.

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

17th November 2022: Ocean Data Collection: UsingMiniature Autonomous Sailboats

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

20th October 2022: Portland Cement: production and carbon emissions

On 20th October Arthur Harrison will give a talk on Portland Cement. The talk will commence at 18:30 in the RCA, Crown Lane, Conwy, LL32 8UB. Refreshmnents will be available from 18:00.
Posted in Cluster Meetings |

17th September 2022: Seismic Hazard in North Wales

“What we should know about the seismic hazard in North Wales and its causes”.  Dr. Antonia Hardwick

Seismic Hazard

UK Seismic Hazard Map

Continue reading

Posted in Talk Archive |

October 17th, 2019

“The Weald petroleum system; some observations from a petroleum geochemical stand point” by Patrick Barnard

Picture: from


Posted in Talk Archive |

September talk

On Thursday we have two talks scheduled at this month’s social get-together and networking event. Dr Sophie Ward of Bangor University will give a presentation on “Can shelf sea sediments be used as a proxy for past tidal conditions?” and Heather Thomas of Conwy Council has offered to make a short presentation on help available to small business and sole traders.

Refreshments will be served from 18:00, this Thursday, 19th September 2019, upstairs in the RCA Conwy (behind Plas Mawr). Talks will start at 18:30.
We hope you can join us for this first meeting after a longer than usual summer break.

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

Application of a Recent Analogue to the Ancient Petroleum System: A Virtual Field Trip to the coastline of the Tethys Ocean

June’s talk explores the fascinating coastal sabkha of Abu Dhabi under the expert guidance of Stephen Lokier. In his presentation, “Application of a Recent Analogue to the Ancient Petroleum System: A Virtual Field Trip to the coastline of the Tethys Ocean”, Stephen will describe the coastal sabkha system of Abu Dhabi, discussing the sedimentological characteristics and preservation potential of each of the depositional settings and comparing them to equivalent facies preserved within the ancient petroleum system of the Jurassic Arab Formation. With over 18 years of applied experience in the field of carbonate sedimentology, many of those in the Middle East, Stephen is extremely well qualified to show us this classic – and endangered – geological setting.

Abstract and short biography here: GWL_2019-06_AbstractAndBio

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

GWL talk: 23rd May 2019

Our speaker for May is Davide Gamboa, a graduate of the University of Lisbon with a long association with Wales, especially Cardiff where he gained his Ph.D.. As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and the Environment he was part of the Geo-Carb-Cymru cluster, composed of researchers from BGS, Aberystwyth University and Cardiff University, studying the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) potential in and around Wales.

On Thursday May 23rd Davide will be talking about Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the East Irish Sea. This area contains two formations with major storage potential: the Sherwood Sandstone Formation with closures in fault-bounded horsts, and the older Collyhurst Sandstone Formation. Stress modelling of the EISB fault network indicates limited leakage risks. The basin therefore has an increasing strategic value for CCS.

The talk will take place at the RCA in Conwy, starting at 18:30 with refreshments available from 18:00.

Full abstract and bio here: GWL_2019-05_talkabstractandbio

PDF of talk here: #CCS_EISB3

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

March Cluster details and Early warning – date change !

Our March Cluster meeting has changed date – it will now be on the fourth Thursday – the 28th  – news soon on an exciting and different type of subject for the meeting.Cluster meeting announcement master 2019 Bio Abstract_SophieWard v2

Posted in Cluster Meetings |

February Cluster announcement

Frank Richards, a well known and experienced geoscientist will tell us how to improve Quality Control in the practical application of Structural Geology,  in less than a perfect world !          Thursday 21st February at the Royal Cambrian Academy 6pm for a 6-30 start

F_Richards_Cluster meeting Feb 2019 – Bio Abstract v2

Posted in Cluster Meetings |