News from the Sector – October

The Natural History Museum London, Turing Institute, and University College London, are co-hosting the inaugural AI for the Natural Sciences on the 3rd November 2022. “The symposium is an opportunity to explore AI-related challenges related to biodiversity and natural science collections, bringing together some of the major research groups working in this domain. The event centrepiece will be the b(AI)ke Off – an interactive session where researchers pitch real-life challenges to a panel of experts.” Although tickets for the in-person event are sold out, you can register here to watch the event online.

The final event in the Geological Society‘s 2022: The Year of Sustainability, will be an online training course called An introduction to geotechnical monitoring for infrastructure embankments, cuttings and slopes on 7th November 2022. “The course is applicable to practicing engineers and geologists who are involved in specifying and/or carrying out monitoring programmes for assessing slopes”. Register by 5th November 2022.

The Geological Society is also hosting a public lecture on the 7th November, at Burlington House, called The stories we tell about volcanoes, and why it matters when they erupt. It’s open to everyone and free to attend (although donations are welcome). Tickets are via EventBrite.

The 6th International Palaeontological Congress is due to take place as an in-person event in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand, 7th – 11th November 2022.

Some of you may be interested in this webinar by the Royal Geographical Society; Reviewing your first journal article on 9th November 2022, 1pm-2pm online. Registration is free but must be done in advance.

NEMO (the Network of European Museum Organisations) is hosting a webinar on Museum Action for Climate Empowerment. Although not a geoscience themed event, we know that many geological curators and colleagues are being increasingly called upon at our workplaces to be able to talk to the public about, and deliver content on, climate change – as the ‘closest expertise on the staff’. So we thought this could be useful to some of you. It will take place online 11am-12pm CET (10am-11am GMT) on 14th November 2022. The webinar is free, but you must register here in advance.

The next annual conference of the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group will be held in London, 4th – 6th January 2023. Here are a few important dates, but please see their website for more details: Abstract submission closes 31st October; Early bird registration closes 14th November; Registration closes 12th December 2022.

The Geological Society is hosting a two day conference in 2023 called Sea level change in the past, present and future. It’s due to take place as a hybrid conference – both at Burlington House and online, 6th – 7th February 2023. Abstract submission and registration are via their website.

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the Geological Society are launching a new major conference series entitled the Energy Geoscience Conference (EGC). “The series will disseminate high-quality, energy-related geoscience to a UK and global audience via a physical and virtual conference every six years, with the proceedings published by the Society’s Publishing House. The first conference – EGC1 – is scheduled for 16th – 18th May 2023 in Aberdeen, UK”.

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collection (SPNHC) next year will be the 38th Annual Meeting and will take place in San Francisco, California, from 28th May – 2nd June 2023. They have issued their Call for Papers. Some key dates are as follows, but please see their website for more details: Workshop/Symposia proposal submission deadline: 26th September 2022. Abstract submission will open 24th October 2022 and close 9th January 2023.

Webinar Series’

SedsOnline is an online webinar series sponsored by the International Association of Sedimentologists. They have a webinar every Wednesday at 4pm BST, as well as regular communal Coffee Breaks!

The Natural History Museum‘s Nature Live Online is currently taking a break but promises to return with its lunchtime webinars, frequently on geological topics, and in the meantime you can catch up on past episodes via the link above.

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News from the Sector is compiled by the GCG Blog Editor Dr Emma Nicholls, Senior Curator of Natural Sciences at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Images throughout © Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Please note, events listed above are not necessarily endorsed by the Geological Curators Group. If you have any concerns about a listing, please get in touch with Blog Editor, Emma Nicholls, at


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