GfGD Conferences

The 2nd GfGD Annual Conference is taking place on Friday 19th September 2014, at the Geological Society of London. Following the huge success of our first annual conference in October 2013, this one-day event will gather students and recent graduates from around the UK to:
- Learn more about the crucial role that geologists play in international development. 
- Consider the practical skills required to make an effective long-term contribution.
- Hear more about our work, as well as the latest ways you can get involved in the fight against global poverty.
Speakers will be drawn from across multiple sectors and the event will be concluded by a drinks reception and opportunity for students to present relevant posters (information to be released soon).

Tentative Conference Programme

(Please note that sessions are subject to change, due to many speakers having international commitments) 

Session 1: Future Development Challenges – What role do geologists have?  ‘Development successes over the past 15 years, an overview of the big challenges for the next 15 years, and an assessment of the role that geoscientists will have.’
Session 2: Skills for
Meaningful Consultation
Dr Emma Wilson, Team Leader (Energy) and Principal Researcher (Sustainable Markets), International Institute for Environment and Development

Communicating Across Cultures
Arjen Naafs, Regional Technical Advisor (South Asia), WaterAid (subject to travel commitments)

Strengthening Technical Capacity

Dr Joseph Mankelow, Team Leader (Minerals Resources and Policy), British Geological Survey

Engaging with Policy

(Details coming soon)

‘Drawing from multiple areas of geoscience (e.g., energy, water, engineering geology) and relevant to all development work, we examine some key skills for sustainable development projects.

Experts will share their experiences from projects they have been involved in (including energy, hydrogeology and others) – and small scale steps that young geoscientists can take immediately to strengthen these skills.'
Session 3: Vision, Skills, Action (GfGD Project reports and Future Plans)Topics are likely to include...

University Group Report
Emily White and Julian Martin, Recent Graduates, Imperial College London

GfGD in the Himalayas
Rosalie Tostevin, Himalayas Programme Officer, Geology for Global Development

Vision, Skills, Action (GfGD's Future
Joel Gill, Founder/Director, Geology for Global Development

**Keynote Lecture**
(Theme: Disaster Risk Reduction)

Session 4: Posters and Drinks ReceptionPoster titles to be announced after the 15th August Abstract Deadline 

The full conference programme will be published soon.

Present a Poster
Last year we had a number of posters from both undergraduates and postgraduates. We will be giving students and recent graduates a similar opportunity this year to present relevant work. This could be based on undergraduate mapping/dissertations, MSc thesis or PhD work, GfGD University Group activities, or work carried out through placements, employment or voluntary opportunities. Prizes will be awarded at the conference for the best posters, with both undergraduate and postgraduate/graduate classes. Full details for abstract submission can be found here (Deadline 15th August 2014). A small number of GfGD travel bursaries (worth £20 each) will be awarded to selected student poster presenters (based on the quality and relevance of abstract), where the presenter is travelling from outside London. 

Other Details
We would encourage delegates to book their travel as early as possible to benefit from advance rates. We would also encourage students to check with their University/College to see if there are any bursaries available to support travel.
A small number of GfGD travel bursaries will be awarded, with those presenting posters and travelling from outside London being given priority. 
The nearest tube stations to The Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London are GREEN PARK and PICCADILLY. One/both of these tube stations are relatively easily accessible from the main London train stations serving the rest of the UK.

Delegates must provide their own lunch. There are a number of places to buy lunch close to The Geological Society of London. Alternatively, you can bring and consume a packed lunch on the premises. Tea/Coffee will be provided upon arrival and in the afternoon break. A drinks reception will be provided following the conference. 

We are very grateful to the Geological Society of London for the kind provision of a venue, refreshments and advice/support in hosting this event. To find out more about the Society and how to become a student fellow - please see their website. 

Photo Exhibition
We'll be exhibiting a collection of photographs from our recent work in the Himalayas. These mounted photographs will be available to purchase after the event.

GfGD Calendars (2015)
GfGD Calendars (2015) will be available to purchase for the bargain price of £5 each, or 3 for £12 - with all profits going to support overseas hazards reduction work. 

Previous Events

GfGD Conference 2013: In October 2013 we hosted our first National Conference, hosted by the Geological Society and attended by over 130 people - from across the UK, with some coming from Ireland and continental Europe also. This one-day event brought geology students and recent graduates, with an interest in international development, together with a series of professionals from across the sector. The conference explored the theme of how geologists can contribute to the fight against global poverty, giving a ‘big picture’ overview of the opportunities available and the ways in which geological knowledge can support and enhance sustainable international development. You can read more about this event and download relevant resources on this page.