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Throughout 2018 we explored the sustainable extraction and use of natural resources through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities. Outputs from the year are below.

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About the Year of Resources

Geology underpins the provision of most natural resources. Locating and extracting raw materials for industrial and consumer products and processes, and fossil fuels for energy, are also major contributors to the economy. New technologies are increasing demand for critical mineral resources such as Rare Earth Elements. There are competing pressures on mineral, water and energy resources. Reduced or changed patterns of supply and greater awareness of environmental impacts including climate change can lead to debate and even conflicts over allocation, with implications for economies and for society. 

Challenges lead to opportunities and to innovation. The need to reconcile energy security, sustainability and affordability has stimulated interest in unconventional fossil fuels, nuclear power, carbon capture and storage and renewable energy. Understanding hydrogeology and groundwater contamination is essential to planning for our future water needs, including with regard to the energy sector. Research around mineral resources encompasses innovation in exploration, extraction and processing, as we seek improved efficiency and environmentally neutral processes, but is also increasingly framed by academic studies of global geochemical element cycling and behaviour.

The Year of Resources was an opportunity to showcase academic and applied research focusing on geological resources, to include energy, minerals and water. Events throughout the year involved academia and industry, economists and social scientists, and government bodies charged with securing the UK’s resources base, as well as partner societies and organisations. 


Resources themed events that took place through the year 


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Public Lecture: Making the most of minerals: sustaining society sustainably?

26 September 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

Interplay of heatflow, subsidence and continental break-up: a case study workshop

08 - 09 October 2018

Venue: Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference
  • Workshop

Seismic Characterisation of Carbonate Platforms and Reservoirs

10 - 11 October 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

Regional Public Lecture: Satellite Top Trumps : The Geological Edition

16 October 2018

Venue: Queen's University Belfast

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

Public Lecture: The future of plate tectonics: delving into the deep interior of our planet

16 October 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

FINEX 18

17 - 18 October 2018

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Conference

Mineral Resource Estimation: Recent Advances and Current Best Practice

22 - 22 October 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

The Geology of Fractured Reservoirs

24 - 25 October 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
  • Specialist Group

Marine Minerals: A New Resource for the 21st Century

31 October - 01 November 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

Operations Geoscience Adding Value

07 - 08 November 2018

Venue: Geological Society, Burlington House

  • Conference
  • Workshop
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Year of Resources 

A collection of resource-focussed papers with themes of sustainability, opportunity and challenge.

Available in the Lyell Collection.

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