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Meeting categories

Flagship Meetings

William Smith Meeting

This meeting is held annually on any branch of geological science.  The event runs over two days and incorporates the William Smith Lecture, which is open to all Fellows of the Society. See details on previous William Smith meetings.

Lyell Meeting 

The Joint Committee for Palaeontology (JCP) is a joint liaison body of the Palaeontographical Society, Palaeontological Association, The Micropalaeontological Society and the Geological Society of London.
The primary function of JCP is to organise the annual Lyell meeting and to promote Palaeontology within the Earth Sciences.
Find out more about previous Lyell Meetings.

    Fermor Meeting

The Fermor meeting covers any aspect of economic geology, igneous and metamorphic petrology, fundamental research on Archaean rocks and planetary geology. We encourage meetings to discuss broad topics crossing disciplines, as well as focussed specialist themes. The Fermor meeting may be held annually and typically runs over two to three days.

Find out more about previous Fermor Meetings.

Arthur Holmes Meeting

The remit for the Arthur Holmes meeting is unique in its requirement for substantial field-based activity.  In future, novel formats will be welcomed, e.g. a field meeting with a short conventional conference session attached, and it can be on any aspect of geoscience. There is no requirement for the conference to be held at the Society and a location near to where the field work is taking place would be strongly supported. The Society would particularly like to encourage conference proposals with an element of student field teaching in the event.

Janet Watson Meeting: an early career symposium

The Janet Watson meeting will be held on an annual basis and will focus specifically on early career geoscientists presenting their research, both to their peers and to potential industry employers, and should predominantly be a discussion-led meeting. The event will be facilitated by a nominated convenor who is not necessarily an early career researcher, but who can stimulate the involvement of this community.

Bryan Lovell Meeting

The Bryan Lovell meeting will be held on an annual basis and will focus on the geoscience relevant to major societal challenges such as those outlined in the Society’s ‘Geology for Society’ report. These include climate and environmental change, energy and raw material resource security, radioactive waste management and water availability, for example. The Bryan Lovell meeting brings together experts and practitioners from across multiple geoscience specialisms and other disciplines to address these challenges, and will often be associated with the Society’s annual science themes.

Specialist and Regional Group Meetings

The Society's Specialist and Regional Groups organise a wide range of meetings, which do not require approval from the Science Committee and administration of these meetings are handled by the groups.

Find out more about our Specialist and Regional Groups and their events.