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Earth Science Week 2017 Schools Event: Plate Tectonics & Mineralogy

12 October 2017
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Event type:
Open day, Workshop, Course
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Earth Science Week 2017
The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
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We are running a free event for schools at the Geological Society as part of Earth Science Week 2017, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the Plate Tectonics theory.

We will explore the history and leading scientists behind the theory, look at case studies from around the world, and with the aid of microscope imagery we will learn how the mineralogy of rocks can reflect tectonic processes. 

Year 12-13 (A/AS Level) students would get the most out of this event, and a group of around 10 would be ideal. Please note that studying A Level geology is not a requirement to attend; scientists and geographers are equally welcome!

Presenter: Dr Matt Loader

Matt is a postdoctoral reseacher at the Natural History Museum, currently researching the mineralogy and geochemistry of ore deposits. He is also one of the course leaders at our annual Geoscience Education Academy training course for teachers.

Programme & Registration

Draft programme (may be subject to changes):

 10.00-10.30  Arrival at Burlington House, welcome reception with tea and coffee 
 10.30-11.00 Introductory lecture
 11.00-12.00  Urban geology field observations around Piccadilly
 12.00-13.00 Microscope practical
 13.00-13.00 Lunch 
 13.30-14.00 Summary lecture and departure from Burlington House

Attendance is free of charge for school groups and lunch will be provided.
If you or your students would like to take part please contact Amy Ball ( by 2nd October, including how many students you plan to bring, and which subjects they are studying.

About Earth Science Week


Earth Science Week runs from 7-15 October 2017 with events and activities all over the country on the theme of 'Our Restless Earth'. Last year we ran an event with geologists from the British Geological Survey on hydrogeology and the provision of sustainable water supplies for communities. This year's event is part of the Geological Society's programme of themed events for the Year of Risk.

Geolsoc Contact

Amy Ball

Education Assistant
The Geological Society