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The West Midlands Regional Group (WMRG) organises technical and social events for a wide range of geoscientists in the region; from Shrewsbury to Stratford, Tamworth to Worcester, and everywhere in between. Our members come from various fields of expertise, from industry and academia; from students and enthusiasts to retirees.

Our evening meetings/talks are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month, between September and May. They generally take place at St Martin in The Bullring. All meetings count towards Continued Professional Development (CPD), with certificates available on request.

Our annual general meeting is held around December time each year and all Fellows of the Society are welcome to attend. We always welcome new members and encourage and support the next generation of budding geoscientists from school through to university, to Chartership and onwards. Come along to a talk or event and satisfy your geoscience curiosity, or simply get in touch if you would like to know more.

To keep up to date with WMRG talks and events you can keep an eye on this page, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, or send a request to be added to our mailing list via the details below. Fellows of the Society living in postcode areas beginning with B, CV, DY, HR, ST, SY, TF, WR, WS, and WV should receive regular communication from our committee. If you do not, then please review your preferences on the Society's website and get in touch.

Aims and objectives

All Regional Groups of the Geological Society exist to further the objectives of the Geological Society.

The WMRG actively pursues the objectives of the Society by:

  • Holding meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, between September and May, at a central Birmingham location (see our events listings).
  • Organising several field meetings each year locally and further afield. 
  • Posting records of talks and field meetings on our web page primarily for the benefit of those unable to attend. 
  • Holding periodic dedicated Chartership workshops to assist members in pursuit of Chartership. 
  • Promoting third party events that may be of interest to our members.
  • Organising extra events to promote geoscience to the general public during GeoWeek (May) and Earth Science Week (October).
  • Locally promoting the Society's “Geoscience Schools Challenge”, holding the regional event at The Lapworth Museum in December.
  • Promoting the Society's “Early Careers Award” scheme, holding our regional heat in January.
  • Visiting schools and Tertiary Education centres, when invited, to promote geoscience to students.

Contact us

We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions on talk topics, social events or venues. Please email us at geolsoc_wmrg@live.co.uk.

Are you on our mailing list? If you want to receive our email newsletters and updates about upcoming events, please let us know.

Our events

We have a number of events planned for 2021 - please refer to the Programme of Events for further information:  Programme of Events

For slides and notes from previous WMRG talks, please visit the abstracts and meeting notes page.

Members are positively encouraged to take advantage of these local events which not only offer opportunities for personal CPD but also give opportunities for networking, the value of which should not be underestimated. Our popular field trips offer these same opportunities and should be of particular interest to fellows unable to make the evening talks.

If you would like to propose a topic for a future talk, then please contact our Programme Co-ordinator.

Colin Knipe Early Career Award

The Early Career Award is a science communication award presented by the Early Career Network of the Geological Society of London. The Award is held in two stages, with the winner of the West Midlands Regional Group (WMRG) Colin Knipe Early Career Award being invited to present at Burlington House in May 2022.
The WMRG Colin Knipe Early Career Award competition will be held at the end of January 2022 and prizes include £150, £100 and £50 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Entrants will also be invited to present to the WMRG in November 2022.

Eligibility

Candidates must be a Fellow of the Geological Society.
Candidates should have a maximum of 10 years’ experience following graduation of a first relevant degree.
Candidates must apply through the Regional Group where they live/work.

Marking Criteria

The marking criteria are the same for the Regional Heats and the National Final. Candidates are marked on the following:

Presentation (broken down into):
Delivery/clarity of message;
Legibility of content; and
Creativity.
Technical content and responses to questions.
Accessibility of presentation (talks should be tailored to an early career multi sector geoscience audience).

The talk should be geoscience themed and predominantly the candidate’s own work (cited appropriately when not). Talks should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by 5 minutes to allow the judges to ask questions.

How to Enter

To enter, please send a maximum 500 word abstract on the proposed talk to the Regional Group co-ordinator by 31 January 2022 using the email address geolsoc_wmrg@live.co.uk.

Geoscience events poster

We warmly welcome budding geoscientists to come along to our events, get involved and be inspired! 

For a list of geoscience activities going on across the region please see our A3 poster, which can be printed for display in your school.

Useful websites

Newsletter

Read our latest newsletter

School Careers Talk

A talk for Year 10 geography pupils on careers in geology, made by committee members of WMRG: Careers in Geology

Corporate sponsorship

We are currently welcoming corporate sponsorship. Should your company wish to support the West Midlands Regional Group in bringing regular great talks, supporting continuous professional development and promoting the geoscience disciplines, then please refer to the following letter:

Corporate sponsorship request letter

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Committee

Chair Vice Chair Treasurer
Secretary Programme Co-ordinator
Field Trip Co-ordinator Mentoring & Chartership Champion Public Engagement Champion Social Media Champion & Website Editor
General Committee Member