Our Senior Hydrogeologist, Deborah Thomas, has recently joined the committee for the East Midlands Regional Group (EMRG) of the Geological Society. Here she explains her role in the committee and the events they have planned for the year:
“Since my time at Leicester University I have always enjoyed the wide ranging and interesting talks held by the Geological Society. Over the years I have attended the talks of many different regional groups; and now settled in Derby, I have taken this one step further and have joined the committee of the EMRG.
Our members include a wide ranging group of geologists; from university students, professional geologists to rock enthusiasts! The EMRG holds monthly talks split between Derby University and the British Geological Survey headquarters at Keyworth (and hopefully the University of Leicester in the near future). Talks include both engineering and academic geology, held by speakers at the top of their profession, drawn from a broad spectrum of Geoscience related disciplines.
The coming months hold a lot for the regional group including a poster competition about “Me, Myself and Geology” and a Young Careers Geology competition being held in May.
We aim to have a friendly atmosphere where younger people with an interest in geology are especially welcome. Our monthly evening lectures are open to all, and we even offer free tea, coffee and sandwiches. The programme of talks this year promises some very engaging evenings where we look forward to seeing some new faces.
Our next talk is on the 17th April at the British Geological Survey. Professor Jan Zalasiewicz is talking on the topic of The Earth After Us: Excavating the Anthropocene. Refreshments are available from 6:30pm, with homemade cakes made by yours truly being promised!”