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1-day FREE Geodiversity Conference for Professionals
Fri 23 June 2017, 09:30 – 17:00 BST
This one-day conference, endorsed by the Geological Society, and presented by highly knowledgeable and regarded specialists from across the country, will provide its attendees with all the key terms and topics in Geodiversity and Geoconservation, exploring the approaches to Geoconservation, highlighting important issues associated with Geoconservation and introducing methods of communication in Geodiversity and Geoconservation.
9:30 am Registration, tea and coffee
10:00 Introduction to the day – Veronica Holmes/Steve Woolfall
10:10 Introduction to Geodiversity: Dr Ian Drew/Prof Cynthia Burek
An interactive lecture covering an introduction to geological concepts and followed by a short introduction to the history and definitions of geodiversity.
11:05 Introduction to Geoconservation: Prof Cynthia Burek
An interactive lecture covering an introduction to the term, background and history of Geoconservation. This will also include the drivers for this type of conservation in Cheshire within the wider national and international scene. The difference between biodiversity and geodiversity conservation measures will also be discussed. Threats will be discussed in a pictorial context.
12:00 Introduction to Geoheritage: Dr Kevin Crawford
A fascinating look at Geoheritage focusing on ‘Cultural Geoheritage’, covering an introduction to terms and the background and history of Geoheritage.
12:45 Lunch – A lovely buffet lunch will be provided—please inform Veronica of any datary requirements.
13:15 Geotourism: Dr Kevin Crawford
Kevin will take you on a journey through Geotourism, including some workshop sessions looking at journal articles and literature. The lecture will also cover an introduction to terms, the background and history of Geotourism
14:10 The Natural Resources of the Saltscape: Dr Ros Todhunter
Ros will analyse the geodiversity and heritage of the salt landscape of Mid Cheshire. She will look at how the location and depth of the salt-bearing strata, plus 2000 years of exploitation of this natural resource is a consequence of its heritage. From brine springs to controlled brine pumping, salt mining to underground gas storage and the challenges faced by development and infrastructure in areas of past, present and future rock salt extraction and exploitation.
15:05 Legislative Issues: Dr Kevin Crawford
15:30 Walk around local area (Dr Ros Todhunter) or museum tour
16:00 Tea & coffee
16:15 Question and answer session
16:30-16:45 Conference ends