The Section holds a one day Seminar on a Saturday in March every year



The Seminar of 2015


The Speakers were:
Dr Dominic Papineau (London Centre for Nanotechnology and Department of Earth Sciences, University College London) - Evidence for early life in the Eo- and Paleo-Archaean
Professor N. J. Butterfield (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge) - Animals and the invention of the Phanerozoic Earth system
Dr Robert Sansom (Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester) - The origin of vertebrates and your fishy ancestors
Dr Tim Smithson (University Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge) - New tetrapods from Romer’s Gap: unrecorded diversity that laid the foundations of the modern fauna
Dr Pamela G. Gill (School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol) - Coming out from the shadow of the dinosaurs; a new look at the first mammals
Dr Fiona Coward (Department of Archaeology, Anthropology and Forensic Science, Bournemouth University) - Being human Dr Michael Ellis (British Geological Survey, Keyworth) - The Anthropocene: geology and the human process



The Seminar of 2016






The Seminar of 2017


The Geology of the Planets.


Those that spoke to the Section on the 11th March were:

Professor Andy Saunders (University of Leicester) - The Solar system
Jack Wright (School of Physical Sciences, Open University) - Planet Mercury: getting to know the problem child of the Solar System
Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College) - The adventures of Curiosity, robot field geologist, in Gale Crater, Mars
Dr Leigh Fletcher (University of Leicester) - Realm of the Giants: Junos' exploration of Jupiter
Dr Susanne Schweizer (Open University) - Hypervelocity impacts, cratering of planetary surfaces and the aftermath
Jane Macarthur (Space Research Centre, University of Leicester) - Martian meteorites


Saturday Seminar, March 10th 2018


The Middle Jurassic


The Rutland Dinosaur fifty years on: big feet in a small County


On the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Rutland Dinosaur, we focused on Middle Jurassic geology and fossils, but in particular, Sauropod Dinosaurs in a series of talks.

The Speakers were:
John Martin and Dr Mark Evans on the History of the Rutland Dinosaur;
Professor Paul Upchurch on Sauropod palaeobiology and feeding mechanics;
Professor John Hudson on Mid-Jurassic setting of the Rutland lagoons;
Elsa Panciroli on Mid-Jurassic Fauna from the Isle of Skye;
and
Femka Holwerda on the place of Celiosaurus among the sauropods.