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Geology - poor relation?

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Power, splendour and high camp

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Hong Kong visit


President-elect David Shilston and Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth visit Hong Kong’s Regional Group.

Image: Hong Kong foodies. Back: Ken Ho (Geotechnical Office CEDD), Celia Choy (Secretary HKRG) Front: David Shilston, Paul Cheung (HKRG Chairman), Bill Gaskarth at the 10th Anniversary Dinner.

The HKRG held its 10th Anniversary in November and invited President-elect David Shilston as guest speaker at its celebration dinner on Friday 18 at the Hong Kong Football Club (see below/right/left). The occasion presented an opportunity for the Society to develop contacts with companies and geologists in Hong Kong and with Hong Kong University, and hence Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth accompanied David on his visit.

Meetings were held, with geologists in the Hong Kong Government’s Geotechnical Engineering Office, Arup, Jacobs, AECOM and Atkins, to promote the Society’s proposal for accrediting Company Training Schemes. This met with considerable interest, and it is likely that applications will be received soon. (At the time of writing once course had already been submitted, by Gammon Construction).


Training Scheme Accreditation is being developed as a partnership between the Society and participating companies to address the need for structured training and mentoring for early career geologists and help them develop the necessary competences required for Chartership (more information on Around 60 young geologists took part in a series of company meetings and one arranged by the HKRG. They left no doubt as to Hong Kong’s interest in Chartership, and the HKRG has an important role to play in fostering this. The Society presently has some 12 scrutineers on the list in Hong Kong, and at a meeting arranged with CGeols and at the dinner produced a further nine recruits (as well as further enquiries about Accreditation).

HK Graduatesresized.jpg We also visited Hong Kong University, where Professors Lung Chan and Andrew Malone described how the geology degree is being changed from three to four years. The present degree boasts an accredited pathway, and we hope that in the new structure most, if not all, students will graduate with an accredited degree. All in all this was a most fruitful visit, and our thanks are to Paul Cheung and his HKRG committee. BG

Image:  Graduates and students of HKU Earth Sciences with Prof. Lung Chang and Prof. Min Sun


Ian Jack (Hong Kong Regional Group) writes: HKRG can look back on the last 10 years with pride, having arranged numerous meetings, fieldtrips and conferences; maintained professional standards; promoted the role of geoscientists; liaised with related professional bodies; and facilitated mentoring and scrutineering for chartered geologist candidates in Hong Kong.

We hope that the next decade will be even more successful as we build on this legacy, maintaining our busy programme and undertaking new initiatives. The HKRG is therefore always eager to hear from geoscientists interested in sharing their experiences and ideas.

All Committee members contributed to the dinner’s success, but special thanks go to Philippa Halton and Celia Choy. Thanks also go to David and Bill for taking the time out from their busy schedules to visit us in Hong Kong.