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Guidelines for speakers

The Geological Society Discussion Group was formed in 2017 as a specialist group of the Society. It had its origins in the Dining Club, founded in 1807.

Speakers are guests of the Discussion Group; they introduce a discussion at the beginning of the meal on a topical matter of which they have some knowledge. This introduction should not be more than 10 minutes. The speaker then participates in the discussion that follows.

The topic should be decided well in advance and will be advertised. It should be of sufficient breadth that it sparks discussion throughout our membership of geologists from varied disciplines. We encourage discussion on controversial matters of interest to the geological community and to the Society. We also encourage speakers to talk about the 'social' side of a subject, for instance, who were the people who first worked on the subject and what sparked their interest?

We do not have any facility for showing slides but speakers may bring a rock or specimen of some type to hand around the table and if an image or diagram is essential to understanding, a paper copy can be handed around the table.

We provide a summary of each meeting which is posted on our webpage on the Society website, together with a relevant image or two. Speakers are asked to assist with the provision of suitable material. Where a speaker is interested, the Editor of Geoscientist may welcome receipt of text for the Soapbox page.

Meetings take place at the Athenaeum (dress code jacket and tie), Burlington House, the University Women’s Club and various other venues.