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Geoconservation Annual Gathering 2018

19 November 2018
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Event type:
Conference, Specialist Group
Organised by:
1. Geological Society Events
Palatine Room, Collins Barracks, Dublin
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Geoconservation in Ireland: Global to Local

This event is led by the Geological Society's Geoconservation Committee, whose aims are to help conserve the diverse geology and rich geological and geomorphological heritage of the UK. As part of the Society's work, we support initiatives that promote geodiversity and work with others to promote the sustainable use of geological sites as resources for education, training, public enjoyment and future scientific research.

The 2018 event is a companion to the 2017 meeting in Belfast, with a visit to Dublin, and an opportunity to learn about geoconservation initiatives and progress across the island of Ireland. With different frameworks in place in the Republic of Ireland, the recognition of County Geological Sites and their incorporation into County Development Plans is the only practical effort for local geodiversity sites, as well as for most sites considered to be of national or even international value. The local aspect to this work, with co-operation between Heritage Officers in each county and the Geological Survey of Ireland is important, and will be explored in several presentations. 

There are thousands of local sites that are important for geoconservation across the Republic of Ireland and the UK. These are places that are often valued and well-used by people, where we can find out about the geological history of our area, and how this influences nature, land use, building style and the 'sense of place' that all local communities have. 

Since geodiversity knows no political boundaries, there has been a long tradition of collaboration on geological projects in Ireland, especially between the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. This is especially evident in the support for the UNESCO Global Geoparks, of which the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh was the first transnational Geopark in the world.

This meeting aims to bring together key stakeholders and those working in geoconservation to discuss the value of local sites, review what is going across Ireland and what might be learnt for wider application to encourage more activity and greater involvement from relevant policymakers, local government and the whole geological community.


Sarah Gatley, Head of Geoheritage and Planning, Geological Survey of Ireland 
Matthew Parkes, Natural History Museum
Robert Meehan, Antalamh Ireland 
Michael Dempster, DEARA-NI 
Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council 

Additional speakers tbc

Outline timetable

10:00 - 11:00 - Coffee, registration and networking
11:00 - 12:30 - Morning speaker session
12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 - Afternoon speaker session
15:00 - 15:15 - Discussion and outline of plans for Geodiversity Charter for Republic of Ireland
15:15 - 15:30 - Wrap up


Email Florence Bullough - to register.

Geolsoc Contact

Florence Bullough

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom