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The South West Regional Group (SWRG) is well-established and active, with regular talks and fields trips run throughout the year. It aims to provide a local regional focus for all Geological Society Fellows and activities.

It arranges a wide-ranging programme of meetings and activities to meet the requirements of its active membership, including ProGeo – an annual one-day conference for professional geoscientists in the South West – usually held in October. The group also runs a schools competition for all secondary schools teaching any aspect of the geosciences.

Venues for meetings include locations in Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall.

The SWRG welcomes new members, as well as guests and co-professionals, to join its activities and play a part in its continuing development. Any members with an interest in joining our Committee – either as an officer or as a part of the wider Committee Group – should contact the Chair, Irene Manzella, in the first instance.

You can also follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn to join in the discussions!

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SWRG activities



Irene Manzella
[email protected]


Professor Malcolm Hart
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Rod Smith
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Matthew Owen
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Web Editor

Sam Bicknell
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University reps

Sam Hughes
University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines

Sarah Boulton
University of Plymouth

Committee group

Jonathan King
Alan White
Helen Perry-Smith
Gareth Lewis
Stephen Atkins