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William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50

03 - 05 October 2017
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1. Geological Society Events, 2017 Year of Risk, Tectonic Studies Group
Burlington House, London
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On the 50th anniversary of the advent of the paradigm of plate tectonics, this three day meeting is convened to examine the state of the art and scope out new directions. The conference will be drawn to a close by the 2017 William Smith lecture, delivered by Dan McKenzie.

Live Streaming

The meeting will be live streamed and you will need to register to access this. Please click here to access the registration page.

Please note that you will need to register separately for each day that you would like to view.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to test your device and network, and joining instructions. Please read the information and the joining instructions carefully.  

You will receive a reminder email 1 week before the event, (unless registering after 1 week before) and another one 24 hours before the event.

For help and support, please access the live web chat or telephone 00800 800 23623. This information is also available in the confirmation and reminder emails.


The programme is available from the 'Downloads' box. 

Invited Speakers

Nick Christie-Blick Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University, USA

John Dewey University of Oxford, UK

Tony Doré Statoil, UK

Cindy Ebinger University of Rochester USA

Hank Frankel University of Missouri, Kansas City. USA

Catherine Johnson University of British Columbia, Canada

Peter van Keken Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC USA

Mike Kendall University of Bristol, UK

Xavier Le Pichon Collège de France

Peter Molnar University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Christopher Scotese, Northwestern University, USA

Opening remarks by

Tony Watts University of Oxford, UK

Closing remarks and introduction of the William Smith lecturer

James Jackson University of Cambridge, UK

William Smith lecturer

Dan McKenzie University of Cambridge, UK


Rob Butler University of Aberdeen

Mike Daly University of Oxford

Gareth Roberts Imperial College London

Jonathan Turner Radioactive Waste Management

Tony Watts University of Oxford


The event is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email Naomi Newbold

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner at Al Duca restaurant on Thursday 5 October 2017 at 7.30pm 

The dinner is fully booked but if you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email Naomi Newbold

Registration rates

£ 150.00
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Geolsoc Contact

Naomi Newbold

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

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