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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.

The meeting will also be live streamed. If you would like further information about this and details of how to access the live stream, please contact Naomi Newbold


The programme is available to download. 

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, but some additional places might become available.

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
£ 200.00
£ 150.00
£ 150.00
£ 80.00
£ 100.00

Geolsoc Contact

Naomi Newbold

The Geological Society
Burlington House
Piccadilly, London
United Kingdom

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