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Our meetings are currently held in Bristol with the ultimate aim being to run a variety of events across the area. 

  • Our meetings are currently located at The Hub at Aztec West
  • Atkins Bristol - map link

Some talks and events are hosted at other locations and will be detailed on the flyer. See upcoming talks below.

To contact us please email or use the relevant committee member e-mail addresses provided to the right. Please contact us to register for email updates regarding the Western Regional Group or if you would like to be affiliated to the group.

The group aims to cover all aspects of geology, both academic and applied, and would also like to represent all levels of experience.

If you're interested and have ideas for evening lectures on topics we have not yet covered, then please get in touch.

Our events

We continuously update our events programme. The presentation flyers are sent out the month before each talk, and the field trip flyers are sent out a few months before. 

Please contact us if you require any further information about our upcoming talks and field trips.

If you would like to receive updates about upcoming talks, please contact us at to be added to our mailing list.

Schools Geology Challenge

Three schools competed in this year's competition, Wells Cathedral Schools, Cirencester College and Bishop Wordsworth's. This year's topic was “Planetary Geology – The Solar System and Beyond”.  Wells Cathedral School came out on top of a hotly-contested day's presentations and quizzing. Their presentation on Europa was highly enlightening and very enjoyable to listen to.

During the course of the day, we also undertook a tour of the Structural Soils Laboratory and Victoria Edmonds gave a presentation on her career development – from Graduate Geotechnical Engineer with Structural Soils through to Senior Engineering Geologist with Atkins.

The evaluation of mineral resources at Ma’aden’s gold mine called Mahad Ad Dhabd in Saudi Arabia

Mahad Ad Dhabd gold mine is located in the Madinah province of the Hejaz region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is approximately 380km by road northeast of the city of Jeddah. Mahad deposit is an example of an epithermal gold deposit in a Neoproterozoic volcanic arc, which are usually concentrated in young Circum-Pacific mountain belts.

The orebody comprises of polymetallic veins, which vary in mineralogy, previous metal content (gold and silver) and base metals (copper, zinc and lead). There is archaeological evidence that indicates that Mahad Ad Dahad mineralisation has been mined for at least 3,000 years, and potentially is the location of the famous King Solomon’s gold mines.

Itziar also discussed working as a woman in the international mining sector and the challenges that she faced in some mines and how these were overcome.

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Gemma Sherwood

Vice Chair

Louisa McAra


Helen Culshaw


Liz Withington

Event Officers

Evening Meetings: Robert Groves and Gemma Sherwood

Socials & Fieldtrips: Biju Saimon

Chartership Officer

Vix Edmonds

Young Geoscientist Officer & Competitions

Mike Addinall

General Committee Members

Mark Howson

Gary Riches

Josh Taylor

John Middleton

Josh Simmonds

The New CPD Scheme

The Presentation given by Glenys Rugman of the Geological Society Chartership Committee on 21/02/2017 is available to download.

It is important for Fellows to be aware of these changes:

 "" The new Continuing Professional Development reporting system will soon be available on the Geological Society website.

 ""  Keeping up to date with CPD is not only a requirement for Chartership and post-Chartership, but is essential for all Fellows as part of our personal and professional development.

 ""  The Geological Society will be rolling out the online CPD system which will be easier and clearer to use.

 ""  This presentation will detail the changes of the new system and how to use it.