School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

[Geological Society] [Paps from Port Askaig] [University of Edinburgh]

Geological Society of London

Fermor Meeting 2009


Supercontinents, Superplumes and Scotland

6-13 September, 2009

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Late registration will be possible on the day at the conference venue (The Carlton Hotel), day rates are available.
Please contact Jenny or Anna
if you have any queries. 

[Marie Curie]

The Meeting

The 2009 Geological Society of London Fermor Meeting and field trip will focus on the formation, configuration and break-up of Rodinia, pre-Rodinia palaeogeography, Rodinian to Gondwanan reconstructions and supercontinent transitions.  Contributions ranging from geochronology, geochemistry and palaeomagnetism to geodynamic modeling are welcomed.  The meeting will be hosted in Edinburgh from 6-9 September 2009, followed by a 4 day field trip to see some fabulous and classic geology in the beautiful western Highlands of Scotland.  Places for the field trip are limited so please register soon if you would like to take part. 

For any further information please contact Jenny Tait or Anna Reynolds.

Session Themes:
*    Formation, configuration & break up of Rodinia: inter & intra-cratonic correlations
*    Beyond Rodinia: evidence for, & reconstruction of, older supercontinents
*    Palaeogeography of Supercontinental Transitions
*    Supercontinents, Superplumes & True Polar Wander
*    Neoproterozoic oceans - oxygenation, evolution & oceanography
*    Neoproterozoic palaeogeography, Gondwana & the Iapetus
*    The Neoproterozoic petroleum systems & hydrocarbon potential   

Keynote Speakers:    
Chris Hawkesworth (University of Bristol)      Dave Evans (Yale University)         
Peter Betts (Monash University)                  Ian Dalziel (University of Texas)
Zheng-Xiang Li (Curtin University)               Shijie Zhong (University of Colorado)
Graham Shields (University College London)   Galen Halverson (University of Adelaide)
Peter Cawood (University of W Australia)      Jonathan Craig (ENI)  
Alan Collins (University of Adelaide)              Brendan Murphy (St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia)
John Goodge (University of Minnesota)          Udo Zimmermann (University of Stavanger)                       

Conference Venue
The conference will be held in the Carlton Hotel, a luxury hotel in the centre of the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.  Situated between the Royal Mile and Princes Street, the hotel is minutes walk from both Edinburgh Castle and the main railway station (Waverley).  Edinburgh also as an international airport with good air/rail links from London and all main cities in the UK.

Programme of Events:
06 September: 
1600 onwards:        On-site Registration opens
1700-2000:            Ice-Breaker Reception (EIF Fireworks and concert starts at 2100)
08 September:        Conference dinner and ceilidh
07 - 09 September: Scientific Presentations
09 - 13 September: Conference Field Trip
Registration will also include entrance to a public lecture and wine reception to be held at the prestigious Dynamic Earth Centre, Edinburgh.  This event is co-hosted by the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, and the lecture will be given by Prof. Ian Dalziel FRS (University of Texas).

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Conference fees include 3 nights full-board accommodation at the Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh, the ice-breaker reception, conference dinner and ceilidh, and lecture at the Dynamic Earth.  Fees are as follows:

GSL Fellow (single person accommodation)      465.00
GSL Fellow (shared accommodation)*             390.00
Non-Fellow (single person accommodation)      500.00
Non-Fellow (shared accommodation)*             420.00
Student (shared accommodation option only)* 350.00
Accompanying Person (incl. dinner B+B)          150.00

Field trip costs are extra.

You should receive confirmation of registration from GSL within a few days - if you do not then please contact Alys at GSL

Field Trip:
Leaving Edinburgh on the evening of 9th September and returning Sunday 13th, the conference field trip will visit a variety of locations in the western Highlands of Scotland, looking at evidence for Grenvillian and younger Proterozoic orogenesis; formation and break up of Rodinia; and volcanosedimentary sequences associated with the opening of the Iapetus.  The field trip will cost 350 which includes all transportation, all accommodation and most meals. Participation will be restricted to approx. 30 conference delegates*, once all the places have been filled your name can be put on a waiting list in case any vacancies should arise. 

Abstracts: (download abstract guidelines)
Abstracts should be completed according to the information in the document abstract guidelines, and submitted as a word document to Anna Reynolds prior to 31 July for inclusion in the abstract book.

Conference Convenors:
Jenny Tait, Sergei Pisarevsky, Colin Graham (Edinburgh University)        
Kathryn Goodenough, Martin Smith (BGS)               
Rob Strachan (University of Portsmouth)        
Svetlana Bogdanova (Lund University)    
Ian Dalziel (University of Texas)        
David Evans (Yale University)        
Alan Collins (Adelaide University)
Peter Cawood (University of W Australia)     
Zheng-Xiang Li (Curtin University)        
Jonathan Craig (ENI)  

Convenor contact details:
              Office contact details:
        Jenny Tait & Anna Reynolds              Alys Hilbourne
        School of Geosciences                     Geological Society
        Grant Institute, Kings Buildings           Burlington House
        University of Edinburgh                     London W1J0BG
        Scotland Eh9 3JW                           United Kingdom
        United Kingdom                         Tel: +44 207432 0981