British Sedimentological Research Group annual general meeting blog by Leah Nolan

Posted by lcb14 at Feb 14, 2014 03:20 PM |
The 52nd BSRG (British Sedimentological Research Group) annual general meeting was held at the University of Hull in December 2013. It was the first conference that I have attended so it is fair to say that I was a little apprehensive as I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was also looking forward to seeing people I had met earlier in the year on the postgrad field trip.…
British Sedimentological Research Group annual general meeting blog by Leah Nolan

Leah Nolan

We arrived at BSRG on Wednesday night and headed to the icebreaker where I had a catch up with old friends and I was introduced to countless numbers of new people, getting stuck in with the ‘networking’.  Day one kicked off with the good stuff, carbonates. I was surprised by the diversity of presentations which ranged from new methods of observing large outcrops with the use of remote-controlled flying devices with cameras attached, to the finding of evidence for the mid Permian mass extinction. The afternoon session was focused on fluvial sedimentology and although this may not be my research area it was great to hear the range of research being undertaken.

At the following poster session I presented my PhD research to date, dealing with work that I have previously done on my project and looking into how I am planning to take it further. I was happily surprised with how many people were interested in the research and wanting me to tell them more. Following a few glasses of wine we headed to The Deep, an aquarium in the city, for the conference meal. We looked around the whole aquarium, including a 6 meter wide flume tank which is used for sedimentary research.

Leah at the afternoon poster session
Leah at the afternoon poster session
The next morning session was themed on turbidites and shallow marine processes. I also heard two talks about the TWEED project. This is something which I hear a lot about around Leicester department so it was great to see their work in action.

By the end of the day the conference was over and I found that I had volunteered to be a postgraduate rep for the BSRG so this new year I am arranging a postgrad field trip to the BGS Keyworth core store to look at some carbonate core followed by a day in Derbyshire to see the geology in action. Stay tuned for more details and events.

Leah Nolan is a first year PhD student in Geology at the University of Leicester.

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