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Extractive Industries Geology Conference 2018

Durham Cathedral

Programme finalized for this year’s EIG Conference at Durham University from 12–15 September

THE programme for EIG 2018, which will take place at Durham University from 12–15 September, has now been finalized. Twenty-nine 25-minute technical papers will be presented over two full days (13–14 September) in a series of themed sessions.

As well as an introductory session, including a review of the local extractive industry, the themes will include: groundwater issues; resource development; techniques and innovation; resources and reserve evaluation; mineral restoration; resources and community; and geotechnics.

These will be in addition to the 10th Ansel Dunham Memorial Lecture, which this year will be presented by Dr Alan Thompson of Cuesta Consulting Ltd. His paper, entitled ‘A Question of Balance’, will explore the art of balancing the need for mineral extraction against the need for environmental and landscape protection, including mechanisms for achieving that balance.

Also included in the programme will be two plenary discussion forums: one on ‘The Future of Mineral Extraction and Geology in the UK’, led by Dr Ian Selby, chairman of the UK Minerals Forum (UKMF); and the other on ‘The Role of The Environment Agency in UK Minerals Regulation’, led by Jim Davies of the Environment Agency.

As usual, field trips will be held both before and after the conference on Wednesday 12 September and Saturday 15 September. Visits will include: Crimerigg, Hawthorn, Long Lane and Barrasford quarries; Todhills brickworks; Shotton surface mine and Northumberlandia; and Weardale – North Pennines ANOB and Geopark. For more information and booking details, visit: www.eigconferences.com

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