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The Lyell Geoscience Society

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Each year the society organizes a range of interesting guest lectures and fun social events.

Guest lectures: The Society hosts around 5 guest lectures each term (usually every other week), presenting research on a wide range of geological subjects. Guest lectures are normally held on Thursdays, starting at 5:15pm in the Queen’s Lecture Theatre. Talks last ~30-45mins, and are by preceded by refreshments in the foyer of the Queen’s Building from 4:45, and followed by a trip to a local pub.

Social events: The Society organises many social events throughout the academic year, e.g. BBQs, Pizza & Quiz nights and Pub Crawls. Highlights of the Society’s calendar include:

  • Lyell Day: A day long symposium of high profile guest lectures revolving around a chosen theme (e.g. Ice Planet, Beyond Fossil Fuels), followed by the legendary black tie Lyell Dinner.
  • Ceilidh Dance: an evening of food, whiskey and Scottish Dancing.
  • Field Trip: to a location within the UK not visited by the degree courses. These are light hearted trips, with an emphasis on the social side. Previous field trips have been held to the Isle of White, the Peak District and Lyme Regis.

The social event calendar will include the following:

Date: Event:
Early October Introductory BBQ 
Mid October Pub crawl around Englefield Green
Early November Come in your socs
Late November Ceilidh
Early December Pizza Quiz
Mid January Social
Late February Annual Lyell Day & Lyell Dinner
Late March Pizza Quiz & Elections
Easter Field Trip


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