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UCC host the 55th Irish Geological Research Meeting

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

IGRMThe 55th was proudly hosted in University College Cork on the 17th -19th February.

With over 230 delegates (including 137 for the conference dinner), UCC proved that Geology is very much alive and kicking in Ireland.  In UCC, geology student numbers, both undergraduate and postgraduate, are high and rising, and we are introducing a new MSc and will continue to produce high impact research outputs and valued outreach.

IGRM is the premier forum for Irish geological research with all talks either about Irish Geology and/or showcasing Irish-based geological research. There are43 talks plus 2 keynote and 6 distinguished talks as well as poster presentations from 18 institutes. International co-authors highlight collaborations from 16 countries, study sites presented come from all 7 continents (and the deep mid-Atlantic).  The presentations are diverse covering the full spectrum of geology and geophysical research.

These are challenging times for Ireland and the geological research community. Sadly for us, as elsewhere, valued staff are retiring and their contributions over many years we celebrate at this meeting. In a departure from the norm, we extended the programme by half a day to include a “Lithosphere Workshop” with 6 distinguished talks in honour of the outgoing Chair of Geology, Prof. John Gamble.

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Distinguished speakers and hosts at the Lithosphere Workshop, 55th IGRM, UCC celebrate Prof Gamble’s achievement’s at his retirement. L-R. Dr. A. Wheeler, Prof. J. Davidson, Prof. P. Giller, Prof. I. Wright, Prof. J. Gamble, Prof. C. Hawksworth, Prof. M. Menzie, P. Lyell, Dr. I. Meighan

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