Monthly CGS talks in Cambridge

We have a programme of 10 talks running from September to June, held on the second Monday of every month. All talks (unless specified otherwise) are at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm). Everyone welcome, free to CGS members, £3 for non members.

Monday 11th November 2019

‘The geology of Baffin Island, Arctic Canada’
Dr Owen Weller, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.

Dr Weller will describe the fascinating geology of this remote area including related insights into metamorphic petrology.

The evening will also include the CGS AGM.

Saturday 23rd November 2019      Conference: ‘Jurassic East’

Venue: Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge.

The next in the series of  very enjoyable Geo-East conferences. Book now!

Subjects covered during the day will include our region’s fascinating Jurassic geology and palaeontology, our legacy landscapes and the Jurassic collections of the Sedgwick Museum. ‘Jurassic Art’ will also be on show!

The new BAS Aurora Innovation Centre has plenty of free parking nearby as well as bus stops for buses from both the train and central bus stations. The reception area has displays on the work of the BAS and life in the Antarctic.

Booking required. Full details Jurassic East Conference Flyer. Booking form here.

Monday 9th December 2019

‘The effect of mass extinctions on Cephalopods’ Prof Paul Rodhouse, British Antarctic Survey

Prof Rodhouse is a biological oceanographer who will provide an insight into the history of this important group of molluscs – squid, octopus, nautilus and the famous ammonites, and their relatives. Not to be missed! There may also be mince pies and similar treats…. just a rumour.

Monday 13th January 2020

‘Is UK geothermal about to become of age?’, Dr Jonathan Busby, British Geological Survey

Monday 10th February 2020

‘Earthquakes, water, and the rise and fall of mountain ranges’, Dr Alex Copley, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Monday 9th March 2020


Monday 13th April 2020


Monday 11th May 2020

‘Life and Sedimentary Environments’, Dr Neil Davies, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

For more information on our talks programme please contact our Programme Secretary Franziska Norman on

Friends Meeting House

Friends Meeting House

91 – 93 Hartington Grove,

If possible please use the Hall car park otherwise please park in Coleridge Road or Hartington Grove towards Hills Road.

Please note the Meeting House is on the north side of Hartington Grove (shown as Quaker Meeting)

Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

The Friends organise a series of lectures in Cambridge (doors open, 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm in the Department of Earth Sciences)  during autumn and winter and field trips during the spring and summer. They also organise overseas field trip in the UK and overseass. More information.

Courses at the Institute of Continuing Education of University of Cambridge

The ICE holds many interesting courses, at Madingley Hall near Cambridge, including some on geology, local landscape, evolution and archaeology.

Extinctions: crises in the history of life  12 -14 June 2020 – Peter Sheldon

U3A Geology groups

There are a few local geology groups run by U3A: Cambridge    Peterborough

Other Talks

For details of many other talks and societies in the Cambridge area see the CONDUIT publication issued by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. It gives contact details for the many organisations working to promote interest in history, particularly that of Cambridgeshire. The latest issue of CONDUIT can be downloaded from their website.


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