EIG Conference 2018: Durham

Dates - Wednesday 12th September - Saturday 15th September


The Calman Learning Centre
Venue at Durham

The Calman Learning Centre
Venue at Durham.

The main focus of the conference will be on
substantial oral presentations, grouped into thematic sessions with the following titles;

>Groundwater issues

>Resource development

>Techniques and innovation

>Resources and reserve evaluation

>Mineral restoration

>Resources and community


Delegate Joining Instructions and Maps

In response to feedback on the 2016 Conference, the sessions will be slightly longer duration than in previous years, and more time will be allowed for questions.

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Keynote Announced 

The prestigious Ansel Dunham lecture will be delivered at Durham by Dr Alan Thompson of Cuesta Consulting, who will deliver 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.

 Alan has over 30 years practical experience in this subject, is a long-term supporter of the EIG and, as seen at the 2017 one day meeting, he always proves an interesting speaker delivering topics in a thought provoking manner.

The Conference programme includes 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 second on The Role of The Environment Agency in UK Minerals Regulation, led by Jim Davies of the Environment Agency

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The excellent conference facilities at
Durham will include the famous
Durham Castle & Banqueting Hall for
the Icebreaker and Conference Dinner


Many new opportunities exist at the EIG Durham 2018 Conference to sponsor an event and get your business noticed! See our sponsorship page to learn more.

Confirmed Sponsors

Major Sponsors

- Aggregate Industries

- Hanson

- Mineral Products Association &

- SRK.

Other Sponsors

Breedon, British Gypsum, Durham University, Envireau Water, Geostokes, GWP, MaCarthy Taylor (LSS), SLR Consulting, Tarmac, Wardrop Minerals Management & The Institute of Quarrying.


Trade Exhibitors

Thinking of exhibiting at the conference?, the Conference Trade Stand Booking Form is now available to download here in a fillable form format. If you have any questions or to discuss opportunities available please contact John Peate.  


Confirmed Exhibitors

Dustscan AQ, Envireau Water, Geobrugg, Georeka, Geosonic, Geotechnics, GWP Consultants, Hafren Water, The Institute of Quarrying, Maptek, McCarthy Taylor (LSS), Quarry Design, RS Hydro, Stantec, X-Ray Mineral Services.

Annual General Meeting - Get Involved with the EIG!

Please all conference attendees feel welcome to come along to the AGM which will be held at 13.45 in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre on 14th September, as part of the EIG 2018 Durham conference. Important matters on the agenda include; the election of the 2020 Conference Chairperson, call for new members to join the committee, and appointment of someone willing to assist in the organisation and running of the future 1 day meeting event/s. Please come along to witness and participate.

  • Proposals for the new chairperson made by the organising committee over the last few months will have been considered and the election will take place by vote at the AGM.
  • Membership of the committee is open to all who are interested in the extractive industry. The committee itself meets 3 to 4 times per year, if you feel you could contribute please contact EIG secretary Clive Mitchell at cjmi@bgs.ac.uk.
  • The next EIG 1day meeting is scheduled for 19th June 2019 in Warwickshire, the subject will be Environmental Geoscience and its implications for the extractive sector including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA's), landscape, restoration, groundwater quality, amongst others. The EIG need a volunteer to assist in the organisation of this and future 1 day events. Geoff Walton who has organised events in the past will be 80 next year and would like a younger member of our community to play their part!.
  • Finally, the 2020 Conference in Exeter will again include the prestigious Ansel Dunham memorial lecture which is delivered at the start of each EIG conference by a speaker respected by their peers as a leading figure in their field of work deserving of such recognition. Please submit your Ansel Dunham lecturer nominations to papers@eigconferences.com by the 31st December 2018. All nominations will be considered by the papers subcommittee and a recommendation will be made to the full EIG organising committee, who have the final decision.
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Conference Fieldtrips

A short description of each fieldtrip being offered as part of the 2018 Durham Conference is provided by following the link below. 

More information regarding the forthcoming conference will be provided here shortly. 


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