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17th 05-08 September 2012. Hosted by Edge Hill University, EIG returned to the north of England. Another very successful, campus based conference, bringing in over 180 delegates and 44 oral presentations, again conducted over parallel sessions. The conference benefited from a very good show of support from sponsors and the largest trade exhibition in EIG history with 21 trade stands. The Ansel Dunham Lecture was given by Andrew Bloodworth. Field trips included local aggregates, cement and high PSV extractive sites. Conference chairman was Craig Arditto of Tarmac.
16th 08-11 September 2010. Hosted by the University of Portsmouth, EIG was back in England after 6 years. As in 2008, there were over 40 oral presentations, many in parallel sessions. With over 160 delegates, a very good show of support from sponsors and a full trade exhibition on the back of two years of severe UK economic downturn. The Ansel Dunham Lecture was given by Professor Geoffrey Walton. Icebreaker reception at the Spinnaker Tower and conference dinner aboard HMS Warrior accompanied by dulcimer music. Field trips to Michelmersh Brick & Tile, Brightling Gypsum Mine and a full day of classic and applied geology on the Isle of Wight. The conference chairman was Colin Comberbach. Proceedings have been published by EIG, edited by Geoff Walton, Peter Scott and Emily Hunger, containing most of the papers.
15th 25-28 June 2008. Hosted by the University of Cardiff, marking the first EIG visit to Wales. About 200 delegates registered with parallel sessions to accommodate a total of 45 oral presentations. Nigel Jackson of the QPA (now MPA) and the CBI Minerals Group delivered the Ansel Dunham Memorial Lecture and delegates were treated to a guided tour of the Welsh Assembly Government building in Cardiff Bay, and to a conference dinner in the Grand Hall of the National Museum of Wales, accompanied by a live harp musician. Field trips included Forest of Dean coal mines, Taffs Well quarry, Ffos-y-Fran opencast coal site, Vaynor Quarry and Aberfan. The conference chairman was Alan Thompson of Cuesta Consulting and Capita Symonds Ltd. The majority of the papers presented at the
conference have been published in the Proceedings, edited by Peter Scott and Geoffrey Walton.
14th 14-17 June 2006. In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, hosted by the University of Edinburgh, this was the first EIG conference to be held in Scotland. Another excellent event with around 170 delegates and parallel sessions used again to support the number of papers. The conference opened with a guided tour of the new Scottish Parliament building. Professor Peter Scott of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, gave the Ansel Dunham Memorial Lecture. The delegates were piped across the campus to the conference dinner, and a Scottish theme was maintained throughout. Field trips included the classic Hutton’s Unconformity at Siccar Point, a large cement operation, and silica sand and aggregate quarries in Fife. The conference chairman was Adrian Charters of Aggregate Industries. The Proceedings, which includes most of the papers, were published by EIG in 2008, edited by Geoffrey Walton.
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13th 2-4 September 2004. Hosted by the University of Leeds. Another very well attended event with an excellent atmosphere. Sufficient papers were received to necessitate parallel sessions in a lecture theatre and an elegant music room, and one young speaker was offered an MSc place on the strength of his paper. Subject matters were wide ranging with some deliberately lesser known areas of work such as mineral products in food. The Ansel Duham Memorial Lecture was given by Professor David Manning of Newcastle University. Field trips were undertaken to a major limestone quarry and a smaller specialist roadstone quarry, and to Cleveland Potash. Organised by Geoffrey Walton, assisted by EIG's own website and bank account and well established committee. Proceedings were published by MIRO in 2005.
12th 7-10 April 2002. Held at the University of Leicester. A well run, 'comfortable' conference with field trips to a stone merchants in Matlock, an underground gypsum mine, and a major granite quarry. Over 100 delegates and trade stand attendees. The second Ansel Dunham Memorial Lecture was given by David Highley of the BGS. Some papers were published in the IMM Transactions. Organised by Duncan Wardrop of Lafarge Aggregates and Kip Jeffrey of Leicester University.
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11th 7-12 May 2000. Assembly Rooms, Bath. Held jointly with the North American 36th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals. Organised by Peter Scott and Colin Bristow of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, aided by a small committee of industry, BGS and other representatives, on behalf of the Geological Society. The inaugural Ansel Dunham Memorial Lecture was given by Richard Fox, and the conference was opened by Mrs Angela Yeoman, Chairman of Foster Yeoman Ltd and High Sheriff of Somerset. Seven field excursions, plus an extensive social and spouse programme. 264 registrants. Proceedings published in 2002 by the Geological Society as 'Industrial Minerals and Extractive Industry Geology'.
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