EIG Conference 2018: Durham

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 was on
the 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 were slightly longer duration than in previous years, allowing more time for questions.

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Keynote Lecture

The prestigious Ansel Dunham lecture was delivered at Durham by Dr Alan Thompson of Cuesta Consulting, entitled “A Question of Balance” it explored 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. Alan delivered an interesting, entertaining and thought provoking lecture with reference to quite a number of relevant entitled prog-rock album covers.. a first for the EIG!.

The Conference programme included 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 the 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 included the famous
Durham Castle & Banqueting Hall for
the Icebreaker and Conference Dinner


Many new sponsorship opportunities were taken at the EIG Durham 2018 Conference. Many saw it as the ideal event to get their business noticed! See our sponsorship page to learn more.

The Major Sponsors were;

- Aggregate Industries

- Hanson

- Mineral Products Association &

- SRK.

Other Sponsors included;

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


Trade Exhibitors

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

All conference attendees were invited to come along to the AGM which was held at in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre on 14th September, as part of the EIG 2018 Durham conference. Important matters on the agenda included; the election of the 2020 Conference Chairperson, Now confirmed as Teresa Brown of the BGS. Calls for new members to join the committee was made, and appointment of someone willing to assist in the organisation and running of the future 1 day meeting event/s invited.

  • 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 is still to be confirmed. The EIG is looking for volunteers 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

Details of the Durham Conference fieldtrips is provided on the 2018 Fieldtrips page.

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