Conference history

EIG Conferences have been held almost biennially since the very first, held in London in 1978. Each event has built on the success of those which preceded it. It is now firmly established as the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry.

In recent years EIG Conferences has become a fully independent organisation, run by a committee of volunteers drawn from the extractive industry, academia, consultancy and other interest groups.

Following many successful conferences, Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Conferences was incorporated in 2008 as a company limited by guarantee, with a board of directors drawn from the organising committee. As part of that incorporation, EIG evolved its aims and objectives to the following:

  • To run conferences, meetings, site visits and other functions for the benefit of professional persons and students involved in Extractive Industry Geology
  • To publish proceedings of conferences and other documents and may support relevant research as appropriate and may sponsor students undertaking approved courses.

In order to help meet the research element of the second objective, EIG Conferences has recently created the EIG Scholarship Scheme. Please see the Scholarship page for further details.

Past conferences

6th - 10th September 2016

18th 11-14 June 2014.

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Hosted by St Andrews University, for the first time since Edinburgh the EIG returned to Scotland. This conference was also a special opportunity to partner with our North American colleagues from the FGIM and hold a joint conference. With the American contingent in the UK for the conference, this meant there were additional field trips to take in the geology of North East England and the Scottish borders and, following the conference, a trip to the West Coast of Scotland. Regular field trips were also available including Fife, Silica Sand and Aggregate Industries, coastal exporting quarry Glensanda. A spouse programme was also put together for the partners of the FGIM delegates. There were 175 delegates that made the trip to St Andrews and 50 oral presentations. As always there was a tremendous amount of support from sponsors and a full compliment of trade exhibitions; once again demonstrating the value of the EIG conferences even during difficult economic periods.  The conference was yet again able to offer delegates parallel sessions. The Ansel Dunham lecture was given by Duncan Wardrop.  The ice breaker was at the St Andrews museum (MUSA) and conference dinner was held in the lower conference hall. This was followed by a first for the EIG, a Ceilidh in the upper hall. The conference chairman was Clive Mitchell of BGS.

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. The 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. The icebreaker reception was at the Spinnaker Tower and conference dinner aboard HMS Warrior accompanied by dulcimer music. Field trips were 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 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 include most of the papers, were published by EIG in 2008, edited by Geoffrey Walton.

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 Dunham 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.

11th 7-12 May 2000.

Held at the Assembly Rooms, Bath, 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'.

10th 1-2 July 1998.

Held at Crossmead Conference Centre, University of Exeter. Organised by Colin Bristow and Peter Scott of Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter on behalf of the IMM. Single field excursion to Westleigh and Hillhead quarries. Some papers published in Trans. IMM (Applied Earth Science). Ca. 170 registrants. An ongoing committee was set up to oversee the organisation of future EIGs; the lack of such a committee had seriously hindered the continuity of the organisation from one EIG to the next, as it had been left to each sponsoring body to set up a new committee each time.

9th 15-18 April 1996.

Warwick University. An EIG in name only, as it was made part of the Geoscience Conference and was organised by some members of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society.

8th 18-19 April 1994.

Sheffield University. Organised by Dick lneson, advised by an IMM Committee. Not well attended (60), possibly due to the high cost of the IMM Conference Secretariat and lack of publicity. Some papers published in Trans. IMM (Applied Earth Science).

7th 13-14 April 1992.

Leicester University. Organised by Ansel Dunham and Peter Scott on behalf of the Geological Society. Proceedings not published. Mountsorrel and Croft quarries visited.

6th 17-18 April 1989.

Birmingham University. Well attended meeting. Organised by an IG committee chaired by Bill Barrett. Sponsored by IG, Geological Society, IMM and MIRO. Proceedings published by the Institution of Geologists: 'Extractive Industry Geology', edited by Bill Gaskarth and A.C. Lumsden. Opencast coal and a major quarry visited.

5th 23-24 March 1987.

Keele University. Organised by an IMM committee. Industrial sands and brick clays visited. Some papers published in Trans. IMM (Applied Earth Science).

4th 25-26 March 1985.

Nottingham University. Organised by Ansel Dunham, David Highley and Caroline Symons on behalf of the Geological Society. Proceedings published in 1988 by the Industrial Minerals Unit of the University of Hull on behalf of the Geological Society: 'Extractive Industry Geology 1985' edited by P. W. Scott. Visited Tarmac labs, etc.

3rd 21-22 March 1983.

Warwick University. Very successful meeting organised by Rick Brassington, with a small committee set up by the Institution of Geologists. Several field excursions. It featured the first proper Trade Exhibition, which showed that this was a good way of helping to finance the event, as well as providing interest. Publication: Prospecting and Evaluation of Non-metallic Rocks and Minerals, eds. K. Atkinson and R. Brassington, published by the Institution of Geologists, 1983.

2nd 16-17 March 1981.

Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham. Organised by an IMM Committee. The high overhead cost associated with using the IMM Conference Secretariat proved to be something of a handicap. Several field excursions. Some papers published in Trans.lMM (Applied Earth Science).

1st 9-10 March 1978.

Burlington House, London. Organised by an ad hoc Committee, chaired by Colin Bristow, on behalf of the Geological Society and the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy. The geologists attending the Regional Groups of the newly formed (1977) Institution of Geologists included a sizeable community of geologists working in the 'real' onshore extractive industry in the UK whose interests were poorly catered for by the existing learned societies/professional institutions. This first EIG meeting was an attempt to cater for this group. Two day meeting, ca. 18 papers, with no field excursions, just over 200 attended: it confirmed the need for this type of meeting. Report of the meeting ('Extractive Industry Geology' by P.C. Wright) published in the British Geologist, July 1978. Volume 4, Part 3, pages 67-68.

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