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The Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) Conference is the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry.



In Focus: Attention is now turning to the next EIG conference, Exeter 2020.

The 2020 conference will be held between Wednesday July 8th and Friday 10th July with conference fieldtrips taking place on Wednesday 8th and Saturday 11th July, with the possibility of a 2 day fieldtrip taking place over the weekend. The University of Exeter, Streatham Campus will host the conference, more details can be found in the latest newsletter below and on the future conference page.

Latest Newsletter - Exeter 2020, 1st Circular (September 2019)

Recent Events - The One Day Technical Meeting: ‘Quarry & Surface Mine Geotechnics’ was held on 19th June 2019

The recent EIG one-day event, a technical meeting on Quarry and Surface Mine Geotechnics was held in Warwickshire on 19th June 2019. The EIG would like to thank all of those who attended and supported the event for making it such a success. A summary of the days presentations and open discussions is available here. See the full meeting programme and further information on the 2019 one-day meeting page.


The event proved popular with 110 delegates in adttendance reprsenting a wide spectrum across the industry, including academics and regulators.

EIG 2018 - Conference Summary

The main EIG event, our much anticipated 2018 conference took place in the beautiful setting of Durham University, with the backdrop of Durham Cathedral just a stones throw from the icebreaker reception and conference dinner held in the castle itself. Over 170 delegates from the UK and International extractive community converged to make the event a resounding success in the best of EIG traditions. If you were a delegate of the conference the committee would be delighted if you could complete the conference feedback survey that has been emailed to you, Thank you. We’ve already had some wonderful comments!. The EIG committee and Conference Chair Nick Horsley would like to thank again to the conference sponsors, exhibitors, contributors, hosts and delegates for making the event such a success.

For more information on the recent conference please see the 2018 conference page. If you missed the conference, why not take a look at the final programme. Perhaps you would like to join us and even present at the University of Exeter, in July 2020!.

The conference fieldtrips have been summarised on the 2018 fieldtrips page, we are hoping to post a selection of photo’s from them shortly.


Fundraising for the Great North Air Ambulance at the Durham Conference.

The EIG Committee wish to extend their thanks to all who made donations to our designated charity during through the raffle at the conference dinner in September. The final amount raised was...... £1620, a fantastic effort for a very good cause.

Paul Jennings (Charity & fundraising, EIG) is pictured presenting the cheque to GNAAS.

The EIG Experience!

Wondering what the reasons are to attend one of our events? If so, you don’t have to believe what we say, have a look what past delegates think.

Take a look at our 2016 Conference summary video and find out why the events mean so much to the industry and the delegates that attend. 

Interested in contributing?

If so, please contact EIG secretary Clive Mitchell.

Membership of the organising committee is open to all volunteers who are interested in the UK’s extractive industry, and opportunities remain to join. The roles undertaken by individual committee members are quite varied and suit a wide range of knowledge and experience. If you would like to know more about the EIG, please get in touch with Clive Mitchell.



For details of sponsorship please see our dedicated page.

Thanks to the following for their generous contributions in support of the 20th EIG Conference - 2018:

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