CRES Research Conference 2015
Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat. Photo courtesy: Paul Cole
  • Lower Lecture Theatre and Exhibition Space, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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The CRES annual research conference provides postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff within the Centre for Research in Earth Sciences (CRES) the opportunity to showcase their latest research. 

This event is open to all University staff, students and the general public.

This year's conference has an exciting programme with two invited speakers, Professor Frances Wall from the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines and Professor Giulio di Toro from the University of Manchester. 

Professor Frances Wall is an expert in the formation of ore deposits (in particular rare earth elements, Nb, P and Ta) and in the ethics concerning mining and the responsible exploitation of such natural resources. She will give a talk entitled 'Carbonatites, Critical Metals – and how much we care where they come from'.

Professor Giulio Di Toro is a world-leading structural geologist whose research focuses on understanding earthquake related processes via experiments that reproduce the extreme deformation conditions along faults during earthquakes. He will give a talk entitled 'A close look at the earthquake engine'. 

Alongside these internationally recognised experts, presentations by Plymouth researchers will cover a number of topics from paleoclimate to fossils to hard-rock geology. We proudly welcome our new postdoctoral researcher Dr Anita Di Chiara who will introduce her research on paleomagnetism and our visiting researcher Dr Ernesto Brunetto who will talk about the Quaternary geology of Argentina. We also welcome Dr Chiara Consolaro who will explain her research on microfossils and Francis Rowney, a PhD researcher on paleoclimate. 

After the event, stick around for our social gathering with drinks and nibbles.

CRES conference photo competition

The CRES conference is also a great opportunity to vote for your favourite geological photograph from a shortlist of 12 entries entered for the competition. These will be printed and displayed at the conference with the winner voted for by the conference attendees and announced at the end of the event. The successful photograph will then be showcased on next year's CRES website and displayed in the foyer of the Fitzroy Building.

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Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat and its growing andesitic lava dome viewed on Christmas night 2009. Incandescent rockfalls, small pyroclastic flows and associated ash clouds can be seen moving down the northern flanks.

Photo courtesy of Paul Cole, winner of the CRES 2014 photo competition.

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