POSTPONED | GEOLiteracy Tour 2020

Stoneley Lecture: Geological Evolution of the Himalaya POSTPONED | We will keep you informed about the new dates!

12-14 May 2020

Event phone: 020 7408 2000


Due to the current situation with regard to dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the country and the impact this is having on everyday life; with the health, wellbeing and safety of delegates, speakers and staff as our first priority, the PESGB has taken the difficult decision to postpone this lecture.

PESGB is aware of its members concerns and would like to reassure you that as your Society we will always work to ensure the highest possible degree of hygiene, safety and medical care at our events. We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support of our events.

An email has been sent to all those who had already purchased tickets for either of the Lectures. If you have not received the email please contact

Thank you for your ongoing support in a changing environment. We hope to see you at future events.

Abstract and Prof. Mike Searle bio

Geological Evolution of the Himalaya
50 million years of earthquakes and mountains building
With Professor Mike Searle, University of Oxford

Mountains are the expression of a constantly changing planet, modifying its surface, climate and chemistry. Mountains have been worshiped, conquered and explored. Mountains have made and shaped civilisations.

The most infamous of the Earth’s mountains form part of the Himalaya Range, which straddles five countries – Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal and China. The Himalaya formed as a result of the collision between two tectonic plates about 50 million years ago forcing ocean floor to the roof of the World! Since collision, India has shunted northwards into Asia causing a trainwreck of deformed rock that now forms the Karakoram, Pamirs, Tien Shan and KunLun mountain ranges, capped by the high plateau of Tibet along the Asian Plate.

Join Professor Mike Searle from the University of Oxford, as he uses his experience as a geologist and extreme mountaineer, to unravel the complex history of the greatest continental collision in the last 500 million years of Earth history.


Due to the postponement of these Lectures, new dates will be advised when we have them.


Tuesday 12th May

The Hallam
Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street

The Hallam is situated in Marylebone, adjacent to the BBC and the Langham Hotel in W1.

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Doors will open from 18:30
Lecture 19:00 – 20:00
Drinks reception following the lecture, until 21:00 – included in ticket price


Thursday 14th May

Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen

122 Huntly Street
AB10 1SU

The Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen is a beautifully maintained historic building situated in the heart of Aberdeen’s West End.

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Doors will open from 18:00
Lecture 18:30 – 19:30
Drinks reception following the lecture, until 20:30 – included in ticket price

These are public lectures and we fully encourage our members’ to bring along the whole family.

Please spread the word amongst family, friends, colleagues and neighbours! The more the merrier!

Discounted tickets are available: please call the PESGB office on 020 7408 2000 to purchase these, stating which location/date you would like to attend:
Retired and unemployed £10;
Children (16 and under) £5.

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Thank you to the following companies for their support of the 2020 GEOLiteracy Tour:


Sponsorship Opportunities

A financial contribution will ensure that your support for the initiative is recognised:

In recognition – company name: on the PESGB website, in the PESGB Magazine and on the sponsor signage at both events.

In recognition – company name: on the PESGB website and in the PESGB Magazine. Plus company logo on the sponsor signage at both events.

GOLD £400
In recognition – company logo: on the PESGB website, in the PESGB Magazine and on the sponsor signage at both events.

All sponsors will also be acknowledged on all emails pertaining to the events (company name for Bronze and Silver, company logo for Gold).

If this exciting tour sounds like something your company would like to be a part of, please get in touch –

Venue Information

Venue information

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GEOLiteracy Tour 2020 venues, see below:

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The London Stoneley Lecture is taking place at The Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ
Click here for directions The Hallam Conference Centre or Download map

The Aberdeen Stoneley Lecture is taking place at the Copthorne Hotel Aberdeen, 122 Huntly Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1SU
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