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The Fookes Meeting for Engineering Geology

08 - 09 October 2024
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Event type:
Conference, Hybrid
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, Engineering Group
Hybrid In person at Burlington House and Virtual via Zoom
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“Engineering Geology is the science devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of [humans] as well as to the prediction and of the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards” – IAEG Statutes, 1992 

The 'Fookes Meeting for Engineering Geology' (FMEG) will be held every two years by the Geological Society in memory of Peter Fookes, FGS, by virtue of a generous in memory donation from Mrs Edna Fookes. 

Each Fookes Meeting will be developed with a thematic focus aligned to our 'Geohazards, Geoengineering & Georesilience' Science Theme, in collaboration with the wider community via our Engineering Group (EGGS), and supported by Geological Society staff. 

The meeting will appeal to both academic researchers and those working in industry, with the aim to foster stronger networks and new collaborations between the two branches of the Engineering Geology community, with a particular focus on supporting early-career members of this community. 

Thanks to the generous donation in Peter Fookes’ name, the meeting will be free to attend for all GSL Fellows and Student Fellows (with a delegate fee for non-Fellows). The two-day hybrid event will be held in person but will also be available remotely for an accessible and international audience.

Event details

The inaugural meeting will combine two keynote speakers, panel discussions with invited guests, networking sessions with industry professionals, poster presentations, and a student competition alongside the main scientific programme that we anticipate will have speakers from across academia, government, and industry.

Event programme

An indicative programme outline can be found below.  

Draft Programme: Fookes Meeting for Engineering Geology 2024

Day 1: 8 October     Day 2: 9 October 
09:30 10:00 Registration & Coffee   09:00 09:30 Registration & Coffee
10:00 10:10 Welcome   09:30 10:20 Keynote 2 
10:10 11:00 Keynote 1   10:20 11:00 Panel / Discussion
11:00 11:45 Panel / Discussion   11:00 11:30 Break
11:45 12:15 Break   11:30 13:00 Session Four
12:15 13:30 Session One   13:00 14:00 Lunch
13:30 14:30 Lunch   14:00 15:30 Session Five
14:30 15:45 Session Two   15:30 16:00 Break
15:45 16:15 Break   16:00 17:45 Session Six - Student Competition
16:15 17:30 Session Three   17:45 18:00 Wrap up & Close
17:30 19:00 Poster Session & Drinks Reception         


Abstracts are currently being accepted for the inaugural Fookes Meeting for Engineering Geology (FMEG) for both oral and poster presentation. 

Abstracts will be assessed based on the content of the abstract with names/affiliations removed and selected by the FMEG working group. 

Students (both current undergraduate and postgraduate) are welcome to submit abstracts for inclusion in the main programme, and/or as part of the student competition within the FMEG programme (details below). 

Topics for inclusion within the FMEG programme may include, but are not limited to: 

  • geological hazards (both assessment and impacts);
  • geotechnical investigations and/or design;
  • materials properties;
  • landslide and slope stability;
  • erosion;
  • flooding;
  • dewatering;
  • seismic investigations;
  • applied rock engineering;
  • borehole design and operation;
  • construction practices;
  • climate change vulnerabilities, impacts and adaptations;
  • statistical modelling and image analysis;
  • geomorphology;
  • rock mechanics and fluid-flow;
  • GIS;
  • site selection (including geological mapping & sample analysis); and 
  • contaminated land/environmental remediation.

The Call for abstracts is now open. Abstracts can be submitted here. Abstract Deadline: 24 June 2024  


   In Person Virtual
 Fellow   £0  £0
 Non-Fellow  £325  £130
 Student Member
 £0  £0
 Student Non-Member
 £45  £25
 Retired Fellow  £0  £0
 Speaker (Fellow)  £0
 Speaker (Non-Fellow)  £210  £115
 Corporate Patron  £200  £125

Group Discounts 

5–9 delegates: 10% off 
10–14 delegates: 15% off 
15 delegates or more: 20% off 
Please contact [email protected] for any group bookings.

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