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Postgraduate membership of the BSG

We give you the opportunity to attend workshops, specialised conferences and field meetings at a reduced price.

Special opportunities are:

Windsor Workshop

Each December, there is a 3-day residential training course at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor for first year research postgraduates. It is a very good way to meet and share ideas with postgraduates from other universities as well as being a valuable component to your research training.

The workshop includes small group work on project planning and time management, an introduction to models in geomorphology, organisation of fieldwork, analytical techniques, data handling and aids to research, as well as how to approach individual project reports and discussions.

The cost is approximately £195 and the BSG provides partial grants (by application) for students not fully-funded, money may be available from your department to help reduce costs.

Details of the Windsor Workshop can be found here.

Specialised Conferences

Numerous themed conferences and discussion groups are held each year to encourage academics and research students to present and discuss their work. As a BSG member you are made aware of these meetings and are invited to participate. Groups of the past include "Uplands; Problems, Pressures and Solutions" (Durham, April 1999) and "Weathering" (Queens University Belfast, June 2000).

The biggest and best of these is the BSG Annual Conference where postgraduates are encouraged to attend and present their work either as a paper or poster. This conference is held in September at different locations each year.

Details of Oxford 2003 can be found here.

Postgraduate Symposiums

This informal meeting is held annually in April and is organised by students for students. It provides a great chance to present a conference paper for the first time and a brilliant opportunity to meet other postgraduates. The cost is usually very reasonable with conference fees (including an evening meal) for approximately £30 and accommodation for two days costing about the same.

This year's symposium was held in Aberystwyth where a series of papers on various research topics were presented over several days by postgraduates. A field trip was organised by the hosts to complete a very successful and valuable meeting for all those involved. Southampton will host next year's event. Election for the BSG postgraduate representatives takes place at the symposium.

Field Meetings

Spring field meetings are a great way to gain knowledge and experience of field interpretation and applied geomorphology and meet up with others of a particular niche. Unstable Ground was this year’s topic in Scarborough. There are also occasions to travel abroad; the BSG/BSRG organised a joint field meeting in SE Spain in September 1999 which encouraged academics and research students from a range of backgrounds with a scientific or teaching interest in the area.

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