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Geology/Chemistry: The Geologist’s Toolkit For NetZero With Dr Iain Neill From University of Glasgow

22nd March 2023 @ 14:15 - 15:00

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(Please note, this session has changed from the original date of 1st February due to industrial action)


Geology is a diverse subject based on study of Planet Earth’s natural systems, branching into plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mineral resources, oil and gas, pollution and climate change amongst many things. Work in any of these areas requires the application of laws and skills learnt from chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics and biology – room for every taste! Geologists are trained to generate and analyse lots of different kinds of data from gases, water, rocks and minerals, and use that to interpret Earth’s history, hazards and resources for the betterment of our population.

In this session, Dr Iain Neill, Lecturer in Magmatic Processes from the School of Geographical & Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow, will highlight how geology will be of fundamental importance in this century, as we transition to the world of ‘Net Zero’ carbon. Meeting NetZero in the UK will require wind power, carbon capture and storage, battery technology and energy for heating amidst huge changes to how our lives and the economy operate. Iain will explain how each change requires raw materials which the UK does not have secure supply of (yet), where they come from, and how the geological and geochemical understanding you develop by studying this subject will help us source and exploit these materials fairly and sustainably long into the future.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Iain Neill


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geology and Chemistry and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Geology and Chemistry at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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22nd March 2023
14:15 - 15:00
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