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9-11th October 2023

Charnwood Forest, UK


Celebrating Geoheritage • Promoting Geoconservation



ProGEO: The International Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage

On behalf of the Organising Committee, and the International Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage (ProGEO), we are pleased to invite you to take part in the XIth International ProGEO Symposium. The meeting is being organised by the Charnwood Forest Geopark, and will take place in Loughborough, UK from 9th to 11th October 2023.

The symposium is an international event open to scientists, students, educators, professionals, decision-makers, and anyone involved in geoheritage and geoconservation. The meeting will promote communication and collaboration amongst attendees from all over the world, and provide a space to discuss new challenges and threats in geological conservation. 

You can discover more on ProGEO at

The Conference
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The Organising Group have been working hard to deliver a meeting of high quality that provides value for money. For ProGEO members the cost will be as low as £85. This low price has been possible due to the direct financial assistance of ProGEO. Registration includes:

  • Icebreaker reception

  • Three days of scientific sessions, including talks and poster sessions

  • Keynote Lecturer - more details here

  • An afternoon mid-Symposium field trip to Bradgate Park

  • Lunch for the three days of the Symposium

  • Tea & Coffee refreshments throughout the Symposium

  • Special delegate discounts at selected local businesses

The registration rate for non-ProGEO members is higher. It is always cheaper to join ProGEO and secure the discount rate, than pay the non-member rate. Students can join ProGEO for as little as 10 EUR. You can join ProGEO here:

Early-bird registration rates are available until the extended date of Friday 16th June, 2023.
If you wish to avail yourself of the ProGEO membership discount, please ensure your membership application is made no later than Friday 9th June, 2023.

Registration is now CLOSED.

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We welcome submissions on topics from all areas of geoheritage and geoconservation, including methodologies, site management, interpretation, education, legislation, geodiversity, and Geoparks. The meeting will feature a special session on the Conservation of Palaeontological Heritage - we particularly encourage submissions on this topic, though all abstracts associated with the broad themes of geoheritage and geoconservation are welcome. The Symposium will provide a number of different formats for delegates to present their work, including talks and posters. 

Abstract submission is closed. The abstract volume can be viewed here.




Charnwood Forest is Britain’s unexpected upland. Having begun its journey nearly 600 million years ago in the seas of the southern hemisphere, this very special region has continued to develop rich layers of heritage. We are home to some of the oldest animal fossils ever described, and have quarries whose stone has shaped not only our quiet villages, but also many English cities. Our landscape is defined by crag-topped hills, wooded valleys, heathlands, and grasslands. Shaded lanes reveal Arts and Craft cottages, ancient monasteries, and drystone walls.

However our region’s value and beauty are hidden from many communities, despite being on the doorstep of cities, towns and villages. This puts Charnwood Forest at risk: if people are not passionate about our region, they will not understand its importance and, ultimately, the features that make it special risk being forgotten and lost.

So, the story of Charnwood Forest needs to be told: celebrating our internationally important geology, connecting people to our history, and securing a sustainable future. That's why we're creating Charnwood Forest Geopark!

The Charnwood Forest Geopark is being developed as part of the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme. This five-year scheme is promoted awareness and understanding of Charnwood Forest through 18 projects, developed and implemented by 18 partner organisations. In 2020 we were awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to support this work.



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