XI INTERNATIONAL PROGEO SYMPOSIUM
9-11th October 2023
Charnwood Forest, UK
Celebrating Geoheritage • Promoting Geoconservation
XI INTERNATIONAL PROGEO SYMPOSIUM
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 http://www.progeo.ngo/
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:
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: http://www.progeo.ngo/get-involved.html
Early-bird registration rates are available until June 9th, 2023.
Registration is now open and can be accessed HERE. If you are using the website for the first time, you will need to sign up to be able to access the Registration and Abstract Submission systems.
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 will close at 23:59 BST (GMT+1) June 9th, 2023.
Abstract submission is now open and can be accessed HERE. If you are using the website for the first time, you will need to sign up to be able to access the Registration and Abstract Submission systems.
CHARNWOOD FOREST GEOPARK
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.