Urra Field Meeting 2020
Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, we regret to announce the indefinite postponement of the forthcoming Urra Field Meeting 2020 (24th - 27th May)
There will be four days of local fieldtrips with lectures by experts in geology, landscape geomorphology, water/energy/sustainability and contemporary processes. The programme will also include presentation of new work by researchers in the region (abstract submission details to be announced).
We hope to see many old friends who have stayed in Urra over the years. They will see many improvements to the buildings but Shady Grove is unchanged. People new to the area will have a wonderful opportunity to learn from the people who wrote their text books.
This area is one of the most widely visited regions for field teaching and research in Europe. We invite Graduate students/lecturers/professors to meet and discuss the experiences that the region has to offer.
Geology ---> Basin fills, Miocene turbidites + Messinian carbonates/gypsum.
---> Structural and Metamorphic geology, geophysics, faulting and the evolution of the sedimentary basins,
relationships to upper Miocene magmatism and regional geodynamics.
Geomorphology ---> badlands + gypsum karst + river capture + landslides.
Environmental issues ---> water + plastic + energy
Friday, May 22nd -> First arrivals (Please confirm your own arrival date)
If you have not yet booked your flight check the list of other probable participants and see if you can liase with others to arrive on the same plane. We can probably arrange transport from Almeria or Alicante airports if you notify us in advance.
Saturday, May 23rd -> General arrivals
Evening icebreaker including BBQ
Sunday, May 24th -> GEOLOGY
First lecture and excursion guided by Prof. Ernie Rutter from Manchester University
Contributions by others including Prof. Jose María Calaforra from Almería University.
Monday, May 25 -> LANDSCAPE GEOMORPHOLOGY
Lecture and excursion guided by Prof. Anne Mather and Dr. Martin Stokes from Plymouth University.
With other contributors.
Tuesday, May 26th -> WATER / ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY
Guided by Dr. Stuart Downward of Kingston University
With other contributors
Wednesday, May 27th -> CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE PROCESSES (Badlands / Biogeography)
Guided by Prof. Roy Alexander of University of Chester; Prof. Hazel Faulkner of Middlesex University; Dr. Stuart Downward of Kingston University.
Contributions by others including Prof. Adolfo Calvo of Valencia University.
Thursday, May 28th -> Departures
Again we may be able to help with transport.
- Other possible exursions depending on time available and interest shown:
Sorbas Visitor Centre, Sorbas Gypsum Caves, Sorbas Gypsum Quarry, Pools at Los Molinos del Río Aguas, Cariatiz Geo-Museum, Pupli Geode.
The details of the programme are yet to be finalized. If you wish to contribute please contact Martin at Plymouth asap and we will be delighted to include you.
If you are feeling neglected because your interest is more in Enviromental Issues please be aware that you will soon be receiving details of the next Field Meeting which will concentrate on the Biology of this unique area.
If you sent have already registered it is now time to confirm. Process your payment using your unique code "XXXXXXXX" (using your surname) to pay the correct price for your booking "be sure you are applying the code".
Cost: Early bird - Before end of November ---> 150€ / After ---> 200€
Registration for students etc... includes free shared accomodation (with bedding) and shared bathroom facilities in youth hostel style accommodation, free meals -breakfast+lunch+dinner, evening social programme, free excursions within the Sorbas-Tabernas-Carboneras-Almeria region).
Excursions leaders in double rooms with ensuite.
Acepted early bird registrations: