Instructional Webinars

Virtual field trips, learnings from two years of global pandemics

John Howell - Aberdeen Univestity

Two years ago the the global lockdown accelerated the adoption of virtual field trips. This presentation will review ongoing research on how VFTs compare to traditional trips, what works and what doesn’t, learning outcomes and student satisfaction.

GPR Applications in Sedimentology

Charlie Bristow - Birkbeck University of London

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is commonly used in the search for buried infrastructure but can also be used for local correlation, sand-body geometry, and sedimentary architecture. It provides a high-resolution image of shallow stratigraphy and can be widely applied in sedimentology. This talk will focus on sedimentary applications including examples from a range of different sedimentary environments including rivers, beaches, sand dunes and peat bogs.

An Alternative Post-PhD Career: Academic Publishing

Gemma Cassidy - Senior Journals Publishing Manager, Wiley

Are you an Earth Scientist interested in a career in Academic Publishing? Hear about what working in academic publishing can offer, what skills can help, and the tricky elements of the job! a tool for teaching Glaciers and Glaciation to high school and college students

Dr Bethan Davies – Royal Holloway University of London

This talk targets teachers and college lecturers who will be delivering Glaciers and Glaciation as part of Geography or Geology at High School or College (post ~16 years). This could be as part of the UK A-Level syllabus, for example.

In this freely available, online talk, I will outline the key features of the website and how it can be used to support your teaching through providing interesting and informative content, case studies and student activities. There will then be an opportunity for discussion and Q&A, where teachers will have the opportunity to ask questions, and to give feedback on the website and make suggestions. is an award-winning website that offers a freely available, accessible, up-to-date and trustworthy source of information about glacial processes and climate change. It is supported by Royal Holloway University of London, the Quaternary Research Association, Geologists’ Association, Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research and the British Society for Geomorphology.

This website, which was written by UK academics as part of an ongoing commitment to education, outreach and impact, includes teaching resources, student projects, explainers, and study skills targeting the knowledge content and skills development in the current post-16 Geography syllabus.

Personal stories and blog articles bring the most recent research to life. Science articles are illustrated with maps, diagrams and photographs and range from explanations of the key processes of glaciers, glaciation and climate change, to articles about Antarctica, the Patagonian Ice Sheet and the British Ice Sheet.

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Virtual Graphic Logs: applications for teaching and research

Professor Charlie Bristow – Birkbeck University of London

Virtual graphic logging is potentially a valuable resource for sedimentary research and teaching. One objective of a virtual graphic log is to provide training in key geological field skills in a classroom environment. Creating a graphic log involves observation, recording rock descriptions and is a precursor to facies analysis and the interpretation of depositional environments. Drawing a graphic log aids observational skills and recording of sedimentary rocks through experiential learning. The aim of a virtual log is not to replace field work, except in exceptional circumstances such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, but to enable students to learn key skills before they go into the field. The exercise also has the added long-term benefit of accommodating students with disabilities to cultivate a more inclusive classroom environment and diverse student population. For research, online storage of digital photographs makes it possible to store and share digital photographs that form the data required to create virtual graphic logs. The virtual logs provide a more open science approach to outcrop interpretation, enabling researchers to visit outcrops virtually and make their own descriptions and interpretations.

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How to Approach a Review

Peir Pufahl – Queen’s University

Your project is completed. The results are in and the outcomes are, frankly, fantastic! It’s now time to share your research with the wider community – it’s time to publish. Writing your first manuscripts for publication can be a daunting task.

  • How do I select an appropriate journal for my topic?
  • How should I organise the manuscript?
  • How long should it be?
  • What are the key elements that the editors are going to look for?
  • What can I do to increase visibility on search pages?
  • I am not confident whilst writing in English – is there any help?
  • These are just some of the plethora of questions raised by new authors.

A (Self-Confessed) Beginners Guide to Running a Virtual Fieldtrip

Gary Hampson & Lidia Lonergan – Imperial College London

We will present some learnings and practical tips from an 8-day virtual fieldtrip to the Spanish Pyrenees for a class of 35 MSc (Masters) students in early April. Although the format of this fieldtrip was new to us, we had previously lead the fieldtrip in Spain for several years – so had good knowledge of the fieldtrip learning goals and how they could be addressed by the fieldtrip location. The webinar will be focussed towards those leading and teaching virtual fieldtrips in the near future: where to pitch your and your students’ expectations, how to prepare and convert material, what worked well for teaching and assessment, and what didn’t work so well.

The academic job search: tips for preparing your application materials

Professor Tracy Frank – University of Nebraska

Do you dream of landing a faculty position? If so, please join us for this presentation, which will provide you with tips on how to prepare your application materials. We’ll also review the typical stages and practical steps involved in seeking and obtaining your first faculty position.