Charter Launch and Conference 16 Nov 2017

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter
Launch and Conference

Thursday 16 November 2017
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter was launched in June 2012 and attracted the support of 61 signatory organisations. Various initiatives have helped to take forward the vision of the Charter: that Scotland’s geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be managed appropriately and safeguarded for this and future generations. The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to revise and update the Charter during 2017, ready for the launch of the renewed Charter at this conference.

Outline programme

10.00am Charter Launch
Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform has been invited to launch the Charter.

The importance of geodiversity and the Charter – representatives of key signatory organisations:
– Scottish Natural Heritage (Clive Mitchell, Strategic Development Manager)
– British Geological Survey (Tracy Shimmield, Co-Director, Lyell Centre)
– Mineral Products Association Scotland (Paula Coopland, CEO)
– National Trust for Scotland (Stuart Brooks, Head of Natural Heritage Conservation Policy)

10:45am Keynote: Prof Iain Stewart

(coffee break)

12 noon Charter Case Studies: presentations from key sectors
– Local Authorities and Local Geodiversity Sites
– Education / engagement / sustainability
– Community involvement: UNESCO Global Geoparks
– Industry / research: Scottish Carboniferous Research Park


2pm Charter Case Studies (continued)
– Tourism
– Landscape Partnerships
– Conservation / active processes
– Public engagement

3pm Round table discussions on geodiversity engagement within key sectors.
Opportunity to find out more about case studies, ask questions and discuss future developments.

4pm Plenary
4.30 pm Close

Who’s it for?

We expect more than 100 delegates from across Scotland, including representatives of around 80 signatory organisations, Forum members (representatives of museums, universities, geoconservation groups, Geoparks, geological societies), industry representatives – members of the Mineral Products Association and the Geological Society of London, and environmental organisations. Given Scotland’s pioneering approach to the recognition of geodiversity, we would also expect delegates from elsewhere in the UK.

How to book / further information

Booking will be available from this web page in August. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Angus Miller 0131 555 5488 /