Applied Earth Science Division annual reports

Annual report 2016

1. Board membership

  • One new member, Claire Bay (Stratex Plc) has joined the board during 2016.

2. Board meetings
Meetings in 297 Euston Road in February, April and July. FINEX conference in October

25th February:         Board planning meeting (5 attendees)

28th April:                Board planning meeting (7 attendees)

28th July:                 Board planning meeting (8 attendees)

27-28th October:     FINEX conference

3. Activities during 2016

3.1. Technical programme

  • Presentation on IOM3 membership given at MDSG conference on 6th January 2016
  • FINEX conference held on 27-28th October 2016
  • On-going planning for calendar of masterclasses, CPD-relevant training courses and field excursions
  • Involvement with planning the SGA conference in Glasgow in 2019

3.2. Website developments

  • Addition of the yearly reports to the website
  • On-going updates of the AESD microsite
  • M Forrest, M Parker, C Bay, J Aldridge trained as webmasters
  • Promotion of FINEX’16 conference, Ecton Mine field trip, and Edumine courses via the microsite

3.3. Engagement with technical community and/or local societies

  • Field visit to Ecton Mine in Derbyshire by AESD members on 17th September 2016 (20 attendees). Extremely popular, hugely over-subscribed
  • FINEX conference held on 27-28th October 2016. Run in conjunction with MinSouth and MDSG. Over 100 paying attendees
  • Continued strong links with local society MinSouth, FINEX, and the Younger Members’ Committee
  • Planning with MDSG and NERC representatives for CPD-relevant training courses for 2017 and beyond

3.4 Contributions to IOM3 publications

  • Continued engagement with the Trans B editorial board
  • Transactions B were accepted to the Reuters Emerging Sources Index
  • Ongoing addition of UK-based member to the editorial board, no reviewing commitments, and to engage talented post-grads to submit papers
  • Transactions B underwent a name change during 2016 – ratified by the AESD board
  • Harry Parker to contribute the paper given as the Julius Wehrner lecture at FINEX 2014 to Transactions B

3.5 Other

  • Focus on providing field trips and CPD-relevant courses for membership
  • Produced a draft member survey to be sent to AESD membership in early 2017
  • Work with the IOM3 to ensure the relationship between CEng and CP for stock-exchange reporting is upheld, and forge closer links with PERC, JORC and NI 43-101 committees

4. Strategy and Objectives for 2017 and Beyond

4.1 General

  • Continued engagement with the AESD membership; field trips, CPD-relevant training courses
  • Contribute to the ITPB conference series Great Materials Debate – Materials Protecting Society
  • Masterclasses in conjunction with FINEX and MinSouth
  • Continue active use of the AESD microsite to engage members

4.2 Specific targets for 2017

  • Organise one masterclass/CPD-relevant training course
  • Organise two fieldtrips

4.3 Outline targets for the 4 years beyond 2016

  • Increase the membership of the AESD
  • Continue with engagement of the membership
  • Increase the attendance, sponsorship and recognition of FINEX as a brand.
  • Improve the UK-based paper submission to the Trans B (both quality and quantity)


Appendix: Technical Programme as of December 2016

2016/09/17 HELD Ecton Mine Visit, Ecton Mine, Derbyshire AESD Target no.20 Actual 30

2016/10/27 HELD FINEX 16 Geological Society, London AESD/Minsouth Target no. 120 Actual no. 110