The University of the West of England, is delighted to be hosting the 54th Earth Science Teachers’ Association Annual Course and Conference.

This will be a virtual event taking place on Saturday 25th September, full details below.

On Sunday 26th September we are planning some localised field work, full details below.

We are very grateful to the following companies for their generous sponsorship of the conference.

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Virtual Conference: Sustainable Earth and Climate

This virtual conference will take place from 9.00am until 5.30pm on Saturday 25th September and will be organised by the University the West of England. The conference is free to attend. To register your attendance, download the form below.


This event will be virtual with meeting details available to attendees shortly before the event.

Conference outline

The conference will include keynote talks, workshops, the ESTA AGM and a Bring & Share session. The event will be interactive and allow time for question and answer sessions.


  • Coastal Environments
  • Aquifiers
  • Sedimentary Cores
  • Volcanoes and their Hazards

Keynote lecture by Dr Corinna Abesser of the BGS on Geothermal Energy

Bring and Share: a series of short presentations and demonstrations chaired by Dan Boatright

Outline programme


Opening remarks – James Speed and Hazel Beaumont


Virtual workshops


Coastal environments




Comfort break


Sedimentary Cores


Volcanoes and their hazards


Lunch break


Keynote lecture by Dr Corinna Abesser of the BGS on Geothermal Energy


ESTA AGM (see below to download papers)


Comfort break


Bring and Share Session


Closing remarks, James Speed, Hazel Beaumont and Marc Reichow

Please note that this outline programme is subject to change

Field Excursions (Sunday 26 September)
Northern Excursion
We will meet at Hope railway station at 10.45 (A train leaves Sheffield for Hope at 10:17 and Manchester at 09:44), alternatively Car Parking is available at Hope Station. We will then walk to Pindale and Dirtlow Rake (sites of historic lead mining) before heading to Castleton where there is a choice of going for some refreshments or walking back to Hope Station.  There is also the option of catching a bus back to Hope Station from Castleton.

Southern Excursion
This short trip out will be to Ogmore. We will be meeting at 11am in the main car park [SS 861 753] and aiming to finish by 3pm. From the car park we will walk along the coastal sections. Don’t forget some lunch! We can also have refreshments after the trip in Ogmore-by-Sea.

To register for the conference, please download and return the Registration Form below:


ESTA will hold an Annual General Meeting as part of the conference programme. The agenda and Council reports for the 2021 AGM and the minutes of the 2020 AGM can be downloaded using the links below: