The University of Portsmouth are happy to host the 56th Earth Science Teachers Association (ESTA) conference. A key focus of the conference will be our mission to prepare graduates for the workplace and engage with industry.
The School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences have a long history of producing work-ready graduates. Doing this through our geoscience courses and building strong relationships with industry. A Degree Apprenticeship is also in development – which will allow employers to recruit students directly from colleges and schools.
The ESTA conference will also focus on engaging with the geoscience industry. Through workshops and breakout sessions, we'll encourage conversations between geoscience teachers and employers – providing key networking opportunities.
- The need for geoscientists in the workplace
- The benefits of placements and industry engagement
- Degree apprenticeships
- How to provide engaging and authentic geology degrees
- The future prospects of our oceans, climate, and the environment
The three-day conference will include showcases, keynote speakers, workshops, field trips and lab sessions. You'll also have the opportunity to attend an evening reception on Friday, and a conference dinner on Saturday. There, you'll have the opportunity to network with industry, explore our facilities, and enjoy a three-course meal with views of the most historic parts of Portsmouth.
Friday 29 September
- Afternoon: University of Portsmouth laboratory tours
- Evening: Keynote speaker lecture and drinks and food reception
Saturday 30 September
- Morning: Bring and share and ESTA annual general meeting
- Afternoon: Field trip to Isle of Wight – Dinosaur Isle
- Evening: Conference dinner at Still and West pub, Portsmouth (dietary requirements can be catered for)
Sunday 1 October
- Morning: Workshops
- Afternoon: End of conference lunch
- Degree apprenticeships: In this workshop, speakers from industry and universities will discuss how degree apprenticeships work and their experiences of them from both an employer and university perspective.
- The role of Earth Scientists in the Energy Transition: This workshop, led by Gary Nichols, a sedimentologist, and Global Head of RPS Energy, will focus on the role of Earth Sciences as we transition away from petroleum-based energy into renewables.
- Crisis and disaster management: This workshop will provide a taster activity related to disaster response.
- Critical elements for green technology: This workshop will be an opportunity to see first-hand the variety of minerals required to build and operate electric vehicles, wind turbines and even your smartphone.
- Engineering Geology materials testing: The material properties of soils and rocks are an integral aspect of engineering geology. This workshop will provide an introduction to materials testing and an overview of our lab testing capabilities.
- Breathing life into fossils: This workshop will include an introduction to different applications of palaeontology, including reconstructing climate change, dating and correlating strata.
- Full conference: £190
- Friday and Saturday: £150
- Sunday: £130
- Full conference: £230 (including a 1-year ESTA membership)
- Friday and Saturday; £190
- Sunday: £170
- Friday night: £25pp (buffet and drinks)
- Saturday: £10pp (lunch)
- Saturday night: £40pp (conference dinner)
The conference will take place at the University of Portsmouth and will be held in Portland Building and Burnaby Building.
- Portland Building, Portland St, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
- Burnaby Building, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3QL
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