Past Meetings


Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Room B Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH
Registration fee: Free. Register as a Visitor for access to the Exhibition, Commercial workshops and NSGG AGM.

The Near Surface Geophysics Group annual general meeting has traditionally been held at leading industry events which promote the application of geophysical methods. This year is no exception; it brings me great pleasure to announce that the committee of the NSGG cordially invite you to attend our forthcoming annual general meeting which is to be held at GeoBusiness 2018.

Please see the flier for more details

Industrial Geophysics for Environmental Scientists Course

Date: 15th-19th January 2018
Venue: Keele University
FREE (priority for NERC funded PhD students and PDRAs)

This 5-day fully funded residential course, held at Keele University, will showcase the latest near-surface geophysical and surveying equipment/data collection/processing and theory, co-led by RSK STATS Ltd. Priority is given to NERC-funded PhD students and PDRAs, with limited availability so please apply asap.

For more details see:

Joint meeting of the BGA and NSGG

Geophysical answers to global security challenges

1st-2nd February 2018

In an ever changing and evolving political environment, global security will remain at the forefront of international discourse for many years to come. High-resolution monitoring, timely assessment and accurate interpretation of security-relevant events in the geosphere will be vital for building and maintaining trust between peoples and nations. The application and development of a diverse range of geophysical techniques to this global challenge is the focus of the 2018 New Advances in Geophysics (NAG) conference, which will be jointly organised by the British Geophysical Association and the Near Surface Geophysics Group of the Geological Society.

Evolution of new technologies and threats, and advances in covert operations mean that we need novel methods of monitoring the geosphere, and intelligent ways of analysing and interpreting geophysical data. There is a diverse toolbox of techniques that we, as a scientific community, can use to address relevant questions and issues:

  • Global seismic monitoring and numerical modelling of nuclear explosions and other events of interest

  • Satellite-based geophysical monitoring of sites of interest

  • Development of UAV-borne geophysical survey platforms for challenging and unsafe environments

  • Application of archaeogeophysical methods to site inspections

  • Environmental impacts of testing and storage of nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons

  • Application of industry techniques such as 4D seismics to model changes in subsurface characteristics following underground explosions

  • Many more…

The programme for this meeting is now available to download

NSGG Field Exhibition 2017

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017
Venue: NSGG Geophysical Test Site, Leicester University

10.00—1600 Live demonstrations of geophysical equipment on the Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) test site, with opportunity for hands-on trials.

The 2017 NSGG field exhibition promises to be an exciting event with an unprecedented number of geophysical instrument manufacturers and suppliers in attendance. 2016 saw a number of new geophysical instruments released into the market, many of which will be demonstrated at the field exhibition.

Equipment demonstrations:

  • Seismic vibrating source for near surface P and S Wave reflection.

  • Multi Transmitter and Receiver ERT system.

  • Multi-channel Magnetometer arrays.

  • New GPR systems.

  • Time Domain electromagnetic system for UXO characterization.

  • Resistivity and Induced polarization inversion software.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

Allied AssociatesBartington
Geomatrix Earth Science LtdGeoscan Research
GeosoftIris Instruments
Guide Line Geo (Mala/ABEM)Seismic Mechatronics
SensysUtsi Electronics

Convenors: Matt Guy (Geomatrix Earth Science Ltd) and Max Moorkamp (Leicester University)

This year the Field Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Postgraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Friday the 12th of May in the Cricket Pavilion. The registration fee permits delegates access to both events.

Please download the flyer (including a map)

NSGG Postgraduate Research Symposium 2017

Date: Friday 12th May 2017
Venue: NSGG Geophysical Test Site, Leicester University

The Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) invites submissions from postgraduate students for our 2017 Postgraduate Research Symposium.  

The NSGG is a special interest group of The Geological Society, with a remit of advancing, encouraging and supporting the study and practice of near-surface geophysics throughout the industrial and academic sectors. Our postgraduate symposia offer students of near-surface geophysics the opportunity to present their research to their peer group, plus a network of academic and industrial practitioners, in a relaxed and supportive environment.   

We solicit abstracts from postgraduate students working in any aspect of near-surface geophysics, including environmental investigations, engineering, archaeology, forensic science, mineral exploration and geological mapping.  To mark the Geological Society’s “Year of Risk”, we particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate students researching the application of geophysical methods in geohazards assessment.  A special session of the meeting will be convened for presentations on this topic.  

Please download the flyer

The abstract book is available to download

Convenors: Adam Booth (University of Leeds), Jamie Pringle (Keele University), Max Moorkamp (Leicester University)

NSGG Meeting on Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics
6th December 2016, The Geological Society, Burlington House, London.

The Near Surface Geophysics Group of the Geological Society of London (NSGG) held the twelfth in a succession of biennial day meetings devoted to archaeological geophysics. Near surface geophysical techniques have become firmly established in archaeological research and evaluation and are now routinely applied in archaeological investigations. This meeting offers a forum where contributors from the UK and further afield can present and debate the results of recent research and case studies. Suppliers of equipment and software also attend and the meeting represents an invaluable opportunity for both archaeological and geophysical practitioners to exchange information about recent developments.

A PDF of the programme and abstracts is available for download.

Convenor: Paul Linford, Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD, UK; Tel.: +44 (0)23 9285 6749 email:

16th July 2015, Geophysics for Critical Infrastructure.

Venue: The British Geological Survey, Keyworth

The Engineering Group (EGGS) and Near-Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) of the Geological Society and the British Geological Survey (BGS) jointly organised this 1-day meeting aimed at industry professionals involved in geophysical investigations for critical infrastructure projects (onshore and offshore), including past or potential future end-users of geophysics (non-specialists).

Meeting aims:

  • Bring together industry and research professionals from the geophysical, geotechnical and civil engineering sectors to foster a better understanding of mutual needs and expectations
  • Highlight geophysical case studies and best practice in critical infrastructure investigations
  • Disscuss implications for near-surface geophysics of the forthcoming revision to BS5930 (2015)

The Final Programme and Abstracts booklet can be downloaded (PDF file)

The Annual General Meeting of the Engineering Group was held from 1-2pm


Helen Reeves, EGGS (

Oliver Kuras, NSGG (

14th May 2015, Biennial field exhibition.

Venue: NSGG test site, Leicester.


  • Access to indoors and outdoors  exhibition.
  • Field demonstrations of Geophysical  equipment and survey methods.
  • Hands on experience with processing  software.
  • Student competition- distinguishing  graves through geophysics.
  • Tea/coffee all day and bag lunch for pre-registrants.
  • 3 Student travel bursaries on offer by ISAP.

Geophysics methods on show*

Ground conductivity measurementResistivityMagnetics
Susceptibility measurementGround Penetrating RadarGPS location systems
Data processing softwareElectromagnetics

Exhibiting companies and instrument manufacturers*

Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics & Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons

Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, 2nd and 3rd December 2014

2nd December 2014: Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics

The Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) is pleased to announce its eleventh biennial meeting devoted to archaeological geophysics offering a forum to present and debate the results of recent research and case studies. Equipment and software suppliers also attend so it will be a valuable opportunity for archaeological and geophysical practitioners to exchange information about recent developments.  

An updated programme of presentations is now available.

Presentation abstracts - Both low (7Mb) and higher (15Mb) resolution PDF versions are now also available for download

3rd December 2014: Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons

This multidisciplinary meeting will capture shared interests between the geological, environmental science, forensic science, geophysics, engineering, geotechnical, mining and archaeological communities in assessing the future of forensic geoscience. Sessions will include quality assurance in forensic geoscience; geoforensic applications in serious crime and terrorism investigations; techniques at crime scenes; environmental crime; and the issues of interpretation of geological forensic evidence. For more information and notes for presenters see:

A provisional programme of presentations is now available.

NSGG Postgraduate Symposium 2014

13th May 2014 at British Geological Survey, Keyworth

NSGG held their Student Geophysics Symposium 2014 on Tuesday 13 May 2014, from 9am - 4pm, at BGS Keyworth.

The event has a long tradition amongst NSGG meetings and will provide a national forum for all students currently working in the areas of near-surface, environmental and applied geophysics to meet and network with each other. Postgraduate students will present research-in-progress papers (15+5 min talks) about their projects, and answer questions from their peers. A Best Paper Award (£200 cash prize) will be available.

Download the programme and abstracts here

The programme included a keynote talk:

Dr Adam Booth, Imperial College London: “Geophysics in the freezer: Seismic properties of glacier ice”.


The Application of Geophysical Methods in UK Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Risk Management

5th December 2013 - British Geological Survey, Keyworth

One of the main legacies of military activity in the UK is the continuing presence of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). This could relate to enemy action, military training or historical disposal of ordnance, and as a result there is a risk of encountering UXO in many parts of the UK. Thousands of UXO items are recovered each year due to construction activity, ground works, surface erosion or planned clearance activity. Growing awareness of the risk by all stakeholders has led to increased demand for UXO risk management services, including desk-based studies, geophysical detection surveys, UXO intrusive investigation and disposal management.

This one day event showcased the latest research and best practice being applied in UXO detection and classification in the UK, and demonstrated the influence of this work on overall UXO risk management. By providing a forum for discussing the capabilities of geophysical methods and the communication of results, the meeting promoted transparency and understanding among practitioners and clients.

The meeting programme and some of the presentations may be downloaded.

Recent Work In Archaeological Geophysics - 4th December 2012

Near surface geophysical techniques are now a well established tool for the evaluation of archaeological sites from their initial discovery to subsequent interpretation and management. However, this success has brought new challenges with ever larger areas needing to be surveyed rapidly and greater demands to characterise buried remains without excavation meaning ongoing improvement of techniques and methodologies is necessary. Meanwhile exciting new archaeological discoveries continue to be made with geophysics and it is valuable to share these with colleagues.

This was the tenth in a succession of biennial meetings in which contributors present and debate the results of recent research and case studies.

There was an excellent response to our call for papers and the meeting programme (0.08Mb PDF) and abstracts booklet (10.8Mb PDF) are available for download.

Some of the presentations are available to download.

British Geophysical Association Meeting 2012

The Geophysics of the Cryosphere and Glacial Products, 9-10 February 2012

Applied geophysics, together with more fundamental theoretical and forward and inverse modelling advances, has played a major role in the exploration of the world’s ice masses and their geological settings and sedimentological legacies for more than half a century. Geophysical techniques have also proven to be highly suited for the characterisation of the properties of and processes within permafrost and seasonally frozen ground, as well as those within snow and other frozen materials. Geophysical exploration, often qualitatively or quantitatively integrated with other geoscientific methods and findings, has thus resulted in many exciting discoveries and case studies.

Prof. David Vaughan (British Antarctic Survey, UK), Prof. Robin Bell (Lamond-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA) and Prof. Christian Hauck (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) were keynote speakers at the event.

Seismic Applications in Geotechnical Engineering - 13th December 2011

A meeting organised by the Near Surface Geophysics Group (NSGG) held at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

Over the past decade advances have been made in the fields of 2 and 3D refraction seismology, high resolution 2 and 3D reflection seismology and the exciting emerging fields of active source and passive MASW which give the end user the potential to make measurements of engineering properties in the field from analysis of surface wave velocities. The meeting provided a vibrant forum for geophysical practitioners and end users from the engineering geology community to share knowledge about the possibilities of the current state of the art of these seismic techniques.

The programme for the meeting was: (PDFs are available for the talks with links)

The NSGG 2011 AGM took place during the lunch break of the SAGE meeting.

EAGE Near Surface 2011

Leicester was the host of Near Surface 2011 – the 17th European Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics of the Near Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE. The meeting was held from 12 – 14 September 2011.

Workshops at Near Surface 2011

There were two workshops which ran the day before the main conference. The workshops were:

Recent Work In Archaeological Geophysics - 15 December 2010

Shallow geophysical techniques are now a well established tool for the evaluation of archaeological sites, from their initial discovery to subsequent interpretation and management. This was the ninth in a succession of biennial meetings in which contributors present and debate the results of recent research and case studies. Suppliers of equipment and software also attend and the meeting therefore represents an invaluable opportunity for both archaeological and geophysical practitioners and those in academia to take advantage of recent research and developments.

The Programme and Abstract volume is available to download.

Environmental Forensics - 16 December 2010

This multidisciplinary meeting captured shared interests between the geological, environmental science, engineering, geotechnical, mining and archaeological communities in assessing the impact of changes to the environment that may result in legal proceedings. Sessions included geophysics, remote sensing, geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, isotope geochemistry.

Programme is available to download.

NSGG Geophysical Field Exhibition - 13th July 2010

The latest in the series of geophysical field exhibitions was held at the Near Surface Geophysics Group, Stoughton Road Test site, Leicester on 13th July 2010.

New this year was a field data acquisition master class, which qualified as a CPD event for those attending and the aim of which was to tutor the attendees in how to acquire the best possible field data for each techniques. Independent experts in field data acquisition tutored each section of the course.

Two techniques were covered this year, GPR and magnetic surveying, which are complimentary, are applicable to near surface investigations. Topics covered included survey design and layout given different field constraints, data sampling regimes to reduce aliasing effects, knowing the errors in the survey, the importance of accurate positioning in the overall error envelope, sensor selection, heights and positioning, noise reduction, in-field QC of your data, the importance of field notes and general good field practice applicable to each technique.

2008 Near-Surface Geophysics Postgraduate Symposium at BGS, Keyworth

2008 Recent Work in Archaeological Geophysics at Burlington House, London

2008 Forensic Geoscience at Burlington House, London

EIGG Hydrology & Geophysics, Keele University, 14th April, 2006

EIGG Equipment Exhibition, Leicester, May 25th 2006

EIGG Equipment Exhibition, Leicester, July 9th 2004