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Open University Geological Society

The Open University Geological Society supports the study of geology and other earth sciences by providing opportunities for members to learn via field trips, talks, workshops and conferences led by experts in their fields. OUGS is the largest Open University Society, with over two thousand members. Membership is open to everyone interested in geology and other earth sciences, not just Open University students and staff. OUGS members include amateur fossil hunters, professional oil engineers, oceanographers and satellite imagery experts studying planetary geology. The idea for a geological society in the Open University (OU) was born during the first Summer School of the original geology course in 1972. It was actively supported and encouraged by the then Head of Earth Sciences Department, Professor Ian Gass. Since that time OUGS have been pleased to be able to count on the Department's support in both our field and non-field activities, and have maintained a very close relationship with staff at The Open University, Milton Keynes and in the Regions. Some teaching members of the Department even started out as OU students. However, this does not mean that the OUGS is an extension of the academic work of The Open University Earth Sciences Department. OUGS are an independent organisation whose members have mainly come to enjoy geology through their teaching. But it should not be thought that the knowledge flows one-way. Many members of the society have been able in their own ways to contribute to the work of the OU both in the field of research and the many outreach activities organised. It is this close relationship that benefits everyone involved.

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