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Engineering geology of the A55 in north Wales.

2-4 July, Llandudno.Engineering Group of the Geological Society annual field meeting.Contact Dave Giles, tel:02392 842248; email: dave. giles@port. ac. uk

Risk assessment for contaminated land - the application of models.

7 July, Ciria, London.Training day for local authorities and construction professionals.A series of lectures will take delegates through the risk assessment process. www. ciria. org/ lacl_event_070704. htm

Sustainable construction and the skills to deliver: what do you need to know?

13 July, London.Ciria workshop highlighting challenges and opportunities facing industry to deliver more sustainable construction.Contact Ciria, tel:020 7549 3300; www. ciria. org/ cief_event_130704. htm

Implementing SUDS: model agreements for maintenance and operation.

14 July, London.Ciria conference on regulatory framework for sustainable urban drainage systems.

Contact Ciria, tel:020 7549 3300; www. ciria. org/cief_event_140704. htm

Contaminated land: non-invasive investigation using geophysics.

20 July, London.CL: AIRE organised conference.

Contact John Cubitt, Reynolds GeoSciences, tel: 01352 756196.

International Symposium on Ground Forthcoming geotechnical events and notice board.

Send new entries to Max Soudain, email max. soudain@emap. com

For full listings visit www. geplus. co. uk Improvement.

9-10 September, Paris.Organised by the French Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.Themes include ground improvement by inclusions; ground mass improvement; stone columns and grouting.Tel: +33 144582822; email: bourgain@ mail. enpc. fr; http: //pfe. enpc. fr/ web2003/dyn/html/44001. htm

Contaminated land - achievements and aspirations.

12-15 September, Loughborough.CL: AIRE organised conference.Contact Deborah Murray, tel:

020 7598 1563; email: deborah. murray@soci. org

Urban geology in Wales.

14 September, Cardiff.One-day seminar and book launch organised by the National Museums and Galleries of Wales.The book contains 36 papers on geo-engineering aspects of a wide variety of construction schemes, geoenvironmental projects and geohazard problems affecting urban areas in Wales.Contact Mike Bassett, tel: 02920 573282; email: mike. bassett@nmgw. ac. uk

Waste 2004.

28-30 September, Stratford-upon-Avon.Third biennial waste management conference on strategic planning and regulatory guidance, applied research and practical and cost effective solutions to regulatory requirements.Contact Cristina Zhang, tel:024 7641 2170; email: info@waste2004. com; www. waste2004. com

DFI 29th annual conference on deep foundations.

29 September-1 October, Vancouver, Canada.

Three-day conference on design and construction of deep foundations.Themes include case studies in the Vancouver area; historical evaluation of deep foundations; the relationship between design, construction and equipment; quality control and assurance and non-destructive testing; and innovation.Contact the Deep Foundations Institute, tel +01 973 423 4030; email: staff@dfi. org; www. dfi. org

William Smith Meeting 2004 - Earth's dynamic surface: catastrophe and continuity in landscape evolution.

4-5 October, London.Geological society meeting.

Contact Lydia Dumont, tel:0207 434 9944; email: lydia. dumont@geolsoc. org. uk Geofluid.

6-9 October, Piacenza, Italy.Fifteenth international geotechnical and drilling equipment exhibition.Email:

info@piacenzaexpo. it, www. geofluid. it

Dam engineering.

18-20 October, Nanjing, China.Fourth international conference reviewing dam engineering and the practice of monitoring and safety control.Emphasis on practical aspects, complemented by scientific understanding of dam behaviour.Contact CI-Premier, Singapore, tel: + 065 67332922; email: cipremie@singnet. com. sg; www. cipremier. com

The future development and requirements for underground gas storage in the UK and Europe.

19-10 October, Aberdeen.Geological society conference.Contact Lydia Dumont, tel: 0207 434 9944; email: lydia. dumont@geolsoc. org. uk Waterfront Expo 2004.

20-21 October, Amsterdam.International conference exploring the potential $10bn planned to be spent globally on waterfront development in the next five years.Contact Mark Beaumont, tel:023 80 262 931; email: mark. beaumont@ mediageneratin. co. uk; www. waterfrontexpo. com

No Dig 2004.

15-17 November, Hamburg, Germany - 22nd International Society for Trenchless Technology conference and exhibition, focusing on improving European infrastructure and crossborder projects to improve the environment - water, waste water, gas, electricity and telecommunications.

Email: info@nodig2004. de; www. nodig2004. de Venice flood barriers.

22 November,5.30pm, ICE, London.Presented by Professor Jack Lewin.Contact Tim Fuller, tel:020 7665 2234, email: tim. fuller@ice. org. uk

Samoter 2005.4-8 May 2005, Verona, Italy - 26th construction equipment exhibition.Visit: www. samoter. com Geotechnical aspects of underground construction in soft ground.

15-17 June,2005 Amsterdam.Fifth international symposium, organised by technical committee TC28 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Themes include tunnelling in soft ground, monitoring of underground constructions, numerical analysis, deep excavations and mitigating measures.First two days will be technical sessions and the third day dedicated to technical visits.Visit www. tc28-amsterdam. org

Exposing Transport is an exhibition of photographs of transport research, taken by TRL over the last 70 years. Running from 29 June to 3 July at the Mall Galleries in London, it will show both moving and still images, providing a fascinating insight into how TRL's science, testing and research has steered transport since 1933. For more details contact the Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD, tel: 020 7930 6844; www. mallgalleries. org. uk

Victorian anatomist Richard Owen coined the word 'dinosaur' and oversaw construction of the first ever full-size models of these and other ancient animals.

The models went on display in London in 1854, sparking the first outbreak of 'dinomania' in Britain.

Owen was both celebrated and controversial. He fell out with Charles Darwin and is said to have been vain, arrogant, envious and vindictive.

Nonetheless, he successfully campaigned for the British Museum's natural history collections to be housed in a new building, the Natural History Museum, which opened in London in 1881.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, the museum's Darwin Centre is putting on free displays and holding a series of events between 20 July and 31 October.

For a list of lectures visit www. nhm. ac. uk

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