About us


OUGS ME is the branch of the Open University Geological Society that serves all countries in Continental Western Europe (Mainland Europe) and beyond.

If you are studying geology or one of the geology-related courses, interested in Earth Sciences and would like to join in field trips and meetings,interested in learning more, then contact us at the following mail address: mainland.europe(at)ougs.org

Members are spread throughout Europe. Very probably there is a member quite near to where you are living.

Our branch edits its own newsletter, plans geological excursions in various countries, and intend to set up a database of geological information for the use of all who are interested. We produce short videos about geological topics that can be watched on Youtube.

More branches of the Society > here

Latest field trips & events

4-5th February 2017 AGM in Maastricht, Netherlands

20-23th October 2016 producing geological videos near Strasbourg (France)

18-24th September 2016 Field trip to the Cantal volcanic complex (France)

22-29th April 2017 a mapping week in Ardèche, Massif Central (France)

>>trip reports

Next field trips and events

Our next AGM is planned for February 2nd to 4th, 2018 in Hamburg and includes a visit to a disused quarry to examine Permian and Quatenary outcrops, including Late Permian black shales (Kupferschiefer) and the cap rock of a salt diapir.

A fieldtrip to the external Alps: Bauges, Beaufortain, Tarentaise from 24 June to 30 June, 2018.

further information about the trips

A complete list of upcoming OUGS events can be found here

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Nick Chidlaw
Nick Chidlaw offers earth science field skills training courses. To contact him please use: nickchidlaw@gmail.com                               Next dates for beginners: 23-25 March 2018

last update: January 9, 2018