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.

More branches of the Society > here

Latest field trips & events

June 21st-27th, 2015 Field trip to the Vosges (France)

October 15th-19th, 2015 Field trip to the Black Forest (Germany)

January 28th-31st, 2016 AGM in Munich (Germany)

>>trip reports

Next field trips and events

18th - 24th September 2016,  field trip to the the Cantal, Massif Central (France)  exploring the largest stratovolcano in Europe.

Booking form

For 20-23th October 2016 we plan a weekend dedicated to geology-related videomaking near Strasbourg (France).

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

The field trip to the Messel pit, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the area of Darmstadt (Germany) planned for May 2016 is postponed to September 2017.

further information about the trips

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