British Organic Geochemical Society

Welcome to the home page of the British Organic Geochemical Society or BOGS as it is affectionally known.

To begin, some history... The idea behind BOGS was conceived sometime in late 1987 and in February 1988 a letter seeking interest from organic geochemists in the U.K. was circulated. The signatories of this letter were Drs Wolff (University of Liverpool), Abbott (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), McEvoy (then at University of Bangor) and Rowland (Plymouth Polytechnic now University of Plymouth). The idea seemed to meet with general support and the inaugural meeting of BOGS was held in Bangor 13-15 July 1988 and was attended by an enthusiastic band of organic geochemists.

At the inaugural meeting, the abovementioned were elected to Office and remain, to this day, the governing body (for want of a better phrase) of BOGS.

From that auspicious start, The Society has continued to flourish and a meeting has been held every year (well almost), the location of which usually fluctuates between the northernmost and the southernmost reaches of the U.K. and has been held as far north as Aberdeen (1994) and as far south as Bideford (1990) and Plymouth (1993, 1998 and 2003). In 2009, the 20th Meeeting was held in Bristol and in 2013 the 24th Meeting, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first BOGS Meeting in 1988, was held in Plymouth. In 2016, for the first time we ventured into London for the 27th Meeting, which was hosted by Imperial College Organic Geochemistry (ICOG), Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London. We're now looking forward to the 28th Meeting, 27-28 June 2017, when we will return to The Open University in Milton Keynes. The meeting will be hosted by Palaeoenvironmental Change and we hope you can join us there!

For those of you interested in such matters, further historical information on the development of BOGS and the meetings held so far is available.

Membership of BOGS is rather laissez-faire... if you're on the mailing list then you're a member! If you are not already a "fully paid up" member of BOGS, and would like to become one, then all you have to do is contact one of the Committee Members listed below, the BOGS Webmaster or fill in the form (sorry this hasn't been sorted yet... it will be, real soon now) with your details and they will be added to the mailing list. In due course, you'll hear about the next meeting.

This site is still in it's infancy (has been for the past 18 years!) and, hopefully, will develop into bigger and better things (not yet, then, ed.). Ideas and suggestions regarding content would be very welcome.

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