professor dianne edwardsWE are proud to announce that we have engaged the distinguished palaeobotanist Professor Dianne Edwards of Cardiff University to be the first speaker to give the Nigel Trewin Memorial Lecture in honour of our late Chairman. It is most appropriate that the lecture will be held on the campus of Aberdeen University, where Nigel conducted his distinguished career.

Professor Edwards' address will be themed "In the Steps of Nigel Trewin". She collaborated with Professor Trewin for many years in research on the Rhynie Chert.


Professor Edwards

Please note the following details:

Date: Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

Venue: Aberdeen University
Fraser Noble Building
Elphinstone Road 
Old Aberdeen
AB24 3EF

Doors open: 6.30pm

Entry is free. Donations welcome. We will be delighted to welcome members of our supporting geological societies, and any other members of the public with particular interests in the earth sciences.

Professor Trewin's most generous bequest to The Friends of £2000 has enabled the establishment of  Memorial Lectures in his name. The bequest letter stated his wish that the funds "be used to support a meeting or a publication relating to Hugh Miller's geological interests."

The Royal Society tells us: Dianne Edwards is a distinguished botanist renowned for her study of early plant life on Earth. Through carefully documented field work and painstaking laboratory analysis, she has helped shed light on one of the most important evolutionary events in our planet’s history — the colonisation of land by plants."

Dianne has commented: "I feel greatly honoured to be asked to give this lecture. Nigel was both a friend and scientific colleague, whom I miss on both counts. In addition, having worked on the Old Red Sandstone for over 55 years,  I have Hugh Miller's work on my bookshelves."

Nigel, who died on 25th October 2017, gifted many important items  both to the Hugh Miller Museum and to The Friends of Hugh Miller, along with his services as a first-rate Chairman. These included leading roles in organising two major conferences, Hugh Miller: Local Hero (2008) and Old Red: Hugh Miller's Geological Legacy (2017),. 

He is seen here on Islay in 2016.

nigel trewin on islay

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