The De La Beche Club


Discover geology with the DLB. We run talks, day trips and weekend excursions all over the UK …



One of the oldest and most active departmental societies at Imperial, promoting “social academia” and arousing your curiosity about all things geological since 1914. The De La Beche offers an insight into this fascinating subject in a relaxed setting. All undergrads, postgrads and lecturers are welcome.


As a departmental society, our main aim is to excite interest and offer you an insight into the fascinating world of geology. However we Royal Miners are social beasts, and our laid-back events let you mingle with like-minded people from all years. This special mix makes the DLB a uniquely awesome society, and part of the lifeblood of the RSM.


All Geology undergraduates are automatically members of DLB...

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The Royal School of Mines became a constituent college of Imperial College London in 1907, and the De La Beche Club, established in 1914, is one of the oldest clubs at Imperial. The club is named after the leading 19th Century geologist and founder of the Royal School of Mines, Sir Henry De La Beche. The DLB has remained right at the heart of the RSM ever since.


The De La Beche organises two or three evening talks a term. Lecturers or PhD students both from outside and within the department give fascinating and fun lectures about up-and-coming topics in geology or about their own current research. In the past year the talks have ranged from 3D fossil reconstruction, to collecting meteorites in Antarctica, to forensic Geology. The talks are often followed by drinks and nibbles or one of our infamous Gooma Loomas.


Fieldtrips are the best and most hotly anticipated events organised by the DLB. We have two weekend trips a year, in the Autumn and Spring terms. These are social excursions, with geology at their heart.


We load up a couple of minibuses with excited students and head off to places of great natural beauty all over the UK. 2013/14 saw trips to Anglesey and Cornwall and previous destinations have included the Isle of Wight, the Lake District and the Pyrenees.


These trips are known for their relaxed attitude to geology, where we go at our own pace, giving you the chance to check out some of the best geology the country has to offer. They are also normally led by some of the world’s leading geologists from our own department, who will show you some fascinating geology you may not encounter in your degree. A day in the field is followed by an evening sampling the local nightlife, be it carnage in the nightclubs of Keswick or late night frolicking in the Solent! Our fieldtrips also give you a great opportunity to mix with students from all year groups, and get to know some of your lecturers outside the classroom.


The annual symposium sees the De La Beche Club invites 6 top geologists from across the World to take part in what can only be described as a Geology gala.


Each year sees a different theme approached by well-renowned experts in the chosen field: 2014′s symposium, sponsored by BP, was entitled ‘The Space Odyssey’ (Stanley Kubrick was said to be livid at having been overshadowed), 2013′s studied ‘The Restless Earth’ and 2012′s symposium on Cataclysmic events took place despite Mayan predictions ending the World on December the 21st. On top of the fantastic Geology each year, free refreshments, a free lunch and a free drinks reception are generously provided by the DLB club before the whole event is rounded off with a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant.


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