Younger Members

The Institute’s Younger Members group aims to showcase the work of the brightest and best under-35s working in local industry and academia. We provide industry career advice, networking opportunities and support the professional development of our members through events and lectures. Our Younger Members are encouraged to deliver presentations to the group and the wider Institute, providing pathways to generate impact for PhD and early career researchers from local universities by presenting their work to a wider public audience. We also aim to raise the profile of careers in local industries as rewarding career options for school and university students, as well as raising the aspirations of our local young people and retaining graduate talent in the North East. The group is open to all members of the Institute under 35, though everyone is welcome to attend events. Over the year the group organises and hosts:

  • Regular early career lectures
  • Fieldtrips throughout the year,
  • The regional heat of the Young Persons Lecture Competition (in cooperation with IOM3)
  • Social events and networking opportunities including the Institutes’ annual dinner involving members of the Institute and the Newcastle University Mining School alumni,

Get Involved

The committee helps to organise the group’s events throughout the year and is always looking for enthusiastic new members. If you would like to be involved further, please contact the Chair of the Younger Members Group, Andrew Dobrzanski, at:

There are various ways you can become involved in with the group and we welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer to help out. If you’d like to become a member please fill out the Institute membership form and tick the Younger Members box. We will keep you informed via our mailing lists, as well as via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The best way to get involved is to come and meet us at our events, which you can find our more about on the Institute’s Events and Lectures webpages. Meetings are typically held once a month in Newcastle between September and June, starting at 6pm with networking drinks at the Bridge Hotel after the lectures.

Careers Advice

We are able to provide careers advice for a range of industrial and academic jobs. We are also working on a series of pages on specific sectors.

We have previously held talks on careers in Geotechnical Engineering.

Our Events

We’re in the process of confirming our September-December events programme given the current meeting restrictions. However, we hope to hold online meetings on the history of mining in the North East, and careers talks from practising geotechnical engineers. Check back regularly for updates via our lectures webpages or like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our activities.

International Fieldtrip 2022

The YMG will run a fieldtrip to Polish mines in September 2022 for undergraduate & postgraduate students. Costs are yet to be confirmed, but places are expected to be subsidised through funding. Further details and sign-up information will be shared in January 2022. To express an interest in receiving further details about the trip and how to sign-up in January please contact the organiser, Andrew Dobrzanski, at:

Itinerary to include:

  • Wieliczka salt mine displaying spectacular Miocene salt deformation structures,
  • Active coal mines with opportunities to see mining machinery and textbook deltaic channel features,
  • The world’s 2nd largest silver mine, along with copper processing plants and Kupferschiefer mineralisation,
  • Tours of mineral museums and visits to outcrops of rare metal minerliseation,
  • Opportunities to meet mining geologists, as well as students and academics at Universities in Kraków and Wrocław,

Previous Events

Previous talks have included career advice and current research from local geoscience and engineering companies and Universities. We have also run fieldtrips to outcrops in the North Pennies Ore-field and and underground trip to Nenthead Mines.


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