James Hutton, The Man & His Legacy

James Hutton is often regarded as the founder of modern geology, his research reset the world view on the Earth’s processes and made possible other major theories such as continental drift and the theory of evolution. However, many people still know so little about this key figure of the Scottish Enlightenment.

A conversation on James Hutton: the man and his legacy‘ with Alan McKirdy, will launch the 2022 Scottish Geology Festival. The event will provide an insight into Scotland’s fascinating geological past, present and future, discussing James Hutton’s work and legacy of challenging conventional thinking which underpins the work of the James Hutton Institute today.

It will be hosted by the Institute in Aberdeen and the Scottish Geology Trust (SGT) on 1st September, from 4:00-6:30 pm.

Professor Colin Campbell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, said:

“Hutton’s approach epitomises the Institute’s purpose, intent and values. He was willing to stand up to dogma, based on the rigorous pursuit of observation and science. He actively sought out and fostered opportunities to engage and collaborate with others across a wide range of disciplines. He was, by nature, highly creative and driven by curiosity about the world, but he also had a practical mindset and sought uses for his ideas around agriculture.”

Scottish Geology Festival

The Scottish Geology Festival will run from the 1st of September to the 9th of October, unlocking the stories from the rocks beneath our feet that hold the secrets of our planet’s past. The SGT and partners will deliver a programme of activities across the country, showcasing and celebrating Scotland’s incredible geology.

From coastal walks and fossil hunting to online and in-person talks, there will be something for everyone to enjoy during this year’s Festival no matter how much or little you know about the subject.

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Dr Katie Strang, Director of the Scottish Geology Festival, said:

“We are excited to be back for the third year of the Scottish Geology Festival. During Scotland’s Year of Stories, the Festival is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to explore Scotland’s incredible landscapes, learning how they have been shaped over millions of years by geological processes; revealing the secrets and tales of our planet’s past. From volcanic eruptions to tropical coal swamps, dinosaurs to earthquakes – the rocks beneath our feet provide endless opportunities for adventure, education and discovery.”

With climate change challenging Scotland all year round, the SGT continues to support awareness raising on how Scotland’s geology can help play a role in responding to this emergency. Joining forces with Scottish Water, the Trust will also be encouraging every event participant to consider and review their use of water.

Please register to attend the Festivals launch event here, £5 tickets, free to SGT members and staff of the James Hutton Institute, booking required. For details of all Festival events visit

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