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Find out more about 'themed years' in the Geological Society's Science Strategy (April 2014)

2017: Year of Risk

Year of Risk

After two successful themed years, plans are underway for 2017 – the Year of Risk!

Themed years are at the heart of the Society’s science strategy, and throughout 2017 we will explore the concept of risk in the context of the geosciences, through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities.

As Earth’s population grows, the risks associated with a range of geohazards have intensified dramatically, particularly in the developing world. An increasing number of people are living in major earthquake zones and on the flanks of explosive volcanoes. Groundwater aquifers all over the world have been depleted or contaminated, endangering water supplies. The environmental risks associated with extracting resources and fossil fuels must be weighed against the needs of growing economies. These issues fall within the remit of the geoscientist, and are likely to affect future generations to an even greater degree than ours; do we have the tools and mechanisms to tackle them?

The geoscience community faces a challenge; how do we engage policy makers and translate our understanding of science and hazards into risk assessment that can be understood by a range of stakeholders? As well as exploring the nature and causes of geohazards, the Year of Risk will provide an opportunity to share and debate emerging research into the science of risk, the public perception of risk and risk management. Events throughout the year will involve scientists, policy-makers, social scientists, economists, insurers, the media and modellers.


The Science Committee is now inviting proposals for Geological Society conferences to take place during the Year of Risk.

Get involved!

To suggest a meeting topic or activity contact Georgina Worrall.

Events

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Bryan Lovell Meeting 2016: Water, hazards and risk: Managing uncertainty in a changing world

24 - 25 November 2016

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

QRA: Annual Discussion Meeting

04 - 07 January 2017

Venue: Durham University

  • Evening Meeting
  • Specialist Group
  • AGM

London Lecture: Risk and Uncertainty in Exploration for Oil and Gas

11 January 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

London Lecture: Rain rain go away … are we ready for our future flood risk?

08 February 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

London Lecture: Engineering a dinosaur

15 March 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Space rocks, rockets and robots - Exploring our Solar System today and tomorrow

12 April 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

London Lecture: Inequality in global earthquake risk today

24 May 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

London Lecture: Sinkholes – collapsing houses, Alice in Wonderland and witches

28 June 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Managing Risks across the Mining and Oil and Gas Lifecycle

10 - 12 July 2017

Venue: Imperial College London

  • Workshop
  • Conference

Sharing an Uncertain World: Lessons in Managing Risk

13 - 14 July 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
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