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About Geoscientist

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Geoscientist is the monthly colour Fellowship magazine of the Geological Society of London. It is the main means of communication between the Society and its Fellows.

Geoscientist operates as a "fourth estate" within the Society and is editorially independent of Council and the Secretariat.


The Editor, Dr Ted Nield NUJ FGS, is responsible to an independent Editor in Chief, former Society President, Prof. Peter Styles (University of Keele).

Geoscientist is distributed free to all Fellows and has a print run of 11,000. It is also sent to the media. If you are a journalist and would like to receive a copy, please email the Editor.

What's in Geoscientist?

  • Features - Two illustrated articles for in-depth coverage of topical geological subjects.
  • GeoNews - News items relevant to the interests of working geoscientists
  • Books & Arts - reviews of recent books and exhibitions
  • People - Geoscientists in the news and on the move. 
  • Obituaries - tributes to Fellows lately deceased
  • Media Monitor - An occasional, and mostly light-hearted survey of geoscience in the media 
  • Soapbox - Opinion piece submitted by a Fellow of the Society.
  • Letters
  • Crossword - A monthly prize crossword by 'Platypus'. Fellows may win a Special Publication of their choice. 
  • Society News - What the Geological Society is doing at home and abroad, in London and the regions. 
  • 'Funny - Old World' - unconsidered trifles, by 'Snapper' 
  • From the Regions - An occasional series highlighting the Society's Regional Group activities 
  • Events calendar - A forward listing of Society activities, including all Specialist Groups, Joint Associations, and Regional Groups. To get your event in the printed magazine Calendar you must first ensure that it is listed here by sending details to the website.
  • 'Sticks & Stones' - The misadventures of Dalston and Gibbet, two geologists described by one commentator as "a few taxa short of an assemblage". By cartoonist Dave Hughes.