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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

Fermor Fund - anniversary bursaries!


Applications under the Fermor Fund are invited by 25 June this year, writes Edmund Nickless.

Geoscientist 22.03 April 2012

: Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor (1880-1954), Director of the Geological Survey of India.

In 1991 the Society received a significant bequest from Lady Francies Mary Fermor, who died in November 1990. The terms of the bequest were to support “furtherance of research into those branches of geology that deal with the study of the principles governing ore deposition the occurrence of minerals and of mineral bearing rocks and fundamental research into the origins of pre-cambrian rocks including extra-terrestrial occurrences.” The first award under the Fermor Fund was made in 1992.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of that event, the Society is inviting bids against the following headings:
  • small research grants, travel awards to support attendance at a major conference in the UK or overseas; funds for research workshops designed to promote networking
  • a ‘Fermor Prize’ to be awarded to the best, second and third undergraduate independent projects on the basis of nomination by each student’s supervisor.

Applications, to be received by noon Monday, 25 June 2012, must be submitted electronically using the relevant form. The application must clearly state how the proposal meets the terms of the Fermor bequest. A total of £25k is available. It is unlikely that any award will exceed £5k in value. Judgment will be based on excellence, timeliness and achievability.