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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...

April 2013


Stacked, maybe; shelved? Never!

In response to Iain Duncan SMith's remark, Ted Nield points out that geologists were not ‘above’ shelf- stacking – indeed, without us not only would there be little food (fuel, fertilizers) but no shelves to stack, either.


Of advice and lobbying

Bruce Yardley ponders the difference in style between scientists who 'advise' and scientists who 'campaign'.



Solid achievement

Graham Leslie, Mark Cooper and Brian McConnell have recast the regional geological map of northern Ireland in 3D.


Current Disturbed

‘Art researcher’ or ‘exotic pet’? Jeanine Breaker reflects on her art-science research experience, including a Leverhulme Trust research fellowship at NERC British Geological Survey.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new book reviews – ‘Ice Age Art’, ‘Introduction to Geological Structures and Maps’, ‘The Scientists: An Epic Journey of Discovery’ and ‘The Global Cryosphere, Past, Present and Future’.



Al Hashimi remembered

Society hosts commemoration for murdered Iraqi geologist Wissam Al-Hashimi.


Albert Ludford at 100

We learn that Dr Albert Ludford, pictured here in 1945 (one year after he joined the Society) from a photo in the main feature of our February issue, is 100 years old this month.


Distant Thunder: Wedi'i golli yn y cyfieithiad §

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan asks - what’s in a name?


Society News

Open Access

The Society cannot ignore changes to the established scientific publishing model, say Neal Marriott and Jonathan Turner.


From the Library

The latest news from our library.


MSG Student Awards

The Marine Studies Group is establishing new ‘MSG Student Awards’.


Presidents Day 2013

Last month the Society announced the winners of its medals and funds 2013. Those Awards will be presented at President’s Day, on 5 June.


Online Special

If you don't catch it or grow it...

... you must dig it from the ground. The ‘Minerals For Life’ meeting in Edinburgh promises to be a major event. Mark Tyrer and Kevin Murphy discuss closing the gap between industry and academia in minerals R&D.



George Innes Lumsden 1926-2012

Dedicated applied geologist who became Director...


Peter Ralph Hooper 1931-2012

Peter Hooper was born in Edinburgh, to a Scotti...