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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 2015


Not nice ways to go

Ted Nield reflects on the encouraging news that the most serious global threats lie within our power to address because they're our fault in the first place.



Living with metrics

Greg Shellnutt asks: Why do we worry about the nuts and bolts of metrics and miss the big picture - which is, that none of it matters?



Tambora two centuries on

Bill McGuire looks back on the legacy of Tambora, the volcano whose eruption created the 'year without a summer'


Red for danger

Ian Randall reports on new research into the most effective graphics to use when presenting hazard/risk data.


Online Special

Making your own luck

Paul Cleverley and Simon Burnett (Robert Gordon University, UK) come bearing tales of the unexpected in the search user interface


Society News

Investing in a downturn

Bruce Levell thinks now is the time to be thinking about attending a really good Petroleum conference, like PGC-8, for example...


Honorary fellowships

Following a proposal from the External Relations Committee, Council recommends the following candidates for election to Honorary Fellowship at a future Ordinary General Meeting.


President's Day 2015

News of this year's Awards and the events of President's Day 2015



Tecto tech talk

Nina Morgan has some April Fool advice for making yourself compeltely incomprehensible.


Books & Arts


Four book reviews, by Peter Worsley, James Montgomery, Arthur Tingley and Mark Griffin



David Roger Oldroyd 1936-2014

Distinguished English historian of the geological sciences who made his career in New Zealand and Australia.


Gordon Younger Craig 1925-2014

Distinguished Scottish palaeoecologist, respected author and historian, who always 'saw the big picture'.