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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 2018


Of showbiz and space science

Ted Nield laments the 'bread and circuses' approach tp space science



Should we dig gold?

John Milsom* wonders why we bother wasting so much effort finding the stuff.



Falling Skye

Simon Drake and Andy Beard on the recent discovery of Paleocene impact ejecta on the Isle of Skye.


Buffon the geologist

Jan Zalasiewicz and friends uncover an under-reported aspect of the great French biologist.


Online Special

A case of the bloats - and non-standardisation

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently considering how it will undertake its sixth Assessment Report. With each Assessment getting ever bigger, perhaps now is the time to get back to basics? Jonathan Cowie reports.


Books & Arts

Book reviews

Six new books reviewed by Robert Anderson, Chris Hawkesworth, Jonathan Scafidi, David Vaughan Rob Bowell and nigel press.


Society News

President's Day 2018

Steph Jones has a date for your diaries.


Chartership news

New Chartered Geologists and Chartered Scientists, reported by Chartership Officer, Bill Gaskarth.


Diversity, equality and inclusion

The Society’s diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) activities are progressing well in the first quarter. George Jameson describes developments.


Geoethics - what do you think?

Geologists are not immune from ethical considerations, say David Ovadia and Nic Bilham


Policy update

As negotiations for leaving the EU continue, science and research policy discussions in Westminster continues to focus on the impact on UK R&D and plans for a post-Brexit UK research sector, writes Flo Bullough.


RoGEP news

The Register of Ground Engineering Professionals (RoGEP) was founded in 2011 jointly by the ICE, Geological Society and the IMMM writes Bill Gaskarth.


Future meetings

Dates of Council meetings and OGMs, 2018-19.



Staff matters

Three more senior members of staff are leaving this year.  The Society wishes them well and thanks them for all their hard work.


Plate tectonic stories competition

To celebrate the 50th birthday of plate tectonics and the launch of our new Plate Tectonic Stories web resource, why not get involved in our Plate Tectonic Stories competition? writes Amy Ball


Dinosaur deniers

Did dinosaurs really exist? Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan examines the evidence



Malcolm Fletcher Howells 1934-2017

Legendary Welsh field geologist and mapper, expert on the marine volcanism and sedimentation of Snowdonia.


Alan Gilbert Smith 1937-2017

Pioneer of plate tectonic reconstruction, Cambridge University stalwart and stratigrapher.