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GSL Logo Society NewsCouncil nominations—reminder
Fellows received two nomination forms with the October issue of Geoscientist for the election of new Council members for 2019/2020 and the President-designate.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is noon on Friday 4 January 2019.
Details of the process are on the nomination forms and in the Governance section of the website:

As part of our commitment to ensuring a more diverse and inclusive Council, the Society particularly welcomes nominations from under-represented groups allowing Council to better reflect the community it serves. Knowledge and experience of scholarly publishing and of fund-raising are also desirable.

Christmas and New Year closure
The Society (London and Bath) will close at 2.00pm on Friday 21 December, re-opening at 9.30am on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

The Publishing House will also be closed on Tuesday 4 December from 12.00pm and Burlington House will be closed on Wednesday 19 December from 12.00pm.

Research grants
Applications are invited for the 2019 round of the Society research grants. Please download the form from the Society Awards and Research Grants page at where you will also find information about all the grants. 

The Research Grants committee meets once annually. Applications must reach the Society no later than 12 noon on 1 February 2019 and must be supported by two Fellows of the Society who must each complete a supporting statement form.  The committee will only consider complete applications on the appropriate form.   

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
The President of the Society is an ex-officio Commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Applications are open for their various awards, including Research Fellowships. For further information please go to:

Member benefits
As part of the Society’s membership with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Fellows now have free online access to EARTH Magazine (, as well as complimentary use of work and meeting spaces at the AGI Headquarters in Washington DC, subject to availability (

Council & OGMs 2019

OGMS: 6 February, 3 April
COUNCIL: 6 February, 3 April

The 2018 Earth Science Week photography competition

As ever, we received hundreds of fantastic entries to our annual Earth Science Week photography competition—many thanks to everyone who took part! This year’s theme was ‘Earth Science in our Lives’—as well as their image, each photographer submitted a few words explaining what the subject of their photograph means to them. Our twelve winners all feature in a 2019 calendar, available to purchase online for £5 at or at Burlington House.

The winners are:
First place: Andy Leonard, ‘Bow Fiddle Rock’
Second place: Nigel Bell, ‘Stepping Stones’
Third place: Ursula Lawrence, ‘The Colours of Iron’
Emma Smith, ‘Slioch – the Missing One Billion Years’
Kevin Privett, ‘Nash Point’
Wuquan Cui, ‘Peatlands on New Island’
Alex Copley, ‘Cloud Inversion on the Arran Granite’
Tim Gregory, ‘Periglacial Forces’
Fraser Wotherspoon, ‘The Road North’
Sandra Angers-Blondin ‘Autumn Equinox’
Yvonne Doherty ‘Sunset at Ireland’s Most Northerly Point’
Gijs de Reijke, ‘Ardvreck’

All winning photographs were also featured by The Guardian during Earth Science Week.

This year’s Earth Science Week took place on 13-21 October, celebrating ‘Earth Science in our Lives’ with a range of events across the UK & Ireland. Find out more at

Chartership news

Mentoring workshops
We ran a successful mentoring workshop on October 19 with 11 participants from a wide range of industry.

Some have enquired about the possibility of another workshop in late February or early March 2019. To be viable, we will need confirmed attendee numbers of 10 for Burlington House, London or 12 for elsewhere.

Please send indications of interest for a workshop in Burlington House or Manchester (or Leeds) to, as soon as possible. If there is sufficient interest in one (or both) then arrangements will be made and dates advertised.

CORRECTION: Eligibility to apply for Chartered Geologist
In the November issue of Geoscientist, Bill Gaskarth suggested that the Society would require a Master’s degree qualification (or Supporting Documents demonstrating equivalent knowledge) as evidence of eligibility to apply for Chartered Geologist. This statement was made in error and he apologies for this.

We must clarify that at the current stage, this is only a proposal that would bring the Society's requirements into line with those of the Engineering and Science Councils. Any formal decision will be taken after discussion in the Chartership and Professional Committees. We welcome feedback on this proposal. To express your views please contact the Chartership Officer (

Society Discussion Group

GSDG Programme: 2018

The Geological Society Discussion Group meets at 18.30 for 19.00, when dinner is served. Attendance is open to all members of the Society. For up to date information concerning topics for discussion and speakers, please go to W:

•    Wednesday 5 December—Athenaeum, Pall Mall

For information and reservations, contact Sarah Woodcock E: