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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...

December 2017


Kill the deadline

As the deadline for applications to the Society's grants approaches, Ted Nield ponders the unexpected consequences of 'anytime' submission systems.



CPD for contaminated land risk

Chris Evans says CPD is vital for his business and welcomes the formation of a Contaminated Land Specialist Group



Helium - Hero or Houdini?

Diveena Danabalan and colleagues ponder the origin, transport and accumulation of that most elusive element.


The Geological Anthropocene born in Burlington House

Where exactly are we with the 'Anthropocene'? Jan Zalasiewicz and colleagues explain...



70 years of service

The geological Survey of Northern Ireland is celebrating its 70th birthday, writes Adler deWind.


Climate change comes to Bagley Wood

Geologist and Science Writer Nina Morgan considers some new evidence


Photo competition results

Sarah Day has the winners and announces the publication of the Society calendar 2018


Online Special

Sociohydrogeolgy and its application in India

In order to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) ground water management for protecting ground water quality and quantity has assumed a key role, writes Shrikant Daji Limaye


Society News

Society research grants

Applications are invited for the 2018 round of Society research grants


Royal Commission for the 1851 Exhibition

Research grants are available from the Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.


Council nominations reminder

There's still time to get your nominations in for Council 2018/19


Chartered Fellows Newsletter

Sign up for the Chartered Fellows' Newsletter, newsletter, writes Bill Gaskarth, Chartership Officer.


Opus DEI

Diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) are among the values set out in the Society’s 10-year strategy, writes George Jameson


Policy update

Consultation is open on two proposals relating to radwaste disposal


Office closure

Closure dates for Burlington House and the Publishing House (Bath) over the festive period


Plate tectonics at 50

The Society has ben celebrating.  Flo Bullough has a round-up


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Six new books reviewed by Ross Roberts, Fiona Connor, Clive Waddington, Robert Anderson, Mark Griffin and Pete Webb.



Norman Edward Butcher 1928-2017

Geologist who studied Skaergaard under Lawrence Wager but who later became a leading student of the life and times of James Hutton