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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 2012


L'Aquila Verdict

The L'Aquila verdict is not an attack on science, but an attack on bad risk communication


Dragon's Den

Christine Butenuth and Mike DeFreitas wonder if a’ Self-Employed Geoscientists’ Group’ is needed to help budding entrepreneurs.



Apping the Ante

Author Douglas Palmer draws on his experience of converting a book into the iPad app ‘NHM Evolution’ to consider what the future holds for geological illustration.


The Knight in the Old Brown Hat

Dr John Dixon considers the contribution of Welsh geologist Tannat William Edgeworth David to the grisly business of trench warfare.


Books & Arts

Book Reviews

Four new book reviews by Colin Summerhayes, Steve Rowlatt, Ted Nield and Victoria Powell



Distant Thunder

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan explores a green alternative to Christmas cards


Society News

Affiliate Scheme Relaunch

The Corporate Affiliate Scheme was launched many years ago to link the Society with our industry supporters, says Colin Summerhayes.


Council Nominations Reminder

Reminder to Fellows to get their nominations in for Council Elections 2013


Library and Information Services Manager Appointed

The Society welcomes Fabienne Michaud to the Staff, in her role as Library and Information Services Manager


Library e-newsletter launched

The Society Library has launched a new e-newsletter


Research Funds Open for Bids

The 2013 round of Society Research Funds is now open for applications. 



Lyell goes mobile

The Geological Society has launched new specially-designed mobile sites for four of its Lyell Collection journals, writes Marketing Coordinator Emily Milroy.



Richard William Hey 1917-2011

Quaternary geologist and geomorphologist who quietly inspired students and colleagues at Cambridge for over 30 years


Glascott Eyre Dawson-Grove 1924-2012

Consulting petroleum engineer and keen sportsman who grew up in China and spoke fluent Mandarin