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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 2016


By your leave

The principal duty of the Executive Secretary is to interpret the Bye-laws for the benefit of the Trustees and to offer proper guidance, says Ted Nield



In conference

Conferences are opportunities for sharing, questioning, networking, and absorbing the latest insights. But can we do better?  Arjan Reesink investigates.



Forensic Geoscience Group - the first decade

Laurance Donnelly and Alastair Ruffell tell how the Specialist Group originated and has developed since its early days.


Tools of the oldest profession

Douglas Palmer on the Sedgwick Museum’s collection of ‘the simplest scientific instruments’


Society News

Christmas and New Year closure

Dawne Riddle has the dates and times of closure over Christmas and New Year.


From the Publishing House

Jenny Davey has the month’s hottest titles from Geological Society Publishing.


Specialist Group news

Dawne Riddle has news of two possible departures - and one new arrival - among the Society’s Specialist Groups.


Research funds

Applications are invited for the 2017 round of the Society’s research funds, writes Stephanie Jones


The only way is Ethics

Nic Bilham is the European Continental Coordinator for Geoethics - plus link to the IAPG Code on Geoethics


Books & Arts


Five new books and one new app reviewed by Ted Nield, Matt Loader, Andrew Robinson, David Edwards, Richard Dawe and Richard Wrigley



Mammoth meals

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan samples some festive geological fare



Norman John D'Cruz 1924-2016

Well-loved and respected teacher of geology, with a flair for crystallography and mineralogy