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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...

Sir Peter Kent Lecture 15 March

Andrew Miller MP (left) to speak on 'Probabilities and Possibilities in Parliament: How a learned society can help improve our decision-making'.

Geoscientist 22.01 February 2012


The Sir Peter Kent Lecture, the Society's annual flagship lecture on science policy matters, will be given by Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. Mr Miller will explore how key decisions are made in Parliament, drawing on his experience of events where Geological Society members have been among key experts called upon to give evidence – including the 2010 volcanic ash cloud, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and shale gas.

Andrew Miller was educated in Malta, Hampshire and at the London School of Economics, and holds a Diploma in Industrial Relations. His began his career as a geology technician at Portsmouth Polytechnic, where he developed an XRF and XRD laboratory. He then moved into industrial relations and was an official for the MSF Union, representing scientists and engineers. He was elected to Parliament in 1992 where as Labour Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Mr Miller represents almost 70,000 electors. Nic Bilham

  • A limited number of free tickets are available to Fellows, Friends and others on application. To apply please email by 1 March.