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Society’s Awards 2020—Invitation to nominate

GSL logoFellows of the Society are invited to submit nominations for the Society’s Awards for 2020, writes George Jameson

The Society has an ambition to see the diversity of nominations to Society medals and funds increase, with the aim of broadening the demographics of those put forward.
As a result, this year the Society undertook a holistic review of its Awards procedures, focusing on the nominations, application, submission, judging and assessment processes and criteria.

As you will see by visiting, we now have one standard nomination form for all of our awards with the exception of the President’s award, which now has its own form. Our guidance documents have also been revamped and help to explain how to go about nominating a person you feel is deserving of a Society award.

All of these changes have been captured in our new pdf booklet that can be found on the same page!

Remember nominations must be sent to the Awards Secretary no later than noon on Friday 27 September 2019 using the new forms.

Trustees list 2019-2020

Every year following elections, the Trustees list of the Society changes. Trustees give greatly of their time and effort in representing the Fellowship, and we would like to extend to them a warm vote of thanks.


Prof Nicholas Rogers (President)
Mr Thomas Backhouse
Mr Andrew Bloodworth
Mr John Booth (Vice President)

Dr Michael Daly (President designate)
Ms Lesley Dunlop
Dr Joel Gill
Mr Graham Goffey (Treasurer)
Dr Kathryn Goodenough
Dr Sarah Gordon (Secretary, Foreign & External Affairs)
Prof James Griffiths
Prof Chris King
Mr Andrew Moore
Prof Bryne Ngwenya
Mr Nicholas Reynolds (Vice President)
Prof Katherine Royse (Secretary, Professional Matters)
Mrs Sarah Scott
Ms Gemma Sherwood
Miss Jessica Smith (Vice President)
Dr Helen Smyth
Prof Robin Strachan (Secretary, Publications)
Mr John Talbot (Vice President)
Dr Alexander Whittaker (Secretary, Science)

Office closures

The Society (London and Bath) will be closed all day on Thursday 18 July for staff training.

Enterprise membership

27 June 2019 was the second international Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, as designated by the United Nations. In recognition of the impact and importance of engaging with start-up and smaller companies working in the Earth science industry, the Geological Society have announced a new Enterprise category, as an extension of its existing corporate membership programme. For a contribution of £500 +VAT companies with up to 10 employees and an annual turnover of under £2 million can join the Geological Society as Enterprise members and have access to the Society’s world- class library and other facilities. Enterprise members will receive a copy of Geoscientist magazine, the Society’s corporate e-newsletter and will be invited to attend two annual corporate networking events.

For more information, please contact the Development Team:
T: + 44 (0) 20 7434 9944

The Petroleum Group

Sarah Woodcock and Lucy Williams provide an update on the Petroleum Group’s activities

The Petroleum Group is the Geological Society’s Specialist Group dedicated to petroleum exploration and production. Our primary aim is to advance the study and understanding of petroleum geoscience through the organisation of cutting-edge conferences, workshops and publications, and where possible bring together industry and academia. We also seek to collaborate with other groups and organisations where mutual interests overlap.

Since the Group started in 1983, we have convened over 280 meetings, produced 59 Geological Society Special Publications and 25 Petroleum Geoscience thematic sets—quite an archive of reference material, all of which is available through the Lyell Collection. Past meeting abstract books and resources, information on our busy 2019 programme and much more can be viewed at

The Petroleum Group Committee currently has 22 members drawn from industry and academia, including our PhD student representative. Companies such as Shell, BP, Halliburton, Badley-Ashton and Sound Energy, as well as the Universities of Liverpool, Heriot Watt and Leeds are represented. We seek to maintain a broad committee, drawing on a range of experiences to ensure we cater for the needs of our community. New committee members are welcomed each year, with a call for applications before September.

We strive to remain relevant to changing times within our industry by ensuring our meeting topics are at the forefront of geoscience innovation and technology. We also aim to ensure that early career geoscientists are represented on the committee and that we will continue to provide cutting edge geoscience through the energy transition.

You don’t have to be a member of the committee to contribute. We welcome your ideas and proposals for future conferences, or your participation as a convenor. Meeting attendance counts towards your CPD; important if you are considering Chartership. To find out more about becoming a member of the Petroleum Group or the committee, please contact Sarah Woodcock at:

Society Discussion Group

Programme: 2019

Meetings of the Geological Society Discussion Group are 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:

•    18 September - The King's Head, Mayfair
•    23 October - Bumpkins Restaurant, South Kensington
•    4 December - The Athenaeum, Pall Mall

Please contact the Conference Team for more information and to make a reservation. E: