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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...

UK to join ICDP

icdpThe UK has never participated as a member of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP). All this is about to change, writes Melanie Leng

Geoscientist 22.05 June 2012

As geologists and geoscientists (and as emphasised in recent ‘forward looks’ on our science ) it is essential that we have access to key geological sections that can be well constrained in terms of time and formation. This allows us to determine the processes of global change that affect the Earth and to understand the controls on resource development. In addition, through instruments in the drill holes we can monitor and model natural hazards and fluid-related biological processes in the sub-surface.

Image: ICDP drilling project in Lake Van. Image © ICDP

Philip Barker (Lancaster University) and Melanie Leng (University of Leicester and NIGL-BGS) prepared a brief on UK involvement in ICDP that, along with BGS as co-funder and UK manager of the programme, we had planned to submit to the NERC International Opportunities Fund for the call in autumn 2011. However, NERC do not pay memberships from this fund. Subsequently, using funding that BGS obtains from providing services, NERC agreed that BGS could invest in membership of ICDP on behalf of the Earth Science Sector to build national capability for the UK geoscience community. This will allow UK geoscientists to fully participate in both IODP and ICDP and to develop synergies between these programmes. At the same time BGS will work with European countries through ECORD-IODP and the European members of ICDP to create a European infrastructure for scientific research drilling.

The cost of membership of ICDP is significantly lower than IODP in that ICDP provides operational support and scientific evaluation support for approved drilling proposals, but it is up to the proposing scientists to use an “a la carte” funding mechanism to generate the operational, management and science costs for a particular drilling project.

Representatives of the geoscientific community are invited to attend a “kick-off” event at the British Geological Survey (Environment Research Centre, Keyworth) on Tuesday 3 July 2012.