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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...

June 2014


Open access

Ted Nield wonders whether the cry for 'Open Access Publishing' constitutes the 'Market Forces' mantra de nos jours



Losing the plot

David Nowell wonders why the Ordnance Survey is preventing sales of its products when people want to buy them



The Arctic Azolla event

Jonathan Bujak and Alexandra Bujak reveal how a unique plant changed our planet's climate - and may again


Decent exposure

As the Society develops its 100 Geosites project, Rob Butler looks at some of these islands’ great outcrops.


Online Special

Two years before the mast

David Shilston tells Society reporter Dawne Riddle about his experience as the first Engineering Geologist to be President of the Society.


Large Igneous Province eruptions and global climate

New dating is drawing ever closer parallels between Large Igneous Province events and modern climate change, says Howard Lee.


From the regions - The only way is up!

Nik Reynolds (North West Regional Group) reflects on a recent Careers Day in the light of some recent articles in Geoscientist...


Society News

PERC up your ears - CGeol in Hong Kong

Bill Gaskarth reports from the PERC committee and has news of CGeol in Hong Kong...


CGeols become logo types

Bill Gaskarth on the new CGeol 'kitemark' - boost your mojo with the logo!



Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports from a training day for Scrutineers


From the library - Improving remote services to Fellows

Fabienne Michaud on how the Library is improving its remote services to Fellows.


Policy update

Flo Bullough reports on recent policy-related activity at the Society


Research grants 2014

Stephanie Jones reports on the successful bids for the Society fieldwork-support grants, 2014



Guess who's coming to dinner!

Nina Morgan pities the poor ladies who had to make small-talk with men whom even Darwin found heavy going.


Rose to the occasion

Archivist Caroline Lam invites you to a re-enactment of a famous lecture, complete with authentic biscuits.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Five new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Paul Younger, Dick Selley and Alan Lord.



Edward Irving 1927 - 2014

Doyen of palaeomagnetism who discovered some of the best early geophysical evidence for continental drift, which convinced many sceptics.


Richard John Aldridge 1945 - 2014

World authority on conodont palaeobiology, Silurian stratigraphy and fossil lagerstätte.