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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...

Frontier spirit


Mark Allen, Philip Allen, Adrian Hartley, Niels Hovius, Chris Jackson, Woody Wilson report on the successful first outing for the new ‘Frontiers’ meeting format

Geoscientist 22.02 March 2012

On 14 November 2011, the Geological Society hosted a one-day conference on ‘The Coupling of Tectonics and Surface Processes’ - first in the Society’s new ‘Frontiers’ format where registration is free: the idea being to stimulate debate and research around a rapidly developing theme.

This conference theme was originally conceived by Philip Allen, Chair of Science Committee. The aim was to bring together scientists from as many fields as possible, to discuss how tectonics and surface processes interact. It was timely: it is now widely recognised that there are feedbacks between tectonics and surface processes across a range of time- and length-scales. Such feedbacks have long been under-appreciated, perhaps because the subjects have tended to be taught and researched in isolation.

The day drew over 100 people to a program of 17 varied talks, from specific regional case-studies integrating structural geology and geomorphology, to attempts to understand the coupling of mantle dynamics and landscape evolution on a global scale. A key feature of the day was the construction of a “living slide”, whereby each speaker suggested a topic or question that they believed merited more research. This slide formed the focus for a lively discussion at the end of the day.

One thing was clear: major leaps in understanding are encouraged by diverse approaches. The more multidisciplinary we can make such meetings, the better. Our thanks go to Georgina Worrall and the Conference Office.