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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...

Mutual Society

bgMutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications with Overseas Professional Organisations

Over a number of years the Society has been seeking to conclude agreements with a number of overseas professional organisations under which we would mutually recognise the equivalence of each other’s professional qualification (title). Such agreements have been in place for some time with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Certified Petroleum Geologist, CPG and Petroleum Geophysicist); and with the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (Professional Geologist, PGeo).

Late last year, the Society concluded an agreement with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) following a review that established that the aims and objectives of both organisations, and the peer review processes, although they differ in detail are equally exacting and broadly comparable. As a result the two organisations have agreed to recognise the equivalence of the titles of Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and Certified Professional Geologist (CPG). This agreement can be seen on the Society’s web site under Chartership and Professional.

The AIPG will accept applications for the CPG title from Fellows holding the CGeol title with a single sponsorship affidavit from the Society affirming their professional status, and vice versa. This provides an accelerated application process that does not require the submission of academic transcripts or certified employment details. A simple application form for a CGeol looking to become a CPG is being prepared and will be available on the Society’s web site shortly in the Chartership and Professional pages The AIPG will provide a similar form for CPGs wishing to gain CGeol . In addition it has been agreed that holders of CGeol may sponsor applicants for the CPG title and similarly CPGs may sponsor applicants for CGeol.

Discussions are continuing with Geoscientists Canada to explore the scope for establishing a mutual recognition agreement covering all the Canadian jurisdictions.