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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...

March 2016


Vote, for a change!

Ted Nield urges you to respond to the call and vote in the Council elections.



Teaching skills

Paul Wright asks - should the professional activities of the Society be more - 'Professional'?


Teaching Skills (long version)

Longer essay exploring the theme of this month's Soapbox piece by Paul Wright.



Hardstoft - Britain's First Oilfield

Jonathan Craig, Jon Gluyas Cameron Laing and Philip Schofield commemorate Britain’s first onshore well, ahead of a major conference.


The 11 medals of Arthur Holmes

Cherry Lewis, Holmes’s biographer, explores the curious tales about the illustrious geophysicist’s many awards


Online Special

COP21 and the Paris Agreement

Mike Daly* explores the implications of the ‘Paris Agreement’ for the future of the hydrocarbon industry.


Society News

Elections to Council

Read about the new online voting system (provided by the Electoral Reform Society) and the statements by all the candidates.


Society Award winners 2016 announced

See who has won the Society's awards for 2016


Fellowship election - Now Online Only!

Names for election to Fellowship will henceforth be published online only.


Fellowship renewals

Time to renew your Fellowship, writes Steph Jones.


New Online Library Catalogue

The Society Library proudly announces its brand new Online Catalogue, now open for business.


Careers Web Pages

Judi Lakin invites you to visit the Society's new Careers pages.


From the Publishing House

Latest news from the Publishing House.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Douglas Palmer and David Norbury



Missing the Boat

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers that sweet dreams can turn sour


Northern exposures

The University of York's postgrad diploma in the Geology of Yorkshire andNorthern England re-opens for business this September, writes Dawne Riddle