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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 2017


Of belief and power

Ted Nield wishes to welcome you to the Trumpocene - age of the 'alternative fact'



Chartered or Professional?

Martin Shepley CGeol PGeo compares and contrasts the two postnominals.  Is it time for the UK to ‘go legal’?


Letter: Whither the Great Awks?

Morris Hill wonders what ever became of the 'awkward squad' and whether it's time they came back.



Game of Drones

Adrian Wilkinson discusses point-cloud surveys captured by LiDAR and drones and how data capture is being adopted by the geoscientific professions.


A tale of two magmas

Katy J Chamberlain* is investigating zoned pyroclastic airfall deposits on Ascension Island with help from a Society Fieldwork Grant.


Online Special

7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks

Malcolm Hart reports on the UNESCO 7th International Conference in Torquay, September 2016.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Six new books reviewed by by Ted Nield, Rob Bowell, Daniel LeHeron, Mark Griffin, John Heneghan and Carle Leanne Washbourne.


Society News

Elections to Council

Fellows will by now have received their voting forms.  Read here the statements from all candidates for Council, and President Designate.


Fellowship renewals

Jonathan Silk reminds the Fellowship that renewals deadline is looming!



Richard Hughes is new Executive Secretary

Richard Hughes has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Society.


Memoir 46 published

The President, Malcolm Brown, welcomes the Chilean ambassador and other dignitaries to Burlington House on the occasion of the publication of Memoir 46.


Fossils and fish

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers the lesser known talents of Benjamin Peach



Alfred Brian Hawkins 1934-2016

Engineering geologist and former Chair of the Engineering Group hugely respected as researcher, teacher and consultant.