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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 2018


Last words on the cross

Ted Nield suffers intimations of mortality.



What do mentors want to know?

There is a widespread mistaken belief that mentoring is simply a kind of ‘on-the-job training’, says John Arthurs



Coal, water and environment

Lauren Ballarini describes the water-management of a UK surface coal mine in a Special Area of Conservation.


Online Special

Thomas McKenny Hughes - a hundred years ago

A hundred years ago Thomas McKenny Hughes (1832-1917) died. He was Adam Sedgwick’s successor as eighth Woodwardian Professor and his biographer. Douglas Palmer* blows the dust off his memory.


Society News

Elections to Council 2018-2019

Read who's standing for election in this year's elections to Council


Fellowship renewals

Fellows are reminded to renew their fellowship now - and save themselves a world of pain!


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Eight new books, reviewed by Douglas Palmer, John R L Allen, Graham Blackbourn, Olivia Milton-Thompson, Arthur Tingley, Jessica Cadzow-Colins and Mike Bowman.



Spot on!

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan celebrates the late Trevor Ford's uncanny ability to be at the right - or wrong - place at the right time.



Michael Brooks 1936-2017

Distinguished geophysicist and tireless advocate of geoscience education who revitalised Cardiff University’s Department of Geology.


Louis Macchi 1954 – 2017

Distinguished sedimentologist and founder of Reservoir Associates, who was instrumental in the first oil strike off the Falklands


Alan Ernest Mussett 1935-2017

Geophysical university educator and  former Secretary of the British Geophysical Association


Rudolph Geoffrey Waldemar Brunstrom 1925-2016

Geologist with British Petroleum, whose insight led to commercial oil discoveries in Dorset.