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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...

Fellowship dues 2013

At its meeting on 11 April Council agreed to recommend to the Fellowship, for approval at the AGM, the 2013 subscription rates shown in the table

Geoscientist 22.04 May 2012


RPI at the end of February 2012 was 3.7%. The proposed overall increase averages 3.65% though some rates increase by a little over 4%. Council believes that their recommendation is the best compromise between the need to raise additional income, given that the subscription income lags behind inflation, while recognising that youth are the future of the Society and we must attract younger members into Fellowship (and retain them).

Council proposes that the under 21 and the 22 – 27 age rates be merged, recognising that many in the latter range would be eligible to pay as MSc or PhD students, and for those students fees are reduced by about 25%.

The Society also recognises that some Fellows are experiencing financial difficulties and would wish to do all that it can to help them through this difficult time. If approved, the concessionary rate, which has to be applied for, will reduce from £92.50 to £68.

The Athens service, which allows Fellows remote electronic access to 86 journals the Library holds on subscription, was introduced as a trial service in 2007. Council has decided that it should become a permanent core benefit to all Fellows as part of the Fellowship fee. Details will follow of its re-launch later this year.

Annual subscriptions 2013

Council agreed to the following subscription rates for 2013 at its meeting on 11 April 2012. These will go forward to Fellows to agree at the AGM.

Subscription type 2012 2013
  £  £ 
Junior Candidate Fellow  10.00  10.00 
Candidate Fellow  15.00  15.00 
Candidate Fellow full course fee  40.00  40.00 
27 and under  65.50  68.00 
28-33  120.50  125.50 
34-59  183.50  191.00 
34-59 (Overseas)  141.00  146.50 
60-69  92.50  96.00 
70+  63.50  66.00 
Concessions  92.50  68.00 
Full time postgraduate MSc  37.00  27.50 
Full time postgraduate PhD  51.50  40.00 
Supplement (to payer) for Joint Fellowship  53.50  56.00 
CGeol supplement payers  28.00  29.50 
CSci supplement payers  23.00  24.00