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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...

PERC up your ideas

PERC update 2012: a number of updates and modifications have been included in a new draft version of the PERC Code and your views are being sought, writes Adler deWind

Geoscientist 22.04 May 2012

A consultation on changes to the PERC Code (proposed to be renamed the ‘PERC Reporting Standard’)
is now open for comment and suggestion. The new draft code and the consultation questions can be downloaded from and

The PERC consultation will close at the end of June, and all submissions should be sent by email in Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX, or PDF attachments by 17:00 British Summer Time on 30 June 2012, to [email protected].

For any enquiries about this consultation, or to let us know of any problems in sending your comments, email the above address, or [email protected].

Fellows of the Society are invited either to respond directly to PERC (stating their affiliation), or to write to the Society with views to be consolidated in a corporate Society response. To contribute to the Society response, email Mohammed Jahangir ([email protected]) by 31 May.

About PERC

The Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee, PERC, is the European equivalent of the Australasian JORC in Australasia, SAMREC in South Africa, and similar reserves reporting standards bodies in the USA, Canada, and Chile, and with them is a constituent member of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO -

Representation on PERC covers major and junior mining sectors, industrial minerals, aggregates, coal, the investment and financial community and the professional accreditation organisations including the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), the European Federation of Geologists, the Geological Society of London, and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.

The PERC reporting standard is recognised by ESMA (the European Securities and Markets Authority), together with other CRIRSCO-aligned standards, for use in reporting mineral reserves, mineral resources, and exploration results on markets within the European Union, and is also accepted for reporting on stock exchanges in Canada. Because of the close similarity of all the CRIRSCO-aligned reporting standards, including the same classification system and the same set of standard definitions, it is also very simple to translate reports from one standard to another.