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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...

The other Olympics


The International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) is an annual Earth Science Competition for secondary school students worldwide. Dwain Eldred reports

Geoscientist 22.04 May 2012

The International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) aims to encourage international interaction and cooperation among students from all over the world and so promote public awareness of the importance of Earth Science Education. The 5th International Earth Science Olympiad 2011 took place in Italy in September last year, with the theme: ‘Earth Science Renaissance: science, environment and art’. The theme was held to reflect the host country’s artistic heritage and show the link between Earth science, art and cultural heritage.
  • All Photographs: © Deborah lo Castro
This was the first Olympiad to be held outside Asia, where the concept was born in 2007, as part of the International Year of Planet Earth. It was also the first where all continents were represented by team or observers. The number of countries represented almost doubled over 2010, though as in all previous years the UK was not represented.

In all, 217 participants and observers took part, from 34 countries - 26 of which put up student teams. Of the 115 students involved, 38% were female, and the average age between 16 and 17. The competition consisted of a written examination and a practical. The written test aimed to examine participating students’ understanding of theory, while the practical included experiments and field tasks designed to evaluate the students’ problem-solving abilities.

logo In 2011 the practicals included exercises involving the operation of equipment, data analysis, and field surveys from astronomy in the civic planetarium of Modena, to atmosphere and geosphere tests in Modena city centre, as well as a hydrosphere test on the Venice lagoon.

In addition to contest activities, related activities such as International Team Field Investigation (ITFI) were organised in the Valle d’Aosta. To promote cooperation between team members from different cultural backgrounds, ITFI activity regrouped participating students into mixed nationality teams both during the field investigations and in presentations the following day before judges and other participants.

Finally, six outstanding student teams were awarded certificates for “Best Cooperation”, “Best Creativity” and “Best Presentation”.