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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...

May 2016


Field versus mouse

Ted Nield believes the debate about fieldwork is too easily - and falsely - polarised, and that this issue is proof.



Need - or enjoyment?

Is field work actually essential to making good geologists?  Or do we pretend it is because we enjoy it?  Martin Carruthers reflects on access for all.


Society News

Presidents Day 2016

News of President's Day, Elections, President's Awards, and subscriptions for the coming year.



Predicting the subsurface

Mark Woods* and colleagues from British Geological Survey ask: How can we confidently predict the nature of the ground beneath us?



Ana Maria Alonso-Zarza and friends describe Spain’s hugely successful field-based outreach programme ‘Geology day’


Online Special

William Smith - 200 years of geomodelling celebrated at IAMG

200 years of Geomodelling: The International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) commemorates William Smith and 200 years of geomodelling with the Geological Society London


Books & Arts


Four new books reviewed by Nathan Allen, Colin Summerhayes, Mark Griffin and Ted Nield



Distant Thunder - Modest proposals

As geologist and science writer Nina Morgan can testify, scientific modesty can cloud conclusions


Publications night 2016

The Publishing House played host to Editors of Society publications at Burlington House on 29 February, writes Dawne Riddle



Albert Ludford 1913-2016

Committed and an enthusiastic teacher, with a phenomenal memory for palaeontological locations who became a Fellow of the Society in 1945.


Alec Kenyon-Smith 1932-2015

Distinguished sedimentologist, academic leader and founder of the magazine Geology Today.