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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...

November 2014


Puddle thinking

Ted Nield delivers the 'parable of the puddle'.



Publish or die

Is scientific publishing 'as we know it' really the best system we could devise?



Lucky Planet

Dave Waltham ponders the peculiarity of Earth and the phenomenon of 'anthropic selection'.


ESEU 15 years on

Chris King, Professor of Earth Science Education and Director of the Earth Science Education Unit at Keele, looks back over 15 years, and to the future for Earth science teaching in the UK.


Books & Arts


Five new book reviews, by Daniel LeHeron, Ted Nield, Joel Gill and Brent Wilson


Online Special

Regional photo competition winners

West Midlands and Southern Wales Regional Groups and the Black County Geological Society launched a joint Photo Competition in January.  John Welch and Gareth Farr reveal the results.


Society News

Council Co options

Graham Goffey and Tricia Henton have been co-opted onto Council


Chartership News

The latest developments in professionalism and Chartership, by Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth


Lyell Meeting proposals call

The call has gone out for Lyell Meeting proposals


Open House

'Open House 2014' breaks all records at Burlington House


Research funds

Applications are invited for Society grants and funds


Policy Update

Joel Gill (Director, GfGD) on a recent Burlington House Meeting of Geology for Global Development.


What to buy a geoscientist for Christmas

Ever thought what the geoscientist in your life wants for Christmas?  Look no further.


San Francisco Signing

The Society has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment



War graves 'Design by Committee' got it right!

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan commemorates the stone that marks remembrance



Frederic Gladstone Bell 1937-2014

Distinguished Engineering Geologist and prolific author of academic papers and textbooks


John Bernard Edgar Williams 1930-2014

British geologist honoured for his contribution to Jamaica’s economic geology