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News from the Society


GSL AwardsFellows of the Society are encouraged to submit nominations for the Society’s Awards for 2020.

With the aim of broadening the demographics of those put forward, this year we set ourselves a goal to revamp the awards process. Undertaking a holistic review of the procedures, focusing on the nominations, application, submission, judging and assessment processes and criteria.

We now have one standard nomination form for all of our awards with the exception of the President’s Award, which now has its own form. Our guidance documents have been updated accordingly and help to explain how to go about nominating a person you feel is deserving of a Society Award.

Check out our new awards booklet, which shows all of the changes made and how easy the whole process is by visiting

Full details of how to make nominations can also be found there.

Remember nominations must be received at the Society no later than 27 September 2019.

The Environment Network

ENQuestions of how to protect and preserve the environment while meeting the needs of a growing population have come to the forefront in recent years

The solutions require input from multiple branches of the geosciences, some of which lack a shared space for discussion. The Geological Society’s Environment Network was established in 2011 to provide just that forum. In recent years, it has provided an online platform for information sharing. This year, it is renewing its focus on events and conferences designed to bring together researchers working in all areas of environmental sciences and policy.

The Environment Network’s inaugural discussion and networking event will take place on 22 November, at 14:00 at Burlington House ( This event aims to connect researchers looking at current and emerging environmental issues, with a focus on cross-cutting themes relevant to the Specialist Groups. Anyone interested in challenges such as diminishing resources, production of hazardous wastes, contaminated land, marine and atmospheric pollution as well as climate change and the effects of emerging pollutants is welcome to participate in the discussion, and in the Environment Network.

If you would like to learn more about the network, please see the website or contact the chair, Professor Bryne Tendelo Ngwenya at [email protected]

You can change the world with your Will

Remember a charityThe Geological Society has been at the heart of the geological community since it was established in 1807

Providing support to thousands of geologists and championing geoscience globally, the Society is integral to the development of the geosciences.

If the time is ever right for you to remember a charity in your Will, please consider supporting the Geological Society. As a registered charity (number 210161), every gift makes a huge difference—even 1%, or a modest sum of money will leave a lasting legacy.

September 9-15 is ‘Remember a Charity’ week ( If you would like to find out more about remembering the Society in your Will, please contact our Development Team on +44 (0) 207 434 9944 or email [email protected]

New online access to two e-journals

Library journalsThe Library can now provide Fellows with offsite access to Boreas, from vol. 44 (2015) onwards, and Sedimentology, from vol.62 (2015), onwards

Boreas publishes papers on biological and non-biological aspects of the Quaternary environment, in both glaciated and non-glaciated areas. Subjects include climate, shore displacement, glacial features, landforms, sediments, organisms and their habitat, and stratigraphical and chronological relationships.

Sedimentology is the journal of the International Association of Sedimentologists and publishes papers on sedimentology, sedimentary geology and sedimentary geochemistry.

Ask the Library for an OpenAthens login, if you don’t have one and visit the Virtual Library webpages or the Library catalogue to discover the Library’s collections of e-journals and e-books.