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News from the Society

Earth Science Week 2019

This year's Earth Science Week is taking place on 12-20 October, with the theme 'Geoscience is for everyone'.

There are plenty of events happening across the UK, from lectures and school activities to museum tours and geology fieldtrips. Just take look at our Earth Science Week calendar to find out what’s going on near you (

If you’re one of our Geology STEM Ambassadors, Earth Science Week is a fantastic reason to get involved with a school visit or an outreach event. If you’re a teacher, it’s a great time to get some extra Earth science into your lessons or science clubs! If you do anything for Earth Science Week, please let us know by using the hashtag #EarthSciWeek on Twitter and Instagram (@geolsoc).

I’m an Earth Scientist

To help promote and encourage under-represented groups in Earth Science, we would like Earth Scientists in academia, industry and other related jobs to join in with our 'I'm an Earth Scientist' outreach project.

To participate, all you need to do is submit an image of yourself holding a sign that reads ‘I’m an Earth Scientist’ in your work/study environment—be that in an office, library, quarry, laboratory, classroom, or up a mountain! We will collate these images into a video that aims to show the diversity of Earth Scientists working today across the world, with a focus on promoting underrepresented groups.

To join in with ‘I’m an Earth Scientist’ and for more information visit Please submit your images along with the image submission form to the Education Team ( by midnight on 25 November.

The South West Regional Group

Your regional group needs you! Sarah Boulton provides details.

The South West Regional Group is incredibly active, organising about eight talks, one fieldtrip and a one-day conference each year, in addition to taking part in the Schools and Early Careers competitions.

To continue, we need new general committee members to help organise events and keep the regional group relevant. In addition, we are looking for a new Treasurer (to start as soon as possible) and a new Chair to take over at the AGM in November, when the current Chair finishes her term. Please send expressions of interest to

Public Lecture: Joint 'Year of Carbon' and 'International Year of the Periodic Table' lecture with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Location: Burlington House, London

Speaker: Ros Rickaby, University of Oxford

Date: 16 October


  • Afternoon talk (at the Geological Society): 14.30 Tea & Coffee; 15.00 Lecture begins; 16.00 Event ends.
  • Evening talk (at the Royal Society of Chemistry): Details and tickets available via the Royal Society of Chemistry

Further information

Please visit Tickets are now available on and will work on a first come first serve basis. The lectures will be available to watch livestreamed. To watch, please check the lecture webpage for the link.

Regional Public Lecture: Quicquid sub terra est—Whatever is under the Earth

Location: Birmingham University

Speaker: Nick Rogers, President of the Geological Society

Date: 7 October

Time: 17.00

Further information

Please visit Tickets are now available on and will work on a first come first serve basis.

Contact: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG T: +44 (0) 20 7434 9944 E:

Society Discussion Group Programme: 2019

Meetings of the Geological Society Discussion Group are 18.30 for 19.00, when dinner is served. Attendance is open to all members of the Society. For up to date information concerning topics for discussion and speakers, please go to W:

  • 23 October - Bumpkins Restaurant, South Kensington
  • 4 December - The Athenaeum, Pall Mall

Please contact the Conference Team for more information and to make a reservation. E: