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The Geological Society's Science Strategy

Read the Society's Strategy and Delivery Plan agreed in April 2014

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Themed years are at the heart of the Society’s science strategy. Throughout 2018 we will explore the sustainable extraction and use of natural resources through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities. 

We're well into the 2018 Year of Resources and here are some of the conference, lectures, resource and activities we've been working on. 

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About the Year of Resources

Geology underpins the provision of most natural resources. Locating and extracting raw materials for industrial and consumer products and processes, and fossil fuels for energy, are also major contributors to the economy. New technologies are increasing demand for critical mineral resources such as Rare Earth Elements. There are competing pressures on mineral, water and energy resources. Reduced or changed patterns of supply and greater awareness of environmental impacts including climate change can lead to debate and even conflicts over allocation, with implications for economies and for society. 

Challenges lead to opportunities and to innovation. The need to reconcile energy security, sustainability and affordability has stimulated interest in unconventional fossil fuels, nuclear power, carbon capture and storage and renewable energy. Understanding hydrogeology and groundwater contamination is essential to planning for our future water needs, including with regard to the energy sector. Research around mineral resources encompasses innovation in exploration, extraction and processing, as we seek improved efficiency and environmentally neutral processes, but is also increasingly framed by academic studies of global geochemical element cycling and behaviour.

The Year of Resources is an opportunity to showcase academic and applied research focusing on geological resources, to include energy, minerals and water. Events throughout the year will involve academia and industry, economists and social scientists, and government bodies charged with securing the UK’s resources base, as well as partner societies and organisations. We welcome proposals for meetings and activities aimed at a range of audiences to address both the promises and the threats posed by our use of Earth’s resources.


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Fellows Event, Manchester

01 May 2018

Venue: Renold Building, The University of Manchester

  • Social Event
  • Evening Meeting

Public Lecture: Could we ever know how dinosaurs thought or behaved?

23 May 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

Eastern Mediterranean – An emerging major petroleum province

29 - 30 May 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
  • Workshop

Advances in Production Geoscience as an enabler for maximising economic recovery and ensuring a future for the UKCS

06 - 07 June 2018, Scotland

Venue: Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

  • Conference
  • Workshop

Public Lecture: Gemstones and Jewellery - Ethical Resources?

27 - 27 June 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture

William Smith 2018: Mineral resources at the frontier

03 July 2018

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Conference

Contaminated Land and Groundwater: Resources, past and future

26 July 2018

Venue: University Place 176 Oxford Road, Manchester

  • Conference

Communicating Geoscience: Building Public Interest and Promoting Inclusive Dialogue

04 September 2018

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
  • Specialist Group

Regional Public Lecture: Can Abandoned Mines Heat our Future?

25 September 2018

Venue: North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

  • Evening Meeting
  • Lecture
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Year of Resources 

A collection of resource-focussed papers with themes of sustainability, opportunity and challenge.

Available in the Lyell Collection.

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