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The Society offers many ways in which Fellows can get involved with what we do. Find out how you can take part.

Scientific theme leader(s)

Energy and materials transition

The Earth sciences play a pivotal role in enabling progress towards low-carbon economies.  Whether through the responsible sourcing of critical minerals for energy storage and transmission, of metals and materials for batteries and renewable energy technology, storing carbon or nuclear waste in the subsurface, or exploiting geothermal resources, the Earth sciences are critically important. The Geological Society is therefore launching a multi-year thematic science programme around the Energy and Materials Transition, and is seeking to appoint a theme leader (or leaders).

It is expected that this voluntary role (or roles) will shape the development of a programme of activities within and beyond the Society. The theme leader(s), supported by Society staff and the Science Committee, will have free rein to determine how the theme develops, engaging Fellows, the wider geoscience community, key external stakeholders and students alike. The theme leader(s) will work with the Society’s Specialist Groups, external partners, and committees. They will bring expertise and leadership to identify and facilitate opportunities for science initiatives, conferences, events and other activities, contributing to the scientific coordination of major conferences and virtual events.

The role will report to the Chair of the Science Committee for strategic guidance, and to the Society’s Director of Science and Communications to ensure alignment with other Society initiatives. It is expected that the role will require 1-2 days per month. The theme is expected to last three to five years, and applicants will need to make a minimum commitment of 18 months.

Applicants will have knowledge of at least one of the following disciplines: critical minerals (Cu, Co, Li, Mn, Zn, REE); geological solutions for energy decarbonisation; current energy resources; resource management and risk; and/or the environmental, social and governance aspects of resource recovery.

This is an exciting opportunity to influence and inspire the Society’s science programme. The successful applicant(s) can expect to receive appropriate levels of support from Society staff, discounted membership and event registration fees, mentoring and development opportunities. Reasonable expenses will be met. Applications from early career scientists are welcome. The Society is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and is an equal opportunity employer. We expect this role to be predominantly remote, and therefore invite applications from any location.

To express your interest please send a CV and covering letter explaining your interest in the role by Friday October 2nd 2020 to Alicia Newton, from whom further information is available.

Policy responses

As the national forum for the debate and development of cutting edge Earth science, the Geological Society has a special responsibility to communicate this science and its importance to society, to government, the media, other scientific communities and the general public.

We do this through responding to inquiries and consultations from government, parliament and third sector bodies as well as producing policy statements and briefings on important themes such as shale gas, climate change and rare Earth minerals.

None of this is possible without the engagement of our Fellows and the wider Earth science community – to get involved, contact

See previous responses made in our policy responses section.

Join a committee

Fellows of the Society are welcome to volunteer to join one of the Society's reporting committees. Find out more about the committees and read recent minutes on the committee pages.

To express and interest in joining a committee, please contact

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Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is held annually in October with a set theme. The outreach team are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to run events and activities during the week.

You can download an information pack and find out more on the Earth Science Week pages or contact

Sponsor a book or a fish

The Sponsor a Book scheme has been running since 2008 raising over £8,000 and has helped the restoration, repair and conservation of 27 volumes from the collection.

The Sponsor a Fish scheme was launched in August 2011 to conserve and digitise the fossil fish portfolio of Louis Agassiz (1807-1873).

Each scheme is ongoing and more information is available on the webpages and directly from the Library.

Write a blog article


The Geological Society blog covers stories on a vast range of topics, from new research and findings to geological baking! 

We are always looking for volunteers to write content for the blog – if you are interesting in writing a post about anything geological, please contact Alicia Newton via

Become a Chartership Mentor

Mentors play a vital role in supporting Fellows whilst they are preparing for Chartership.

The Geological Society's mentoring scheme offers guidance on the mentoring relationship. A mentor is a person who assists another to grow, acquire new skills and insights, and develop his or her potential.

Find out more about becoming a mentor in the Chartership section.

Participate in a Specialist or Regional Group

Take an active role in your region or in your geological specialism by joining one of the Society’s Regional and Specialist Groups. With over 30 groups in total, there's something for everyone.

Find contacts for each Specialist or Regional Group in the Groups section.

Write a book review

Geoscientist magazine features reviews of current and upcoming publications, all of which are written by Fellows. If you would like to review a title, you can find the list of current available publications in our book review section.

For more information, contact

Join the Geological Society STEM School Ambassadors Scheme


We think it is essential for younger generations to gain a broad understanding of geoscience, as it underpins so many of society’s most challenging issues.

Ambassadors give geoscience talks, careers information and other support in schools. Becoming an ambassador could benefit your professional development; free training and resources are provided.

If you are interested in signing up to become a Geological Society STEM Ambassador or just wish to find out more about the scheme visit our webpages or email