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Groups and Networks

Many meetings of our regional and specialist groups have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check individual group pages or our events listings for further information.

If you have events listings on our website that you wish to update in light of this development, please email

Regional Groups

There are 15 Regional Groups in the UK and one in Hong Kong. These groups organise scientific, technical, professional and social events locally. Professional matters are high on the agenda of the groups, which are an essential means of disseminating information and gathering opinion. Representatives meet at least once a year through the Regional Groups Committee, which reports to the Society's Professional Committee. 

All Fellows, Candidate Fellows, Junior Candidate Fellows are allocated to a Regional Group based on their correspondence address provided at the time of application. View the postal district table and individual groups

Specialist Groups and Joint Associations

The Society has 22 Specialist Groups and Joint Associations, catering for most aspects of modern Earth science. Members of the Society are free to join as many of these groups as they wish. Some groups, including all the Joint Associations, are not restricted to Society members.

Representatives of the Specialist Groups are entitled to attend meetings of the Science Committee, which has particular responsibility for their relationship with the Society.


Several specialist commissions report through the Society.


The Environment Network

The Environmental Network was established to promote and develop all aspects of environmental geoscience, putting environmental issues centre-stage within the Society.

The Higher Education Network (HEN)

HEN works to engage with the Higher Education community, bringing together researchers and teachers to develop and discuss best practice in areas of shared interest.

Group pages and events

All groups have their own pages on this site; find a group through the Specialist Groups or Regional Groups pages.

You can find out about events organised by these groups by searching the Event Listings

Details of forthcoming meetings are also listed in the Society's magazine, Geoscientist.

Specialist and Regional Group Field Trips Insurance Information and Safety Procedures

The Society’s insurance covers Specialist and Regional Group field trips in the UK if they are non-hazardous. The public liability insurance covers third party injury or damage to property, for example if a participant on a field trip hurt themselves or broke their camera, but a claimant would have to prove that the Society had been negligent. 

For details please download the PDF below which includes, Risk Assessment Guidance Notes and a Field Excursion Risk Assessment and Safety Plan, for Special Interest & Regional Groups to complete where necessary. Also included are Safety Information for Field Excursion Leaders & Participants.