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Find out more about 'themed years' in the Geological Society's Science Strategy (April 2014)

2017: Year of Risk

Year of Risk

After two successful themed years, plans are underway for 2017 – the Year of Risk!

Themed years are at the heart of the Society’s science strategy, and throughout 2017 we will explore the concept of risk in the context of the geosciences, through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities.

As Earth’s population grows, the risks associated with a range of geohazards have intensified dramatically, particularly in the developing world. An increasing number of people are living in major earthquake zones and on the flanks of explosive volcanoes. Groundwater aquifers all over the world have been depleted or contaminated, endangering water supplies. The environmental risks associated with extracting resources and fossil fuels must be weighed against the needs of growing economies. These issues fall within the remit of the geoscientist, and are likely to affect future generations to an even greater degree than ours; do we have the tools and mechanisms to tackle them?

The geoscience community faces a challenge; how do we engage policy makers and translate our understanding of science and hazards into risk assessment that can be understood by a range of stakeholders? As well as exploring the nature and causes of geohazards, the Year of Risk will provide an opportunity to share and debate emerging research into the science of risk, the public perception of risk and risk management. Events throughout the year will involve scientists, policy-makers, social scientists, economists, insurers, the media and modellers.

The Science Committee is now inviting proposals for Geological Society conferences to take place during the Year of Risk.

Get involved!

To suggest a meeting topic or activity contact Georgina Worrall.


As events are received they will display below. 

Your search for events returned the following 13 results.

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London Lecture: Sinkholes – collapsing houses, Alice in Wonderland and witches

28 June 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Managing Risks across the Mining and Oil and Gas Lifecycle

10 - 12 July 2017

Venue: Imperial College London

  • Workshop
  • Conference

Sharing an Uncertain World: Lessons in Managing Risk

13 - 14 July 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty

07 - 08 September 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

The evolution of flooding and flood risk: past, present and future

14 - 15 September 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

Fermor Meeting 2017: Factory Earth

25 - 27 September 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference

William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50

03 - 05 October 2017

Venue: Piccadilly, London

  • Conference

London Lecture: Fault growth and interactions - implications for earthquake hazard and risk assessment

18 October 2017

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

  • Lecture

Ground Related Risk to Transportation Infrastructure

26 - 27 October 2017

Venue: Burlington House, Piccadilly

  • Conference
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Year of Risk Collection 

Included are a selection of popular papers covering a diverse range of topics related to geohazard risk. 

Free to read in the Lyell Collection until 31 December 2017

Get Involved!

We welcome suggestions for more events and activities.

To find out more please email:

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