The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 313 - View as webpage
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Earth Science Week photography competition open!

The Society’s annual photography competition is open to entries until 19th September. The theme ‘Our Restless Earth’, celebrates the 50th anniversary of plate tectonic theory, which is being marked at the Society with a major conference on 3-5 October. Photographers are welcome to interpret the theme however they choose – the only rule is, photographs must depict the geology of the UK or Ireland.

Twelve winning images will be selected to feature in our 2018 calendar, as well as being displayed at the Geological Society throughout Earth Science Week. In addition, first, second and third prize winners will receive £100, £50 and £25 respectively. 
The competition is free to enter, and open to all, with no restrictions on the number of images entered. Please send your images electronically to by midnight on 19th September – for full terms and conditions, see
Earth Model Award 2017

The Earth Model Award was established in 2012, in affiliation with the Geological Society of London, to foster the link between industry and academia by rewarding excellence in Master’s level research. 

We are pleased to announce that for the first time, the competition is going global and is open to all international geoscience masters students.

Submission is open for projects relating to global geoscience with implications for natural resource exploration, particularly those related to our next STEPS research theme: Big Data Science in Exploration and Production.

 » Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit their completed Master’s thesis, which will be judged by a panel of industry and academic professionals

 » Winners will be invited to present their research at the Landmark Innovation Forum and Expo (LIFE) event in Houston in August 2018

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*New in the Library* Unearthed: Tellus Surveys in the North of Ireland

The latest addition to the Library’s collection is Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland, edited by Mike Young FGS.

Between 2004 and 2013, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Geological Survey of Ireland and British Geological Survey conducted high-resolution, airborne geophysical and geochemical sampling surveys of Northern Ireland and the six northern counties of the Republic of Ireland.
This book presents some of the findings of the first two stages of Tellus, the largest collaborative cross-borderprogramme of geoscience surveys ever undertaken on the island of Ireland. “…this unprecedented land and air survey of hidden Ireland rewards us with a more complete understanding of the natural history of this region. It tells an epic story of how Ireland’s geological past will sustain its future'. Professor Iain Stewart MBE

If you would like to borrow or reserve this title please email  It can be posted out to you if you’re unable to visit the Library in person.

See what else is new in the Library’s collection
Upcoming Society Conferences
The Evolution of Flooding and Flood Risk: Past,Present and Future

Date: 14-15 September 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

Flooding is the costliest and deadliest type of natural disaster, claiming more lives than all other natural disasters combined. Prediction and mitigation of flood risk is therefore a key goal for governments and agencies across the globe. 
This meeting, which aims to bring together both academic researchers and practitioners, will explore how flood risk is not a static entity but an evolving feature of these systems. It will explore how the paleo-record can be used to better constrain frequency and magnitude of events, placing them in an improved context and will also explore how incorporating morphodynamics and sediment flux predictions are helping improve the prediction of flooding and flood risk into the future. 

Building Resilience to Geohazards in the Face of Uncertainty 

Abstracts deadline: 31 May 2017

Date: 07- 08 September 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

The impact of natural hazards on society continues to grow. Tackling this challenge needs physical and social scientists working together with stakeholders and communities at risk. It needs new ways of working, often in complex settings and difficult environments, to achieve positive and sustainable change.
This meeting aims to capture the growing activity in this area and provide a platform for the discussion of new results from major multi-disciplinary programmes involving researchers who are taking up the challenge to understand geohazards, manage risk and increase resilience. It will bring together the physical and social scientists and other experts to address the role that geoscience and geoscientists can play in building resilient communities and informed policymaking, into the future.

Fermor Meeting 2017: Factory Earth

Date: 25-27 September 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

This meeting will look at the role that volcanic and magmatic processes play in the role of ore deposits formation. It will address the fundamental controls on metal transport and deposition in magmatic systems and address questions such as: What role do sulfide melts play in metal transport? What are the key components of fertile magmas and how can they be identified? What role do volatiles and semi-metals play in transporting and depositing metals? How are ore metals concentrated during magmatic differentiation and transferred to the hydrothermal environment?

William Smith Meeting 2017: Plate Tectonics at 50 

Date: 3-5 October 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

On the 50th anniversary of the advent of the paradigm of plate tectonics, this three day meeting is convened to examine the state of the art and scope out new directions. The William Smith lecture will be delivered by Dan McKenzie, University of Cambridge. The meeting will be live streamed.


Janet Watson Meeting 2017: The Future of Contaminated Land Risk Assessment; stakeholder perspectives

Date: 6-7 November 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

With 2017 being the ‘Year of Risk’ the Contaminated Land Group are proud to be hosting this year’s Janet Watson meeting. The conference will be exploring emerging science, technologies and guidance in the contaminated land industry, told from the viewpoint of all the key stakeholders: the site owner, consultant, contractor and regulator. Keynote talks will be provided by accomplished industry leaders and the conference will provide a platform for scientific developments and innovative projects to be presented by the students, academics and early-career professionals working on them.


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Janet Watson Meeting 2018: A Data Explosion: The Impact of Big Data in Geoscience

Date: 27 February - 1 March 2018
Venue: Burlington House, London

Abstract deadline: 31 October 2017

This three day meeting will bring together early career geoscientists with leading industry and academic experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of Big Data and showcase advances in data collection and interpretation technology. It will present an opportunity to learn and collaborate between Geoscience and Computer Science on the subject of Big Data. Call for abstracts open.


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Bryan Lovell Meeting 2017: Mining for the Future

Abstracts deadline: 18 September 2017

Date: 23-24 November 2017
Venue: Burlington House, London

The mineral resource needs of the future will be different to those of the past and present.  Our growing global population rightly expects greater prosperity and more equitable access to resources, and is becoming more industrialised and urbanised.  We are only beginning to understand the challenge of meeting these needs in a way which is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.  Meeting this challenge will depend on cutting-edge research across the geosciences and in other disciplines, including engineering, economics and social sciences – and will require engagement with industry, the financial community, policy-makers and the wider public.

Introducing our Year of Resources running throughout 2018, this meeting will bring together a wide community of geoscientists and others to explore how we can address this challenge, and start to develop a roadmap for this multidisciplinary effort.  It is held in conjunction with the IUGS Resourcing Future Generations initiative, and will inform the major IUGS conference on this topic to be held in Vancouver in June 2018. 



Lyell Meeting 2018: Mass extinctions – understanding the world’s worst crises

Date: 7 March 2018
Venue: Burlington House, London

Abstract deadline: 1 December 2017

The study of mass extinctions is one of the most interdisciplinary research areas within Earth and environmental sciences. Recent, major advances have come from a broad spectrum of fields, including atmospheric modelling, high-precision age dating, volcanology, geochemistry, stratigraphy and palaeontology. The 2018 Lyell Meeting aims to highlight these achievements and showcases the improved understanding we now have of the great environmental catastrophes of the past. The Meeting aims to encompass the full spectrum of crises seen in the Phanerozoic fossil record.


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Careers Day

Geological Society Nottingham Career and Industry Day 2017
Date: 8 November 2017
Venue: BGS, Keyworth, Nottingham

Geological Society Edinburgh Career and Industry Day 2017
Date: 22 November 2017
Venue: Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available. Please see the websites for further details.

The Geological Society Career and Industry Days are an essential meeting place for geoscience students and the geoscience industry. There will be short career and industry presentations covering different areas of geology and academia, including a CV and careers workshop. There will also be an exhibition with industry, professional bodies and universities.


Specialist and Regional Group Events

South Wales Regional Group: Risk and Uncertainty in Exploration for Oil and Gas
Date: 05 September 2017
Venue: School of Earth Sciences, Cardiff University

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