The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 347 - Happy New Year of Carbon
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Happy New Year of Carbon!

It's the start of 2019 and the Year of Carbon. The fifth in our series of Themed Years this year will explore the geoscience of carbon through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities. Our dedicated page will provide information on what's going on throughout the year. 

The Year of Carbon is an opportunity to showcase both academic and applied research focussing on energy, geochemical cycling, climate and materials, among many others. Events throughout the year will involve academe, industry, economists and government bodies, as well as partner geoscience societies and organisations. We welcome proposals for meetings and events aimed at a range of audiences to bring into focus the myriad of ways carbon underpins life on Earth.

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A Centenary Celebration of the First Female Fellows of the Geological Society of London

Date: 21 - 22 May 2019
Venue: The Geological Society


Historical accounts of pioneering women geologists

The conference welcomes proposals for research papers or poster presentations on the historical contribution of women in geology. It is hoped that the presentations will build on and expand the work achieved at an exploratory conference in 2005 “The Role of Women in the History of Geology”. Any aspects on this subject are acceptable and talks should be up to 30 mins.

It is intended to hold a celebration conference dinner and to publish the proceedings.

We welcome abstracts (200 words) until 31 January 2019.

Society & Membership Updates
Read the Briefing Note

Geology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In collaboration with the British Geological Survey and Geology for Global Development, we have launched a briefing note exploring the role of geoscience in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You can find examples of how geoscience is key to delivering many of the SDGs on the Geological Society blog and you can read the full note on the Society website.  


Library Updates
See the Trail Guides
Enjoy a winter walk with a geology trail

The Library has recently added to the catalogue a collection of geological trail guides covering various areas of the UK and Ireland.

Discover the variety of building stones in our towns and cities, the breathtaking geology of the coastline, or quarries and mines from the industrial past. Many of the pamphlets are available online or can be borrowed from the Library.

See the Geology Walks
Find out what else is new in the collection

Contact us to borrow by post -

Publishing Updates
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Tsunami hazard related to a flank collapse of Anak Krakatau Volcano, Sunda Strait, Indonesia (originally published in 2012)

By T. Giachetti, R. Paris, K. Kelfoun and B. Ontowirjo

Numerical modelling of a rapid, partial destabilization of Anak Krakatau Volcano (Indonesia) was performed in order to investigate the tsunami triggered by this event. Anak Krakatau, which is largely built on the steep NE wall of the 1883 Krakatau eruption caldera, is active on its SW side (towards the 1883 caldera), which makes the edifice quite unstable.

A hypothetical 0.280 km3 flank collapse directed southwestwards would trigger an initial wave 43 m in height that would reach the islands of Sertung, Panjang and Rakata in less than 1 min, with amplitudes from 15 to 30 m….read more in the Lyell Collection


Upcoming Society Conferences
Register by 14 January
Higher Education Network Annual Meeting
with Diversity in Geoscience, UK

Last Chance to Register

Date: 15 - 16 January 2019
Venue: School of Earth Environment, University of Leeds 

The University of Leeds is hosting the 2019 HEN Annual Meeting - jointly convened this year with Diversity in Geoscience, UK.

Please book places through the Leeds University conference site.

The theme is Good Practice in Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in GEES Higher Education. This meeting will provide a forum for lively discussion and the sharing of good practice between teachers, students, practitioners, employers and other stakeholders. 

The schedule will include the HEN AGM.


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Register for Bryan Lovell Meeting

The role of geological science in the decarbonisation of power production, heat, transport and industry

Date: 21 - 23 January 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

Decarbonisation is central to Government and international policy and this three day conference will host national experts from industry, academia, and government to look at the geological and reservoir engineering aspects of the problem.

The main objective will be to identify the high level barriers to progress and the main science questions - and begin a roadmap to solve the problems.


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Earth Systems transitions – How resilient is the biosphere?

Date: 17 - 18 January 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

This event will debate a series of major transitions, in light of recent research findings, which may help assess the evolution of biosphere resilience.

More information is available on the event page

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4D Subsurface Modelling: Predicting the Future

Date: 20 - 21 February 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

A workshop for Petroleum, Mining and Civil Engineering

This pioneering event brings together the earth scientists who produce virtual representations of the subsurface, the engineers who build structures in response to them and the managers who make decisions based on them to continue to raise the debate on subsurface depictions and their effectiveness. 

More information is available on the event page

Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
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The Hydrogeology of the Superficial Deposits

Date: 1 - 2 May 2019
Venue: Geological Society, London


The Hydrogeological Group supported by the Contaminated Land Group will be holding a two-day conference in May 2019.  

Abstracts (for either oral presentations and posters) are now sought for sessions by 23 January 2019.

Find out more about the conference and how to submit abstracts

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The West Midlands Regional Groups AGM 

The West Midlands Regional Group (WMRG) held its AGM  on 11 December 2018, where the committee for 2019 was elected and Dan Welch who has served as chairman of the committee for six years stepped down.  

Befittingly Dan received the very first Certificate of Recognition award from the Geological Society, an award he had proposed at a regional group meeting of chairman at Burlington House.

As his last duty as serving Chairman, Dan had the honour of presenting WMRG awards to the 2019 field trip leaders, Julie Schroder, Andrew Harrison and Graham Worton, in recognition for the time and effort taken to plan and lead the widely applauded trips.

More details and pictures from the AGM are available

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ReSToRE - Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment Summer School

Venue: University College Dublin, Ireland
Dates: Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July, 2019
Attendance: 50 postgraduate (PhD, Master’s) students

Organised by Resourcing Future Generations, IUGS, Geological Survey, and ICRAG this Summer School will address key issues at the nexus of social science and Earth sciences - details on

Led by international scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders, participants will prepare discussion papers on emerging themes in this developing area of research. 

Students will be offered the opportunity to present the output of the summer school at the International Geological Congress in March 2020.

More information and how to apply:


Year of Carbon

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