The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 348 - Take part in the Geoscientist magazine cover competition!
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Welcome to the fortnightly Geological Society Newsletter.

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Geoscientist magazine cover competition!

2019 will be the 100th anniversary of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society and to mark the centenary we’re opening up the cover of our membership magazine, Geoscientist, to your design ideas!

In May we will celebrate the centenary with a special issue, and we’d love the cover to feature an image celebrating women in geology, whether past or present, designed by you.

It’s up to you how you interpret the theme – send us a drawing of your favourite female geologist, a photo of yourself or your colleagues in the lab or in the field, an artwork which you feel represents the importance of diversity in the geosciences – anything you like!

Entry is free and open to all, with a deadline of Sunday 17 March.
History of the first female Fellows

Society & Membership Updates
Login to MyGSL
Login to MyGSL

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we've been working on implementing a new CRM (membership database) and online membership portal. We are now happy to announce that the MyGSL portal is open to all Fellows and you can login at the top of any page on the website -

In MyGSL you can update your details, process your renewal for 2019, complete your CPD, access Geofacets ME or submit an application for Chartership. 

To login you will need the email address associated with your Fellowship account as this is your username. Once you login please check that your personal details are correct and update your mailing preferences. 

If you require assistance please contact

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Goodbye and Farewell

Two long serving staff who will be known to many Fellows have recently decided to move on to pastures new.

Janine (Jan) Benn, who has been with the Society for about 40 years in various roles and latterly in the Fellowship team and Angela Edwards, who has worked with us for 20 years primarily as Burlington House Facilities Manager.

On behalf of the staff and Fellowship, our grateful thanks and very best wishes go to both.

Society Conferences
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Call for Conference Proposals

The Geological Society is inviting proposals for conferences to be held in 2019 and 2020.

Please visit our events page for more information, or contact


Registration Open
Sand and the Sandbank: 
Is sand extraction a sustainable business?

Date: 30 January 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

The meeting aims to explore sand supply and markets; resource management policies and regulation; and the environmental, social and economic risks associated with extraction - all at a range of scales from local to international.

In addressing concerns, the meeting will be focussed on sharing knowledge and science, culminating in the identification of best practices and ways forward.

Register to be part of the discussion

Library Updates
Visit the Geological Society
Library exhibition: Mapping Africa
The Mid-20th Century Rush for Knowledge

The Library’s map exhibition is still on display in the Lower Library at Burlington House, London and follows the story of the Directorate of Colonial Geological Surveys in Africa from its post-World War II foundation to the independence of the African nations.

The DCGS increased our geological knowledge of Africa vastly and published much of what was discovered. The maps and memoirs they produced can now be found in the Map Room of the Geological Society and are available for members to borrow.

View our past online exhibitions


Recent Special Issues
Recent special issues in the Virtual Library

The Recent Special Issues section of the Virtual Library contains details of thematic special issues from e-journals which are available to Fellows. These include both the Library’s ‘Athens’ login journals and ones which are freely available online. 

New special issues on the following topics have been added to January’s section.
Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
Attend the Launch Event
New Group: The Early Career Network

We are pleased to announce the newly-formed Early Career Network of the Society. The Network’s key aim is to provide support and guidance for professional development across all sectors of geoscience, recognising the varied needs of those in different sectors and career stages. Although aimed principally at those who completed their degree within the last 10 years, the network is open to anyone interested in its activities.

For more information about the Network, its planned activities, or to get involved, come along to a launch event and drinks reception at Burlington House following immediately on from the Early Careers Awards at 5pm on Friday 22 February.

If you are interested in attending the launch event or finding out more about the Early Career Network please fill in our registration form.


Other News
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Royal Institution Event: Rising sea level
The crisis on our doorstep

Date: 11 February 2019
Venue: The Royal Institution

In this lecture oceanographer and author John Englander will highlight some surprising scientific aspects of sea level rise, including the latest projections for the coming decades, eventually many meters above present.

Drawing upon his expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica he will explain why sea level rise can no longer be stopped and why it is urgent that we commence intelligent adaptation as a high priority.

Visit the Ri's website for more information.


Year of Carbon

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