The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 350 - Council elections 2019: Voting is now open!
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Welcome to the fortnightly Geological Society Newsletter.

In this issue:

 See the Calendar for Upcoming Events
Society & Membership Updates
Council Elections 2019 - Voting is Now Open!

Electoral Reform Services (ERS) are administering this year’s Council elections and voting is open for the President-designate and six new members of Council. ERS has run the elections since 2016 and their service has resulted in an increase in the number of Fellows voting whilst ensuring a robust, independent and transparent election process.

All Fellows who are eligible to vote should receive an email from ERS on or around 12 February with voting instructions and a 
personalised security code.

Voting online is quick and easy.  
If you have not received an email from ERS by the end of February, please check your junk, spam or deleted email folders in case the message was overlooked.

Should you prefer to receive a postal ballot pack, have questions or would like assistance voting, please contact Stephanie Jones:

Details of the all the candidates are available on the website -

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Nominate an early-career geologist for the President's Award

Each year the President of the Geological Society has in his, or her, power the ability to award a small number of ‘President’s Awards’ to early career geoscientists who show significant early promise and are judged to have the potential to be future leaders in their field.

While these awards are of modest monetary value, they can be a source of great encouragement to young scientists and make all the difference both in morale and prospects. The awards are open to those across the whole community, both academic and applied.  

Your help is needed with identifying nominees.

To nominate please send a letter to describing why the nominee deserves recognition. A CV would also be helpful. 
Nomination letters should be received by end of February. 

The successful nominees will be invited to President’s Day where all our medals and awards are conferred.


Earth Science Week 
Earth Science Week 2019 will take place in the UK & Ireland on 12-20 October, with a theme of ‘Geoscience is for everyone.’

Find out how to get involved, or see examples of past events, at


The Hazel Prichard Student Bursary

Extended Deadline - 1 March 2019

The Hazel Prichard Bursary provides up to £3000 and is available to support an undergraduate or taught MSc student in undertaking a research project that may or may not form part of their degree course.

Funded by Hazel Prichard's family, the bursary honours the achievements of Professor Hazel Prichard (1954 – 2017) in the mineral sciences and is jointly awarded by the Geological Society and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland.

Find out more about the bursary and how to apply at

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New Honorary Fellow

Dr Yildirim Dilek, University Distinguished Professor at the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, Miami University has recently been awarded the Society title of honorary fellow.

Dr Yildirim is an advocate of interdisciplinary and international science, and a major contributor to the global geoscience community. He is not only a highly productive researcher, but he spends a great deal of time and effort serving as a science ambassador around the globe.
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Find out more about honorary fellows.

Early Career Geologist Award and Launch of the Early Career Network

The Early Career Geologist Award will be taking place at the Geological Society on 22 February.

The award recognises the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers and asks the eight finalists to present a talk on a piece of their geological work in front of a panel of judges from industry and academia. The award will conclude with a guest lecture from Dr Bethan Davies, University  of Nottingham on Antarctic glaciers.
Following the Award, the Early Career Network will hold a drinks reception and information evening for early career geoscientists. All are welcome to attend!

If you would like to attend either the Early Career Geologist Award or the Early Career Network Launch please contact the Education Team.

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Publishing Updates
Online Bookshop Sale Extended until midnight 19 February

We are sorry to hear that over the last few days some users have experienced delays on the website when checking out. As a result, we have extended the bookshop sale until midnight 19 February. We hope this will allow you extra time to browse and make a purchase.

If you experience any issues when checking out or to place an order, please call us on +44 (0)1225 445 046 (Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm GMT).

Library Updates
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 February’s section.

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.

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Library Resources for the Year of Carbon

As part of the 2019 Year of Carbon the Library has created a new reading list of titles covering the geoscience of carbon.  All of these titles are available to borrow (in person or by post) by Fellows and Corporate Affiliate members. 

Fellows can also access 100+ electronic journals and ebooks using Athens access. Not yet signed up for an Athens account?  Complete and email us the registration form.

And if you are attending any of the Year of Carbon themed conferences, do pop upstairs to the Library for a browse - all conference delegates are welcome!
Upcoming Society Conferences
Janet Watson Meeting 2019 - Deep Carbon

Date: 26 - 28 February 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

This three-day meeting, linked to the Year of Carbon, will bring together early career geoscientists and senior members of the Deep Carbon research community to discuss the latest advances in our understanding of the behaviour of carbon, the exchange of carbon between the near-surface and deep reservoirs, the abiotic development of organic compounds through deep time, and the extreme limits of life on Earth.

There will also be mentoring activities and workshops with senior scientists.

Find out more on Janet Watson event page.

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Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
Contaminated Land Early Careers Evening

Date: 7 March 2019
Venue: Parkside Tavern, Leeds

Registration closes on 28 February 2019 

The Contaminated Land Group (CLG) is holding its first in the 2019 series of Early Careers Evening Networking events.

This event is aimed at contaminated land and geoenvironmental professionals in the earlier stages of their career. More experienced professionals are also welcome, so spread the word and bring along your colleagues and friends. 

Attendance is FREE, but registration is required.
Visit the CLG event page for more information. 

Other News
RESTORE - Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment.

International Summer School
Date: 1-5 July 2019
Venue: University College Dublin

There is an urgent need for a wider discussion on how we will resource present and future generations in a sustainable way. This International Summer School organised by iCRAG, the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience, will address key issues at the nexus of social science and Earth sciences such as how we as individuals value the discovery, extraction, use, and disposal of Earth resources and what are the implications of the uneven geographical distribution of Earth resources on local, regional, and national communities.

Applications are due 1 March, and some support is available to candidates from developing countries.

Visit for more information.


Year of Carbon

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