The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 351 - Announcing the winners of the Society awards.
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Society & Membership Updates
Society Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2019 medals and funds, and offer all our heartiest congratulations. 

The Wollaston Medal, our highest award, is this year presented to Professor Edward Stolper, William E. Leonhard Professor of Geology at Caltech. 

Read the Press Release

The awards will be presented at President’s Day on 6 June 2019.

Earth Science Week 2019

Earth Science Week 2019 will take place in the UK & Ireland on 12-20 October, with a theme of ‘Geoscience is for everyone.’ The theme, which this year mirrors that of the American Geoscience Institute, celebrates diversity, equality and inclusion in the geosciences, as well as the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people.

We’d love as many organisations and individuals to get involved – please contact if you have any questions or want to discuss ideas.

Earth Science Week is coordinated by the Geological Society in the UK & Ireland in October each year, in partnership with a wide range of individuals and organisations who organise events ranging from geowalks to craft workshops, lectures, school visits and family activity days.

Find out more about how you can get involved, or see examples of past events, at

Geology and the safe disposal of radioactive waste

In advance of the publication of the Government’s policy paper on ‘Implementing Geological Disposal: Working with Communities’, the Geological Society held a technical meeting at Burlington House in October 2018 entitled ‘Geology and the safe disposal of radioactive waste’.

This meeting featured a series of talks from technical specialists at Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) and the British Geological Survey. Topics covered included the background context of the Government’s policy, the relevance of the geology to safety as well as showcasing a number of communication materials that have been developed to aid the public in understanding the role of geology, the policy process and the disposal facility itself. 

Resources:     Videos from the meeting      Government website 
                      Society resources on radioactive waste disposal

Publishing Updates
Mantle plumes and mantle dynamics in the Wilson cycle

By Philip J. Heron

This review discusses the thermal evolution of the mantle following large-scale tectonic activities such as continental collision and continental rifting. About 300 myr ago, continental material amalgamated through the large-scale subduction of oceanic seafloor, marking the termination of one or more oceanic basins (e.g. Wilson cycles) and the formation of the supercontinent Pangaea. The present day location of the continents is due to the rifting apart of Pangaea, with the dispersal of the supercontinent being characterized by increased volcanic activity linked to the generation of deep mantle plumes.

The discussion presented here investigates theories regarding the thermal evolution of the more in the Lyell Collection

Library Updates
Library Event – Carboniferous Drawing Class

Date: 3 April 2019
Venue: Burlington House Library, London

The Geological Society Library is pleased to announce a special event, “Carbon on Carbon”.

In this geological drawing class you are invited to travel back in time to the Carboniferous Period and learn about life on Earth over 300 million years ago, before drawing the fossilised remnants of marine and plant life using carbon-based materials.

The class will be led by Emma Jude, a Fellow of the Geological Society and industrial geologist, who is also an art teacher and practising fine artist.

To find out more and book tickets visit

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’ journal login .

New special issues on the following topics have been added to March’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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Upcoming Society Conferences
Geological Society Mentoring Workshop

Date: 26 March 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

This is the final call to register - Register by 11 March

The workshop is aimed at Fellows who have mentoring responsibilities with early career geoscientists in their company and who wish to further understand the mentoring process. 

We hope to run the workshop however if fewer than 12 people register by 11 March, the workshop will be cancelled.

Find out more information and register your interest on the Mentoring event page

GSL Career & Industry Day - Last chance to register

Date: 20 March 2019
Venue: The Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London

Register by 8 March 2019 - Don't miss out

The Geological Society Career and Industry Day will include short career and industry presentations covering different areas of geology and academia. 

The event is free and there will be an exhibition consisting of industry and professional bodies, and higher education institutions promoting MSc and PhD programmes. 

A CV and careers workshop will run alongside the talks, and a drinks reception will end of the day.

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Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
North West Regional Group: Careers Afternoon

Date: 20 March 2019
Venue: Schuster Building, University of Manchester

The North West Regional Group is hosting a careers afternoon with talks from a varied range of professionals working in the geosciences and related industries.

  • Learn about different career pathways 
  • Listen to professionals discussing their careers 
  • Network with local professionals

Other News
New to teaching in geography, earth and environmental sciences (GEES): Workshop for postgraduates

Date: Monday 25 March 2019
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London

Register by 8 March 2019

Join Prof Anson Mackay (UCL), Dr Hilary Geoghegan (University of Reading), Dr Lynda Yorke (Bangor University) and Dr Simon Tate (Newcastle University) as they explore issues postgraduates face when teaching in geography, earth and environmental science (GEES).

The workshop offers practical advice and ideas for undergraduate teaching through an exploration of the GEES subject signature pedagogies. 

Find out more and book your place.


Year of Carbon

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