The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 352 - The ballot closes on 31 March in the GSL Council elections
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In this issue:

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Society & Membership Updates
Council elections 2019 - ballot closes on 31 March

There are only a few days left to vote in the 2019 Council elections and Electoral Reform Services have received just over 1600 votes from our 12,000 Fellows. 

Thank you to all who have voted - Council is an essential element in the operation and health of the Society and holds a critical role providing strategy, oversight and decision-making. A council with breadth and a strong mandate is essential and this mandate comes from the Fellowship. 

ERS are sending a reminder email to all those who have yet to vote. Please support your Society; your vote is important and only takes about 10 mins. 

If you have yet to vote and don't get a reminder check you spam or junk mail. Any difficulties please contact

Richard Hughes, Executive Secretary

The 2019 Bryan Lovell Meeting
The role of geoscience in decarbonisation

At this year’s Bryan Lovell Meeting, delegates gathered from across the geoscience community and beyond to discuss the opportunities for decarbonisation offered by geoscience and the subsurface and how this could contribute to meeting the UK’s legally-binding climate change targets.

A meeting report summarising the main contributions of geoscience and the subsurface to the decarbonisation of the transport, industry and heat sectors has been published on our website along with a selection of video recordings from the meeting. The main policy, regulatory, technical and communication barriers to progress in this area are covered.

Read our blog about the meeting - Geology vs Climate change'.

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Society apology for website difficulties

We are aware that website users have experienced difficulties while registering for a conference, purchasing books, or renewing their membership and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.

The problem with book purchases and conference registrations has now been resolved and these services are once again available online. 

We do still have intermittent issues with some membership services in the MyGSL portal but continue working to resolve these. If you require help please visit our FAQ page or e-mail

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve the outstanding issues.  

Publishing Updates
Celebrating 25 Years of Petroleum Geoscience

2019 is an important milestone for applied geoscience – as Petroleum Geoscience starts its 25th year of publishing leading research papers on exploration and development of sub-surface hydrocarbon resources and related themes in applied geoscience. The first issue of the Journal was published in January 1995, and it has been all uphill since then – by that I mean progress in climbing the hills of earth science.

What has changed in 25 years? The topics and themes addressed have been recognisable and fairly constant over that period (seismic imaging, stratigraphy, tectonics, basin analysis, reservoir modelling, etc.), but what has changed most are the advances in the techniques applied. Seismic imaging has moved on in leaps and bounds...

Read more in the Lyell Collection

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Annual Publications Reception and Awards

Editors and Editorial Board members across our journals and books gathered for publication meetings, the inaugural Editors’ Community Forum and the Annual publications reception at Burlington House on 11 March 2019.

Popular topics in the forum included an insight into the Society’s copy-editing process and the importance of diversity in Society publishing activities for the good of science.

During the reception, the Early Career Researcher Awards were presented to William J. McMahon (JGS Early Career Award 2018) and Niladri Bhattacharjee (QJEGH William Dearman Early Career Award 2018).

See the titles of the winning papers and links to the Lyell Collection.

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 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 Conferences
Hydrocarbons in Space and Time - Registration Open
Date: 9 - 10 April 2019

This 2-day conference will seek to  consider how our knowledge of the distribution of hydrocarbons in time and space has changed.

Capturing geoscience in geomodels - Call for abstracts
Date: 26 - 27 June 2019

This two-day conference will explore how Geoscience information should be used to best effect when constructing 3D static and dynamic reservoir models, and how to identify when Geoscience data may no longer add value. Submit abstracts by 29 March 2019.

Public Lecture: Diamond windows into the deep earth

Date: 27 March 2019
Venue: Burlington House

Free to attend - Registration required

In this talk, Kate Kiseeva (University College Cork, Ireland) will give an overview of deep diamonds and their inclusions: how these diamonds form, what minerals they bring, what they tell us about the composition of the deep mantle, and how they relate to the deep carbon cycle.

More information on the event page.

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Other News
AGU Survey: Enabling FAIR Data Stakeholders

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) survey about the increasingly open use of data in science is open for responses.

Deadline: 27 March 2019

The survey should only take 10 -15 minutes and responses are anonymous.

For more information and to participate visit


Year of Carbon

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