The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 355 - Celebrating 100 Years of Female Fellows
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100 Years of Female Fellows

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of female Fellowship of the Geological Society. The first eight women to join the Society were elected on 21 May 1919, after a lengthy campaign to be recognised by their peers.

Read more on the blog

Throughout the year we will be highlighting the work of our pioneering early members, as well as celebrating the contributions women have made to the geosciences before and since.

Find out more at
Oral history project

As part of the anniversary, we're working on an oral history project with our History of Geology group to document the memories of female Fellows. If you're a longstanding female member of the Geological Society and are interested in sharing your memories and experiences with us, please get in touch via

We're also keen to hear from women who've joined the Society this year - if you're a new Fellow for 2019 and would like to talk to us about your work in the geosciences, we'd love to hear from you.

Female in the Field: Challenges and Opportunities 

Date: 20 May 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

To celebrate the 100 years of female Fellows, the Geological Society is holding a panel discussion.

The event will ask several women to share their own experiences in the field before starting a discussion of how the geoscience community as a whole can ensure that fieldwork is accessible and rewarding for everyone.

See the panelists and details on how to attend

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

Date: 21 May 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London
Keynote Speaker: Robbie Gries, President - Geological Society of America. 

The History of Geology Group (HOGG) conference celebrates the first female Fellows of the Geological Society and the historical contribution of women to geology.

Registration is open. See details of the speakers and conference topics
Linked with the conference is the book The Role of Women in the History of Geology. With individual profiles on remarkable women, the Editors cover the period from late eighteenth century to present day and brings together research to answer 'Where were the women in Geology?'. 

Available in the GSL bookshop
Geoscientist Cover Competition

As part of our celebration of female Fellows we ran a Cover Competition for our Geoscientist magazine.

Congratulations to the winner - Elizabeth Pickett! 

See Elizabeth's comments and entries from the runners up

Society & Membership Updates
President’s Day and AGM 2019

President’s Day is on Thursday, 6 June.  The day will begin with the Annual General Meeting at 11.00am followed by a buffet lunch with this year’s winners of the Society’s medals and funds.  

The full list of winners is available on our website

The Awards ceremony at 2.00pm will be followed by the four senior medallists giving a short talk on their subject. There will be a drinks reception following the talks.
All Fellows are welcome to attend the afternoon events for which there is no charge. Lunch is by ticket only at £28.00 per head. 
See further information and details of how to register

Publishing Updates
New! Linking natural fractures to karst cave development: a case study combining drone imagery, a natural cave network and numerical modelling

By Quinten Boersma, Rahul Prabhakaran, Francisco Hilario Bezerra and Giovanni Bertotti

In carbonate rocks, channelized fluid flow through fracture conduits can result in the development of large and connected karst networks. These cavity systems have been found in multiple hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs, and are often associated with high-permeability zones, but also pose significant challenges in drilling and reservoir management. Here, we expand on the observed interplay between fractures, fluid flow and large cave systems, using outcrop analysis, drone imagery and fluid-flow modelling… read more in 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 April’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 Event – Carboniferous Drawing Class

The Library is holding a second fossil drawing class on Thursday 9 May, following a very successful event in April. 

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 charcoal.

The class is led by artist and geologist Emma Jude, and takes place in our beautiful Grade II* listed Victorian library.

Find out more and book tickets 

View photographs from the first event on Facebook  

Upcoming Society Conferences
The Lyell Meeting 

Date: 28 June 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

Call for abstracts – Deadline 30 April 2019

For the 2019 Lyell Meeting we will bring together a broad spectrum of scientists that address the big picture of carbon in the Earth system, drawing on expertise in palaeontology, geochemistry, palaeobotany, atmospheric processes, deep-Earth processes, and anthropogenic impacts.

Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
Petroleum Group Events

Registration Open

Petroleum Geology of Mexico and the Northern Caribbean
Date: 14-16 May 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

Capturing Geoscience in Geomodels
Date: 26-27 June 2019
Venue: Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 

Call for Abstracts

Salt Tectonics: Understanding Rocks that Flow
Date: 29-31 October 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London
Deadline: Submit Abstracts by 31 May 2019

Other News
Mary Anning Rocks: the campaign for a statue of the palaeontologist in Lyme Regis

It’s incredible that Mary Anning's name is not more widely known when you consider this remarkable woman's achievements. Even now 172 years after her death, books still fail to list her as one of the greatest Palaeontologist of our time.

Mary Anning Rocks wants to change that by raising a long over due statue to her on the Jurassic Coast where she figuratively and literally carried out her ground breaking work. However, to be able to do that they need your help! 

Become a member of the Anning Army and pledge your support by visiting 

Be part of this historic event and help us put Mary back into the conversation and into our history books where she belongs.


Geodiversity Projects Traineeship

The North Pennines AONB Partnership (the management body for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark) is offering a geodiversity projects traineeship.

They are looking for a committed and enthusiastic Earth Science graduate who wants to develop their potential for a career in the geo-heritage field.

The one-year post is funded by a training bursary.  

More details at

New - EuroGeol App

The new EuroGeol App from the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) offers European Geologist title holders and Licensed Bodies many useful services and provides a public directory of all title holders.

Discover more about the App through their short video:
Access the App at


Year of Carbon

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