The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 357 - Submit a nomination for the 2020 Awards 
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Submit a Nomination for 2020 Awards

Fellows of the Society are invited to submit nominations for the Society’s Awards for 2020 to the Society’s Awards Committee. 

Deadline: noon on Friday, 27 September 2019

Nominations should ideally be endorsed by several supporters to demonstrate wide support in the community. Specialist and Regional Group Committees can also make nominations. 

How to Nominate

Submit nominations by email to or by post to The Awards Secretary, Geological Society, Burlington House, London W1J 0BG

More information and details of each award are in the Awards section
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

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 May’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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New Library exhibition – The First Women

This year marks the 100th year since the election of the first female Fellows of the Geological Society on 21 May 1919.

To celebrate, a new exhibition – The First Women – is now on display at Burlington House. The exhibition highlights just a few of the firsts achieved by women in both the science and the Geological Society: the first paper published by a woman, the first female Fellow, the first detailed geological map of Singapore, and the Society's first female President.

The exhibition can be viewed in the Lower Library and Lyell Room at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BG until the autumn.

Pictured: Mary Harris views material relating to her mother Elizabeth Alexander, who produced the first detailed geological map of Singapore
Upcoming Society Conferences
Lyell Meeting 2019: Carbon: Geochemical and palaeobiological perspectives 

Date: 28 June 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

Registration Open

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.

Debris Covered Glaciers: from remote sensing and field based tools to local communities 

Date: 2-4 September 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London

Registration Open

The goal of this meeting is  to bring together scientists and practitioners to discuss current research on debris-covered glaciers in high mountain environments (e.g. high Asia, Andes) and specifically to address concerns about climate change and glacier-related hazards
Regional and Specialist Group News & Events
Petroleum Group Events

Salt Tectonics: Understanding Rocks that Flow

Date: 29-31 October 2019
Venue: Burlington House, London


The complex behavioural and rheological characteristics of salt can strongly influence the structural and stratigraphic evolution of a basin.  

With many of the largest hydrocarbon provinces existing within salt-related basins understanding of the processes involved in salt tectonics has important scientific and economic implications for geological research and hydrocarbon exploration.

Capturing Geoscience in Geomodels

Date: 26-27 June
Venue: Burlington House, London

Registration Open

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Over recent years the construction of 3D static and dynamic reservoir models has become increasingly complex. With the availability of extensive tools and technology it is important not to forget the objective of the modelling process.


Be part of the Committee - The Earth System Science Group

The Earth System's Science Group (ESSG) is seeking members to join the committee. 

This specialist group of the Society, open to all fellows,  focuses on understanding the Earth as a whole system, comprising life, its ambient environment and their co-evolution through geological time till the present day.

For more information contact the Chair  
Graham Shields -

Other News
Australian Mining Leaders Forum 2019

Date: 19 June 2018
Venue: Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, London

AusIMM is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural Australian Mining Leaders Forum in London.

The one-day event will bring together global mining leaders and investors to discuss opportunities, trends and latest learnings within the Australian resources sector.

The Forum will be held in London on the eve of the annual Melbourne Mining Club dinner.


Year of Carbon

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