The Geological Society Newsletter - Issue 362
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Free to attend lecture in Newcastle, UK
Diamond windows into the deep Earth


The Society is pleased to present the first of our regional public lectures this year, taking place in Newcastle on Wednesday 14 August at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. The talk will be delivered by Dr Kate Kiseeva of University College Cork and the University of Oxford on ‘Diamond windows into the deep Earth’ where she will be talking about how diamonds form and what they tell us about the deep mantle.

Read Dr Kate Kiseeva’s recent blogpost
Tea and Coffee from 6pm, lecture begins at 6:30pm
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Earth Science Week grants - deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for grants to run Earth Science Week events is midnight on Monday 19 August. Grants of up to £150 are available to individuals or institutions to help with the running of outreach events – all you need to do is register your event online, and complete an additional grant application form.
If you’re thinking about running an event for Earth Science Week, there’s still lots of time to get involved! Previous events have included geology walks, open days, talks, craft workshops and pub quizzes – you can find out more online, or get in touch by email if you’d like to discuss ideas.
 
Publishing Updates
 
NEW! Multiple Roles of Clays in Radioactive Waste Confinement

Edited by S. Norris, E.A.C Neeft, M. Van Geet

This Special Publication highlights the importance of clays and clayey material, and their multiple roles, in many national geological disposal facilities for higher activity radioactive wastes. Clays can be both the disposal facility host rock and part of its intrinsic engineered barriers, and may be present in the surrounding geological environment. Clays possess various characteristics that make them high-quality barriers to the migration of radionuclides and chemical contaminants, e.g. very little water movement, diffusive transport, retention capacity, self-sealing capacity, stability over millions of years, homogeneity and lateral continuity...read more
 
Upcoming Conferences and Events
 
Debris-covered glaciers: from remote sensing and field-based tools to local communities
2-4 September 2019
Changes to the state of debris-covered glaciers pose a hazard to nearby communities, with rapidly-growing, moraine-dammed lakes a particular threat. This workshop will allow scientists and practitioners to explore the current state of the science on debris-covered...read more
Responsible Investment in Natural Resources 
7-8 October 2019
What is responsible investing, how should we measure it and how can we shape its future? These are some of the questions that investors, operators, policy makers and NGOs will challenge and answer during this two-day conference. Responsible investment is currently driven primarily by the volume of carbon an organisation releases to the environment...read more

Petroleum Group Event Salt Tectonics: Understanding Rocks that Flow
29-31 October 2019
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...read more

7th London Geothermal Symposium
5 November 2019
The UK’s geothermal resources could supply enough low carbon heat for a century. Concerns over increasing global temperatures have led several Local Authorities to declare a climate emergency. This presents an opportunity to progress geothermal projects across the UK. The UK has made significant progress in decarbonising its electricity supplies over the past...read more
 
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Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities at GSL Career and Industry Days 

We have opportunities for companies, organisations and universities to sponsor or exhibit at our careers events for 2019/20. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your organisation and industry to Earth science students in the UK and to speak to approximately 850 students at the events on the day.
Wednesday 6 November 2019 British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, UK
Wednesday 4 December 2019 Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
19 February 2020 The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, UK
 
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Early Career Network ‘Introduction to Micromine’ Course

Date 3-4 October 2019
Venue Geological Society, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD, UK
Requirements Must be a Fellow (with less than 10 years work experience) or Candidate Fellow of the Geological Society. No previous training in Micromine is required.

The Geological Society's Early Career Network and the Mineral Deposits Studies Group are offering a CPD-accredited ‘Introduction to Micromine’ software training course.

The course will teach the basics and provide an overview of key features, including data entry / importing, visual integration of different 2D and 3D data using the Vizex interface, generating drillhole sections and producing printed output. It is the same CPD-accredited training offered quarterly by Micromine but at a discounted rate of only £25 per person (RRP £110).

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here
 
Other News
 
Coming to a town near you
Regional Lecture Series

These lectures are free to attend and are hosted at venues around the UK. In 2019 the Lectures will visit Newcastle, Plymouth, Cardiff, and Birmingham.

To find out more click here
 
 
Save Charles Lyell's notebooks - update

You may recently have received a mailing from us regarding the University of Edinburgh’s campaign to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks, which are due to be sold to an unknown buyer overseas. The University of Edinburgh is raising funds to purchase and conserve them, and make them available on-line for free to the public.With over 800 generous pledges and the University’s contribution they have now raised over £610,000.
A temporary export ban, imposed by the UK government, has been extended to a final 15 October deadline. Additionally, it has been confirmed with HMRC (the UK tax authority) and other parties that a Private Treaty Sale for the notebook collection has been agreed. By arranging for the tax to be removed from the sale the purchase price has been reduced from £1,444,000 to £966,000.

The revised deadline and target make ultimate success a very real possibility.
For more information and to pledge your support please visit the website
 
Support for young scientists to attend the 36th International Geological Congress Delhi, India, 2-8 March 2020

Call for Applications
Deadline 15 October 2019
Hutchison Young Scientists Foundation

Through the vision and inspiration of William W. Hutchison, IUGS Secretary General (1976-1980) and IUGS President (1984-1987), the Hutchison Young Scientists Foundation was established by the International Union of Geological Scientists to promote the professional growth of deserving, meritorious young scientists from around the world by supporting their participation in important IUGS-sponsored conferences, particularly the International Geological Congress. With funds from the Hutchison Foundation, the IUGS intends to support the participation of as many as 15 young scientists at the 36th IGC.  This is a call for applications.
  • Those eligible for support are early career geoscientists, not ‘students’, that is persons typically under 35 years of age;
  • Those in academia, industry and government are eligible to apply;
  • Applications must be supported by a personal statement (motivation letter, if you will) setting out why they are applying, describing what the do professionally, and how they see attendance at the 36th IGC benefitting them in advancing their career
  • Applicants must have submitted an abstract to the Congress and include a copy of it with their application.  The deadline for submission of abstracts to the 36th IGC is 15 October 2019.
  • Applicants must include their CV

Submit applications to IUGS Secretary General Stanley Finney at Stan.Finney@csulb.edu by 15 October 2019
Decisions to be made and recipients notified by 31 October 2019
 
 

 
 
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