See the latest updates about our events, Earth Science Week, library, awards and more in Issue 364 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 364
Monday 9 September 2019
Welcome to Issue 364 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Earth Science Week - enter our 2019 photo competition
  • Events - join us at one of our Regional Public Lectures and find out about forthcoming conferences
  • Library - see recent additions to our collection of Open Access e-books
  • Lyell Collection - read the new Petroleum Geoscience article about geoscience and decarbonization
  • Awards - nominate a geoscientist for our 2020 Society awards
  • Giving - find out more about Remember a Charity in Your Will Week
  • Jobs - come to work with us at the Geological Society as our new Head of Communications
  • Our partners - discover our newest Corporate Patrons
  • Opportunities - explore Edinburgh with a poetry residency at Heriot-Watt University
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK / Photo competition 2019
Bow Fiddle Rock by Andy Leonard
Above: 2018's winning entry, Bow Fiddle Rock by Andy Leonard

The Earth Science Week photography competition is back! This year, for the first time, we are inviting entries featuring geology from all over the world.

Entry is free to all, and there is no limit on how many images you can enter. 12 winners will be displayed at Burlington House during Earth Science Week 2019 (12 to 20 O
ctober) and will feature in our 2020 calendar. The three top images will also win cash prizes.

Enter by emailing your entries to by 9.00am on Monday 23 September 2019. All competition details can be found on our photo competition page.
Regional Public Lectures 2019
EVENTSRegional Public Lectures

Volcanoes and past climate - adventures with deep carbon
  • Monday 23 September 2019
  • University of Plymouth
Hear from volcanologist Tamsin Mather (University of Oxford) as she explores the different types of volcanic activity that we see on Earth today and have seen over its geological history.

This talk will reveal how studying volcanic gases and rocks today can give us fundamental insights on some of the drivers of long-term global climate evolution, and some of the most profound environmental changes in geological history - including mass extinction events.

  The Big Antarctic Freeze​​​​​
  • Thursday 26 September 2019
  • National Museum Cardiff

Since 1992, loss of ice from the Antarctic ice sheet has contributed 8 mm to global sea level rise, with 40% of this occurring in the last 5 years. The future loss of ice from Antarctica represents the largest uncertainty in future global sea level predictions.

Professor Caroline Lear (Cardiff University) will explain how we use indirect methods to reconstruct the changes in the size of the Antarctic ice sheet over millions of years, and show that these records reveal a surprisingly dynamic history, with worrying implications for future ice sheet stability.

  • Monday 7 October 2019
  • University of Birmingham

The Geological Society’s President, Professor Nick Rogers, will deliver his inaugural public lecture on the formation and evolution of the Earth’s interior at the University of Birmingham in October.

Taking you on a geochemist's tour of the interior of the Earth, Nick will explain how we know what we know about the dynamic and varied world under our feet. From surface to core, Nick will explore what controls the timing and structure of the evolution of our planet.

EVENTS / Responsible Investing in Natural Resources
  • Monday 7 to Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House

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, policymakers 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. This blanket approach can have unintended consequences for the extractives sectors and its customers. Responsible investment should encompass a broader and more balanced set of requirements, as suggested by the Sustainable Development Goals, thereby ensuring that those organisations who truly strive to operate in a more sustainable manner are actively supported by responsible investors. 

Salt Tectonics: Understanding rocks that flow
EVENTS / Petroleum Group - Salt Tectonics: Understanding rocks that flow
  • Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House
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, an understanding of the processes involved in salt tectonics has important scientific and economic implications for geological research and hydrocarbon exploration.  

This three-day international conference aims to bring together leading academic and industry geoscientists to discuss new techniques and case studies, and to capture an up-to-date assessment of our understanding of salt tectonic processes.

EVENTS / Call for abstracts: SEPM International Sedimentary Geosciences Congress 2020

The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) is calling for abstracts for its 2020 International Sedimentary Geosciences Congress, to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona in April 2020. The deadline for submissions is Monday 30 September 2019.

To foster continued interaction between the many sub-disciplines of sedimentary geosciences, session topic proposals (and potentially related field trips and/or workshops) should be proposed under the umbrella of two broadly designed themes:

  • Theme 1 - Geodynamic and tectonic evolution of the continents and their margins: implications for ancient depositional systems
  • Theme 2 - Ocean-atmospheric controls on surface processes: evolution of life, landscapes, and the sedimentary record
Volcanic Unrest: From Science to Society
Browse our OA e-books
LIBRARY / Open Access e-books - recent additions

The Library maintains a carefully selected collection of Open Access e-books which are free to read online and we think will be useful to GSL Fellows.

Recent titles include:

In addition, the Library has purchased an additional 50+ e-books which Fellows can access using Athens logins.

To register for this service visit our Athens user accounts page.

Geoscience and decarbonization: current status and future directions
Read the article
LYELL COLLECTION / New! Geoscience and decarbonization: current status and future directions

By Michael H. Stephenson, Philip Ringrose, Sebastian Geiger and Michael Bridden, in Petroleum Geoscience: the international journal of geoenergy and applied earth science.

At the UN Climate Change Conference Paris 2015 (COP21), 197 national parties committed to limit global warming to well below 2°C. But current plans and pace of progress are still far from sufficient to achieve this objective.
Here we review the role that geoscience and the subsurface could play in decarbonizing electricity production, industry, transport and heating, to meet UK and international climate change targets, based on contributions to the 2019 Bryan Lovell meeting held at the Geological Society.
Awards, medals and funds brochure
AWARDSClosing soon: nominations for Society awards

Do you know an outstanding geologist who deserves recognition? Hurry, as the nomination window for the 2020 round of Geological Society awards will be closing on Friday 27 September 2019.

Awards are available for geologists at every stage of their careers. The application process has been streamlined this year, and all information (plus our new awards booklet) can be found on the Society's awards page.

Remember a Charity in Your Will Week
GIVINGRemember a Charity Week, 9 to 15 September

This week is Remember a Charity Week, a national campaign highlighting the impact of leaving a gift to charity in your Will.
Gifts in Wills are vital to the Geological Society and have had a huge bearing on the organisation since it was founded in 1807. Did you know that many of our 40,000 maps were purchased thanks to a legacy? In addition, 12 of our journals are funded by gifts in Wills, as well as our published memoir series and a wide range of important bursaries and awards.

We owe a great deal to those Fellows who decided to remember the Geological Society. Please join us in thanking them for their support, which has shaped the Society’s past and will continue to develop our collective understanding of the Earth.

JOBSHead of Communications

We are looking for an experienced science communicator to join our team as Head of Communications. The successful candidate will develop and implement our communications strategy and oversee and expand the reach of our media, social media and outreach activities. Applicants should have several years of experience in a communications or media relations role and a strong interest in the Earth and environmental sciences.

To find out more about this role and how to apply, please visit our job listing page. The deadline for applications is Sunday 15 September 2019.

Neptune Energy logo
OUR PARTNERSWelcome to our newest Corporate Patrons

We are delighted to welcome Neptune Energy, Fasken Martineau LLP and Toro Gold as our newest Corporate Patron members. On behalf of the Council members, staff and wider Fellowship of the Society, thank you for your support!
"With ambitions to be a leading global independent E&P company, Neptune Energy firmly believes in making a positive contribution to society. We are proud to become a Corporate Patron of the Geological Society and look forward to working together to champion the importance of geoscience to business, society and the planet."
- Gro Haatvedt, VP Exploration and Development, Neptune Energy

To find out more about the benefits to your company of becoming a Corporate Patron, please get in touch with our Development Team via
Geopoetry 2020 Edinburgh
OPPORTUNITIES / Poetry residency at Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is offering a one-week poetry residency to be held in the academic session 2019-2020. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented poet to spend time at Heriot-Watt's beautiful Edinburgh Campus and share the University's work through poetry. 
This is a joint initiative between the University's School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), alumni association the Watt Club, the Intercultural Research Centre (IRC), the Lyell Centre and partners British Geological Survey (BGS).

Remuneration will be £1,200 plus reasonable expenses for a week-long residency in Edinburgh. The deadline for applications is Monday 30 September 2019.

Year of Carbon

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