See the latest updates about our events, library, outreach, publications and more in Issue 365 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 365
Monday 23 September 2019
Welcome to Issue 365 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Events - join us at one of our Regional Public Lectures or Careers Days, and find out about forthcoming conferences
  • Library - browse the Recent Special Issues in our Virtual Library
  • Diversity - discover our new diversity resources hub 
  • Outreach - take part in our new outreach project, 'I'm an Earth Scientist'
  • Survey - respond to the European Federation of Geologists' 2019 Employment Survey
  • Publications - see what's new in our bookshop
  • Publishing House news - introducing a new open access community journal for the geoscience
  • Awards - nominate a geoscientist for our 2020 Society awards
  • Policy - contribute to our response to the Government's proposed new immigration system
Regional Public Lectures 2019
EVENTSRegional Public Lectures

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.

Energy Transition 2019
EVENTS / The Energy Transition - a new era for the geoscientist?
  • Tuesday 15 to Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • University of Edinburgh
This meeting follows on from the September 2018 meeting of the AAPG Energy Transition Forum on 'A New Era for Geoscience'. It was clear from the 2018 meeting that geoscientists need to step forward and engage with wider society on solving the dilemmas associated with energy transition. For 2019's conference, the 2018 theme 'A New Era for Geoscience' has been reframed with a greater focus on the individual: 'A New Era for the Geoscientist'.

Geological Society Fellows are eligible for a discount on the registration fee, which can be redeemed by entering your Fellowship code when prompted during the registration process.


Energy transition survey 

The organising committee are also looking to canvass the opinions of geoscientists of all ages on key subject matters related to the ETF conference - namely the future role of geoscientists in the oil and gas industry within the context of energy transition.

The responses received will allow AAPG to analyse this cross section of the geoscience community, such that we can both better understand how geoscientists feel about the future, and test our assumptions surrounding the 'new era for the geoscientist' and industry plans reliant upon this expertise.

EVENTS / Nottingham Career and Industry Day
  • Wednesday 6 November 2019
  • British Geological Survey, Keyworth

The first of our 2019-20 programme of Careers Days is coming to Nottingham in November. Free to attend, the Geological Society’s Careers Days are the essential meeting place for geoscience students and industry.

The programme includes short career presentations covering different areas of geology and academia. An exhibition of industry and professional bodies gives university undergraduates and postgraduates the opportunity to find out about the latest career options, and to talk to industry leaders about how they can gain entry into the sector. University representatives will also be available to discuss MSc and PhD options.

Find out more about our Career and Industry Day in Nottingham via our Careers Days page, where you can also find details for our other forthcoming Careers Days in Edinburgh (December 2019) and London (February 2020).

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
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LIBRARY / 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 September's section:

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
DIVERSITYIntroducing our diversity resources hub

We are delighted to introduce the Society’s diversity, equality and inclusion resources hub, where you will find a wide range of information relevant to diversity, equality and inclusion topics.

Organisations and individuals from the length and breadth of the Earth science community will be able to take ideas, guidance and inspiration from the hub's eight themed sections, where visitors will be able to find articles, reports, briefing notes, resources, tool kits and more.

We plan on adding new resources to the hub on a regular basis. If there are any existing resources that you feel should be included, please do let us know by emailing

I'm an Earth Scientist
OUTREACH / I'm an Earth Scientist

We want you to take part in ‘I’m an Earth Scientist’, an outreach project aiming to promote underrepresented groups in Earth science!

To get involved, all you need to do is send us an image of yourself with an 'I'm an Earth Scientist' sign in your place of work or study - be that in an office, laboratory, museum, classroom, on site or on a field trip.
I'm an Earth Scientist
Submit your photo
All images should be landscape in orientation and submitted to the Education Team (via by Monday 25 November 2019.

Please find our terms and conditions, submission form and more information on our I'm an Earth Scientist web page.
SURVEYEFG Employment Survey 2019

The European Federation of Geologists' online Employment Survey 2019 is now open. All Fellows are invited to respond, irrespective of whether they hold the EFG accreditation (EuroGeol). If you wish to complete the survey, please do so before the closing date of Thursday 31 October 2019.
Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites of the World
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PUBLICATIONS / New! Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites of the World, Part 4: Antarctica, Asia and Europe (excluding the former USSR), Australasia and Oceanic Islands
By A.R. Woolley

The alkaline igneous rocks and carbonatites are compositionally and mineralogically the most diverse of all igneous rocks and, apart from their scientific interest, are of major, and growing, economic importance.

They are important repositories of certain metals and commodities, indeed the only significant sources of some of them, and include Nb, the rare earths, Cu, V, diamond, phosphate, vermiculite, bauxite, raw materials for the manufacture of ceramics, and potentially Th and U.

The economic potential of these rocks is now widely appreciated, particularly since the commencement of the mining of the Palabora carbonatite for copper and a host of valuable by-products.
Similarly, the crucial economic dominance of rare earth production from carbonatite-related occurrences in China has stimulated the world-wide hunt for similar deposits.
PUBLISHING HOUSE NEWSGSW acquires Lithosphere to launch as first open access community journal for the geosciences

GeoScienceWorld (GSW), a nonprofit collaborative and comprehensive resource for research and communications in the Earth sciences, announced last week the acquisition of the journal Lithosphere, formerly published by the Geological Society of America (GSA), a GSW partner society.

Lithosphere will provide a unique publishing choice for authors in the geoscience community, achieved through an alliance between GSW and leading nonprofit societies, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Geological Society of America (GSA), Geological Society of London (GSL), Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

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.

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POLICY / Have your say on the Government's proposed new immigration system

The Society is seeking evidence from Fellows who can provide information about employment, recruitment and salaries to support a response the Society is formulating to a call for evidence by the Migration Advisory Committee.

We would also like to hear from you if you have experience of the current Tier 2 immigration visa, or if you may be affected by changes to the immigration salary thresholds. Take a look at our Migration Advisory Committee consultation page for more information, and send your comments to by Friday 18 October 2019.

Year of Carbon

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