See the latest updates about Earth Science Week 2019, our events, our library and more in Issue 366 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 366
Monday 7 October 2019
Welcome to Issue 366 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Earth Science Week - join us in celebrating ESW 2019 from Saturday 12 October
  • Events - see a selection of forthcoming conferences and networking events at Burlington House
  • Library - browse the newest virtual and physical additions to our Library
  • Policy - discover new resources on the UK's Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Programme
  • Society news - find out more about when we opened our doors for Open House 2019
Earth Science Week 2019
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK / Five days to go!

Earth Science Week 2019 is almost here, taking place from Saturday 12 to Sunday 20 October. This year's theme is 'Geoscience is for everyone'. 

Earth Science Week is an annual international celebration of the geology all around us. Through public events like geowalks, hands-on activities, talks and open days, organisations and individuals aim to raise public awareness of geology and how it affects our lives.

Browse our Earth Science Week 2019 events calendar to see what's on in your area, and if you're running an activity, do submit your event to us if it's not yet listed. We'd love to know how you're taking part, so join in the conversation by using #EarthSciWeek across social media.
Science 4 Clean Energy
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EVENTS / Science4CleanEnergy Forum
  • Monday 4 November 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly

Science 4 Clean Energy (S4CE) is a European Commission H2020-funded research project to develop the technologies needed for successfully detecting, quantifying and mitigating the risks connected with geo-energy operations in the sub-surface.
S4CE is organising a free, day-long forum to present the project's results and offer perspectives on clean energy to a wide audience, from students to academia and industry representatives.

While S4CE partners will present their results and findings, external speakers from other H2020 projects, industries and regulatory bodies will give their insight on clean energy.

Geology for Global Development
Register for GfGD
EVENTS / 7th Annual Geology for Global Development Conference - Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development
  • Friday 15 November 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly
Geology for Global Development (GfGD) exists to champion the role of geology in sustainable development, mobilising and reshaping the geology community to help deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (2015–2030).

The meeting will explore the role of geoscientists in ensuring healthy lives and good wellbeing for all, and the links between inequality, health and environmental degradation. The conference is open to geoscience students and professionals as well as those of other disciplines, and discounts are available for students and unwaged attendees.

Geological Society Environment Network
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EVENTS / Environment Network - November Networking Event
  • Friday 22 November 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly

The Environment Network of the Geological Society is pleased to announce their inaugural discussion and networking event. 
The Environment Network exists to promote events centred around major current and emerging environmental issues, focusing on cross-cutting themes relevant to all special interest groups.

Communication is key to engaging stakeholders about challenges ranging from diminishing resources, the production of hazardous wastes, contaminated land, marine and atmospheric pollution, climate change, and the effects of emerging pollutants.

The afternoon will explore the role that scientists need to play as communicators, and will also explore the role the Environment Network can play in facilitating communication between scientists.

Volcanology and Geothermal Research
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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 October's section:

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
Past Time: Geology in European and American Art
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LIBRARY / Recent additions to the collection

The Library has recently added some new titles to the collection, which can be borrowed by Fellows and employees of Corporate Patron companies.
The majority of items in the Library’s collection are available to borrow, either in person or by post. The loan period is four weeks, but this can be renewed for up to one year as long as the items are not required by other members.
Radioactive Waste Management
Watch on YouTube
POLICY / New resources on the UK's Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Programme

Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), the body responsible for planning and delivering geological disposal in the UK, has published new videos about the Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) programme on their YouTube channel.
The videos cover the following areas:
  • What is a Geological Disposal Facility?
  • The process of partnering with local communities

RWM’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Cherry Tweed, also discussed the science behind a GDF on BBC Radio 4 with the Today Programme's Science and Environment Editor, Tom Feilden. Listen now via BBC Sounds
Open House 2019
SOCIETY NEWS / Report: Open House 2019

We were delighted to welcome nearly 1,200 visitors to the Society on Saturday 21 September for the annual Open House London festival.

Visitors were able to explore our building at their leisure, or join a guided tour led by staff from the Library.
We also had a special ammonite hunt organised by the Society’s archivist, which proved very popular with children and adults alike! We are also especially grateful to the Geologists’ Association for hosting workshops based on William Smith’s fossils.

Keep an eye on our newsletters, website and social media for news of next year’s Open House, as well as special behind-the-scenes events throughout the year.
Year of Carbon

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