See the latest updates about Earth Science Week 2019, events, publications and more in Issue 367 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 367
Monday 21 October 2019
Welcome to Issue 367 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Earth Science Week - find out what we got up to and who won our photo competition
  • Events - see a selection of forthcoming conferences, abstract deadlines and careers events
  • Publishing House news - discover our latest special publication and a new addition to the Lyell Collection
  • Library - find out how to request a physical or digital copy of an article
  • Membership - it's time to renew your Fellowship for 2020 and (if Chartered) update your CPD for 2019
  • Society news - meet our three new Honorary Fellows
Antarctic Reflections by Ingrid Demaerschalk
‘Antarctic Reflections’, Ingrid Demaerschalk (The Gerlache Strait, Antarctica)
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK / What we got up to and photo competition results

Earth Science Week 2019 has now finished, and we'd like to thank everyone who ran activities, joined in the conversation on social media, and shared their celebrations with us.

We had an action-packed week at Burlington House, hosting our joint public lecture with the Royal Society of Chemistry, encouraging our #GSLRockPets to go on exciting adventures, and inviting in members of the public to try their hand at our 'Mystery Minerals' identification challenge in the Library.
Rock pet adventure
Mineral mystery challenge
We're also delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Earth Science Week photography competition, “Geoscience is for everyone”. For the first time, we welcomed photos taken around the world. The winning photographs showcase the rich diversity of environments in which our photographers live, work, and travel.

First place goes to Ingrid Demaerschalk for 'Antarctic Reflections' (pictured above), with second going to Rob Storrar for 'Fresh out the box' (below left) and third to Leith Livingstone for 'Rainbow Mountain' (below right). All 12 winning images will be printed in a 2020 calendar and are currently available to view via our blog and in a free exhibition at the Geological Society.
2nd and 3rd place in the photo competition
Salt Tectonics conference
Register now
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 / 7th London Geothermal Symposium
  • Tuesday 5 November 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House

The UK’s geothermal resources could supply enough low-carbon heat for a century, and 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 7th London Geothermal Symposium will include a wide range of presentations on deep and shallow geothermal systems for decarbonising heat and power, including updates on new and existing projects.

There will also be presentations on using energy from abandoned mines, which is a growing area of interest for heat decarbonisation, and a variety of presentations from local authorities, developers, policy makers, academics and regulators.

Careers Days 2019
Our Careers Days
EVENTS / Careers Days in Nottingham and Edinburgh - sponsor or exhibit

The Geological Society's Career and Industry Days are essential meeting places for geoscience students and the geoscience industry.
  • Nottingham: Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the British Geological Survey
  • Edinburgh: Wednesday 4 December 2019 at Dynamic Earth

We have a variety of sponsorship and exhibition packages available to help you showcase your organisation to future Earth scientists. Whether you are looking to recruit graduates or simply wish to raise awareness about your industry, this is a great opportunity to meet prospective geoscientists.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please contact
36th Geological Congress
Submit an abstract
EVENTS / 36th International Geological Congress
  • Monday 2 to Sunday 8 March 2020
  • Delhi, India

Taking place once every four years, the next International Geological Congress (the 36th) will see geologists from around the world gathering in Delhi, India in March 2020.

With as many as 12 plenary talks, 44 science themes, 71 exciting field trips spread across India and neighbouring countries, a massive GeoExpo and more, the Congress promises to be a truly memorable experience.
If you would like to present at the Congress, the deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday 31 October 2019, and the deadline for early bird registration is Saturday 30 November 2019.

Early career researchers and scientists from lower income countries can apply for support through the GeoHost programme. The deadline for GeoHost applications is Thursday 31 October 2019.

IAVCEI 2021 Scientific Assembly
Propose a workshop
EVENTS / IAVCEI 2021 Scientific Assembly
  • Monday 15 to Friday 19 February 2021
  • Rotorua, New Zealand

The global volcanological community will convene in New Zealand in February 2021 through the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior for the IAVCEI 2021 Scientific Assembly.

The organisers are developing a diverse and inclusive scientific programme, involving high-profile plenary speakers and a broad suite of session themes. 
The programme will be complemented by a range of scientific field trips both before and after the conference, which will showcase New Zealand's world-class volcanic landscapes and deposits that New Zealand. The conference will also feature a selection of pre- and post-conference scientific workshops.

Proposals for workshops are being accepted until Friday 1 November 2019. You can find out more about proposing a workshop via the IAVCEI 2021 website's workshops page, and you can submit your proposal through their online portal.
Himalayan Tectonics: A Modern Synthesis
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SPECIAL PUBLICATION / New - Himalayan Tectonics: A Modern Synthesis

Edited by P. J. Treloar and M. P. Searle
  • List price: £160
  • Fellow price: £80
  • Other society price: £96

This volume comprises 21 specially-invited review papers on the Himalaya, Kohistan arc, Tibet, the Karakoram and Pamir ranges.

These papers span the history of Himalayan research, chronology of the collision, stratigraphy, magmatic and metamorphic processes, structural geology and tectonics, seismicity, geophysics, and the evolution of the Indian monsoon.

Continental rifting at magmatic centres
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LYELL COLLECTION / New paper from the Journal of the Geological Society

Continental rifting at magmatic centres: structural implications from the Late Quaternary Menengai Caldera, central Kenya Rift

By Simon Riedl,  Daniel Melnick, Geoffrey K. Mibei, Lucy Njue and Manfred R. Strecker

The structural evolution of calderas in rifts helps to characterise the spatiotemporal relationships between magmatism, long wavelength crustal deformation and the formation of tectonic deformation zones along the rift axis.
The authors document the structural characteristics of the c. 36 ka old Menengai Caldera located within a young zone of extension in the central Kenya Rift.

Field mapping and high-resolution digital surface models show that NNE-striking Holocene normal faults perpendicular to the regional ESE–WNW extension direction dominate the interior sectors of the rift. Inside the caldera, these structures are overprinted by post-collapse doming and faulting of the magmatic centre, resulting in obliquely slipping normal faults bounding a resurgence horst.

Copying services
About copying services
LIBRARY / Copying services - articles and chapters by email or post

Not able to visit the Library in person but need a copy of an article from a book or journal?

The Library's copying service can help by photocopying and scanning material from our collections.

  • Available to Fellows, Corporate Patrons and non-members
  • Physical paper copies or digital PDF formats available
  • Can be sent anywhere in the world
  • Available for both private research and commercial purposes
  • Majority of requests dealt with within one or two days
  • Simply download a Copy Request Form from our website
If you need an article from a book or journal not held in our collection we may be able to source it from a worldwide network of libraries, publishers and geological surveys, with whom we have built up close working relationships over many years. Just ask.
MEMBERSHIP / Fellowship renewals for 2020 and CPD for Chartered Fellows


Fellowship renewal for 2020 is open now, and membership cards will be sent in January to all Fellows who have renewed by Saturday 30 November 2019. You can renew at any time online via the MyGSL member portal, or via our automated telephone payment service on +44 (0)330 088 3447. If you're experiencing any difficulties, please contact the Fellowship Office via

If you're a Chartered Fellow, don’t forget to update your CPD records for 2019 using the MyGSL member portal. If you are recording your CPD elsewhere, please indicate this via the portal by selecting the ‘I’m recording elsewhere’ option. If you are retired and no longer offering services, please do update your employment status.
SOCIETY NEWS / New Honorary Fellows

We are delighted to announce three new Honorary Fellows for 2019. Honorary Fellowship has been an important part of the membership of the Geological Society since it was founded. Our Honorary Fellows are recognised for their achievements and potential, not only in science but as ambassadors for geological science and its promotion to the wider public.
Dr Yildirim Dilek
Dr Yildirim Dilek

Dr Yildirim Dilek, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science at Miami University, is an advocate of interdisciplinary and international science, and a major contributor to the global geoscience community.

Not only a highly productive academic researcher and journal editorial board member, he spends a great deal of time and effort serving as a science ambassador around the globe.
Professor Eric Odada
Professor Eric Odada

Professor Odada is Professor of Geology at the University of Nairobi and Regional Director of the Global Change Research Programme in Africa, and has both a national and international reputation in the field of geoscience and sustainable development.

As an Honorary Fellow, he will be eager to share his perspectives and experience in using geoscience to inform international policy and support society.
Professor Khin Zaw
Professor Khin Zaw

Professor Khin Zaw, Professor of Economic Geology at CODES Centre of Ore Deposits and Earth Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania, is the pre-eminent mineral deposits geologist in South East Asia.

In 2016, he founded the Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association with Dr Yin Yin Nwe. MAESA provides a forum and support for Myanmar geoscientists, and also arranges conferences and workshops with the aim of promoting the geosciences and mineral resources of Myanmar and collaboration with foreign geoscientists, mineral companies and geoscience organisations such as this Society.
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