See the latest updates about our events, bookshop, blog, Library and more in Issue 368 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 368
Monday 4 November 2019
Welcome to Issue 368 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue:

  • Events - abstracts are due soon for Geopressure 2020, and learn more about iCRAG 2019 in Dublin
  • Bookshop - browse our bookshop sale and find titles for up to 80% off (for a limited time only)
  • Blog - read the latest post on the blog: 'Replacing hydrocarbons with hydrogen?'
  • Competition - calling all ECRs: enter STEM for Britain 2020 and present your poster in Parliament
  • Library - learn more about drop-in sessions and browse Recent Special Issues in the Virtual Library
  • Society news - find out more about Council nominations before the deadline in January
  • Awards and grants - our 2020 Society research grants are now open for applications, and browse other awards from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Geopressure 2020
EVENTS / Petroleum Group - Geopressure 2020: Managing uncertainty in geopressure by integrating geoscience and engineering
  • Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 March 2020
  • Durham University, Durham
Call for abstracts: The organisers of the Geopressure 2020 conference are now inviting contributions within any aspect of geopressure, but are particularly interested in the various phases of pore fluid pressure prediction, modelling and overpressure evaluation to manage uncertainty during the life cycle of a well. 

Please submit abstracts to and copy to Sarah Woodcock by Friday 6 December 2019.

iCRAG 2019
Register now
  • Monday 2 December 2019
  • Croke Park, Dublin

iCRAG 2019 is a research showcase of all geoscience research projects within iCRAG, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Applied Geosciences.

Through the theme "Resources for a Sustainable Future", the event will deliver insights into future directions for Irish geoscience research, and how the geoscience research sector can play a leading role in addressing both the Climate Action Plan and Ireland's commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

iCRAG is looking forward to bringing all members of the industry, government, and academic geoscience communities together for this inaugural event at Croke Park.

Register for iCRAG 2019 via Eventbrite >>

November bookshop sale
Browse the sale
BOOKSHOP / Online bookshop sale now on - up to 80% off

The Geological Society's online bookshop sale is running from Friday 1 to Thursday 7 November! 

We have a number of titles across a variety of subjects available to purchase at a reduced price for a limited time only. Visit our sale page to browse the full range of titles on offer.
There is no requirement to log in to purchase sale titles - simply use Speedy Checkout to complete your order.  
Decarbonising economic development
Read now
BLOG / New post: 'Replacing hydrocarbons with hydrogen?'

Professor Mike Stephenson’s second blog post following this year’s Geological Society Bryan Lovell Meeting is now published.

It discusses the ways in which geologists can support the transition from a hydrocarbon to a hydrogen economy in order to decarbonise.
The blog coincides with a newly published meeting summary in Petroleum Geoscience which outlines the current status and future direction of the geosciences and decarbonisation.
ECR poster competition
Enter now
COMPETITION / Early career researchers: poster competition in Parliament

Applications are now open for STEM for Britain 2020 – a poster competition which will be held at Westminster on Monday 9 March 2020. The event aims to raise the profile of the best of British early career researchers in Parliament, and encourage interaction between scientists and parliamentarians.
The deadline for applications to take part in this unique event is Monday 2 December 2019 – for further information, including how to apply, visit the STEM for Britain website.
The Map Room
Visit the Library
LIBRARY / Drop-in sessions - last Thursday of each month

Fellows who have not visited the Library before, or would like a refresher, are invited to attend our introductory drop-in sessions on the last Thursday of each month. 

These are an opportunity for you to: 

  • Learn about the Library's world-class collections
  • Find out about the wide range of services we offer
  • Try our databases (Georef and Geofacets)
  • Visit the Map Room
  • Meet the Library staff
  • Network with other Fellows
The next drop-in session takes place on Thursday 28 November from 12.00pm to 2.00pm and is open to all Fellows and Candidate Fellows. If you would like to attend, please register by emailing

Further information and future dates can be found on our 'get to know your Library' page.

Fellows and Candidate Fellows can of course visit the Library any time from Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm. Additionally, it is not essential to visit the Library in person in order to use your Library services – find out more via our Library services page or get in touch with the Library team.

Recent special issues
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 the November section.

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
SOCIETY NEWS / Council nominations - reminder

Fellows are reminded that the closing date for the receipt of nominations for Council is 12.00pm on Friday 3 January 2020.

Council appointment is open to any Fellow irrespective of age, gender, employment or career stage who wishes to contribute to the running of the Society and their own personal development by so doing. 

The Society aims for its Council membership to reflect the diverse community it serves in the UK and internationally. As part of our commitment to ensuring a more diverse and inclusive representation on our Council, we particularly welcome nominations from currently under-represented groups, allowing Council to better reflect the community it serves.

Nominations from candidates with trustee experience are very welcome. Knowledge and experience of scholarly publishing and of fundraising are also useful. We also encourage nominations from post-doctoral researchers, early and mid-career academics and industry scientists.

Additionally, Graham Goffey (Treasurer), will stand down in June 2021 and candidates with an interest in this role and suitable experience will be much appreciated. The time commitment for the Treasurer is greater, and Graham would be happy to speak to anyone who might be interested. There is a role description available on request.

Further details about the process, including the nomination forms, are available on the Council elections page of our website.

AWARDS AND GRANTS / Applications open now: 2020 research grants

Applications are now invited for the 2020 round of the Society research grants. On our Society research grants page, you can find information about all the grants, as well as guidelines for applicants and our application form.

The Research Grants Committee meets once annually. Applications must reach the Society no later than 12.00pm on Monday 3 February 2020, and must be supported by two Fellows of the Society who must each complete a supporting statement form. The committee will only consider complete applications with the appropriate forms.

AWARDS AND GRANTS / Applications open now: awards from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The President of the Society is an ex-officio Commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.  Applications are open for their various awards, including Research Fellowships. For further information please visit the Royal Commission's website.
Year of Carbon

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