See the latest updates about our Library, outreach activities, blog, events and more in Issue 369 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 369
Monday 18 November 2019
Welcome to Issue 369 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

  • Library: Shop our book sale, featuring titles starting at £5, and browse Recent Special Issues in the Virtual Library.
  • Outreach: Contribute your photo to our 'I'm an Earth Scientist' campaign and help us to promote underrepresented groups in Earth science.
  • Blog: Read the latest post on the blog, 'Energy transitions: the geological story', from Professor Mike Stephenson.
  • Events: Submit your abstract for our forthcoming conference Core Values 2020, and register for the inaugural Burlington House Lecture.
  • Membership: It's time to renew your Fellowship for 2020.
  • Bookshop: Our 2020 GSL calendar, featuring winning photographs from our 2019 Earth Science Week photo competition, is on sale now.
  • Competition: Calling all ECRs - enter STEM for Britain 2020 for the chance to present your poster in Parliament (and win prize money).
  • 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.
  • Christmas: Find out when the Society will be closed over Christmas, and how you can support us when you buy your Christmas cards this year.
Library sale
Shop the sale
LIBRARY / Book sale now on - starting at £5

The Library's 2019 sale of second-hand, duplicate and out-of-scope books and journals is now available online. There are hundreds of items in the sale, covering all aspects of geological sciences.

In addition to general titles, the sale includes:

  • Geological Survey publications from countries including Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Malaysia and India
  • BGS memoirs
  • British Regional Geology guides
  • Special issues of Petroleum Geoscience and Geochemistry
  • Antiquarian/19th century volumes

Prices start at just £5 and items can be posted worldwide or collected from the Library.
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.
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 The deadline for the first round of submissions is midnight on Monday 25 November 2019.

Please find our terms and conditions, submission form and more information on our 'I'm an Earth Scientist' web page.
Energy transitions (c) Keith Havercroft
Read now
BLOG / New post - 'Energy transitions: the geological story'

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

He considers the geology of energy transitions, and discusses how understanding their history may reveal insights about how future transitions will unfold and develop.
Core values 2020
EVENTS / Petroleum Group - Core Values: the role of core in 21st century reservoir characterisation
  • Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 May 2020
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House, London

Core has traditionally played a key role in the characterisation of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs, from exploration to mature production. It is the only means by which to observe and make measurements on actual reservoir rock.

However, the recent oil industry downturn has driven many to question the value of taking core, due to the associated increased costs and potential risks to well operations. In tandem, advances in other reservoir visualisation techniques, such as seismic and borehole imaging, have been used to give weight to the contention that coring is an increasingly redundant means of characterising reservoirs.

Through four main themes, this three-day conference will aim to redress the balance in this debate by exploring the role core can - or should - play in the 21st century exploration-to-production cycle.

Call for abstracts

Please submit abstracts to and copy to Sarah Woodcock by Friday 20 December 2019.
Burlignton House
EVENTS / The Burlington House Lecture 2019

Visit the Royal Society of Chemistry on Wednesday 11 December 2019 for the first annual Burlington House Lecture.

Under the theme of UNESCO's International Year of the Periodic Table (#IYPT19), the Burlington Courtyard Societies proudly present a collaborative evening of three distinct talks covering the importance of elemental chemistry in medieval scriptures, cosmological discoveries and archaeological clay works.

Find out more and register for a free ticket before Wednesday 20 November 2019 via the Royal Society of Chemistry's website.
MEMBERSHIP / Fellowship renewals for 2020

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
GSL calendar 2020
Buy now
BOOKSHOP / 2020 GSL calendar now on sale

The Society's 2020 calendar, featuring the winning photographs from the Earth Science Week photo competition, is now available for purchase via the Burlington House Bookshop, located in the Library, as well as online via our online bookshop.

With the theme of ‘Geoscience is for Everyone’, the calendar includes beautiful photographs of geological formations and landscapes from around the world, and includes dates of events coming up at the Society and elsewhere.
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 during British Science Week. Prizes of up to £2,000 will be awarded to those whose posters win on the day.
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.
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.
Christmas tree in Burlington House
CHRISTMAS / Charity Christmas cards and Society closure

Christmas cards

If you are planning on buying Christmas cards this year, please consider purchasing from Charity Cards and you can support the Geological Society in the process. Nominate us as your supported ‘good cause’ and 10 pence per card (or 10% from the sale of calendars and e-cards) will be donated to the Society. 

Christmas and New Year closure

The Geological Society (London and Bath) will close to Fellows at 3.00pm on Friday 20 December 2019, reopening at 9.30am on Thursday 2 January 2020.
The Publishing House, Bath, will also be closed from 12.00pm on Tuesday 17 December 2019 and Burlington House, London, will be closed from 12.00pm on Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Year of Carbon