Find Christmas gift ideas, 2021 Year of Space updates, Library news and more in Issue 370 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter issue 369
Monday 2 December 2019
Welcome to Issue 370 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

  • Bookshop: Make sure you visit our geo gifts page to unearth the perfect geological gift to add to your Christmas list.
  • Themed years: Calling all astrophiles - we're looking for your ideas for conferences, outreach events, education projects and more for our forthcoming 2021 Year of Space.
  • Library: Get one of our new William Smith map jigsaw puzzles (just in time for Christmas), chat to our Librarians through our new live messenger service, and see what's new in the Virtual Library.
  • Events: Submit your abstract for our forthcoming conference about the Atlantic Margin in May 2020.
  • Society news: Find out more about Council nominations before the deadline in January.
  • Awards and grants: Applications for awards from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 are open now.
  • 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.
Christmas tree made of books
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BOOKSHOP / Christmas geo gifts!

Wondering what gift to get for the geoscientist in your life this Christmas? We're here to help!

We've rounded up our favourite items from our geo gifts page - perfect for all geology enthusiasts, and starting from just £7. So why not take a look and treat your loved one (or yourself!) to something special this year? 

The last days to place orders guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas are Thursday 12 December 2019 for the UK and Monday 2 December 2019 (today!) for overseas.
2021 Year of Space
THEMED YEARS / Call for contributions: 2021 Year of Space

2021 will be the Society's themed Year of Space, and we're looking for your ideas for events and activities!

The Year of Space will see the Society direct its gaze upwards, beyond the earth beneath our feet, towards the lesser explored corners of our universe. Space science seeks to answer some of life’s biggest questions
why are we here, how did life evolve, and are we alone?
Get involved!

We are looking to run activities during the Year of Space to celebrate and explore the relationship between space and geoscience, and we want to hear your ideas and proposals for:
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Education and outreach
  • Public engagement

We are aiming to run a diverse set of activities that will showcase the variety of links between geoscience and space – through games, interactive exhibits, presentations, activities, resources for teachers and science communicators, artistic collaborations, and more!

Email to discuss your idea with us. You can also see our website for inspiration and examples of themed year events from 2019 Year of Carbon, and you can find details of how to propose an event via our website or via email to
Library sale
Get the jigsaw
LIBRARY / Bookshop: new William Smith jigsaw!

A jigsaw of William Smith’s 1820 map, “A New Geological Map of England and Wales”, is now available to purchase from the Burlington House Bookshop.

This new 1,000-piece jigsaw comes complete with a folded copy of the map to act as a guide. The perfect present for Christmas, find this new jigsaw along with other maps and gifts in the Library at Burlington House.
Library sale
Chat to a Librarian
LIBRARY / Ask a Librarian – new live chat service

The Library has introduced a live chat service, allowing you to talk online with a member of the Library team.

Click on the  'Ask A Librarian' button on the Library catalogue home page to contact us with questions about items in the Library's catalogue or any of our services. If a Librarian is not available you can leave a message and we will reply by email.
We are of course also available to answer enquiries by phone, email or in person – find our contact details on the Library home page.
Recent special issues
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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 the November section.

Athens authentication can also be used to access c.100 e-journals and c.50 e-books from leading publishers.
Atlantic Margins event 2020
EVENTS / Petroleum Group: New learning from exploration and development in the UKCS Atlantic Margin
  • Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 May 2020
  • Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

The UK Atlantic Margin, including the West of Shetlands area, is the location of the UK's largest remaining hydrocarbon reserves, the largest recent field development investments and holds the greatest potential for future material discoveries in the UK.

In the last 10 years since the last Geological Society conference on this region, great advances have been made in the understanding of its diverse plays, from fractured basement to Eocene coastal deposits, and everything in between.

This three-day meeting gives attendees a unique opportunity to learn about the geoscience of recent discoveries and field developments, as well as how technology is developing to meet the imaging and drilling challenges of the area.

Call for abstracts

Please submit abstracts to and copy to Sarah Woodcock by Friday 31 January 2019.
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: 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.
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