Read all the latest news in Issue 398 of our fortnightly Society newsletter.
Geological Society newsletter - Issue 391
Monday 25th January 2021
Welcome to Issue 398 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter. 

  • Themed Years: Year of Space home learning with family friendly lectures
  • Fellowship: Easy steps to renew your membership and enjoy the many benefits it brings
  • Research grants & scholarships: New scholarship programme from Esri UK and last call for research grants
  • Geoscientist Magazine: Read this important update on changes to both the website and the printed magazine
  • Publications: Find out more about our brand new open access journal ES³ and check out the latest releases
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THEMED YEARS / Learn at home with our 2021 Year of Space

We’ve adapted our February and March talks so there’s something to keep all the family entertained. Enjoy fascinating space content; take part in a picture treasure hunt and ask all your burning questions on space in our extended Q&A session. Students studying GCSE Geology or Physics will also find great content to support learning. 

Places are limited, so book now via the links below!

Our Solar System - How Geology Began with Sara Russell, Natural History Museum – 10th February at 5pm

The Geology of Mercury with Dave Rothery, Open University – 3rd March at 5pm

Don’t forget to follow our social media channels too, where we will be posting updates on all of the exciting things we have planned for our 2021 Year of Space, including the latest news on the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, due to take place on 18th February.
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FELLOWSHIP / Renew your membership for 2021!

Not yet renewed your membership with us for this year? If you'd like to continue enjoying the many benefits that membership brings, don't delay and renew today!

The renewal process is very easy. Simply login to MyGSL to renew online or call our automated telephone renewal system on +44 (0)330 088 3447. 

For further information on renewals, please see our website.
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RESEARCH GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS / Research grants - final call for applications

Applications remain open for our 2021 research grants, including the Edmund Johnson Garwood Fund which supports research in stratigraphy with palaeontology, and in physical geology. To apply, you simply need to fill out an application form and obtain supporting forms from two Fellows.

For further details and to download the application forms please visit our website.

The deadline for applications is 8th February 2021.
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In order to encourage and support more students with a Black African, Caribbean, Black or mixed Black heritage to study geography and geoscience, Esri UK (a leading provider of GIS - Geographic Information Systems) have launched a fantastic new scholarship programme. 

The deadline for applications is 7th April 2021.

Eligibility criteria for both awards can be found here.
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GEOSCIENTIST MAGAZINE/ Website revamp and quarterly printed editions

Geoscientist magazine is undergoing a major overhaul. We will soon have a new-look, modern Geoscientist website that we hope Fellows, Corporate Patrons and others will be eager to engage with often. The revamped website will not simply be a digital version of the print magazine. Rather, it will offer interesting and varied content that complements the more traditional articles and reports featured in print.

The printed magazine is also undergoing a significant redesign to modernise its look and feel, while retaining the existing vibrant mix of news, science, opinion and events. Monthly issues have served us well, but we can no longer justify producing 12,000+ print copies of the magazine each month. Instead, commencing March 2021, Fellows and Corporate Patrons will receive a high-quality issue of the print magazine every quarter.

Read more about these changes in our December 2020 issue.
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EVENTS / The role of subsurface research labs in delivering net zero: realising the potential of UKGEOS
  • Date & time: 3rd/4th February 2021 at 10.45am-3pm each day
  • Location: Virtual conference

A range of energy resources, infrastructures and technologies are likely to be required as part of the transition to a low-carbon energy system and net zero. The new £31 million UK Geo-energy Observatories (UKGEOS) will facilitate research that improves understanding of subsurface energy developments.

Visit our website for event details and how to register.
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EVENTS / Discussion Group - How does glacial erosion control tectonics in mountain belts?
  • Date & time: 10th February 2021 at 7pm (event to open at 6.30pm)
  • Location: Virtual event

The Discussion Group kicks off 2021 with their first virtual meeting of the year with special guest speaker Dr Matt Fox from UCL asking ‘How does glacial erosion control tectonics in mountain belts?’

To register please contact
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EVENTS / Plastics in the Environment Conference
  • Date: 15th February 2021
  • Location: Virtual event

This one-day meeting will bring together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines (hydrology, sedimentology, geochemistry, Earth science, biology) to discuss the fate of plastics in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. It will also seek to foster conversation between these different communities to facilitate a more holistic approach towards understanding plastic in the environment.

Find out more and register here.

LIBRARY / Exclusive to Fellows – Free access to over 60 e-books!

Society Fellows can enjoy free access to over 60 e-books via the Library using an OpenAthens account. 

Titles have been selected in order to make the e-book collection as broad as possible and to cover the range of interests and professional backgrounds of members. Topics covered include engineering geology, hydrogeology, structural geology, palaeontology, climate change and more. There are also regional geology titles, such as Geological History of Britain and Ireland and Geological Atlas of Africa

Check out the Library Catalogue to discover this Fellows-only resource and click on the “Read Me” button beside each book to gain access. 

If you’ve yet to register for an OpenAthens account please download the registration form and return to us in order to take advantage of this fantastic benefit for all Fellows.

Please visit our website for the latest information on Library services during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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PUBLICATIONS/ Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES³) has now officially launched!

We’re delighted to announce that our first fully gold open access journal, Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES³), officially launched on 4th January 2021.

The journal’s subject scope covers the broad spectrum of Earth science, and is headed up by Chief Editor Dr Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey).

ES³ provides authors with a dedicated route to open access publication, and welcomes engagement from both new and previous contributors.

Discover more.
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PUBLICATIONS/ New release - The Middle and Late Jurassic Intrashelf Basin of the Eastern Arabian Peninsula
By A.O. Wilson

This memoir provides a thorough review of the geology of the rimmed Arabian Intrashelf Basin, reconciling differing interpretations of lithostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy.  Variation of energy levels and facies due to its setting in the SE palaeotradewind belt are described.

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PUBLICATIONS/ New release - The Changing Role of Geological Surveys 
Edited by P.R. Hill, D. Lebel, M. Hitzman, M. Smelror and H. Thorleifson

Senior managers and Heads of Geological Survey Organizations (GSOs) from around the world have contributed a collection of papers to provide a benchmark on how GSOs are responding to national and international needs in a rapidly changing world. GSOs continue to provide key scientific information about Earth systems, natural hazards and climate change.

Read more.

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REGIONAL GROUPS / West Midlands Regional Group lecture: The assessment of landslide hazard and risk, using UK and Hong Kong examples
  • Date & Time: 9th February 2021 at 6.30pm
  • Location: Virtual meeting 

Join the West Midlands Regional Group for their February virtual lecture with guest speaker Steve Parry of Parry Engineering Geological Services.

See our website for details.
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