Read all the latest news in Issue 416 of our fortnightly Society newsletter.
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Monday 18 October 2021
Welcome to Issue 416 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

  • Membership: Renew your membership online today and enjoy a range of benefits
  • Society: Applications now open for our 2022 research grants
  • Library: E-book of the month - Tectonic Geomorphology
  • Policy: GSL at COP26 - find out more
  • Publications: New Special Publication released on "Applications of Non-Pollen Palynomorphs"​​​​​​​
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MEMBERSHIP/ Renew your membership

Wherever you are on your geoscience career path we have a wide range of benefits available so renew today! You can renew your membership online anytime via your MyGSL account.

Spread the cost over 12 monthly instalments and pay by Direct Debit at no extra cost (simply select Direct Debit as your payment option when you renew via MyGSL by 20 October 2021). For further details visit our website or contact our membership team at

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SOCIETY/ 2022 Research grants

Applications are open for our 2022 research grants, which provide financial support on a variety of research projects/activities. See our 2021 recipients to learn more about the research supported last year.

For further details on how to apply and to download the forms please visit our website.

Applications close on 4 February 2022 
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LIBRARY/ E-Book of the Month – Tectonic Geomorphology

Our featured e-book for October is Tectonic Geomorphology, which focuses on the current understanding of the dynamic interplay between surface processes and active tectonics. Ranging from the timescales of individual earthquakes to the growth and decay of mountain belts, it provides a synthesis of modern research for both students and practicing geologists.

Fellows can enjoy free access to 60+ e-books via an OpenAthens login. If you’ve yet to register please download the registration form and return to the Library.

For more information on our Library services, please visit our website.
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More events
EVENTS/ Highlights from our events calendar

The following events are all virtual:
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Find out more
POLICY/ The Geological Society at COP26

On behalf of the geoscience community, a delegation of representatives will attend the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) to observe negotiations and represent the role of the geosciences during international climate policy negotiations. Follow us on social media to keep up with what's going on, and check out our blog for coverage.  

Head to our website to find out more about our work to understand and raise awareness of the various ways that geoscience will underpin our global decarbonisation goals. 
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YEAR OF SPACE/ Upcoming lecture - The Icy Moons

Our Year of Space 2021 lecture series continues with an exciting exploration of The Icy Moons with Claire Cousins from the University of St Andrews.

This is a free to attend virtual event taking place on Wednesday 20 October at 13.00 BST

Register here
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Enjoy the tour
YEAR OF SPACE/ Missed your chance to visit Spacescapes? Take a virtual tour!

Our free outdoor exhibition in the Burlington House courtyard is now closed, but you can still tour the exhibits in virtual reality with our online tour.
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EDUCATION/ Geoscience fun packs for children from income deprived areas

Thanks to funding for the Year of Space 2021, our Education team have recently created 400 geoscience fun packs, which will be distributed to children and families from income deprived areas via a food distribution network facilitated by RacketsCubed and the Felix Project.

The packs feature merchandise from the UK Space Agency, including an astronaut handbook, geoscience factsheets and activity sheet, badges, a rock set and a make your own solar system pack. 

Thanks go out to everyone involved!

If you would like to support us in inspiring future generations please contact us at
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POLICY/ Achieving Net Zero: A future without coal?

Join Professor Julian Allwood and the Institution of Environmental Sciences for a nuanced and realistic discussion about the road to Net Zero and the future of coal.

This virtual webinar takes place on 18 October at 12.30pm BST
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PUBLICATIONS/  NEW! Applications of Non-Pollen Palynomorphs: from Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions to Biostratigraphy

Edited by F. Marret, J. O’Keefe, P. Osterloff and M. Pound

This long-awaited book about non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs) aims to cover gaps in our knowledge of these abundant but understudied palynological remains.

Buy your copy today!

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