Read all the latest news in Issue 421 of our fortnightly Society newsletter.
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Monday 27 December 2021
Welcome to Issue 421 of the fortnightly Society newsletter.


As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to thank you for all your support through another challenging year. As we wish you all a peaceful and restful winter break, we are delighted to share our highlights from this year, and some of what you can expect from us in 2022.
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PUBLICATIONS/ Launch of ES3 - our first fully gold open access journal

January 2021 saw the launch of Earth Science, Systems and Society (ES3), our first fully gold open access not-for-profit journal.

With a particular focus on cross-disciplinary research related to sustainability in society, it's first published articles included subjects such as sustainable offshore wind power, subsurface CO
storage and flooding in the Kashmir Valley.

Visit the website to read first papers and find out more about submitting to the Journal, or contact our Head of Editorial Development, David Boyt
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GEOSCIENTIST/ Quarterly magazine and new website

March 2021 saw the launch of our brand new website Geoscientist Online along with the first of our quarterly Geoscientist magazines.

The response to both the website and new look magazine has been extremely positive and we look forward to providing the same high quality content into 2022.

Read our
Winter 2021 issue today, and catch up on all our 2021 issues at the website.
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YEAR OF SPACE/ A landmark free, outdoor, public exhibition, brand new resources and activities, an exciting public lecture series and more

Our 2021 Year of Space provided a galactic 12 months and included an enthralling free public lecture series which took us on a journey through the Solar System and onto the lesser explored corners of the universe.

During the summer our first ever free, outdoor exhibition 
Spacescapes- Postcards from our Solar System provided a spectacular photographic display which explored the ways in which understanding the Earth enables us to uncover the history of other planetary bodies. If you didnt manage to catch it in person or simply wish to enjoy it all over again visit our virtual tour

In addition, we now have some fantastic space related educational resources available on our website including
posters, activities and factsheets.
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MEMBERSHIP/ Joining us is easier, and more accessible, than ever before

This year we revised our membership model to provide a fairer and more accessible structure for all. Your membership category is now decided based on where you are in your geoscience career, with a wide range of concessions and flexibility to help you join for the first time, or stay with us as your circumstances change.

Visit our
website today to find out more.
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OUTREACH/ Record-breaking Public Lecture series

In 2021 we continued to run our long-standing Public Lecture series online V and over 10,000 people joined us to learn something new!

Throughout the year, ten fantastic speakers from institutions around the world joined us virtually to share their passion and expertise with the public on YouTube and Zoom. Catch up with the whole series at a time that suits you at
Public Lectures 2021 - YouTube.

We cant wait to welcome you back in 2022. Take a look at our
website to see what we have planned.
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POLICY/ Climate change, COP26 and geoscience

In November we attended COP26, the annual global United Nations climate summit, held this year in Glasgow. We sent a delegation of staff and Fellows to raise awareness of the many ways in which geoscience is critical to delivering solutions that mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Visit our website to find coverage of all of our work around COP26, including publications, blogs and on-the-ground reporting. You can also watch a video of our dedicated event "Hydrogen - a silver bullet or a red herring?" and access our education and outreach resources on climate change and decarbonisation. 
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LIBRARY/ Ensuring continuous Library services plus five new online exhibitions

Despite the challenges 2021 has brought, we worked hard to ensure continuous service from our Library throughout. On top of regular services, the Library curated a variety of online exhibitions, including Mary Anning and The Geological Society, The Three (Thames) Tunnels and Brixham Cave and the Antiquity of Man.

Our Library is currently CLOSED to visitors, however staff will continue to visit on a weekly basis to process postal loans, document supply and other enquiries. For more information please visit our
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EVENTS/ A growing program of successful online CPD training

Despite the adversity of another disrupted year of in-person events, we are proud to have provided a wide and varied events program throughout 2021.

Our new online
CPD training courses proved to be very popular, and we are delighted to be launching new sessions in 2022.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022/ A new focus for our science program
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We have been working hard behind the scenes to build on the incredible success of our Themed Year program by launching four brand new strategic science themes:

- Energy Transition

- Climate & Ecology

- Geohazards, Georesilience & Geoengineering

- Planetary Science

These themes will run simultaneously over the next few years, bringing multiple new areas of focus to our upcoming program of activities and events. Find out more about what you can expect from these themes at our
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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2022/ The Year of Sustainability

2022 will mark the end of our long-standing Themed Year program. Take a look at the wealth of resources and events we have created throughout this series and share your favourite memories and stories of the Themed Year program with us at

In the Year of Sustainability we will explore the role geologists play in delivering the energy transition and meeting the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a variety of research conferences, lectures and education and outreach activities.

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