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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

Demystifying exploration for the City

Peter Dolan and Colin Summerhayes of the Development and Fundraising Committee have begun building contacts with city firms

Geoscientist 22.06 July 2012

The City of LondonThe Society’s newly formed City of London Geoscience Forum (CLGF) held its third meeting at the Society’s apartments on 20 April 2012. With the title ‘Demystifying Emerging Exploration Techniques’, the meeting was kindly sponsored by one of our Corporate Affiliates, Ophir Energy plc. The event was designed for an invited audience of oil & gas analysts and investment fund managers, who are respectively concerned with evaluating and valuing oil and gas exploration and production companies, and making investments in such companies. To carry out their tasks most effectively they need to understand both the inherent prospectivity of companies’ portfolios of acreage and the technical and operational risks associated with ‘monetising’ the assets.

To assist in this understanding, the CLGF brought together a slate of 8 independent service company presenters to speak on leading edge developments in seismic acquisition and processing, non-seismic geophysical techniques, pressure prediction, drilling innovations and the rigour required to produce a trustworthy Competent Person’s Report (CPR). For those not familiar with these documents, a CPR report is compiled by qualified consultants who are accepted by all parties with a vested interest as being those most qualified to opine independently on the merits and valuation of a company’s assets. The speakers all spoke to the same format: what is new, what is promised, what are the pitfalls and how can the new methods help to inform an investment decision.

In discussions during lunch, the value of chartering geoscientists came to the fore, with some interest being displayed in the guarantee of standards provided to companies by CPR authors having chartered status. Future meetings will extend the Society’s outreach to this sector, which ultimately funds the development of natural resources and provides some, if not most, of the raison d’être for our profession and Society.