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COVID-19 update from the Geological Society

A message from Richard Hughes, Executive Secretary

20 March 2020

Dear Fellows and friends,

As we all come to terms with the impacts of Coronavirus, I’m writing to keep you informed about the steps we’re taking to maintain our services in support of our science, profession and society.

Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcements earlier this week the Geological Society’s main office at Burlington House and our Publishing House in Bath closed on Tuesday March 17th. The initial closure period was until the end of March, but it is now extended until the end of April. Further information will be provided in due course.

Our staff are now working from home, making every effort to continue to deliver our services with a minimum of disruption to you, the Fellowship, and our many friends and supporters. There will inevitably be some disruption in areas where a physical presence is needed in the offices such as the fulfilment of bookshop orders, but we’re striving to keep such disruption to an absolute minimum. All events have been cancelled or postponed until the end of May, and our Regional and Specialist Groups have also suspended meetings.

On a more positive note the publication of Geoscientist will continue, so expect your copies to arrive as usual and do keep those articles coming. Journal and book publication will also continue as normal so consider submitting your research or visiting the Lyell Collection to read the latest articles.

There is a vast collection of resources on our Education, Careers, Outreach and Policy web pages, and don’t forget that our online Library services, catalogues, and picture library remain available. Remember that you have access to your chosen journal(s) and the book archive as a Fellowship benefit. The Fellowship and Chartership teams continue to deal with your enquiries, and there may never have been a better opportunity to ensure your CPD records are up to date.

I know you all have a lot to think about but I want to thank you for your continued support of the Society during these unprecedented times. On behalf of the Society I wish you and yours continued safety and good health.

Best wishes,

RH