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Fellowship Renewals

Every year at this time we remind Fellows to renew their Fellowship for the current year, or face being struck off – with the subsequent inconvenience of having to re-apply.  For the Society, late payment results in additional costs and administration.  We must ensure that optimum use is made of Society resources and we rely on the support of Fellows to achieve this.  Time is running out for you to renew your Fellowship.  To ensure that you continue to support and belong to your professional body, please renew today, preferably online via the web site; or you can call Burlington House and ask for the Fellowship Department.

Richard Hughes, Executive Secretary

Upcoming Council and OGM Meetings

The dates for meetings of Council and Ordinary General Meetings until June 2021 will be as follows:

2020: 8 April, 17 June, 8 September, 25 November.  2021: 27 January, 7 April, 23 June

News from the Publishing House

Neal Marriott, the Society’s Director of Publishing, stood down from his role at end of January 2020. Neal has been with the Society for nearly 18 years, having joined early in 2002. During that time Neal led the Publishing House team in transforming the Society’s publishing operation from a print-based to an online business supported by a range of publishing technologies. Key amongst these developments was the launch of the Lyell Collection in 2007, which now forms the base for all our online publications and services. The continuing successes of Society’s scholarly communications are due to Neal’s exemplary leadership and the excellent work of the Publishing House team.  Neal will not be leaving the Society altogether, and will be working on a review of our Library and Information Services throughout 2020.

I’m delighted to announce that Neal’s successor as Director of Publishing is Maggie Simmons. Maggie joined the Society from the Institute of Physics in mid-2018 as Head of Editorial Development, and we wish her every success in her new role.

Richard Hughes, Executive Secretary 

ZEISS-GSL Scholarship for PhD Fellows

The 2020 ZEISS-GSL Scholarship applications are now open with up to £8000 available for Geological Society Fellows undertaking PhD Earth Science projects. Your research could be in volcanology, planetary geology, palaeobiology, petrology, structural geology - as long as your project involves a level of innovative microscopy then you can apply for the scholarship.

More information, including the application form and our terms and conditions, can be found on our webpage:

Please not that completed applications should be sent to by 16 March 2020 (23:55 GMT).