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Call for nominations

Membership of Council enables you to influence the role of the Society in acting as a respected voice, serving science, the profession of geoscience and society, writes Steph Jones.

BHNewGatesresized.JPGWould you consider standing, to become a member both of Council and one or more of its committees?

You will be able to play an active role in the formulation and delivery of the Society's scientific and professional strategy, and help to facilitate the communication of new scientific findings, engagement with policy makers, the media and the public, and the certification of good practice in education and the profession.

Each of Council’s 23 members is a trustee of the Society, accountable to the Fellows and to other stakeholders and regulators, such as the Charity Commission.  The prime responsibility of trustees is to oversee Society affairs and to act prudently in the management of its financial resources. 

Council meets five times a year, usually on a Wednesday.  Four of those meetings take place in the afternoon beginning at 14.00 and finishing at 17.00.  In addition there is a two-day residential meeting, usually in late September, to discuss major strategic issues. 

All Council members also serve on one of the standing committees (External Relations, Finance & Planning, Professional, Publications & Information and Science).   These usually meet three or four times a year, mostly in person but sometimes virtually.  Council members are sometimes also asked to join other committees or short-term working groups.  The typical time commitment is eight to 10 days annually for ordinary members of Council.

  • Nominations must be received no later than noon on Friday 5 January 2018.  Details of the nomination process are on the form included with this month’s Geoscientist and also on the Governance section of the website, where you can also see the names of those members of Council due to retire at the AGM in June 2018. Website