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Council nominations – reminder

Fellows are reminded that the closing date for the receipt of nominations for Council is 12noon on Friday, 3 January 2020.  

Council appointment is open to any Fellow irrespective of age, gender, employment or career stage who wishes to contribute to the running of the Society and their own personal development by so doing. The Society aims for its Council membership to reflect the diverse community it serves in the UK and internationally. As part of our commitment to ensuring a more diverse and inclusive representation on our Council, we particularly welcome nominations from currently under-represented groups, allowing Council to better reflect the community it serves. 

Nominations from candidates with trustee experience are very welcome.  Knowledge and experience of scholarly publishing and of fund-raising are also useful.   We also encourage nominations from post-doctoral researchers, early and mid-career academic and industry scientists. Additionally, Graham Goffey (Treasurer), will stand down in June 2021 and candidates with an interest in this role and suitable experience will be much appreciated.  The time commitment for the Treasurer is greater and Graham would be happy to speak to anyone who might be interested.  There is a role description available on request. 

Details of the process are on the nomination forms and in the Governance section of the website: 

Christmas and New Year closure

The Society (London and Bath) will close to Fellows at 15.00 on Friday, 20 December, re-opening at 09.30 on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

In addition, the Publishing House will be closed on the afternoon of Tuesday 17 December, and Burlington House will be closed on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 December, both from 12 noon. 

Research Grants

Applications are invited for the 2020 round of the Society research grants.  Please download the form from the Society Awards and Research Grants page at where you will also find information about all the grants.   

The Research Grants committee meets once annually.  Applications must reach the Society no later than 12 noon on 3 February 2020 and must be supported by two Fellows of the Society who must each complete a supporting statement form.   The committee will only consider complete applications on the appropriate form.       

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The President of the Society is an ex-officio Commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.  Applications are open for their various awards, including Research Fellowships.  For further information please go to: 

Renew your Fellowship now!

Don’t forget, if you haven’t yet renewed your Fellowship, do so before 31st December 2019 to avoid loss in services such as

  • Online CPD
  • Geofacets
  • Library services

You can renew any time via the MyGSL member portal or via the automated telephone payment service on +44 (0)330 088 3447. If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact the Fellowship Office. For further details visit

Chartered Fellows

Don’t forget to update your CPD records for 2019 using the MyGSL member portal. You can also start your 2020 CPD from 1 January by adding your objectives for the year ahead. If you are recording elsewhere please indicate this via the portal by selecting the ‘I’m recording elsewhere’ option. If you are retired and no longer offering services, please update your employment status. For more details about the Society’s CPD scheme please visit