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Support with your fees

We may be able to help if you are on a reduced income due to not working, illness or raising a family. If this applies to you, please complete our concession request form.

Please note that if you are unemployed but seeking work and would like to apply for concession, please send your request after 1 January 2021.

Benefits of Membership

Geofacets-GSL Millennium Edition - an exclusive free service for Fellows

Geofacets-GSL Millennium Edition is free for all Fellows. Fellows have the opportunity to gain exclusive individual access to over 37,500 maps from the books and journals in the Lyell Collection, from 2000 to present, all through the Geofacets platform.

This innovative map-based research tool offers downloadable, geo-referenced maps, accompanied by metadata, article abstracts and read-only PDFs from the original articles in the Lyell Collection.

Access to publicationsFree online access to one GSL journal option

Fellows may choose free online access to one of the following journal options:

  • Combined journal option (Journal of the Geological Society and Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology)
  • Petroleum Geoscience - The International journal of geoenergy and applied Earth science, or
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis

Free online access to the Book Archive (500 books on the Lyell Collection)

All Fellows receive free access to the online Book Archive, comprising Special Publications, Engineering Geology Special Publications and Memoirs published prior to the current year plus three prior years.

For a small additional fee, Fellows can upgrade to include:

  • Online subscriptions to other journals published by GSL
  • The full Book Collection - the Book Archive PLUS new books published within the last 4 years

Lyell Collection

Access to selected content on the Lyell Collection

The Lyell Collection is an online collection comprising of the Society’s journal titles, Special Publications and key book series. Please see the Access for Fellows page for details of member access entitlements.

PLUS Fellows can receive:

Open Access Publishing

Fellows receive discounted rates for open access publishing in GSL journals.

Access to EventsThe Geological Society organises a programme of high quality lectures and events across the UK and internationally where Fellows have the opportunity to expand knowledge and network with other professionals across a variety of disciplines. 

Our events calendar is packed full of conferences, training courses, field trips and lectures. As a Fellow of the Society you are entitled to:

  • Reduced conference rates
  • Discounted venue hire rates

Access to Burlington House

As a Fellow you have access to our prestigious Central London apartments which are ideal for meetings, work and study. We are located in the heart of London and have free Wifi access and power points in our public areas which include the Lyell Room and Lower Library.

Please note: space is available on a first come basis.

Access to Library

The Geological Society houses one of the largest collections of geological literature in the world, with around 300,000 volumes of books and serials and over 40,000 maps.

The Geological Society Library is a research library which offers its Fellows the best of both worlds: rich historical and archive collections as well as the most up to-date information resources in print and electronic formats. We currently subscribe to over 600 journal titles.

The Library is able to provide users with a range of services including:

  • 100+ e-journals and over 30 e-books available onsite or remotely the the GSL Library portal.
  • New online library catalogue with access to online renewals & requests, loan history and customisable bibliographies.
  • Loans (including postal loans) of books, journals and maps
  • Document delivery and inter-library loan services
  • Literature Search and enquiry services

The Library is open Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm for use by Fellows, Candidate Fellows and members of Corporate Affiliate companies.

Outreach activitiesThe Society works to advance knowledge and understanding of geoscience and of the work of professional geoscientists to policy makers, the media, those in education and wider public audiences. This work depends on the support and engagement of our Fellows.

Recent highlights include:

ChartershipThe Society provides it's Fellows with a range of services to aid professional and career development.


Fellows can gain professional qualifications by applying for Chartership and we offer two pathways to Chartership:

Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered Geologist (CGeol)

Both require high standards of knowledge competenence and professionalism and are recognised in the UK and a number of other countries. Being a Chartered Geologist opens the door for further qualifcations such as: SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition) RoGEP (Register of Ground Engineering Professionals) and CSCS cards (Construction Skills Certification Scheme).

In addition the title of Chartered Geoloigist is a pre-requisite to be a competent person under the PERC and many other international reserves and resouces reporting codes in the CRIRSCO family. As a Chartered Geologist you can apply for the highly regarded European Geologist title and we have reciprocal arrangements with the AAPG, the AIPG and IGI under which we mutually recognise the equivalence of each other's professional qualifications.

Chartered Geologists can purchase the Professional Chartered stamp which can be used to indicate professional status on documents, drawings and letters and can download the electronic CGeol logo to use with their e-signatures.


If you are working towards Chartership and would like a mentor the Society can help you find someone to guide you through the process. More information is on our mentoring pages.

Endorsed training courses

Discounts are available to Fellows on our endorsed training courses allowing you to further develop your knowledge and experience. Endorsed training courses are indicated as such within the Events calendar.

Fellows Directory

Free registration in our Fellowship Directory allows you to promote your membership.

Tax deductible fees

If you are a UK taxpayer, you may be able to save up to 40% of the cost of your membership. You can download a form and instructions at

Membership offerDiscounted RAS membership

The Geological Society and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), have agreed that Fellows who are members of both Societies will receive a 25% discount off the RAS rate 3 and GSL 34 - 59 age band of membership fees.

  For futher details see the RAS Offer


Regional and Specialist GroupsThere are 15 Regional Groups in the UK and one in Hong Kong which organise scientific, technical, professional and social events locally and all Fellows are allocated to their nearest group.

The Society also has 20 Specialist Groups and Joint Associations catering for most aspects of modern Earth science. Fellows are free to join as many groups as they wish to promote their interests and facilitate networking.

Your local/selected group will email you directly so please ensure your email address and mailing status is up to date with the Geological Society membership team.

For more information about our Regional and Specialist Group including contact details and upcoming events see

Additional benefits


Free to Fellows, the Society’s monthly colour magazine has news, views, features and an events calendar. The online version and archive are accessible at any time.

Fellows can also engage with the publication through letters and writing book reviews.

Lifestyle benefits

Carefully selected benefits for our Fellows include discounts at TM Lewin and Cotswold Outdoor.