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Presidents Day 2019

06 June 2019
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Event type:
AGM, Social Event, Lecture
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Geological Society Events
Burlington House, London
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Watch the Livestream of the Awards Ceremony -

President's day is a key annual event for the Geological Society. 

All Fellows are welcome to attend the AGM and Awards Ceremony. 

11:00am - The day will begin with the Annual General Meeting.

AGM Agenda

  • Apologies
  • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 6 June 2018 
  • Appointment of Scrutineers for the ballots for Council and Officers 
  • Ballot for Council 
  • Annual Report and Accounts for 2018
    • President’s Report
    • Secretaries’ Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
  • Geoscientist
  • Comments from Fellows
  • Report of Scrutineers on the ballot for Council
  • Ballot for Officers
  • Fellowship subscriptions for 2020
  • Deaths
  • Appointment of Auditors
  • Report of Scrutineers on the ballot for Officers 
  • Any other business
  • Provisional date of next Annual General Meeting 

12:30pm -  Following the AGM there will be a buffet lunch* with the award winners

2:00pm - The Awards Ceremony - The 2019 awards will be presented to the winners

3:15pm - The Awards Ceremony will be followed by presentations from the Lyell, Murchison, William Smith and Wollaston medallists. 

5:40 - 7:30pm - Drinks reception

*There is an charge of £28 per person for the buffet lunch. To register please contact

Senior Medallist's presentations

As in previous years, the recipients of the major medals are invited to give a short talk on their subject.

Lyell medallist

Nick Kusznir, Professor of Geophysics, University of Liverpool

Understanding the Ocean-Continent Transition - Geology and Geophysics in Deep Water

Over the last 3 decades there has been a revolution in our understanding of the processes leading to the structure of rifted continental margins and their formation. This has been achieved by international multidisciplinary collaboration involving a large number of scientists, to which the UK has made a significant contribution. Rifted margins form during continental breakup, a fundamental component of plate tectonics and the Wilson Cycle. Understanding their structure and formation is important to not only academic Earth Science but also the exploration for deepwater oil and gas. 

The structure of the ocean-continent transition is diverse, ranging from magma-poor margins where mantle is exposed at the sea-bed to magma-rich margins with thick piles of magmatic material, much thicker than adjacent oceanic crust. Together with collaborators in industry and academia, we have developed new quantitative methods integrating geophysical, geodynamic and stratigraphic analysis to investigate rifted margin structure in their diverse forms. We have also developed new techniques using satellite-derived gravity data to map globally oceanic crustal thickness and ocean-continent transition structure. 

This includes the first comprehensive crustal thickness maps for the Arctic and Antarctic. These observations have led to the development and successful testing of new models of continental lithosphere stretching and thinning leading to continental break-up and sea-floor spreading. Our improved understanding of rifted margins formation process and structure also has important implications for the closure of oceans during continental collision and the formation of mountain belts, the other part of the Wilson cycle.

Murchison medallist

Marian Holness, Professor of Petrology, University of Cambridge

No more need for speculation?: the microstructural legacy of fluid dynamical behaviour in solidifying mafic intrusions

William Smith medallist

Frances Wall, Professor of Applied Mineralogy, Camborne School of Mines

Responsible Manufacturing: Geologists help get it right from the start

Wollaston medallist

Edward Stolper, William E. Leonhard Professor of Geology, Caltech

Why do the interiors of planets partially melt?

Melting in their interiors and the resulting igneous activity directly or indirectly influences much of the geological evolution of the rocky planets. For the earth, this influence includes differentiation into its planetary scale structure (i.e., the core, mantle, and crust); the engine that drives plate tectonics; the origin and history of the atmosphere; aspects of climate change; the origin of certain ore deposits; and effects on the history of life.  

Understanding the processes by which such melting occurs within the earth and other planets is important for understanding the role of igneous activity in geological history. In my talk I will emphasise the key variables that control mantle melting and some simple (and, I hope, easy to remember) insights that result from consideration of these variables.

Geolsoc Contact

Stephanie Jones

The Geological Society
Burlington House