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The Society offers many ways in which Fellows can get involved with what we do. Find out how you can take part.

Volunteer Opportunity: Digital Geoscience Champion

Big data and advanced computing techniques are becoming increasingly important to research and practice in the geosciences. Many of the techniques currently being developed and refined will prove to have utility across different Earth science disciplines. The Society is seeking to stimulate discussion and exposure of the digital geosciences across its science programme, and is seeking a volunteer to serve in the role of Digital Geoscience Champion.

It is expected that this volunteer will work to embed a digital awareness across the Society’s science programme of lectures, conferences and publications. They will work with scientific theme leaders, conference convenors and others to encourage the representation of digitally-driven research in events, activities and outreach. They will bring expertise and leadership to identify and facilitate opportunities for science initiatives, roundtables and other events within the broader digital theme. Further information on the anticipated outputs and support provided by the Society can be found here.

The role will report to the Chair of the Science Committee for strategic guidance, and to the Society’s Director of Science and Communications to ensure alignment with other Society initiatives. It is expected that the role will require 1-2 days per month. The theme is expected to last three to five years, and applicants will need to make a minimum commitment of 18 months.

Applicants will have experience of and a passion for using numerical and computing techniques to addressing one or more geoscience disciplines or problems. They will also have an enthusiasm for working with researchers and practitioners from a range of fields to grow digital capabilities. 

This is an exciting opportunity to influence and inspire the Society’s science programme. The successful applicant(s) can expect to receive appropriate levels of support from Society staff, discounted membership and event registration fees, mentoring and development opportunities. Reasonable expenses will be met. The Society is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and is an equal opportunity employer. We expect this role to be predominantly remote, and therefore invite applications from any location.

To apply, send a statement expressing your interest in the role and your CV to the Director of Science and Communications, Alicia Newton, by 20 September 2021. 

Policy responses

As the national forum for the debate and development of cutting edge Earth science, the Geological Society has a special responsibility to communicate this science and its importance to society, to government, the media, other scientific communities and the general public.

We do this through responding to inquiries and consultations from government, parliament and third sector bodies as well as producing policy statements and briefings on important themes such as shale gas, climate change and rare Earth minerals.

None of this is possible without the engagement of our Fellows and the wider Earth science community – to get involved, contact policy@geolsoc.org.uk.

See previous responses made in our policy responses section.

Join a committee

We are currently recruiting members for the External Relations Committee

The Geological Society are looking for two to three individuals to join its External Relations Committee, one of six standing committees that report directly to Council. The Committee supports the Society’s work on themes including education, communications and outreach, policy, international engagement, geoconservation, and diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Membership of the committee involves active participation in three meetings a year (total 9 hours/year), review of papers in advance of meetings (total 6 hours/year), and providing advice and support to the Society’s staff on one or more areas of work (total 9 hours/year). Engagement is currently virtual, and will likely remain as such after all restrictions have lifted.

To complement our existing membership, we are particularly keen to hear from those who consider themselves ‘early-career’, those from outside the United Kingdom, and those with experience and interests in science communication, international networks, or policy. Committee members are typically Fellows of the Society, but we will consider applications from those with relevant expertise who are members of other Societies (e.g., the Chartered Institute of Public Relations).

Applications should consist of no more than one side of A4 explaining any relevant experience, and your motivation for joining this committee, and should be sent to the Director of Science and Communications, Alicia Newton, by 15 September.

Informal queries should be directed to Dr Joel C. Gill (Secretary, Foreign and External Affairs).

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Fellows of the Society are welcome to volunteer to join one of the Society's reporting committees. Find out more about the committees and read recent minutes on the committee pages.

To express and interest in joining a committee, please contact Christina Marron.

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Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is held annually in October with a set theme. The outreach team are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to run events and activities during the week.

You can download an information pack and find out more on the Earth Science Week pages or contact outreach@geolsoc.org.uk.

Sponsor a book or a fish

The Sponsor a Book scheme has been running since 2008 raising over £8,000 and has helped the restoration, repair and conservation of 27 volumes from the collection.

The Sponsor a Fish scheme was launched in August 2011 to conserve and digitise the fossil fish portfolio of Louis Agassiz (1807-1873).

Each scheme is ongoing and more information is available on the webpages and directly from the Library.

Write a blog article

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The Geological Society blog covers stories on a vast range of topics, from new research and findings to geological baking! 

We are always looking for volunteers to write content for the blog – if you are interesting in writing a post about anything geological, please contact Alicia Newton via alicia.newton@geolsoc.org.uk

Become a Chartership Mentor

Mentors play a vital role in supporting Fellows whilst they are preparing for Chartership.

The Geological Society's mentoring scheme offers guidance on the mentoring relationship. A mentor is a person who assists another to grow, acquire new skills and insights, and develop his or her potential.

Find out more about becoming a mentor in the Chartership section.

Participate in a Specialist or Regional Group

Take an active role in your region or in your geological specialism by joining one of the Society’s Regional and Specialist Groups. With over 30 groups in total, there's something for everyone.

Find contacts for each Specialist or Regional Group in the Groups section.

Write a book review

Geoscientist magazine features reviews of current and upcoming publications, all of which are written by Fellows. If you would like to review a title, you can find the list of current available publications in our book review section.

For more information, contact amy.whitchurch@geolsoc.org.uk.

Join the Geological Society STEM School Ambassadors Scheme

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We think it is essential for younger generations to gain a broad understanding of geoscience, as it underpins so many of society’s most challenging issues.

Ambassadors give geoscience talks, careers information and other support in schools. Becoming an ambassador could benefit your professional development; free training and resources are provided.

If you are interested in signing up to become a Geological Society STEM Ambassador or just wish to find out more about the scheme visit our webpages or email education@geolsoc.org.uk.