Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


The Lyell Centre
Akvaplan-niva has visited the Lyell Centre, a strategic partnership between British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University (HWU).


13 June 2019

BGS staff member Melanie Leng
Professor Melanie Leng, Chief Scientist for Environmental Change Adaptation and Resilience at the British Geological Survey (BGS) was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019.


11 June 2019

Satellite images are increasingly used

NERC has awarded £950 000 to the Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET) via its National Capability funding.

The BGS has worked with NERC since 2014 to deliver cutting-edge research on earthquakes and volcanoes, as well as hazard monitoring services, through COMET.

COMET brings together satellite measurements, ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and to help understand the hazards they pose, for national and public good. These activities enable COMET and the wider research community to produce a broad range of world-leading research.



7 June 2019

The Lyell Centre

Richard Lochhead, the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, is updated on the capabilities of the Lyell Centre’s RD2 drill system by offshore electrical engineer Michael Wilson.



29 May 2019

14 mile landslide NH 55, Darjeeling

The BGS has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) alongside King’s College London (KCL) with the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita). The three institutions will be collaborating on landslide research activities that will mutually benefit India and the UK.

The main aim is to develop regional thresholds for landslide warnings from the real-time data of Amrita’s field deployments in the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.



23 May 2019

BGS Edinburgh Open Day

Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) will be introducing people of all ages to the depths of our research and knowledge at the Edinburgh Science Festival next week.

During the day on Tuesday 16 April, a team of BGS geologists, seismologists, volcanologists, marine geoscientists, informatics experts and more, will host a drop-in event at the festival, called 'Delving Into The Deep'. A wide range of creative, hands-on activities will be on offer to help children and adults better understand the work that we do in the UK and around the world.



11 April 2019

NEIF laboratory

Five of the UK’s leading research institutions — the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC), the University of Bristol, the University of Oxford and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) — have joined forces to create a new national isotope facility.

The new facility, which includes laboratories across the UK, will drive advances in the earth and environmental sciences, spanning 4.6 billion years of earth system evolution. Research conducted through the National Environmental Isotope Facility (NEIF) will focus on a wide range of earth processes, from earthquakes and ecosystem function to human evolution and climate change.

NEIF is funded by the UK Research and Innovation and the Natural Environment Research Council (UKRI-NERC), and will streamline how the UK’s earth and environmental research community accesses some of the most cutting-edge analytical instrumentation, expertise and training available.



11 April 2019

Ocean image
The volcano, Anak Krakatau (‘Child of Krakatoa’) located between Java and Sumatra collapsed in December 2018, causing a devastating tsunami which killed hundreds of people, displacing tens of thousands more living on the coasts of Indonesia. Recent scientific research has found that the tsunami was caused by an eruption-triggered landslide generated as the volcano collapsed into the Sunda Strait.


9 April 2019

The Lyell Centre

The Liberal Democrat politician for Orkney Islands, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group for Science and Technology, and Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was greeted by Dr Tracy Shimmield, Director of the Lyell Centre.



28 February 2019

Borehole drilling

Granite from Cornwall will be examined by UK scientists as part of a £1.8 million project in order to help the country increase its use of geothermal energy.

Cornwall’s heat-producing granite has already made the area a hotbed for geothermal exploration. In late 2018, drilling began at the £18m United Downs project near Redruth, where engineers hope there could be enough resource to provide electricity for 3000 homes.

Now, scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS), Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and the Camborne School of Mines at Exeter University will work with industrial partners Geothermal Engineering Limited, GeoScience, and Computer Modelling Group, together with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership on a new project that will give south west England and the wider UK the knowledge it needs to harness the abundant geothermal energy beneath its surface.

Further information on BGS geothermal research:

Geothermal energy - what is it?



19 February 2019