Prof John Ludden CBE

Prof John Ludden

BGS Executive Director

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3226

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Executive Director at the BGS since 2006, John Ludden has held numerous science direction and management posts. He was Director of the Earth Sciences Division at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and also served as Director of Research for the CNRS in Nancy, France, where he also taught at the French National School of Geology (ENSG-Nancy). Prior to this, Professor Ludden worked at the University of Montreal, Columbia University and with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA. He holds a doctorate in Igneous Petrology from the University of Manchester, UK. Professor Ludden is a visiting professor at Oxford and Leicester universities and a Foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a past president of the European Geosciences Union and also EuroGeosurveys.


  •  2016 : CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to geoscience
  •  2006 – ongoing : Executive Director, British Geological Survey, UK
  •  2002 –2006 : Associate Director for Earth Sciences, CNRS-INSU, France
  •  1994 –2002 : Director CRPG-CNRS, Nancy, France
  •  1984 –1994 : Professor and Research Institute Director, University of Montreal, Canada
  •  1978 –1984 : Associate Professor University of Montreal, Canada
  •  1976 –1978 : Post Doctoral fellow, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
  •  1973 –1976 : PhD Manchester University, UK
  •  1970 –1973 : BA (Hons), University of Lancaster, Environmental Sciences, UK
  • The Skinner's school, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Current projects and collaboration

Research interests

  • Earth systems science
  • Energy science
  • Science into government
  • Sea-floor hydrothermal systems


  • Igneous petrology and geochemistry
  • Science leadership
  • French speaker

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist, UK
  • Academia Europaea
  • Member American Geophysical Union
  • Member (past council member) Geological Society of London
  • Member and past president European Geosciences Union
  • Past President, International Association of Geochemistry
  • Honorary President, Societe Geologique de France
  • Foreign Member Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Birmingham, UK
  • Honorary Doctorate Universite de Lorraine, France

Published outputs