Research news and awards

Latest news about our research. Project progress and collaboration. Awards and achievements.

3D geological model
The special issue stems from the Quaternary Research Associations Annual Discussion Meeting that staff from BGS Edinburgh organised in 2015. BGS scientists feature as authors on a significant number of the papers.

10 February 2017

Helen Glaves
Congratulations to Helen Glaves on her election as President of the EGU ESSI Division for the next two years (from April 2017).

23 December 2016

Kara Bogus

Congratulations to Dr Kara Bogus (IODP, Texas A&M University) who has been appointed as a Visiting Research Associate at the British Geological Survey within the Stable Isotope Facility and the Centre for Environmental Geochemistry. Kara is an organic geochemist and her research interests are in formation and alteration of marine kerogen; organic matter diagenesis and preservation; geochemical composition of organic microfossils and sources of variability; development of organic microfossil composition as a kerogenproxy. Kara will be working with Sev Kender and Melanie Leng on reconstructing Bay of Bengal palaeoceanography since the Miocene.

19 December 2016

Prof Paul Nathanail

Congratulations to Prof Paul Nathanail (School of Geography) who has been made a Visiting research Associate with the British Geological Survey. Paul is Professor of Engineering Geology and Managing Director of Land Quality Management Ltd. His research, teaching and consultancy interests span the spectrum of risk based contaminated land management and sustainable urban regeneration.

30 November 2016

One month after the end of Expedition 364 Chicxulub K-Pg Impact Crater, the Science Party (including BGS) publishes the first results in Science: "The formation of peak rings in large impact craters"

18 November 2016

BGS staff member Angela Lamb

Congratulations to Dr Angela Lamb who has been appointed on to the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports. Nature Scientific Reports sits within the nature family of journals and covers all areas of the natural sciences. The journal is open access and continuous online publication enables articles to be published swiftly. The journal has over a million article page views per month. Scientific Reports currently has an Impact Factor of 5.228 (2015).

7 October 2016

Power station

BGS is part of an EC-funded project called ‘CHPM2030’.

This started in January, with startup meeting in February, but only now is some of the promotional material coming out.

BGS activities in the project will focus on 2 main areas:

  • Gathering and assessing data on SW England to see if there is potential for hot rocks at 5–7 km to contain enough ore mineralisation to enable metals to be leached out with a recirculated fluid being used to extract geothermal heat.
  • Laboratory and modelling–based studies to test optimal ways to extract soluble metals from the rocks.

This work will be run through the Renewables, Energy Storage & Clean Coal Team, with work split between the Renewables, Energy Storage & Clean Coal Team and the Ore Deposits & Commodities Team.

More information

CHPM2030 website

25 July 2016

Prof Colin Waters
The University of Leicester have conferred on Colin Waters the title and status of Honorary Professor in the Department of Geology, backdated to start from 1 May 2016 to 30 April 2021. Congratulations Colin!

25 July 2016

The BGS Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME) System has won the 2016 Ground Engineering Product and Equipment Innovation Award

The BGS Proactive Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME) System has won the 2016 Ground Engineering Product and Equipment Innovation Award (sponsored by BAM Ritchies).

PRIME is a low-cost system specifically designed for infrastructure monitoring and remote operation, for deployment on ‘at risk’ geotechnical assets (e.g. embankments, cuttings and dams).

PRIME combines emerging geophysical ground imaging technology with innovative data telemetry, web portal access and intelligent monitoring. It develops the basis of a new generation of smart’ earthwork technology capable of imaging the internal physical condition of infrastructure earthworks using diagnostic methods routinely used in medical physics.

The PRIME monitoring concept has been developed by Jon Chambers, Phil Meldrum, Dave Gunn and all of the BGS Geophysical Tomography Team, supported by Helen Reeves the Director of Engineering Geology.

The work was funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), most recently through the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, and input from our stakeholder steering group comprising Network Rail, Canal & River Trust, Scottish Canals, London Underground, RSSB, Arup, Atkins, HS2, National Grid, ITM Monitoring and Geosense.

7 July 2016

National geological model

Following the National Geophysical Survey meeting held in April at the British Geological Survey we are pleased to announce that from 08 June 2016 we are calling for expressions of interest for the survey.

Forms to download:

The closing date for all expressions of interest is Monday 4 July.

If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to email

8 June 2016