RES Jennifer Jamieson-Ball MCIPR appointed as director of communications and external affairs
13 April 2018

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Jamieson-Ball MCIPR has been appointed to the newly created role of director of communications and external affairs. As part of the executive team, Jennifer will develop the new communications, public relations and government engagement strategies for the BGS. Jennifer will be joining us on 9 July 2018.

Jennifer has led integrated communication teams in a number of organisations. She is currently head of global corporate communications at Heriot-Watt University, and has held senior roles at the Scottish Ambulance Service, BAA Scotland and the Royal Mail.

Jennifer is an accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

EVT Bryan Lovell meeting 2019 | 21-23 Jan 2019 | London Geol Soc
11 April 2018

'Role of geological science in the decarbonisation of power production, heat, transport and industry'.
In the UK and elsewhere, decarbonisation of power production, industry, transport and heating to meet climate change targets is a major challenge, and one that intrinsically involves the subsurface and geoscience.

This major conference will examine the role that geoscience will play including in energy storage, batteries, carbon abatement and heat production.

The conference will host national experts from industry, academia, and government to look at the geological and reservoir engineering aspects of the problem. The main objective will be to identify the high level barriers to progress and the main science questions – and begin a roadmap to solve the problems.

EVT CO2GeoNet Open Forum | 24-25 April 2018 | Venice
10 April 2018

The 2018 CO2GeoNet Open Forum and workshops will be hosted on San Servolo Island, Venice from 23 – 26th April.

This year the theme is 'Growing Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage for a sustainable future' with sessions covering international perspectives on meeting the Paris Agreement emission reduction targets, accelerating CCS towards large scale deployment, growing sectors and emerging opportunities and international knowledge sharing on CO2 storage.

For more information and to register please go to

EVT 34th SEGH International Conference on 'Geochemistry for Sustainable Development' | Zambia | 2-7 July 2018
6 April 2018

Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia.

Organised by: Professor Maseke (Chair) and Dr Moola Mutondo – Copperbelt University, Dr Godfrey Sakala – Zambia Agriculture Research Institute, Dr Michael Watts – British Geological Survey.

Themes include Urban & Industrial Development, Agriculture, Health and Technologies.

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EVT Extractive Industry Geology 2018 conference | 12-14 Sept | Durham University
3 April 2018

The Extractive Industry Geology (EIG) conference is one of the longest running and keenly anticipated events in the UK minerals calendar. Organised by a passionate volunteer band of professionals representing all aspects of the industry, this is one conference that anyone connected to UK minerals should not miss!

The EIG Conference is the principal event for sharing knowledge, scientific research and good practice in the field of applied geology within the UK minerals industry. This event is for geo-professionals associated with the extraction of industrial rocks and minerals, including those involved in geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, restoration and after-use, reserves and resources and quarry design and planning.

The 2018 conference includes two days of presentations on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September at Durham University. It is preceded and followed by field excursions to local and regional extractive industry sites on Wednesday 12th and Saturday 15th September.

Convenor: Nick Horsley



RES New book by Prof Michael Stephenson | Energy and Climate Change
28 March 2018

My new book Energy and Climate Change: An Introduction to Geological Controls, Interventions and Mitigations is all about the cycles that connect energy and climate change, and the vital importance of geoscience in understanding, mitigating and adapting to these challenges. It’s also about where I think geology, as a science, might go in the future’. So it’s partly a book that makes connections — and partly a manifesto!
I think a major role for geoscience in the future is in establishing measuring and observation of the subsurface that links with already comprehensive atmospheric and oceanic observation — in short to establish a ‘geological macroscope’. I also think that to understand how we transition to low carbon, we need to know how past energy transitions have occurred, and that involves working with a wider range of specialists than we, as geologists, have worked with before.
For survey organisations like BGS, the role is clear — in doing the geoscience that establishes the underground as a part of decarbonisation (for example in CCS and geothermal), and as part of environmental change adaptation (for example groundwater in surface water-stressed regions). The book is aimed at geoscientists, environmental scientists and students, but I hope that policy makers, energy professionals and economists will also take a look.

The new book is available from Elsevier, Amazon and shortly online (free to subscribers) through Elsevier's ScienceDirect.

EVT Science festival at Oriam | Heriot-Watt | 14 April 2018
26 March 2018

BGS are collaborating with Heriot-Watt in this event that runs from 10:00 to 16:00. Get hands-on with cutting edge research. Drive your own underwater robot, take a virtual reality tour as microbes clean up oil spills, and explore how our scientists work. You can take part in a series of scientific challenges, winning prizes as you go.