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Geological Society Science Strategy: April 2014


  • To promote geoscience as an observational, analytical, experimental, computational, interpretative and predictive science.
  • To advance understanding of the geosphere, and its interaction with other parts of the Earth system (hydrosphere, cryosphere, atmosphere and biosphere).
  • To facilitate communication of advances in geoscientific knowledge among professional geoscientists in academia, industry and government, through meetings, publications and library and information services.
  • To communicate our science to non-geoscientists, including parliamentarians and government officials, the media, teachers and students at all levels of education, and interested members of the public.
  • To highlight the value of geoscience to society, in generating economic prosperity, delivering resources, safeguarding the environment and helping to address policy challenges; to make the case for public and private investment to sustain high-quality geoscience research, education and training in the UK; and to argue for the implementation of public policies to stimulate these activities.

There are two principal aspects to the Society’s programme of meetings, publications and other activities:

  • ‘Reactive mode’ – activity initiated by the Society’s Fellows and other members of the geoscience community, in the UK and internationally, in any area of fundamental or applied geoscience consistent with the aims set out above. 
  • ‘Proactive mode’ – activity arising wholly or in part from planning on the part of Council and its committees, addressing strategically important areas of geoscience in which it believes the Society’s science programme merits active development. 

In the past, the Society’s meetings programme has been almost entirely reactive, and the Society will continue to welcome high-quality meeting proposals in any area of our science.  Council also wishes now to develop a stronger ‘proactive mode’ element of the Society’s science programme, led by conferences but also possibly including publications (for example, thematic sets of journal papers), library acquisitions, policy work, education and outreach activities.

Fundamental curiosity-driven science advances our knowledge and understanding, and in so doing underpins applied areas of our science.  It is also central to our science communications activities, which should inspire interest in how our planet works as well as raising awareness of the practical importance of geoscience to society.  Fundamental and applied science therefore occupy an equally important place in our science programme, and it vital that the Society as a whole supports and promotes both.

Delivery Plan

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