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Policy and Position Statements

snail_60x60.jpgStatement on the Value of Museums and Collections

This statement highlights the benefits and contributions that museums and collections, particularly local and regional institutions, make to Society through their use in research, education, preservation of UK heritage and public outreach.

Learned Societies' Climate Communiqué

In the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21, held from 30 November to 12 December 2015, 24 of the UK's foremost academic institutions, including the Geological Society published a joint Climate Communiqué calling on national governments to take immediate action if they want to avert the serious risks posed by climate change.

""American Geosciences Institute Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct

These guidelines address common ethical topics across the geoscience community. Council agreed that the Society should be a signatory to this statement on 17 June 2015.

Geological DisposalImplementing Geological Disposal: A Framework for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste.

The UK government has published a White Paper following a review of the siting process for a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste. The Geological Society has issued a short statement on the White Paper.

science strategyThe Geological Society Science Strategy: April 2014

Read the Society's Strategy and Delivery Plan


Shale gas

Geological Society statement following Government announcements on shale gas 

The Geological Society have prepared a statement following the Government announcements on shale gas.


SeismographEarthquakes: prediction, forecasting and mitigation

Can we predict earthquakes? The Geological Society have prepared a briefing note on the prediction, forecasting and mitigation of earthquakes.

Proposal to construct a waste pipeline near Siccar Point

The Geological Society have prepared a statement on the proposed construction of a waste pipeline near to Siccar Point, Berwickshire.


Shale Gas

The Geological Society have prepared a briefing note following the Shale Gas meeting on 18 June 2012. It provides detail on the geoscience relating to shale gas and its extraction. Recordings of the talks and other materials relating to the meeting are available at

monazite-60x60.jpgRare earth elements briefing

The Society have prepared a briefing note which explores the properties, occurrence, extraction, supply and uses of REE. Our focus is on their geological aspects, and the relationship between these and other scientific, economic and political considerations.

earth_60x60.jpgClimate change position statement

The Society have released a statement on climate change, intended both for Fellows and non-specialists, based on geological evidence of how the climate has changed in the past, to inform our understanding of how it may change in future.

How can Earth scientists help meet the challenges of the 21st century

In the run up to the May 2010 general election, we prepared a statement about the vital role of Earth scientists in helping society meet the fundamental challenges of the 21st century, and how the Society can play its part. As the new parliament gets underway, this document sets the scene for our interactions with policy makers. 

Relocation of BGS Core Store

A number of Fellows expressed concern about the decision of the British Geological Survey to relocate core and cuttings to Keyworth, Nottinghamshire. The minutes of the Council discussion and the summary of the Petroleum Group Committee advice are available to download here.

Young Earth Creationism Creation Science and Intelligent Design

In 2008, the Society prepared a statement outlining its position in regards to the above belief systems. This Society upholds the right of freedom of belief for all. The freedom scientists enjoy to investigate the nature and history of the Earth is the same freedom that allows individuals to believe - or not - in a deity.

Managing Radioactive Waste Safely

Since 2006, the Geological Society has undertaken various activities to help inform the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) programme, as part of our work in providing advice on matters of 'science for policy'.

GeolsocHow the Geological Society agrees its public statements

Procedures for generating and signing off consultation responses and other public statements.