What’s New at the GA?

Posted 19 June 2020

Next GA vLecture is on 10 July – Dr Jon Noad will present “The weird and wonderful world of Sedimentology” live from Canada plus the Festival of Geology goes virtual (vFoG).

Posted 5 June 2020

GA 2020 Lecture Meetings are restarting with the Halstead Lecture programmed for June 5th 2020. We are also working hard to finalise a schedule of virtual lectures whilst government restrictions remain in place. Watch this space for further updates.

Posted 26 May 2020

The GA’s Dr Lucía Pérez Díaz and Dr Liam Gallagher have been interviewed by Daniel Minisini from Mini Geology. See the trailer here and the full interview at About the GA

Posted 6 May 2020

AGM Papers now available

The 2020 AGM was held virtually with approval of the 3 motions requested by email or post. 86 members responded and voted unanimously to accept the Annual Report and Financial Statement, the proposed officers and the proposed council members. These papers are now accessible here.

GA Prizes 2020

We have had to decouple the Awards Ceremony, Presidential Address and Annual Dinner from the AGM this year and hope to hold it in the Autumn.  Friday 2ndOctober has been earmarked and members will be notified when a positive decision on the date has been made. In the meantime, many congratulations to our Prize winners

Member’s Password changed for 2020

The new password was included in our member’s mail-out entitled GA AGM, Annual Report & Website Password sent on 16 April 2020. If you have not received this information please contact Sarah Stafford by email – sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk or by phone – 020 7434 9298 (the office is closed but messages are being picked up on a regular basis).

Fantastic response for call for GA Magazine articles

We have had a tremendously encouraging response from Local Societies, Affiliated Societies and especially individual members to our request for copy for the GA Magazine during this period of enforced inactivity in our normal outdoor pursuits.

Please keep them coming and we can ensure plenty of interesting reading in both the June issue coming up soon and the September issue which will be with us in the early Autumn. 

Articles received include recent field trips, both local and international, ‘reminiscences’ of field excursions from more distant times and opinion articles and News items on a varied palette of topics – old & young, professional & amateur; all are encouraged to put pen to paper with a couple of photographs and you never know what discussion might ensue! 

Thanks again for your response to date; keep it up!

Posted 15 April 2020

AGM Update

Look out for the Annual Report and voting slip which should reach you either this week by email (if we have it) or early next week by post.

Deadline for queries is 26 April, and for returning your voting slip 30 April. Council will meet virtually on 1 May.

Please note that Burlington House is closed but the GA continues to operate remotely. Please email – sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk if you are concerned that your papers have not reached you.

Posted 15 April 2020

Call for GA Magazine articles

As we are now in ‘lockdown’ the field trips and lectures which would be featured in the GA Magazine are no longer happening. Could you think of any trips you have been on during the past year or so and consider sharing the story in the GA Magazine? Otherwise it could look a bit bare in June – just a few hundred words and a couple of photos.

Please send your contributions to the editor (Dr Liam Gallagher) – gamagazine@geologistsassociation.org.uk.
Thank you and do keep safe.

Posted 26 March 2020

AGM arrangements for 2020

Our scheduled meeting for the GA AGM on 1st May has had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In response the Council has agreed to decouple the formal business from the Awards ceremony and Annual Dinner. ​A voting form ​will be enclosed with the Annual Report and Accounts to be sent out in mid April. We ​request members raise any questions prior to 1st May and also submit their approval in writing (either electronically or by post) by that date. We hope to hold the 2020 Awards Ceremony and Annual Dinner later in the year. At the moment we are looking at the 2nd October, before and after our scheduled meeting but will need to confirm in due course.

Posted 26 March 2020

GASS 2020 postponed

It may not surprise you to hear that in this present climate we will be postponing the Geologists’ Association Student Symposium 2020 (GASS 2020), which was scheduled to be held at Burlington House on the 15th of May.

More details here.

Posted 17 March 2020

GA Coronavirus Action Plan

In-line with many organisations that arrange events, The Geologists’ Association is in the process of reviewing our event calendar for 2020 and making contingency plans around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please note that due to the ongoing risk posed to public health by the outbreak of coronavirus, the Geological Society’s buildings (including the GA office) at Burlington House in London will be closed until further notice. We shall endeavour to keep the website updated with relevant information. Contact with the ‘GA office’ via e-mail remains an option.

The Geologists’ Association is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact with other people should be avoided for the foreseeable future. Those at risk or with underlying health issues are being advised to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks.

Therefore, we are advising all Local and Affiliate Groups to cancel or postpone their meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice.

We have a number of elderly members amongst us. If you know of any in your area, why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat Geology for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the next 12 weeks is likely to be a long and potentially lonely time.

For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.who.int
To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.uk
For NHS information visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

From the GA Executive