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Posted 25th March 2021

Geologists’ Association – Interim Status Update (5)

This is a further update on the Geologists’ Association response to government directives on the ‘Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic’.

Since December 2020 when we were pinned in to the latest period of ‘Lockdown’ – which largely ‘cancelled’ planned Christmas and New Years’ celebrations – the country has been waiting for signs of a credible way out of its enforced restrictions on liberty. The first ‘shoots’ have appeared, to a certain extent, with the roll out of viable vaccines across the United Kingdom and elsewhere which have progressed at an encouraging pace and with the government’s February 22nd 2021 announcement of the way markers toward June 2021 that will hopefully see a return to something approaching normality.

At the time of writing there remains (again…) considerable uncertainty in planning for the future, but GA Council will continue to do its utmost to provide its members with access to a quality range of varied geological enjoyment.

The Geological Society of London’s Burlington House headquarters remains closed other than strictly for business matters only in a ‘COVID-19 secure’ way, and with an occupancy that allows for strict social distancing, There is no reported prospect of opening for more general purposes before late Spring 2021 at the earliest. Currently the earliest conceivable time-scale for any public events taking place there remains mid 2021. Undoubtedly the opening will be gradual and phased.

As noted in the December 2020 edition of the GA Magazine, the Geologists’ Association has had to continually review its calendar for the first half of 2021 and beyond. GA staff and Council members continue with remote working using electronic media to facilitate business, including Council meetings.

We have continued to respond to our membership through the website, providing access to online Zoom-hosted lectures (encouragingly attracting record numbers of ‘attendees’), as well as regular updates to the Geology from your Sofa pages (https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/sofageology/), which has established itself as a veritable cornucopia of geologically themed resources which continues to be well received; don’t miss out!

In the coming months you can look forward to more Zoom-hosted lectures direct from the GA including the President’s Address and we encourage Local Groups and Affiliated Societies to share links to their content to as wide an audience within our community as possible. We also welcome write ups for the magazine of your innovative activities – we want to continue to engage in ways to communicate and ‘share’ during these difficult times and we welcome any ideas from members to increase the range of activities on offer – all ideas welcome.


Posted December 2020

Geologists’ Association – Interim Status Update (4)

This is a further update on the Geologists’ Association response to government directives on the ‘Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic’.

Since September 2020 when we were in the midst of the period of ‘Lockdown’ that was giving some signs of a reduced R-number and some prospect of a return to a ‘new’ normal – we have, unfortunately, gone backwards and were all recently in either Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions (with or without local additional measures) in England before falling back in to a modified ‘Lockdown’ as of Thursday 5th November 2020 that is due to last until Wednesday 2nd December, whereupon we will learn what lies ahead. Similarly restrictive measures apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Therefore, at the time of writing there remains considerable uncertainty in planning for the future, but GA Council will continue to do its best to provide you with access to a good range of geological enjoyment.

The Geological Society of London closed Burlington House in mid March 2020 with a skeletal staff presence to monitor computer servers, etc. Depending on Government guidance and the R-number, plans are not now being made to reopen Burlington House in a ‘COVID-19 secure’ way, strictly for business only, and with an occupancy that allows for social distancing, before Spring 2021. Currently the earliest conceivable time-scale for any public events taking place there will be early to mid 2021. Undoubtedly the opening will be gradual and phased.

As noted in the September 2020 edition of the GA Magazine, the Geologists’ Association has had to review its calendar for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. GA staff and Council members continue with remote working using electronic media to facilitate business, including Council meetings. As described in separate reports, the remainder of the Annual Awards have been made at a number of outdoor venues and our first ‘virtual’ Festival of Geology (vFoG) has come and gone to general acclaim; well done to all those associated with that event. Although the GA Conference has been delayed until October 2021, we have continued to respond to our membership through the website, providing access to online Zoom-hosted lectures, as well as regular updates to the Geology from your Sofa pages (https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/sofageology/), which has become an increasingly rich resource and has been well received; don’t miss out!

In the coming months you can look forward to more Zoom-hosted lectures direct from the GA and we encourage Local Groups and Affiliated Societies to share links to their content to as wide an audience within our community as possible. We want to continue to engage in innovative ways during these difficult times and we welcome any ideas from members to increase the range of activities on offer – all ideas welcome.


Posted 4th August 2020

Geologists’ Association – Interim Status Update (3)

This is a further update on the Geologists’ Association response to the ‘Coronavirus pandemic’. We will continue to provide further updates as the situation develops.

Since June when we were in the midst of the period of ‘Lockdown’ that was aimed at reducing the R-number – the average number of people an infected person passes the virus onto – to 1 the Government has published its recovery strategy (17 July 2020). However, whilst on 1 August shielding for vulnerable people – those in high-risk categories, such as organ transplant recipients, or patients receiving immunosuppressant drugs, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or with severe respiratory conditions – was paused; on 31 July the Government announced some adjustments to its roadmap specifically relating to regional restrictions and stopping the pilot tests of crowd returns to sporting and performing arts events. Therefore, at the time of writing there is considerable uncertainty in planning for the future, but Council will do its best to provide you with access to a good range of geological enjoyment.

The Geological Society of London closed Burlington House in mid March with a skeletal presence to monitor computer servers etc. Depending on Government guidance and the R-number, plans are being made to reopen Burlington House in a COVID-19 Secure way, strictly for business only and with an occupancy that allows for social distancing, in early September. Currently the earliest conceivable time-scale for any public events taking place will be early 2021. Undoubtedly the opening will be gradual and phased.

As noted in June, the Geologists’ Association has had to review its calendar for 2020. GA staff and Council members continue with remote working using electronic media to facilitate business, including Council meetings. As described in separate reports, the majority of the Annual Awards have been made at a number of outdoor venues. Although the GA Conference has been delayed until October 2021, we have responded for our membership through the website, providing access to an archive GA Student Symposium (GASS) event; the Halstead lecture (Kevin Wong) and a July lecture (John Noad), as well as regular updates to the Geology from your Sofa pages: https://geologistsassociation.org.uk/sofageology/, which has become an increasingly rich resource and has been well received; don’t miss out!

In the coming months you can look forward to more Zoom-hosted lectures and a virtual Festival of Geology, please keep your eye open for further details.

Please keep safe.


Posted 7 July 2020

Next GA vLecture is on 10 July – Dr Jon Noad will present “The weird and wonderful world of Sedimentology” live from Canada (zoom details in the Members area for GA Members or by email from sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk) plus the Festival of Geology goes virtual (vFoG)


New Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Working Group established.

Against the background of recent race-related incidents worldwide, we would like to stress that the Geologists Association is an inclusive and welcoming community aimed at anybody interested in Geoscience. We are committed to improving diversity, inclusiveness and awareness within our society and are currently working on a number of proposals and initiatives to do this, which we plan to make public in the near future.

An initial knowledge-gathering phase aimed at elucidating the current makeup of our membership, council and activities is now underway.


GA Coronavirus Action Plan Reviewed & Updated

In-line with many organisations that arrange events, The Geologists’ Association has reviewed the event calendar for 2020 and is making contingency plans around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Owing 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 remains closed for events until further notice. We shall endeavour to keep the website updated with relevant information. Contact with the ‘GA office’ via e-mail (sarah@geologistsassociation.org.uk) remains an option.

The Geologists’ Association is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. The message remains Stay Alert. This means we must: stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, limit contact with other people, keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible), wash your hands regularly.

Although shops, parks and other amenities are opening-up they are doing so in a very controlled manner. Unfortunately, we do not think it will possible for our monthly lectures to be held in Burlington House for the remainder of 2020. We are endeavouring to bring these to you virtually, along with a host of interesting activities in Geology from your Sofa and the Virtual Festival of Geology on the 7th of November 2020.

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/

Please keep safe,
From the GA Executive


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