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Earth Science, Systems and Society Inaugural Special issues

Earth Science, Systems and Society Inaugural Special issues

It is our pleasure to highlight the launch of a new open access journal ES3 (Earth Science, Systems and Society). ES3 is an official journal of the Geological Society focusing on encouraging inclusivity and diversity in publishing, engaging directly with early career researchers, embodying principles of openness and transparency in science, and presenting a forward-looking perspective on geoscience and related disciplines. With a scope covering the breadth of the geosciences, ES3 has a special focus on cross-disciplinary research that showcases the relevance of geoscience to sustainability in society.

As part of this launch, ES3 has announced three special issues. We are seeking contributions for research and review papers. The special issues are

Sustainability in the Extractive Industries

Earth Sciences and the Race to Net Zero

Hazards and Society

More information for each Special Issue is available via the website. We aim for the first articles and Editorial for the sustainability and net zero special issues to be published ahead of COP26 in November 2021, but submissions to the special issues will remain open until December 2022. Submissions for the geohazards special issue are open until 31 December 2021.

TSG@50 keynote by Iain Stewart

Join the Tectonic Studies Group and Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication (Plymouth) and UNESCO Chair of Geoscience and Society, as he discusses the importance of structural geology to meet many of our 21st century challenges – Net Zero, Energy Transition, Natural Hazards and more. Iain’s talk is followed by a panel discussion with structural geologists whose expertise spans geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, mining, nuclear waste disposal, hydrocarbons and earthquake hazards. – Sign me up

TSG@50 Virtual Fieldtrip

We all miss field work, but since we still can’t really get out together we’re doing the next best thing! We’re kicking off TSG@50 with a virtual fieldtrip to Rhoscolyn on Anglesey, led by Geoff Lloyd (Leeds). Don’t miss this one if you want to learn how the outcrop-scale structures inform our regional-scale understanding of the Rhoscolyn Anticline, or if you want to discuss the new role of virtual geology in the most perfect setting. Be quick, the deadline is on 20th December! – Sign me up

TSG@50 goes online

We are super excited to invitie you to TSG@50, our all virtual 2021 AGM and 50th Anniversary Celebration, in the afternoons from 5th – 8th January!!! As sad as we are not to see you all in person, we promise that the virtual event will be almost as great and there will be plenty opportunity for discussion and networking across academia and industry. Make sure not to miss the abstract deadline on the 23rd November!

Registration is only £10, and free for students! So there’s really no excuse not to be there.

We Are Hiring!

Well, sort of… We will be electing a new Secretary, 2 ECR and 2 Postgrad Reps at TSG@50, our AGM in January. The Secretary is managing prizes, awards, and committee meetings (i.e. keeping us all busy), while the ECRs and PGRs are running our social media presence and this website. If this sounds like you, have a look here for further details and how to apply (deadline: 5th January). We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Covid Update

Given the ongoing COVID 19 situation, it is with regret that we will not be holding our much anticipated annual meeting and 50th anniversary celebrations in person next year at the Geological Society in London. However, the show must go on (!), and so instead we’re super excited to announce that this years TSG annual meeting will be an online event happening, as usual, in early January! More details to follow soon, so please stay tuned to our website and social media sites. Please also note that submissions for the Dave Johnston Mapping Prize are to be made digitally this year.

Virtual Geology

In an overwhelming response to the spread of Covid-19, which had most of us confined to our homes and put a sudden halt to hands-on teaching, the geoscience community made available a host of digital resources for online teaching including virtual field trips, digital microscopy platforms and thin section collections, online lectures, and so much more. TSG is collating some of these to make them more accessible. Please help us grow this collection by forwarding any useful material you may come across to TSG.

Virtual Geology Collection


We as an academic community stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and with our Black colleagues.

Science does not exist in a bubble, and our biases affect every level of academic society, from undergraduate admissions to who gets to talk at conferences.
It is not enough for us to simply say “I’m not racist”. It is our responsibility for the good of science and society to listen, educate ourselves and change our practices. We are committed to listen, learn and challenge racism and bias within our community.

Our code of conduct explicitly states that we will not tolerate racist comments or jokes towards any member. We are a small organisation, but we can do more and we want to lead positive change.