Early career scientists had the opportunity to experience how science interacts with government policy, at Parliament’s annual Voice of the Future event on Tuesday 1st March.
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Despite Sheldon Cooper’s references to geologists as ‘the dirt people’*, geologists are not usually associated in the public mind with soil. Most of the planet’s soil is no older than the Pleistocene (2.58 million – 11,700 years ago) – surely geologists are concerned with much older, much rockier stuff than this?
Every year, young scientists and engineers have the opportunity to question key political figures at the Houses of Parliament, about science policy issues which matter to them. The researchers are nominated by various institutions and Learned Societies, and the Geological Society is currently looking for a number of representatives to attend the event.
It’s just under two weeks until the country goes to the ballot box for the General Election 2015 and the science policy community have been busy reading manifestos, collating pledges and grilling politicians. We’ve collected together some useful articles and sources on science and the general election work in today’s blog post. You can also …
Following the dissolution of Parliament on 30 March the wheels of the various election campaigns are now fully in motion and election promises and party lines abound. Here at the Geological Society we have put together some resources which Fellows and members of the public may find useful when considering the economic and societal importance …
We all know that volcanoes and earthquakes are geological phenomena, and many of us know of plate tectonics as the force behind many such natural hazards. But in a geologically quiet place such as the UK, most of us know little about, say, the faulting or water flows in the rock beneath our feet.
The Society has launched its latest report entitled ‘Geology for Society’ designed to communicate to policy and decision-makers, as well as the wider public, the value of geology to society.