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Edinburgh Geological Society: Appointment of Promotion Secretary

The Edinburgh Geological Society is a voluntary association of around 500 members whose principal aims are to encourage public interest in geology and to advance geological knowledge. The Society has recently approved a Strategy for the next five years and now wishes to engage a Promotion Secretary on a self-employed basis to assist with its implementation.

The Promotion Secretary would: raise the Society's profile; promote its publications; and publicise its events and initiatives. It is envisaged that the work would be carried out over a two-year period (subject to review after the first year) and require on average about one day per week. Payment for services would be 100 per day, plus relevant approved expenses. Total remuneration, including expenses, would be a maximum of 5,000 per annum.

Applications for this work should comprise a statement of relevant experience and of the reasons why the applicant would be suitable, supported by a separate CV. To be considered for this work, applicants should have: good communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, a track record of taking the initiative but also working to targets and deadlines, good IT skills, and an interest in earth sciences. A qualification in geology would be an advantage but is not essential.

Applications should be sent by email to Christine Thompson at, from whom further details are available, by 30 April 2016.

Further details (word document)

Grants and Awards made by the Society

The Society makes grants and awards in three categories.

1. Grants to projects that further the aims of the Society - stimulating public interest in geology and the advancement of geological knowledge. Any organisation or individual can apply for a grant, application deadlines are 31 October and 30 April.

2. The Society recognises excellence in geology by awarding the Clough Medal and The Clough Memorial Award. Application deadline 31 January.

3. The Society makes small grants to support fieldwork from the Clough and Mykura Funds. Application deadline 31 January.

Further information about all these grants and awards.

Appeal for donations - could you support the work of the Society?

EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities. This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like to do.

In particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).

Every year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting out on their careers.

Since 2010 we have organised a project to give free Rock Boxes to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing pupils to carry out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers greatly appreciate access to these boxes which are now enabling teaching about Scotland's geology to take place within the new Curriculum for Excellence. Almost 200 boxes have been distributed, through generous sponsorship by Senergy, Conoco and indivduals. Each box costs £55, and we would like to continue to offer them to schools for free. Could you help by giving a donation?

If you would like to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information (contact details).

Annual Subscription

Annual subscriptions are due on 1st October at the following rates:
Ordinary Fellows £20.00
Family Fellows £10.00; thus Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
Senior Fellows and Glasgow Associates £10.00
Junior Associates £4.00

Please send cheques payable to “Edinburgh Geological Society” to the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

Members who pay by Standing Order should ensure that their Bank is making payment at the correct rate, following the subscription increases which came into force on 1st October 2005. Please act as soon as possible in order to avoid errors and extra work for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary. Those who do not already pay by Standing Order may like to take this opportunity to start using this method of payment. If in doubt about your current membership status and payment arrangement, please contact the Membership Secretary (see Contact details).

Other organisations

School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh

The Geological Society - Central Scotland Regional Group

The Scottish Oil Club

National Mining Museum Scotland

Geological Society of Glasgow

Scottish Gemmological Association

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