About the Society

The Edinburgh Geological Society was founded in 1834 with the aim of stimulating public interest in geology and the advancement of geological knowledge.

Throughout its history the Society has seen major changes in geological thinking, from Darwin's theories of evolution to modern ideas on plate tectonics. The Society still seeks to stimulate public interest and advance geological knowledge, and offers a range of facilities to members including lectures, excursions, publications and the maintenance of a geological library

 Membership of the Society is open to all with an interest in geology and who share the aims of the Society in the 'stimulation and encouragement of public interest in geology and the advancement of geological knowledge' as it says in our Laws.

Introduction to the Society

The Edinburgh Geological Society is one of the UK’s largest and oldest geological societies, with a membership of about 560 drawn mainly from Scotland but also spread world-wide. >> more details.

Join the Society

Most people join as Ordinary Fellows, but there are special rates for family members, students, juniors and Fellows of the Glasgow Geological Society.  >> more details.

Annual Reports & AGM Minutes

2014-2015 (pdf file, 531 KB)

2013-2014 (pdf file, 361 KB)
2012-2013 (pdf file,370 KB)

2011-2012 (pdf file, 207 KB)
2010-2011 (pdf file, 838 KB)
2009-2010 (pdf file, 239 KB)
2008-2009 (pdf file, 386 KB)
2007-2008 (pdf file, 298KB)
2006-2007 (Word file, 429KB)

Minutes of AGM 27 January 2016
Minutes of AGM 28 January 2015
Minutes of AGM 29 January 2014
Minutes of AGM 30 January 2013
Minutes of AGM 18 January 2012
Minutes of AGM 19 January 2011
Minutes of AGM 20 January 2010
Minutes of AGM 26 November 2008

Trustee Induction Pack - for existing and prospective members of Council

Society office bearers and contacts

Medals, Grants and Awards

The Society awards the Clough Medal annually and the Clough Memorial Award every two years, and makes grants to support fieldwork from the Clough and Mykura Funds.

Laws of the Society

The most recent changes to the Laws were made in November 2011.

History of the Society

When the Edinburgh Geological Society was formed, William IV was on the British throne and Charles Darwin was making his voyage in the Beagle. Read more...

Society Obituaries


The Society's library has its home in the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library in Edinburgh University's campus at King's Buildings.

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