Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


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myVolcano is a crowd-sourcing app that will enable you to keep an eye on the active volcanoes of the world and help volcano research. Take this app with you on your travels to learn about volcanoes and volcanic eruptions from the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution. With your help, scientists will learn more about the distribution of volcanic ash and gases produced during future volcanic eruptions that impact the UK ultimately helping to inform government, business and airlines on the characteristics of the next eruption.
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7 April 2014

Marie Cowan
The British Geological Survey (BGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Marie Cowan as the new Director for the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI). Dr Cowan has worked at GSNI for 10 years, with a proven track record in project management of the Tellus Border project. Dr Cowan succeeds Mr Mike Young who retires from the post on the 1st June 2014.


6 March 2014

Niphargus glenniei, credit Chris Proctor

Ancient shrimp-like animals have been living in underground waters in Britain and Ireland for at least 20 million years, a recent genetic study has shown.



28 February 2014

Ripon Ure Bank 1997

The exceptional winter storms encountered in the UK this year have contributed to an increase in the incidence of sinkholes and landslides, the British Geological Survey (BGS) report today. The Met Office has confirmed that this winter has been one of, if not the most, exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years.



27 February 2014

Sampling in the field

The University of Nottingham and the British Geological Society (BGS) have joined forces to develop a new Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (CEG).

More information is available from Charlotte Anscombe, in the Communications Office at The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 7484 417 or Sarah Nice, in the Press Office at The British Geological Survey, on +44 (0) 115 936 3605



13 February 2014

Critical metal

The first truly authoritative book on critical metals has been published by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in collaboration with Wiley and the American Geophysical Union.

The Critical Metals Handbook, which includes contributions from world-leading experts, is destined to become the 'go-to' reference source and will provide an excellent introduction to our most critical metallic elements.



20 January 2014

NERC doctoral training

NERC is funding research, skills and technologies, aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of our planet.

One of these initiatives includes an award of £2·8m to a consortium of institutes led by Heriot-Watt University to host a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

The centre will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environment sectors, as well as filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. This will equip the industry with the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction.

The consortium includes world-leading institutes in this field, such as Imperial College London, the universities of Aberdeen, Durham, Manchester and Oxford, and the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Read the full NERC Press Release



28 November 2013

NERC doctoral training

The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, today announced £100m of new NERC investment in 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.

The DTPs will support 1200 PhD students across the 15 partnerships. This means at least 240 new students will begin training every year for five years, with the opportunity for partners to co-fund, boosting the number of studentships available.

The fifteen partnerships include collaborations between 38 UK higher education institutions and 280 partner organisations, including businesses, policy-makers, and public and third sector organisations, such as Unilever, Scottish Water, and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Read the full NERC Press Release



5 November 2013

Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) and Heriot-Watt University are joining forces to create a new centre for earth and marine science and technology.

Based in Edinburgh, the Sir Charles Lyell Centre will be one of Europe's leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt University, The Sir Charles Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering.

The Lyell Centre will create a world-leading research cluster bringing science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.



31 October 2013

Laki fissure

The British Geological Survey is celebrating progress in a Government-led partnership to better understand risks to the UK from Iceland's volcanoes this week by publishing a Cabinet Office-commissioned report online.

The partnership involves leading scientists from the British Geological Survey, the Met Office, Leeds and Bristol universities, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, government departments and other agencies and academic institutes. It is part of work being led by the Cabinet Office to prepare for one of the highest impact natural hazards in the Government’s National Risk Assessment (NRA).



2 October 2013