Research news and awards

Latest news about our research. Project progress and collaboration. Awards and achievements.

Photograph of the William Smith Building

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has welcomed chief officials from Rushcliffe Borough Council to its headquarters in Keyworth, in a visit to demonstrate the important measures BGS is taking in response to the coronavirus.

BGS Executive Director, Dr Karen Hanghøj, met with Kath Marriott, Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council and Dave Banks, Executive Manager Neighbourhoods, on Monday [6 July]. They were joined by Andrew Bloodworth, BGS Policy Science Director.

10 July 2020

Rock matrix diffusion

New research investigating crystalline rocks is helping us to understand the extent to which groundwater may access the rock matrix as it travels through fractures in the rock.

Contaminants can be carried by groundwater flowing in fractures through the rock, but processes such as diffusion into the adjacent rock may either temporarily delay the movement of contaminants, or prevent them from moving any further by effectively 'holding on to them'.

7 July 2020

Digital geographical map
Our vision is to create a digital-first geoscience organisation linking people, data, equipment and technology to make new inferences about the world around us.

2 July 2020

Photograph of the William Smith Building

The British Geological Survey (BGS) supports and endorses the UKRI statement on Black Lives Matter.

The tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and the subsequent dialogue around institutionalised racism has sharpened our focus on the British Geological Survey’s own attitudes, history and impact on the wider geoscience community.

2 July 2020


13 May 2020

Jaana Pinnick
BGS Data Manager, Jaana Pinnick, has been appointed vice-chair of the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS).

Jaana is responsible for research data and digital preservation at the BGS, managing the National Geoscience Data Centre (NGDC) grants team and leading the development of the BGS digital preservation programme to ensure the long-term usability and accessibility of geoscience data held at the NGDC.

She will begin her appointment as vice-chair in May 2020, bringing considerable experience in data management to work with the executive committee and provide leadership to the society.

Jaana said:

'I have worked as the IRMS groups director for the last two years getting to know all the regional and special interest groups across the UK and Ireland, and before that as the Midlands Group Chair. Our members come from a wide variety of organisations within the information and records management profession. My first duty in May will be to introduce the second day of our annual IRMS Conference, which is an essential event with a packed programme of inspirational speakers for information professionals across the UK.'

Established in 1983, the IRMS is the foremost professional association for all information professionals with a mission to provide leadership in records and information management. A not-for-profit organisation, it currently represents over 1000 members from the UK and around the world spanning the public, private and third sectors.

Businesses, organisations and individuals responsible for managing records and data are under increasing pressure to ensure that information is gathered, processed, stored, accessed, used and shared in the appropriate way.

Jaana has been a member of the IRMS executive team since 2018 and is an accredited member of the society.

Membership of the IRMS includes access to a range of advice and guidance, opportunities to gain professional accreditation, and eligibility for industry awards. Membership of the IRMS includes access to a range of advice and guidance, opportunities to gain professional accreditation, and eligibility for industry awards.

17 February 2020

Professor Melanie Leng receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

Professor Melanie Leng, a Chief Scientist at the British Geological Survey (BGS), has been awarded an MBE by HRH Prince Charles at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace.

13 December 2019

Helen Glaves

BGS is pleased to announce that Helen Glaves has been elected as the President of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for the term 2021 – 2023. Helen’s new role will involve governance of EGU where she will lead the Executive Board that oversees and provides strategic guidance for the Union. This appointment will compliment Helen’s work at BGS, and is a real honour for us as an organisation.

Helen says "I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as the next President of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). I look forward to the opportunity to work with the members and staff of EGU as well as the wider geoscience community. My election comes at a time when the organisation is seeking to become more diverse and inclusive, and I hope to address some of these issues by encouraging and facilitating wider participation in the various activities that are part of EGU. I want to thank everyone who gave me their vote, and I am especially grateful to my colleagues at the British Geological Survey for their encouragement and support."

Helen will be inaugurated during the EGU plenary meeting on the 4th May 2020 in Vienna, Austria, and she will be only the second female to hold this prestigious position.

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4 December 2019

Kevitsa, Auroras on Vajunen reservoir. Photo: Boliden/Tomas Westermark © free to use 2016.

A new report by the British Geological Survey (BGS) looks into the worldwide availability of cobalt as global demand for the metal is set to increase dramatically.

19 November 2019

Ocean image
British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt scientists are research partners in the ambitious, £20 million UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub, which will transform the global response to the urgent challenges facing our oceans.
From plastic pollution to rising sea levels and acidification to over-fishing, the threats facing our oceans are well-known.
The UKRI GCRF One Ocean Hub will bring together the competing interests and agendas of the individuals, groups and organisations that rely on our oceans to realise a vision of an integrated and sustainable approach to managing their use.
A key priority will be to ensure the knowledge, experiences and rights of those most-reliant upon the oceans, and disproportionately affected by our failure to protect them, are recognised.
The team will set out to uncover the less tangible values of the ocean, and the hidden 'trade-offs' in ocean decision-making.
The goal is to ensure decision-making is based on evidence of risks and opportunities among competing ocean uses.
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22 January 2019