Research news and awards

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

Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET)
NERC's Centre for Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET)’s achievements in Earth observation and modelling have been recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in their latest round of awards, winning the RAS Group Achievement Award in Geophysics.

COMET uses satellite measurements alongside ground-based observations and geophysical models to study earthquakes and volcanoes, and help understand the hazards they pose. BGS staff members Colm Jordan, Sue Loughlin, John Rees and Brian Baptie are all members of the COMET team.

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17 January 2018

BGS roundel
Vacancies have arisen for a number of Non-Executive Directors to be based at various UK locations including Nottingham (HQ), London, Edinburgh.

22 December 2017

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Over 100 delegates from across the UK and Ireland attended the symposium, including Prof John Ludden CBE, Executive Director of BGS, and Sir Keith O’Nions, in his first public event as the recently appointed Chairperson of the newly established BGS Board.

GSNI at 70
L–R: Marie Cowan, Director of the GSNI, John Ludden CBE, Executive Director of the BGS, Sir Keith O’Nions, Chair of the BGS Board, Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary of the DfE, Koen Verbruggen, Director of the Geological Survey Ireland.

Delegates heard how GSNI provide baseline information for sustainable economies and societies; the importance of research and innovation in the geohazard management; how geoscience enhances tourism and supports education, and Northern Ireland’s history of mineral exploration and its importance to the economy. Other topics for discussion included the role that local geology has to play in the delivery of clean energy.

This video has been produced to celebrate the GSNI's 70th anniversary, outlining the role of the GSNI and the benefits it has for every citizen of Northern Ireland.

The GSNI also produced a special 70th anniversary publication for the event highlighting its achievements. You can view both the special publication and the abstract volume at the GSNI website and for a compilation of videos that showcase the work of the GSNI then please see the playlist on the BGS's YouTube Channel.

14 December 2017


Geoscientific data (geodata) represents one component required to make informed strategic decisions to drive economic and social development, and ensure environmental protection. Making geodata simply and readily available to government and industry enables effective decision-making.

We are embarking on a new form of Public Private Partnership (PPP) that is based on the concept of 'Partnering for mutual success', where government, industry and commercial organisations collaborate in maximising the value of pre-competitive geoscience data. The purpose of this project is to make available, within a defined test pilot area, all pre-competitive geoscience data publicly and freely accessible through a hosted geoscience portal for a period of three years.

8 December 2017

Michael Watts
Congratulations to Dr Michael Watts who was recently elected to the post of President of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health. Michael has been involved in the SEGH for nearly 15 years as a member of the European board and active on the International board via his role in redesigning the website since 2010.

5 December 2017

Marie Cowan
"Operating as a key player in Northern Ireland's knowledge economy, the work of the Geological Survey for Northern Ireland has been a crucial factor for both attracting foreign direct investment and for local development."
Marie Cowan, Director, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI) discusses one of the region’s largest datasets and the Survey's ambitious plans to transition to 4D models with real time data.

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28 July 2017

Prof John Ludden
A newsletter from Prof John Ludden to the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) stakeholders to outline some recent developments at the BGS.

3 July 2017

As the BGS is an arm’s length body of government, we face restrictions on communicating during the pre-election period and are not able to provide media comment at this time. Normal service will be resumed after the General Election when a new government has been formed.

3 May 2017

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A new £450,000 research project investigating sustainable water management on the Red River Delta in Vietnam has recently been awarded UK and Vietnamese Collaborators under the Newton funding Scheme. The project will involve collaborators from the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham (in UK and Malaysia), British Geological Survey and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) in Hanoi. Under this scheme, the funding is awarded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Vietnamese NAFOSTED.

12 April 2017

National geological model
New £31m research facilities will see UK scientists gather critical data on the use of geoenergy technologies to help meet energy needs.

12 April 2017