Research news and awards

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

Glasgow geothermal

Researchers have won early stage funding to research and develop plans to tap into disused, flooded coal mines for geothermal heat. The British Geological Survey (BGS) are a partner in the consortium for the HotScot project which will share research data, design and drill geothermal boreholes.

The consortium is led by Professor Zoe Shipton, Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and includes Heriot- Watt, Glasgow and Stirling universities, Townrock Energy, the British Geological Survey, Ramboll UK, Envirocentre, Engie Urban Energy and Synaptec.

11 August 2020

Victorian gas holders, Paul Grogan Photography 2015

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has been shortlisted for a Brownfield Award for the first time.

The Brownfield Awards are part of the Brownfields Development Festival 2020 and recognise best practice in the brownfield, regeneration and contaminated land industry.

BGS has been nominated in the category 'Best Scientific/Technical/Digital Advance' for its work to develop the Brownfield Ground Risk Calculator.

The category recognises a genuine breakthrough in science or technology for any aspect of brownfield land assessment, remediation and development.

The awards will be announced at the 16th Brownfield Awards ceremony, taking place virtually on 19 November 2020.

7 August 2020

BGS logo
Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) are among a group of 200 of the world’s best researchers from more than 50 organisations across Africa and Europe, involved in a programme to improve the evidence base around groundwater availability and governance in Africa.

30 July 2020

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

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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.
Find out more

22 January 2019