The Geological Society of London (GSL) is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity (No. 210161). Its aims are to improve knowledge and understanding of the Earth, to promote Earth science education and awareness, and to promote professional excellence and ethical standards in the work of Earth scientists, for the public good.


Founded in 1807, it is the oldest geological society in the world. Today, it is a world-leading communicator of Earth science — through its scholarly publishing, library and information services, cutting-edge scientific conferences, education activities and outreach to the general public. It also provides impartial scientific information and evidence to support policy-making and public debate about the challenges facing humanity.


The GSL is the UK’s professional body for Earth scientists and has a worldwide membership of more than 11,500. Greater than 2,000 of these live outside the UK and 2,500 are also either Chartered Geologists or Chartered Scientists — professionals who have demonstrated a high level of education, professional competence in their field and a commitment to professional ethics. The GSL is licensed by the European Federation of Geologists to award the title of European Geologist and works with partner bodies in the UK to maintain specialist professional registers. It accredits undergraduate and MSc degree programmes, as well as in-house professional training schemes provided by employers. These professional designations and programmes play a vital role in assuring high professional standards, for the benefit of society.


To find out more about the aims of the GSL and how it works to deliver them read the 10-year strategy adopted by its council in 2007 and our latest annual review.


The GSL is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity, equality and inclusion in Earth science education and professions. 

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