Our members are our community and we use this ‘ethos’ to inform all our decision-making. The changes we have made with regard to rolling membership, the new database, increased engagement with the regional groups etc. have all been to increase the strength and engagement of the PESGB petroleum geoscience community.
- There is still much work to do, gender diversity needs further research as the gender split is 23% women and 77% men and we would be interested how this would be played out across the other Societies.
- Opportunities to continue and build on the partnerships between PESGB and other Societies that lead to an increase in benefits to our members.
- The Council have the capacity to influence and inform the PESGB’s activities and the membership communications.
Technical Excellence informs all the elements of education that the Society provides for the membership. We are not an academic Society like the Geological Society of London, we are here for the people who work, have worked, or want to work in the Petroleum industries and arguably the technical content for this group will be the very best as there is tangible investment in knowledge within this industry. The technical content is not just for work for the members but also for leisure as we offer field trips and events with highly knowledgeable leaders who encourage discussion and enjoy passionate exchange on the given topic.
- The PESGB office team look to the Council to make decisions based on the technical value of topics, presentations and courses.
- New initiatives developed as part of the partnership agreements and making use of our training space. Visiting lecturers from other Societies and debates around issues and theories.
The PESGB is a charity and it eschews profits for the benefits of the membership. Over the last 3 years the PESGB has funded 44 MSc students and consideration will be given to this scheme when the funds are available to make it happen again. Currently, the focus is on grassroots activity, through schools, and the building of a population that has at least a basic understanding of geology. The disappearance of geology as a subject from the national curriculum is a big concern for the PESGB and its members, so the little funding available is going to the Earth Science Teachers Association to train teachers how to teach Geology at A Level and to engage and inspire both geologists and geologists working within schools with resources, tools and a network. The PESGB would like to be instrumental in ensuring the public can join in the big debates about energy and climate with at least a basic level of understanding.
- The PESGB’s GEOLiteracy activities that are built around the flagship Stoneley Lecture have been successful and this is set to get bigger and be an inspiration for the other Societies.
- 2018 will have the first female presenter of the Stoneley Lecture. The Stoneley Lectures are a chance for members to engage the public in some of the most exciting elements of the geo industries.
- We want to get sponsorship for the events in 2018 with an initial aim of breaking even.