The Scottish Geodiversity Forum is closing in 2020, and members are invited to join and contribute to a new national charity, the Scottish Geology Trust. You can find out more about the Trust and join the mailing list at www.scottishgeologytrust.org.
A Special General Meeting of the Forum due to be held in Edinburgh on Friday 27 March 2020 has been postponed, and an online alternative will be organised in the next couple of months. This meeting will be be asked to formally dissolve the Forum and transfer unspent funds to the new Trust. The meeting will also be an opportunity to review and celebrate the work of the Forum, and look to the future of the Trust and the Geodiversity Charter by mapping out Scotland’s geological organisations and resources.
The Forum aims to promote Scotland’s geodiversity, and seeks to widen the profile of geodiversity and influence national and local policies. We publish and promote Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter with the support of over 80 signatory organisations, and we are the Scottish national forum for geoconservation groups, geoparks and other related organisations, and interested individuals. The Forum promotes the role and value of geodiversity in education, community involvement and health, the development of tourism and the wider economy.
The Forum is open to all organisations and individuals who are interested in promoting Scotland’s geodiversity and the sharing of experience and good practice. We have a close working relationship with GeoConservation UK (GCUK) and are represented on the Geoconservation Committee of the Geological Society of London. We are members of Scottish Environment LINK.
The Forum runs the scottishgeology.com website, organises conferences and other events, and works with our members and partners to promote Scotland’s geodiversity. Our key priorities are:
1. Implementation of Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter Work with partners to embed geodiversity into existing activities and develop new projects.
2. Geoconservation Encourage all local authorities to carry out local site audits and include sites in local plans. Support local geoconservation groups through networking and events.
3. Education Campaign for the establishment of new Earth Science qualifications, made widely available in Scottish schools, at National and Higher level, and support and campaign for more opportunities for teacher training in Earth science at all levels.
4. Interpretation Work with other organisations to include accurate and meaningful geodiversity in their interpretation.
5. Tourism Work with VisitScotland, geoparks and tourism organisations to promote Scotland’s geodiversity as the foundation of our scenery; develop better awareness within the industry of existing interpretation and information, and work to develop more resources.
Patron: Iain Stewart, MBE FGS, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute,
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University.
Chair: Angus Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org / 0131 555 5488
Vice-chair: Mike Browne
Secretary: Gavin Eardley
Treasurer: Hugh Lockhart
Membership Secretary: Margaret Greene – email@example.com
Ordinary members: Beverly Bergman, Simon Cuthbert, John Gordon, Neil Clark, Jennifer Roberts, Jim Blair, Lara Reid, Robina Barton, Jen Brooke.
Scottish Natural Heritage rep: Colin MacFadyen
British Geological Survey rep: Sarah Arkley
Dynamic Earth rep: Hermione Cockburn
Royal Scottish Geographical Society rep: Mike Robinson.